6 Days from$1870 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route begins on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro bordering Kenya and is accessible year round. If you take this route up the mountain, you are obliged by park rules to descend via the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, therefore we descend to the south and our climbers see the mountain from many view points. Our professional guides will guide you and our slogan is “pole pole” meaning slowly-slowly. All camping equipment is provided and you’ll experience the best food on the mountain!
Safari types:Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Kilimanjaro International Airport, end in Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Climb Mount Kilimanjaro by Rongai Route – an unspoiled and less congested route
- Enjoyable style of hiking, slowly and without pushing
- Camping equipment provided
- Airport transfer, all transfers, hotel and camping accommodation included
- All meals on the days of hike are included
- Descend by Marangu Route to have the highest Peak of Africa fully discovered
RATES – PER PERSON USD
From USD 2,230 per person, based on 1 person travelling
From USD 1,870 per person, based on 2 people travelling
From USD 1,830 per person, based on 3 people travelling
From USD 1,800 per person, based on 4 people travelling
From USD 1,750 per person, based on 5 people travelling
From USD 1,700 per person, based on 6 people travelling
From USD 1,680 per person, based on 7 people travelling
From USD 1,670 per person, based on 8 people travelling
From USD 1,660 per person, based on 9 people travelling
From USD 1,650 per person, based on 10 people travelling
- Airport transfers
- Transfers to and from the park
- All meals while on tour
- Personal guide
- Crew salaries
- Camping facilities
- Sleeping tent
- Sleeping mat
- Helicopter rescue
- Hotel accommodations
- Emergency oxygen
- All taxes
- Park entry fees
- Climbing gear
- Meals Not Listed
- Personal Trekking Equipment
- Travel insurance
- Tips and Gratuities
- Personal Expenses
Day by Day Overview
We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport on your arrival and do a private transfer to the Kays Hotel in Moshi to start the tour in the next day.
The climb begins from NaleMoru (1,950m/6,397ft) on a small path which winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including blue monkey and colobus monkey. Colobus monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as you arrive at your first campsite at Rongai One (2,600m/8,530ft).
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,400m/11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Ice Fields on the crater rim. After lunch, you leave the main trail and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Your campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m/11,811ft).
A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. You leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m/14,107ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. In the afternoon you will be free to rest, although it’s a good idea to explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.
You cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4,700m/15,419ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent.
You start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1 am. You plod very slowly in the darkness on a zigzag trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5669m/18,559ft). This earns you a silver certificate! You rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can continue to make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. You’ve now made the gold run—well done! The descent to Kibo Hut (4,700m/15,419ft) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshments, you continue the descent to Horombo Huts (3,740m/12,270ft), using the Marangu Route.
After the customary ’tipping ceremony’, a steady descent takes you down through moorland to Mandara Huts (2,712m/8,900 ft). You then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (1,828m/6,000ft), where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and a ‘Just Done It!’ t-shirt. You will then be taken back to your accommodation in Moshi for a well-earned shower, rest and celebratory meal. There will also be an opportunity for a debrief and feedback with KLM Safaris, reflecting on your remarkable achievements