The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is less crowded than the most popular trails. Its gentle gradient and theA�accessibility of local wildlife are an added bonus, along with a fantastic view across to Kibo and the chance to walk across a�?the Saddlea�?. Our variation on this route makes for an safe and scenic choice on your Kilimanjaro summit.

  • Regarded as theA�easiest route withA�high success rates to summit
  • A longer drive is involved to get to the start point
  • An added advantage to view both sides of the mountain; ascend from the North and descend via Marangu Route in the South
  • Can have many variations to summit depending on preference
    • Rongai via School Hut
    • Rongai via Kibo Hut
  • We recommend a minimum 6 days for the hike (see below itinerary) but could be extended to 7 days or shortened to 5 days (however that option is not as good for acclimatization)

Rongai, Kilimanjaro

Below is a sample itinerary for a 6A�day RongaiA�trek. As describedA�above there are many ways to summit and we can help you design the best route to maximize your ability to safely acclimate to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. Please contact our booking specialists to learn more!


Rongai Gate to Simba Campsite

Distance: 4.4 mi

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Rongai Gate (6552 ft). Your journey heads to Simba Campsite (8645 ft)


Simba Campsite to Kikelelwa Campsite

Distance: 7.3 mi

Simba Campsite (8645 ft) to Kikelelwa Campsite (12057 ft) via Second Cave (11440 ft).


Kikelelwa Campsite to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Campsite

Distance: 2.5 mi

Kikelelwa Campsite (12057 ft) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut Campsite (14114 ft).


Mawenzi Tarn Hut Campsite to Kibo Hut

Distance: 5.5 mi

Mawenzi Tarn Hut Campsite (14114 ft) to Kibo Hut (15466 ft).


Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

Distance: 3.7 mi ascent, 9.8 mi descent

Kibo Hut (15466 ft) via Gillmana��s Point (18763 ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341 ft). Followed by descent A�via Kibo Hut to Horombo Huts (12208 ft)


Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

Distance: 12.4 mi

Horombo Huts (12208 ft) to Marangu Gate (6256 ft).

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