Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - 6 Day Rongai Route

Climb the remote and only route from the north to the top of Mt. Kili. 8 days.

7 Nights
Year round

The Rongai route is one of the easier, flatter routes up Kilimanjaro and is the only route to approach the summit from the north. This is one of the less crowded and more remote routes, offering trekkers a unique wilderness experience and the chance to spot wildlife such as antelope, elephant and buffalo.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 6 days trekking
  • 5 nights camping
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation (before and after the trek)
  • Local, certified guide
  • Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
  • Meals and drinking water
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Keen hikers looking to conquer this notorious mountain with a steadier climb and reconnect with nature along the way.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Visa fees
  • Equipment hire
  • Energy snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

You can climb on your own if you wish, or you can choose to join a bigger group.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technique climbing mountain; anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just need to be prepared and determined. The Kilimanjaro National Park authority allows children from 12 years to an old man of 80 years.

Due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, this region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least; rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.

It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from December to March, and July to October. The finest weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.

During your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals.

Breakfast: Fruit juice and fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs prepared at request, breads and toast with jam margarine and honey, French-toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

Snacks: peanuts, crisp, popcorn, cookies, chocolate, dried fruits.

Lunch: Sliced vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwiches options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and breads.

Dinner: soup of the day, breads, salads, rice, pastas, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, currys, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits. When you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting for you to reward all your hard work.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

No technical equipment is required to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Your host will provide you with a full packing list before you travel. Below is a list of essential and strongly recommended items:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Waterproof Day Pack Cover
  • Day Pack
  • Soft Sided Rucksack
  • Water Bottle
  • Camelback (2LTotal
  • Down Jacket
  • Snow Pants
  • Gloves
  • Glove Liners
  • Beanie / Hat
  • Buff/ Balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Fleece
  • Thermal underwear
  • (2-3) Walking Trousers
  • (4-5) Wool Socks
  • (3-4) Sock Liners
  • Trekking Poles
  • Gaiters
  • Head Torch
  • Weather Rated Sleeping Bag (-20 degree)

Other recommendations are:

  • Toiletries
  • Suncream and hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Yes, your host is one of the pioneers in the field of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

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There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.

Rongai is one of the more remote routes and is the only route which approaches the summit from the north. There is typically less moisture on this side of the mountain meaning you are less likely to encounter rain and have more unclouded views of the peak. As Rongai is one of the more flatter routes, it can be perceived as an easier route; but it’s worth keeping in mind that a steadier climb can make acclimatisation a little more challenging.

Start point

You will be met by your host upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transferred for overnight accommodation at Bristol Cottages B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

Finish point

Your tour will end at around 12:00 and you will be transferred back to Bristol Cottages B&B in Moshi for an overnight stay ahead of your transfer back to the airport in the morning.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport

Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2: Nale Muru Gate to Sumba Camp

This morning, you will leave the town of Moshi for the 4-5 hour drive through coffee plantations and the village of Nale Muru to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.

The trek will begin through wooded scenery and windy trails as your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife.

After 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach your first camp, Simba camp, at the edge of the moorland zone with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya.

8km trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 1950m to 2750m

Day 3: Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue to trek moorland on a steadily ascending path, catching a glimpse of Kibo peak and the ice fields on the eastern crater rim along the way.

As you approach the Second Cave Camp, the moorland will begin to thin and the temperature will begin to drop.

With Kibo still in sight, you’ll set up camp and get a good night’s rest ahead of some more challenges tomorrow.

12km trekking, 5-6 hours, elevation: 2750m to 2895m

Day 4: Second Cave Camp to Third Cave Camp

Today is a relatively short hike continuing on a steady ascent but this time over a semi-desert terrain, ever-closer to the eastern ice fields.

The challenge of such a steady ascent can be underestimated; you’ll need to pay close attention to your body for signs of altitude sickness.

After 3-4 hours of trekking, you’ll reach the Third Cave Camp where you will rest up for the night.

6km trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation 2750m to 3870m

Day 5: Third Cave Camp to Kibo Huts

This morning, you’ll leave camp and the semi-desert terrain behind as you head into the alpine desert for the remaining ascent.

The route will merge with the Marangu Route as you reach the Kibo Huts, your camp for the night; you will take the Marangu Route tomorrow to the summit.

Prepare your equipment for the challenge ahead before getting an early night in the hope for a couple of hours sleep before the main event.

10km trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation 3870m to 4695m

Day 6: Summit Day

Summit day arrives at 02:00 as you begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek; the first part of the trail will take you on the rocky path to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m) before zigzagging up to Gillman’s Point (5681m).

From here, you’re likely to encounter snow all the way to the top of the peak; take it slow and watch your step as you shuffle your way to the top of Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment.

After rest and celebrations, you’ll begin the 6-hour trek back down to Horombo Huts for your overnight stay; the descent feels much quicker than the ascent you’ll be pleased to hear.

Up: 5km, 7-8 hours, elevation: 4695m to 5895m Down: 15km, 6-8 hours, descent to 3705m

Day 7: Descend to Marangu Gate and Return to Moshi

After breakfast this morning it’s time to say your goodbye’s to the group and continue the descent down to the Marangu Park Gate. The weather will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles to hand.

When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (45-minute drive).

Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.

18km trekking, 6-7 hours, elevation 3690m to 1830m

Day 8: Time to Head Home

Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Your first and final nights will be spent at the Bristol Cottages B&B in the middle of Moshi town on the foothills of Kilimanjaro.

The accommodation sits within lush green gardens and offers rooms with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning, and free WiFi. There is a restaurant on site offering a selection of Tanzanian, Indian, Italian and Continental food, with room service also available.

During the trek, you will camp at a number of camps along the Rongai route.

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