Rongai Route

Duration: 7 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day
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All routes on Kilimanjaro start the ascent from the Southern side of the mountain. All but one and that is the Rongai Route. In the tiny settlement of Nalemoru, literally a stone's throw away from the Kenyan border, this route snakes its way up to Uhuru Peak. This is very much the Northern side of the mountain and that brings us straight to one of the drawcards for choosing this climbing route: It sees less rain. The wet months for Kilimanjaro and for the area as a whole are March, April, May, and, to a lesser extent, November. During the wet seasons, the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro can turn into a mud fest. This applies to the routes on the other side of the mountain because that is where most of the rain falls.

Less rain on the Rongai route means also fewer clouds. The views are generally pretty good on the Rongai side of Kili life. Opt for the longest version of the Rongai Route and get the most out of this exciting route. As with all Bookatrekking. com offers, the 7-day Rongai route also includes transfers to and from the airport, the guide(s), porters, meals and accommodation in tents. A detailed list of included services can be found below.

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Moshi - Rongai Camp (2,600 m)

Duration: 02:50 h
Distance: 6.9 km
Ascent: 630 m

After an early breakfast in Moshi, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. This marks the starting point of our adventure as we embark on the climb. The Rongai route offers a unique and unspoiled wilderness experience for trekkers. The journey begins by meandering through a captivating forest, which serves as a sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife.

As we make our way along the trail, the path gradually starts to ascend. The incline is gentle, allowing for a comfortable progression as we immerse ourselves in the natural surroundings. The forest scenery remains a constant companion during this phase of the hike, providing glimpses of the vibrant ecosystem that thrives within.

Continuing onward, the density of the forest gradually diminishes, giving way to more open landscapes. The initial campsite comes into view, perched on the fringes of the moorland zone at an altitude of 2600 meters. From this vantage point, a sweeping panorama unfolds, offering extensive views that stretch over the vast Kenyan plains.

The first day's trek is designed as a half-day walk, allowing for a gradual acclimatization to the changing altitudes and terrain. This approach ensures a manageable introduction to the challenges and rewards of the climb, setting the tone for the days to come.

Rongai Camp

Rongai Camp

Rongai Camp (2,600 m) - Second Cave Camp (3,450 m)

Duration: 03:00 h
Distance: 5.72 km
Ascent: 840 m

The morning's journey unfolds with a steady and deliberate ascent that leads us to the Second Cave, situated at an elevation of 3,450 meters. Along the way, trekkers are treated to magnificent vistas that encompass Kibo, the towering peak of the mountain, as well as the pristine Eastern ice fields that adorn the perimeter of the crater rim.

Following a nourishing and well-deserved hot lunch, a period of free time opens up. This interlude offers the chance to rejuvenate and recharge, either by resting within the confines of the camp or by engaging in further exploration. As the afternoon sun paints the landscape with its gentle rays, an enticing option presents itself: an acclimatization walk to the Third Cave.

Should you choose to embark on this additional excursion, you'll find yourself immersed in the breathtaking surroundings of Mount Kilimanjaro. The aim of this acclimatization walk is to gradually adapt to the increasing altitudes, a crucial element of successful high-altitude trekking. The terrain and scenery offer a harmonious blend of challenges and natural beauty, making it an enriching experience for those who venture forth.

Second Cave Camp

Second Cave Camp

Second Cave Camp (3,450 m) - Kikelewa Cave (3,630 m)

Duration: 02:00 h
Distance: 5.7 km
Ascent: 220 m
Descent: 30 m

Our journey continues with a gradual ascent, leading us through the captivating expanse of open moorland. Our path is directed towards the striking and rugged pinnacles of Mawenzi, with our camp situated at an elevation of 3,679 meters. As we traverse this section of the route, you'll experience a steady and unhurried climb while surrounded by the stunning panoramic views of the vast moorland landscape.

With each step higher, the distinctive features of the Mawenzi pinnacles come into focus. These jagged peaks create a visually captivating contrast against the serene moorlands that stretch out before us. The dynamic shifts in the terrain highlight the diverse nature of the mountain environment, providing an ever-changing backdrop for our journey.

Our destination is the Kiklewa Camp, located near the Kikelewa Caves. By late afternoon, we will have reached the campsite. This is where we'll gather for a hearty dinner and prepare for an overnight stay. The Kikelewa Caves provide a unique setting amidst the mountain landscape, offering a sense of shelter and comfort amid the challenging conditions.

The camp atmosphere is serene and inviting, offering a space for relaxation and restoration. As the sun begins its descent in the late afternoon sky, the campsite takes on a tranquil ambiance, providing a perfect opportunity for reflection and unwinding. This time amidst the captivating surroundings allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area and to ready yourself for the adventures that await in the days ahead.

Kikelelwa Camp

Kikelelwa Camp
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  • Private transport to and from airport to your hotel

    Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport and bring your to your hotel. A transfer back to the airport is also included in the package.

  • Transportation to and from the start/end point

    The transport from your accommodation to the start point is taken care of. This also applies to the way back.

  • Four Season Mountain tents

    On Mount Kilimanjaro you're staying in our strong and well maintained four season mountain tents. Every time you arrive at your camp the tent has already been set up.

  • Double Layered Sleeping Mats

    Double layered mats provided by your trekking company will put you to sleep in no time.

  • Hot meals daily while on the mountain

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. Your trekking company is bringing their own cook. Don't be surprised when you see an exclusive three course dinner on your plate.

  • Treated and filtered water

    During the trek you won't have a shortage on drinking water.

  • Hot water for washing

    Don't expect an extensive shower, but there will be the possibility to use hot water for a decent wash.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude). Also emergency portable oxygen is carried along. On top of that the guides are qualified Wilderness First Responders.

  • KINAPA Rescue Fee

    The fees for the Kilimanjaro Rescue Team are covered. This is managed by KINAPA, Kilimanjaro National Parks. Interesting fact: Kinapa means “We carry each other” in Swahili.

  • Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes

    The park entry fees, the crater fee, camping fee and value added tax are included in the price.

  • Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter(s)

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Your own team of porters and guides

    Per person you generally have a team of 1 guide, 1 cook and 8 porters who will support you in your climb. If you are part of a group of four, you will be able to enjoy 2 guides, 1 cook and 12 porters. Although there will always be enough hands on deck, the exact amount of support staff varies per route.


  • Visa for Tanzania

    Visas are required for all visitors, and cost about $50. For most nationalities it is possible to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport in Tanzania. Check with your local Tanzanian embassy or consulate to see what the requirements are.

  • Flights to and from Moshi

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Tanzania. To get an idea of which airlines are visiting Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), it is best to have a look at their website.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Tanzania.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning go trekking in Tanzania.

  • Portable flush toilet

    Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for USD 70 for the entire trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Whether you stay in Moshi, Arusha or anywhere else, before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation and meals.


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