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6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route Overview:

Rongai is one of the Kilimanjaro climbing routes that approach the mountain from the north, the route gives a great view of both sides of the Mountain as you will be descending through the Marangu gate. Apart from the popular Marangu route, Rongai is one of the less crowded routes with very high success chances. Though the route is less scenic, it gives a great chance of seeing the Kilimanjaro wildlife such as birds and the colobus monkeys. The route is considered to be a possible and easy route as Marangu as there are no much steeps, just the up and downs with another advantage of it being dry most of the time. Hence the six days of climbing will be in the following manner.

With a gentle gradient and sense of untouched wilderness, the Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is less crowded than the most popular trails. We trek through farmlands, forest and alpine moorlands as we approach the beautiful summit cone. This route allows an extra day for acclimatisation under the imposing spires of Mawenzi before the arduous final ascent. The last climb begins in darkness but our reward is an incomparable dawn vista over the sweeping East African plains.

Highlights of Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

One of the main highlights of the Rongai Route is its diverse landscapes. As you trek, you will pass through lush rainforests, moorlands adorned with giant lobelias, and rocky terrain leading to the arctic-like summit. Along the way, the panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness and the impressive Mawenzi peak will leave you in awe.

Best Time to Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

The Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route can be trekked throughout the year, but certain months offer more favorable conditions for a successful and enjoyable journey. The best time to trek the Rongai Route is during the dry seasons, which are generally from January to mid-March and from June to October. These months provide clearer skies, lower chances of rainfall, and better visibility of the stunning landscapes surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro.

During the dry seasons, the weather is generally milder, with less precipitation and more stable temperatures. This creates more comfortable trekking conditions and reduces the risk of encountering slippery and muddy trails. The dry seasons also tend to attract a higher number of trekkers, so if you prefer a quieter experience, it’s advisable to choose the shoulder months of January and February or September and October.

However, it’s important to note that weather conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable, and even during the dry seasons, rainfall or snowfall can occur at higher altitudes. It’s essential to be prepared for various weather scenarios and have appropriate gear to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek.

Packing Essentials for the Rongai Route

When preparing for your Rongai Route trek, packing the right essentials is crucial for a successful and comfortable journey. Here are some key items to include in your backpack:


  • Layered clothing for temperature regulation
  • Moisture-wicking base layers
  • Insulated jacket for cold temperatures
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Warm hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Sturdy hiking boots and extra socks

Gear and Equipment:

  • Backpack with a rain cover
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles for added stability
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder
  • Personal toiletries and medications


  • First aid kit
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Cash for tipping and additional expenses

Remember to pack light but efficiently, considering the duration of your trek and the weight you can comfortably carry. It’s advisable to consult with your tour operator or trekking guide for a comprehensive packing list tailored to the specific requirements of the Rongai Route.

Training and Physical Preparation

Trekking the Rongai Route requires a certain level of physical fitness and endurance. Although it is considered a moderate route, being prepared physically will enhance your overall experience and increase your chances of successfully reaching the summit.

Start your training regimen at least a few months before the trek to allow your body to gradually adjust and build stamina. Here are some training tips to consider:

  1. Cardiovascular exercises: Engage in activities such as hiking, jogging, cycling, or swimming to improve your cardiovascular endurance.
  2. Strength training: Incorporate exercises that target your leg muscles, core, and upper body strength. Squats, lunges, planks, and push-ups are beneficial.
  3. Stair climbing: Climbing stairs mimics the uphill sections of the trek. Include stair climbing workouts to build leg strength and endurance.
  4. Practice hiking: Go on regular hikes with gradually increasing distances and elevations. This will help your body adapt to long hours of walking and uneven terrains.

Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions. They can provide personalized guidance based on your fitness level and health status.

Day 1, Arusha to Rongai gate then to the first cave camp

On this day you will have a drive prior after your morning breakfast from the hotel you will be picked by the company driver to the Rongai gate. Here you will finalize the park registration and permit checks with your guide while your porters and the chef and incorporating all the equipments for easy carrying before you start the journey. From there you will start the trekking up to the Cave camp 1.

Accompaniment: Experienced Mountain Guide/Guides, chef/chefs and porters Walking through: cypress plantation of the montane forest

What to see: Kilimanjaro wildlife such as birds and the colobus Time and distance: 3 to 4hrs which is a distance of 6.5km Elevation: 1,800m/5,900ft to 2,600m/8,400ft Meal plans: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2, Cave Camp 1 to Kikelewa camp

On this day of your adventure you will continues with the ascending up, as the Rongai route does not have many steepness and it being straight and somehow seems to be short.

Accompaniment: Experienced Mountain Guide/Guides, chef/chefs and porters Walking through: Moorland forest

What to see: Kibo and Mawenzi peak view with the eastern ice field Time and distance: 3 to 4hrs which is a distance of 9km

Elevation: 3,600m/11,810ft

Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3, Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi tarn camp

This is the day for the altitude changes adaptations which is an acclimatization day, you will be having a walking in the afternoon and evening before the resting. The day seems to be short but with some steep walking. You will be resting and have an acclimatization walk in the evening.

Walking through: Senecio plants which are the last plant you see before the alpine desert

Accompaniment: Experienced Mountain Guide/Guides, chef/chefs and porters Time and distance: 3 to 4hrs which is a distance of 6km

What to see: Kibo and Mawenzi peak view Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Elevation: 4,330m /14,210ft

Day 4, Mawenzi Tarn camp to Kibo camp

This day you will be climbing up on reaching the last camp where you will be staying for your final days up there you will be crossing the lunar landscape of the saddle. At the camp you will be able to have the great view of your final day destination.

Walking through: Small ridges, the alpine desert between the two peaks  Kibo  &  Mawenzi

Accompaniment: Experienced Mountain Guide/Guides, chef/chefs and porters Time and distance: 4 to 5hrs which is a distance of 9km

What to see: Kibo and Mawenzi peak view Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Elevation: 4,700m /15,420ft

Day 5: Summit day (ascend for summit and descend down to Kibo then to Horombo)

This is the adventurous part through the Marangu route and is the memorable part as you are about to be certified with the Kilimanjaro climbing certificate. You will be leaving Kibo hut in the midnight of around 2:00Am start the climbing to the summit on steep heavy scree or sometimes snow up to the Gilman’s point which is located on the crater rim. From there you will be ascending to the Uhuru peak and reaching there, you are at the highest point in Africa or you have reached the roof of Africa. You will spend short time and from there you will be descending down through Kibo to the Horombo encampment.

Walking through: The steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point What to see: the great view at the Uhuru peak

Accompaniments: Mountain Guide/guides during summit and you will be joining the chef and porters at Kibo

Time & Distance: 6 to 8hrs Ascending up/ a hiking of 6km distance and 15km descending to Horombo

Equipments: Headlamps/flashlight, warm layers as it will be very cold before descending

Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3700m/12,200ft Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Horombo to Marangu gate and back to Moshi

After the morning breakfast you will continue the descending up passing through the Mandara hut and then continue the descending up to the Marangu gate where you started the adventures and from there you will find the office team waiting for you and you will be picked and drove back to Arusha

Accompaniments: Experienced Mountain Guide/guides chef/chefs and porters Time & Distance: 4 to 5hrs descending of 20km distance

Walking through: The moorland and lush forest Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft Meal plan: Breakfast,

-24/7 Service
-Meals And Drinks
-All Accommodation
-Kilimanjaro Fee and Taxes
-Comfortable Private Vehicle
-Professional Mountain Guides
-Pickup and Transfer to Airport
-Pre and post Climb at Gran Melia Hotel

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