7-Day Mt Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (Driest Route)

$2640/ Per Person


8 Days

Min Age


Tour Type

Mid Range



Posted 73 Days ago


Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season. Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended to those with less backpacking experience. Day 1: You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodation for dinner and overnight (included).

Why you will love this trip?

  • Camps are staggered a lot better
  • Possible to sea wildlife
  • Offers a superb personal accomplishment
  • Kilimanjaro is both remote and accessible

Day 1 : Pick up from the airport


On this day you will be picked up from the airport either the Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport, will then drive to Tulia spa & boutique hotel once you arrive & settled in, your guide will arrive briefly after to brief you on the hike, what to expect day by day as well as checking if you have all necessary gears for the hike.


  • ✓  Name: Tulia boutique & spa
  • ✓  Type: Hotel
  • ✓  Level: Mid-range

Day 2 : Rongai gate(1950m) to 1st caves camp(2600m)

 Mt Kilimanjaro

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Panama Garden Resort (900m) and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (Tanpa). You will then be transferred by vehicle to the Rongai trailhead, which is 2.5 hours away from the Manager's Gate. The trail begins in the tall cornfields and then leads into the pine forest. This trail has a gradual ascent and allows hikers to enjoy their surroundings. About halfway up the trail, you will have a lunch break and you will reach the 1st Caves Camp (2600m) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival.

  • Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves Camp (2600m)
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
  • Habitat: Montane Forest


  • ✓  Name: First Cave Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 3 : 1st camp caves to kikelewa cave(3600m)

 Mt Kilimanjaro

Following a hot breakfast, hikers will continue their ascent to Kikelewa Cave (3600m). The trail passes Second Cave (3450m) and this is a good spot to take a lunch break. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

  • 1st Caves Camp (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorlands


  • ✓  Name: Kikelewa Caves Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 4 : Kikelewa cave to mawenzi tarn camp

 Mt Kilimanjaro

On this day, hikers will enjoy a short, yet steep trail to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m). In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. At camp, hikers will enjoy spectacular views and allow their bodies to acclimate. Hot dinner and washing water will be prepared for hikers as they enjoy the magnificent sunset.

  • Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorlands


  • ✓  Name: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 5 : Mawenzi tarn camp to kibo hut(4700m)

 Mt Kilimanjaro

After breakfast, hikers will continue ascending east for a half-day hike to Kibo Hut. Kibo is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

  • Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert


  • ✓  Name: Kibo Hut Camp
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 6 : Summit attempt

 Mt Kilimanjaro

Your guide will wake you around 23:30. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at a high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow-covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.

At Kibo Hut. After eating, you will continue descending to Horombo Hut (3720m).

Summit Attempt

  • Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)
  • Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
  • Habitat: Stone scree/ice-cap summit
  • Distance:  6 kilometers ascent and 21 kilometers descent


  • ✓  Name: Horombo Hut
  • ✓  Type: Bush Camp
  • ✓  Level: Budget

Day 7 : Horombo hut to marangu gate

 Mt Kilimanjaro

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving the certificates, you will drive back to Arusha/Moshi or be dropped off at the airport

Alternatively, we can schedule your drop you off at the airport on the next day.
Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 27 kilometers


  • ✓  Name: details to be confirmed!
  • ✓  Type: details to be confirmed!
  • ✓  Level: details to be confirmed!


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