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Kilimanjaro Rongai Trek

A beautiful and remote northern approach to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro Rongai Trek is the only trail that starts on the northern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is less frequently used than other routes. It's highly recommended for hikers looking for a remote and peaceful trekking experience.  

The route passes by Mawenzi, which is one of three volcanic cones on Mount Kilimanjaro, and follows the southern Marangu route for descent, thus giving trekkers a view of both sides of the mountain.

Summary

DURATION

9 days

LOCATION

Tanzania

START & ENDS

Moshi, Moshi

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Unforgettable scenic vistas of Mt Kilimanjaro, from both the north and south side of the mountain
  • Trekking progress is tracked using GPS so family and friends can monitor your progress in real-time
  • Pass by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro
  • High summit success rates

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in MOSHI AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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You will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to your hotel.


Rest up and enjoy the hotel amenities before your journey to the summit begins tomorrow.

Day 2: Trek from Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Moshi (890m) to Nalemuru Gate (2,020m) to Simba Camp (2,625m)

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Your mountain crew will meet you in the morning to discuss the trek. Then you will head out to the northern entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, Nalemuru Gate. 


Once we arrive at the gate we'll acquire all the necessary permits and finalise search and rescue registration.


The trek to Simba Camp is short. Take it easy as this will be your first day trekking to a higher altitude. Alert your guide if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness.

DAY 3: Trek to Second Cave Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Simba Camp (2,625m) to Second Cave Camp (3,480m) and Kikilewa Camp (3,630m)

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We leave early this morning after breakfast towards the second high altitude camp, Second Cave Camp.


The route is not challenging at all and is only about 3 hours of trekking so you will have plenty of time to rest and explore the area once we reach camp.


We have some lunch, take a rest, and then head out to do an acclimatization hike towards Kikilewa Camp. 


Doing an acclimatization hike will speed up the acclimatization process and increase your chance of summiting Kilimanjaro.

DAY 4: Trek to Kikilewa Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Second Cave Camp (3,480m) to Kikilewa Camp (3,630m)

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After breakfast we trek to Kikilewa Camp from where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest.


This is a relief day meaning you will have time to rest and sleep before the trek to Mawenzi Tarn Camp tomorrow.


After dinner your guide will do a health check on each person and provide the necessary instructions for tomorrow's trail. 

DAY 5: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Kikilewa Camp (3,630m) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310m) and Mawenzi Volcano (4,510m)

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After an early morning breakfast, we head to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano.


We reach camp and rest for two hours before climbing Mawenzi Volcano, our second acclimatisation hike. 


We head back to Mawenzi Tarn Camp where you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 6: Trek to Kibo Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,310m) to Kibo Summit Camp (4,700m) 

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Today we start trekking to Kibo Summit Camp and you'll notice the landscape changes significantly to a rocky semi-desert. 


The trail is moderate but keep a good pace so that you can retain energy for Kilimanjaro's summit.


When you reach camp, we highly recommend avoiding any strenuous activities, drink plenty of water, and have an early sleep. This all helps prepare for the summit push tonight!

Day 7: Uhuru Peak Summit and Descent to Horombo Hut

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 12 - 15 hours

ELEVATION

Kibo Summit Camp (4,700m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Horombo Camp (3,720m)

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We leave at night to head for Uhuru Peak. While the gradient is moderate, it takes strength and stamina to make it to the top.


One guide is assigned to two climbers and will check your fitness over the duration of the climb to make sure you are coping.


Upon reaching the summit you'll have the opportunity to walk to the nearest glacier before the descent to Horombo Camp, with a 2 hour rest stop at Kibo Camp.

Day 8: Final Descent to Marangu Gate

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Horombo Camp (3,720m) to Marangu Gate (1,860m) to Moshi (890m)

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Our final descent begins today to Marangu Gate. We start the trek after breakfast.


Take a moment to appreciate what you have just conquered.


You'll receive your certificates of achievement and be transferred to your hotel. 

Day 9: DEPARTURE 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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Today we transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport and say farewell. Until we meet again!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Kilimanjaro Rongai Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: April and May are the rainy months in Tanzania. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate of Kilimanjaro National Park
  • All park fees for Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Hotel accommodation at Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Equipment: 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
    All group equipment (spacious dining tent, camping table, chairs etc.)
  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park with Wilderness First Responder or First Aid certifications
  • Dedicated support crew 
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide including oxygen cylinders, oximeters and GPS tracking service.

Not Included

  • International airfare, visa fees and mountaineering insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (gear rentals, beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 2-3 x hiking shirt + 3-4 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 2 x trekking pants
  • 1 x warm trousers / storm pants
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • 2 x thermal underwear
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Hiking boots 
  • 4-5 hiking socks + 1 x thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp
  • Gaiters

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Moshi where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Moshi

In Moshi, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

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Tented Accommodation

During the trek you will be staying in tented accommodation.  

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Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

ALTEZZA TRAVEL

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This tour is operated by Altezza Travel. The Altezza team are a specialist Mount Kilimanjaro tour operator with an impeccable track-record for safety and summit success. They aim to make your Tanzanian experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices