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Rongai route on Mount Kilimanjaro

This is a challenging walk to the summit of Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa following the Rongai route.

This route starts from the north side of the mountain near the border with Kenya and one of the advantages of this trail is you have a higher chance of seeing wildlife due to its proximity to Amboseli National Park. This route is known as a quieter alternative to the busier Marangu and Machame routes.

This route has a gentler gradient up to the highest camp compared to the other approaches on the mountain. However on summit day there is a steep walk up to Gillman’s Point (5,685m) then along the crater rim up to the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro at Uhuru Peak (5,985m).

The Rongai trek is graded as a strenuous with several tough days including a long summit day taking at least fourteen hours. Being aerobically fit does not in itself help acclimatisation however it is worth training hard before departure, you will definitely not regret this on the summit day.


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Kilimanjaro
  • Holiday Type:
  • Duration: 8 days from Kilimanjaro Intl. Airport
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2012 - £1,695 (US$2,695) including National Park fees
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including private airport collections
  • Twin share room at hotel in Marangu including breakfast and evening meal
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including guide, porters and cook
  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees of US$745
  • Financial protection insurance with International Passenger Protection

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kilimanjaro Intl (London from £500)
  • Travel & trekking insurance (eg. Snowcard from £43)
  • Tanzania visa at £38
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in Kilimanjaro pre departure information)
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"


Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • June 23rd to 30th 2012
  • July 14th to 21st 2012
  • August 4th to 11th 2012
  • September 1st to 8th 2012
  • October 6th to 20th 2012
  • January 26th to February 2nd 2013
  • February 9th to 16th 2013
  • June 22nd to 29th 2013
  • July 13th to 20th 2013
  • August 3rd to 10th 2013
  • August 31st to September 7th 2013
  • October 5th to 12th 2013

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive to Kilmanjaro International airport, transfer to hotel 
  • Day 2Drive to Nale Moru (1,950m) then trek to Simba camp (2,600m) 
  • Day 3Trek to Kikelewa Caves (3,675m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Mawenzi Tarn (4,300m) 
  • Day 5Rest and acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn 
  • Day 6Trek to Kibo (4,700m) 
  • Day 7Climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at Uhuru Peak (5,895m) then descend to Horombo Huts (3,700m) 
  • Day 8Walk to Marangu park gate then drive back to the hotel, evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport for your flight home 
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