Rongai Route


Begins on the northern side of the Mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic view and likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route.

Day 01: Breakfast then drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m) on a small path those winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife including beautiful Kilimanjaro Colabus Monkey. These Monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli. (3-4 hours walking) Overnight at 1st Cave-Moorland Camp

Day 02: The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch you leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Passing the 2nd cave you reach the 3rd cave at 3,800m for the overnight camp taking 3-4 hours. Overnight at Camp 3rd cave-Moorland Camp

Day 03: You cross the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night (4-5 Hours walking. Overnight at Kibo Camp

Day 04: You will start the final and far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torching around walk very slowly in the darkness on a switch back trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at the gillmans point (5,685 m). You will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to uhuru peak (5896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit areas. The descent to kibo (4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment you will continue to descend to reach the final campsite at horombo (3,720 m). (11 – 15 hours walking). Overnight at horombo camp.

Day 05: A steady down through moorland the mandara hut (2700m), the first stopping place at marangu route. Continues descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the national park gate at marangu (1,830 m) (5 – 7 hours walking). You are transferred back to the hotel or lodge. End of tour