Rongai Route


The Rongai Route is close to the Kenyan border, it is the only route which approaches the mountain from the Northern side. People who ascend through the Rongai route will descend via the Marangu route. This route considered an easier option, it takes a minimum of six days however seven days recommended. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa! Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19,340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world. Its permanent glaciers, in tropical Africa, give it its spectacular image and is the greatest reward for heroic climbers whose satisfaction lasts a lifetime. Mount Kilimanjaro can be the experience of a lifetime! It is a challenge that cannot be taken lightly.

Are you looking for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro trip? kindly contact Blessing Safaris, Our trekking specialist and professional team of guides, cooks and porters will help you get to the top of Kilimanjaro safely and happily. Book Now

Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

You will meet our driver(s) at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), and transfer you to the hotel or lodge in Arusha.

Day 1: Rongai gate- Simba Camp 2671m.

Check-in to the Rongai gate (Nalemoru) border of Tanzania and Kenya. Ascend to Simba camp. Dinner and overnight. Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Day 2: Simba camp to Kikelelwa Cave

Leave Simba cave early morning, take a long walk to Kikelwa caves (3679m) for dinner and overnight. Hiking time: 6-8 hours of walking.

Day 3:Kikelelwa Cave to Turn hut

Leave Kikelelwa camp (3679m) to Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4330m) The camp is free for acclimatization during the evening. Hiking time: 3-4 hours of walking.

Day 4:Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remaining time of day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp

Day 5: Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

After light breakfast, you will start your summit journey at 12:00 am.  Enjoy your special night by walking slowly (pole pole). You might be exhausted on the way up but never give up, just keep on going while drinking frequently. At Gilman’s Point 5,681m you will be able to spend a short time drinking tea/hot water. It will take 1 hour and a half from Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Congratulations! Enjoy your moment celebrate conquering the peak of Africa, After taking photographs to descend back to Kibo for short rest before descending to Horombo hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 6:Horombo Hut- Marangu gate

After the last breakfast on the mountain, you will descend about 5 to 6 hours back to Marangu Gate to collect your certificates. Our drivers will be waiting for you at Marangu Gate to take you back to the hotel or lodge in Arusha

Price Includes 

  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure) 
  • Transport to and from mountain gates 
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  •  All meals while on the Mountain 
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Huts)
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, sleeping mattress, table and chairs
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees 
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees 
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Fair salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Emergency oxygen tanks 
  • Emergency oxygen tanks and Pulse Oximeter
  • Private toilet
  • Walking poles & Sleeping Bag 

Price Excludes

  • International and local airfare. 
  • Optional tours 
  • Personal expenses example Laundry, beverages, etc. 
  • Yellow fever vaccinations 
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance. 
  •  Tips for Porters, Cook, and Guides 

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