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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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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

ALTEZZA TRAVEL

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Altezza Travel runs high-quality tours around Tanzania and offers hiking and safari experiences, including climbing the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. The Altezza team are travel enthusiasts that have explored Tanzanian national parks extensively and can tailor their outdoor experiences to suit you. They aim to make your Tanzanian experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

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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!

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