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Summit Success: Conquer Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route in 7 Days


The 7-day Rongai Route offers a well-paced ascent to Kilimanjaro's summit, providing ample time for acclimatization. This scenic route is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to arid alpine deserts. With a steady climb, you'll be well-prepared to tackle Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.


Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 6,398ft to 8,530ft

  • Distance: 6 km

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Embark on an exhilarating journey from Rongai Gate, winding through the captivating rainforest. The trail leads to Simba Camp, providing a gentle introduction to the wonders of Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Simba Camp to Second Cave Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 8,530ft to 11,300ft

  • Distance: 11 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Moorland

Venture deeper into Kilimanjaro's moorland on this day, experiencing the changing scenery as you make your way to Second Cave Camp.

Day 3: Second Cave Camp to Kikelewa Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 11,300ft to 11,811ft

  • Distance: 8 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

  • Habitat: Heathland

Continue your ascent through the heathland, capturing breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. The trail leads to the picturesque Kikelewa Camp.

Day 4: Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 11,811ft to 14,160ft

  • Distance: 5 km

  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

On this day, embark on an acclimatization hike, gaining altitude while reveling in the panoramic views of Mawenzi Peak. Reach the awe-inspiring Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 14,160ft to 15,430ft

  • Distance: 8 km

  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Follow the trail towards Kibo Hut, where you'll be treated to captivating views of the summit. As you approach Kibo Hut, take a moment to absorb the awe-inspiring landscapes.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 15,430ft to 19,341ft (and down to 12,205ft)

  • Distance: 4 km ascent / 14 km descent

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 5-7 hours descent

  • Habitat: Arctic / Heathland

Begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak in the early hours, tackling the challenging yet immensely rewarding trail. Witness a breathtaking sunrise (weather permitting) from this unparalleled vantage point. Descend to Horombo Hut, culminating an epic Kilimanjaro adventure.

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation Loss: 7,845ft to 5,905ft

  • Distance: 20 km

  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Embark on the final leg of your Kilimanjaro journey, descending through the lush rainforest to Marangu Gate. As you traverse this enchanting terrain, reflect on the remarkable achievement of summiting Africa's highest peak.

Embark on this extraordinary seven-day odyssey, ensuring optimal acclimatization for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro summit experience.

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Starting from 1599 USD

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What is included

  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides

  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees

  • Government Climbing Taxes

  • Climbing permits

  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain

  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries

  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters

  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

  • Safety Equipment

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Pulse Ox meter

  • Hot drinks at every meal

  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day

  • Emergency rescue fees

  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide

What is not included

  • International airfares and departure taxes

  • Personal items and toiletries

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry services, and visa and international flight ticket fees

  • Private portable mobile toilet with a tent on the mountain

  • Tips for guides, porters, and cook

  • (Tipping guide: 10-20$US for Porter, 15-25$US for Cook, 20-30$US for Guide, per day and per group) Please expect 15% -20% Tipping

Embark on this extraordinary journey and conquer Kilimanjaro via the RONGAI Route, a true testament to human endurance and the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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