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6 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Rongai Route

Ascend the Kilimanjaro from North

6 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Rongai Route

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6 Days Rongai Route ascends Kilimanjaro Mountain from the north-eastern side along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching the mountain from the north

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    6 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Rongai Route
Day 1. Rongai Start Point – Simba Camp

Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest.

The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife.

The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Day Coverage

  • Hiking Distance: 6km/4mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rain Forest
Day 2. Simba Camp – Kilelewa Camp

On day 2, you will hike from Simba Camp to the 2nd Cave 3450 meters above sea level for lunch. After lunch, you will proceed with trekking until Kikelewa Camp.

At Kikelewa Camp the view opens up to allow you to see the surrounding areas. You will have an overnight stay at Kikelewa Camp where you will be served dinner.

Day Coverage

  • Hiking Distance: 9km / 7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Zone: Rain Forest-Moorland
Day 3. Kilelewa Camp – Mawenzi Tarm 

Today’s destination will be a short but steep climb passing through the vegetation zone. After breakfast, you will leave Kilelewa Camp heading to Mawenzi Tarn where you will have a 4 to 5 hours hike.

Mawenzi Tarn is a very remarkable campsite. It is in a hollow under the shadows of Mawenzi peak. On arrival at the camp, you will be served your lunch after which you will have time to relax.

Dinner & Overnight at the Camp

 Day Coverage

  • Hiking Distance: 6km / 4.5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Day 4. Mawenzi Hut – Kibo Hut

after breakfast, you will head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo Hut crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.

The hike from Mawenzi to Kibo Hut will take 5 to 6 hours. On arrival at Kibo Hut, you will have your lunch then relaxing before early dinner.

 Day Coverage

  • Hiking Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone
Day 5. Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins around midnight when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. it takes 5 to 7 hours up to the Uhuru peak. You will hike the screes of Kibo and you will arrive at Hans Meyer Cave (5,220 m).

Climbing is slowly but surely going upwards, At sunrise, you will reach Gilman’s Point (5,681 m) which is the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro then you will have 2 hours climb along the crater ridge that leads you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa” and you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory.

After enjoying the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro you will descend to Horombo Hut where you will have hot lunch..

After relaxing during the evening, you will have Dinner and Overnight at Horombo Hut

Day Coverage

  • Hiking Distance:5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8-mile descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut
  • Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
Day 6. Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate – Arusha

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. It will take 4 to 5 hours from Horombo Hut (3,700 m) to Marangu Gate (1,860 m)). After reaching the Kilimanjaro gate you will be signed out and awarded a golden certificate after reaching the Summit (Uhuru Peak). Ready for the next drive to Arusha

Day Coverage
  • Hiking Distance: 20km / 12.5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Zone: Low alpine zone & Rain Forest


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