Rongai - Mawenzi-tarn-lake-on-Rongai-route

Rongai Trail – 8 Days



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The Rongai trail is a quiet route despite its growing popularity due its easy climb and higher success rate of making it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro from this side of the mountain gives a view of Kenya because the gate is close to the Kenyan border in the north. The forest belt in this route is very narrow resulting in dryer land but with thick forest won the descent towards the Marangu exit at the end.

Although this trail is easier and the driest of all routes up Kilimanjaro, it costs a bit more than other six day routes because of the long 3-hour drive from Moshi to the Rongai National Park gate at Nalemuru, a village on the border to Kenya. The actual starting point is called Loitoktok, but this name is not in use, and it the entrance is still referred to as the Rongai National Park gate.

Along the way to the gate you will see the cypress plantations, which can be blamed to have narrowed the forest belt. This route also can gives chances to view wildlife both on day one and two. Apart from wildlife along the way up Kilimanjaro there are several caves that make it a little more fun and scenic. Like all routes this trail leads though several vegetation zones up to the top of the mountain. Distinctive geological features from rainforest, moorland/hearth, alpine desert and icebergs at the summit can be experienced all along the path.

Some operators climb this trail in five days, though this practice poses stiff task to the porters who walk long distances with baggage on their shoulders, and ultimately results in less chances of making it to summit due to lack of altitude acclimatization.  We recommend taking 7 or 8 days which gives one day at Mawenzi tarn camp for acclimatization with time to reenergize for the summit day the following day. The six-day climb isn’t easy because the distance from first camp Simba to Kikelelwa is long and relatively tiring. This option gives no time to acclimatize but still gives better chances to make it to summit.

From $1,250.00

Discounts apply if 2 or more people travel together and share accommodations. If people are traveling as a group, but wish to have private accommodation, $60 will be added to their personal total after the group discount.

1 person – $1250.00
2 people – $1200.00 each
3 people – $1150.00 each
4 people – $1100.00 each
5+ people – $1050.00 each


Day 1
Airport JRO-Hotel (Arrival) – 30min

Day 2 
Hotel-Rongai gate 1800m-Simba camp 2650m/8700ft (Altitude gain is 700m/2300ft)    6.5km/4miles – 3-4hrs

Day 3
Simba camp-Kikelelwa 3600m/11810ft (Altitude gain is 950m/3110ft)    9km/5.6miles – 7-8hrs

Day 4
Kikelelwa- Mawenzi tarn hut 4330m/14210ft (Altitude gain is 730m/2400ft)    6km/3.7miles – 3-4hs

Day 5
Mawenzi tarn hut-Kibo hut 4720m15486ft (base camp) (Altitude gain is 390m/1217ft)    9km/5.6miles – 5-6hrs

Day 6
Kibo- Gilman’s 5685m/18652ft-stella 5756m/18885ft-Uhuru 5895m/19341ft-Horombo 3720m/12250sft (Altitude gain is 1000m/3280ftt to Gilman’s and 1195m/3920ft)    5km/3.1miles ascend, 15km/9.3miles descend) – Uhuru 5-6 &16 in total

Day 7
Horombo huts/camp-Marangu exit gate 1879m-Hotel    19km/12miles – 6-7hrs

Day 8
Hotel – Airport/Arusha (Departure)


1.     The price includes; Park fees, crew wages, and hotel, three meals a day while on the mountain, transport. It excludes the tipping for the team.

2.     Day 6; This is the summit day that starts at or around midnight to Gilman’s point 5686masl which is at the crater rim. A walk along the rim to Stella point 5739masl, then Uhuru 5895amsl the highest point in Africa! Descent takes you back to base camp for an hour’s rest before a walk down to Horombo 3720masl, a three hour walk depending on your pace.

3.     The main difference between the eight day and nine day Rongai climb is an additional acclimatization day and night at the Second Cave camp. Some groups choose to have the additional acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn campsite to prepare better for the summit climb a night later. This option can be discussed with your guide.

4.     Do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions by using our form on the contact page.