6 Days Trekking Rongai Route (+2 Days in a hotel)

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Trekking Details

Rongai route is a unique way of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Starting at the North side of the Mountain, pass through the coniferous forest, offering incredible views. This route provides moderate acclimatization experience and is rather challenging generally, yet friendly for the beginners.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)

Arusha Airport (ARK) (Google Map)

Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels
  • Camping equipment (chairs, tables etc.)
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance


  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees

Day 1Arrival

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet African Wanderlust Adventures representative, and then you get transferred to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a contented stay: cozy rooms, hot water, courteous staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing will be conducted with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to commence the climb.

Day 2Trekking from Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park’s northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Simba Camp (2,625 m). Your trek this day will be moderate and take you through coniferous forest up Kilimanjaro’s northern slope. Remember not to hurry and always keep a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:
• Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
• Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
• Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
Distance: Nalemuru gate – Simba camp covers 8 km
Change in elevation: Nalemuru gate (2,020m) to Simba camp (2,625m)
Hiking time: 4 hours

Day 3Trekking from Simba Camp to Kikilewa Camp

After an early morning breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high altitude camp: Kikilewa Camp (3,630 m) where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This trekking is more physically challenging than the previous one, so once you are in the camp, full rest is suggested.
Distance: Simba camp – Kikilewa camp covers 10 km
Change in elevation: Simba camp (2,625m) to Kikilewa camp (3,630m)
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 4Trekking from Kikilewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Early wakeup, followed by breakfast and the start of trekking towards Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro’s second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening.
Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: Kikelewa camp – mawenzi Tarn camp covers 6 km
Change in elevation: KIkelewa camp (3,630m) to Mawenzi Tarn camp (4,310m)
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: Mawenzi Tarn camp – Destination en route to Mawenzi Volcano 2 km
Change in elevation: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4,310m) to Destination en route to Mawenzi Volcano (4,510m)
Hiking time: 2 hours

Day 5Trekking from Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut Camp

This day will be spent trekking towards School Hut Camp (4,715 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semi-desert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro’s summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid tiring activity, and drink water as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: Mawenzi Tarn camp – School Hut Camp covers 9 km
Change in elevation: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4,310m) to School Hut Camp (4,715m)
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 6 Trekking to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Horombo Camp

At night departure from School Hut Camp (4,715 m) and the start of your trekking heading to Kilimanjaro’s summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). The trekking will be moderate from a physical standpoint, but the altitude presents a much more serious problem. For the entire length of the trekking each pair of climbers will be accompanied by their own guide, who will be monitoring your stamina and mental resolve. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Kibo Camp and after a two-hour rest continue your descent to Horombo Camp (3,720 m).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Note: Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents happen during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
Distance: School Hut Camp – Uhuru peak – Horombo camp 21 km
Change in elevation: School Hut camp (4,715m) to Uhuru peak (5,895m) to Horombo camp (3,720m)
Hiking time: 14 hours

Day 7Descend from Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate

After a warm breakfast in the morning, followed by departure heading to Kilimanjaro National Park’s exit: Marangu Gate (1,860 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, and then you will have the chance to share your opinions on the trip in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates (in our office) and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.
Distance: Horombo Camp – Marangu gate 18 km
Change in elevation: Horombo camp (3,720m) to Marangu gate (1,860m)
Descending time: 6 hours

Day 8Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.
Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.