6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route
6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

8 days

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Trek the gentler northern approach to Mount Kilimanjaro

Your guided trek on the Rongai Route begins on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. This approach is not as busy as other routes and provides unique views of Kenya on your first day. Your experienced guides, porters and cooks will help you along your trek as you hike the highest peak in Africa.

Rongai Route has a reputation for being the easiest path to hike Kilimanjaro, but it’s not without its challenges. The strenuous climb through heavy scree to Gilman’s Point will banish the word easy from your vocabulary. You’ll be trekking through wildly different landscapes and experiencing everything from the lush rainforest to majestic moorlands and dramatic alpine deserts. None of the amazing sights along the way will be able to compare to the incredible views from the top of Uhuru Peak! Your guided trek will be complete at the Marangu Gate, where you’ll meet your ride back to Moshi.

Highlights of the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

Experience a more gradual ascent and the quieter paths on the first days of the Rongai Route.
Birdwatch and look for monkeys in two different forest environments.
Enjoy warm healthy meals and quiet campsites as you approach the summit.
Experience the stunning views from Gilman’s Point and Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak.

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From $1,685USD
8 days
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6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive for your pre-trek briefing

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi and transfer to your hotel, you’ll meet with a representative for a trek briefing and equipment assessment. This will also give you ample time to look after any additional equipment rental you may want.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Begin your trek to Simba Camp

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moshi for the drive to the charming wooden village of Nale Moru. On your way to the trail, you’ll stop at the Marangu Gate to complete the registration forms, then your hike begins. This path is drier than some of the other routes, so you’ll be quite comfortable as you hike through fields and a pine forest. You’ll break through the trees when you arrive at Simba Camp and enjoy expansive views of the Kenyan plains.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,650m / 8,695’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 6 km, 652m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Hike through the moorland to Second Cave

This morning you’ll trek through the heather of the moorland and up to Second Cave Camp. This is your stop for the night, so you can enjoy the stunning view of Kibo Peak and the eastern ice fields.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3450m / 11,318’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 6 km, time, km, 800m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Trek from Second Cave to Third Cave Camp

There are a few different paths from here, so you may find different hikers splitting off in different directions. Enjoy the quiet wilderness as your trail steadily ascends to Third Cave Camp. You’re now at nearly 4000m elevation, so make sure to stay hydrated and pay attention to any side effects you might be feeling from the altitude.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,930m / 12,983’)
Distance: 2 to 3 hours, 9 km, 430m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Hike to the bottom of the Kibo Crater

Today you’re crossing the rocky alpine desert towards Kibo. Its snowy crater wall will be looming above you when you arrive at Kibo Hut Camp. Dinner will be served early so you can squeeze in as many hours of sleep as you can. Tomorrow will be an early morning and a long day!
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,703m / 15,430’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 5 km, 870m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Midnight trek to Gilman’s Point and final ascent to the summit

Have your warm layers and your headlamp ready, it will still be dark and cold when you leave your tent around midnight. It’s a challenging hike through heavy scree or snow all the way to Gilman’s Point. As dawn breaks, you’ll begin your final push to the top of Uhuru Peak. When you’ve celebrated climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, it’s time to take some photos and start the hike down. Your day is only halfway over, as it’s a long way down to Horombo Hut Camp.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,720m / 12,303’)
Distance: 12 to 16 hours, 21 km, 1195m of ascent and 2175m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Descend to Marangu Gate and drive back to Moshi

Today you’ll be descending from the arid alpine desert through the familiar moorland and into the forest. The trail will be dramatically different from the one you experienced on your first day, as now you’re in the rainforest. It can be wet and very muddy on the last section of trail, so be prepared. You may catch a glimpse of some monkeys if you keep your eyes on the trees. After you’ve collected your summit certificate at Marangu Gate your driver will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 20 km, 2000m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Goodbye!

Today, after a good night’s sleep, you’ll head to the airport for your departure flight. Goodbye, Kilimanjaro!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided hiking tour up Mount Kilimanjaro depends on whether you choose to join an existing group on a specific date or if you prefer a custom tour for your group only.

The best time to travel to Tanzania for this tour is when the weather tends to be warmest and driest, which is between December-March and June-October.

Private Guided 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route Price and Dates

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Solo Trekker: $1,913 USD per person
  • Group of 2: $1,673 USD per person
  • Group of 3: $1,610 USD per person
  • Group of 4: $1,584 USD per person
  • Group of 5: $1,595 USD per person
  • Group of 6: $1,577 USD per person
  • Group of 7: $1,581 USD per person
  • Group of 8+: $1,570 USD per person

Join a Group Tour on the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

Make new friends and join a group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! You can also inquire with your preferred dates to create the group and let others join in. Prices below are per person:

Jul 06, 2021
Jul 13, 2021
From Moshi, Tanzania
To Moshi, Tanzania
USD$1,685
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route Tour

All the included accommodations are camping tents at designated camps along the trail. Tents are good quality and waterproof with a sleeping pad. The provided tents are double occupancy. Private tents and private toilets can be rented as additional gear. Small group mess tents with tables and chairs are provided as well. You’ll also spend one night before and after the tour in a quiet, cozy hotel in Moshi.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a single room while in the hotel (please enquire about the pricing). You can also pay a supplement of $5 USD per day to have a private tent.

Hotels on Standard Tour

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

Night 2

Simba Camp

Simba is a smaller camp that is on the quieter north side. There's a good chance you'll see some wildlife as it's just on the edge of the forest.

Night 3

Second Cave Camp

Stay in the moorland near a cave that used to be used for sleeping. Its use has been banned for safety, but you can still camp nearby.

Night 4

Third Cave Camp

Situated on the remote northern approach, this small site feels like you're camping in true wilderness.

Night 5

Kibo Hut

There are 60 beds with mattresses in communal huts at this camp. The bathroom facilities are basic vault toilets.

Night 6

Horombo Hut

This scenic site is an energetic hub. There are bunk houses for those on Marangu Route, with everyone else camping in tents.

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

What’s Included in the 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, and purified drinking water are included.

Accommodations

Camping accommodations for 5 nights are included. 2 accommodations before and after the tour in Moshi are included too.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all the airport transfers and the transfers between Moshi and the trailhead before and after the tour.

Also Included

  • Experienced mountain guides
  • Porter and cook salaries
  • Park fees
  • Quality four-season tents (based on twin share)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Conservation, camping and rescue fees
  • VAT (18% charged by the government)

Not included

  • Visas if required
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc. (rental options are available)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Moshi or Arusha
  • Private toilet rental added to your gear: $100 USD
  • Additional equipment rentals (available locally)
  • Private tent rental is $5 USD per day
  • Add-on bundles are available

Frequently Asked Questions about 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

Monkey Adventures is an East African (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) operator offering Safari Tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, and Gorilla tracking (Uganda). They have offices in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. The company offers Kilimanjaro climbs over different routes with a duration of 5 days to 9 days and all their departures are guaranteed. You can opt for a group joining trek (depending on if there is a group on that day) or a private trek just for your group.

Monkey Adventures is proud to share that the Tanzania National Parks Authority, Government of Tanzania recently presented them with the "Best Tour Operator" award for 2018/2019 and the company has also been recognized as the Travellers' Choice Winner - 2020 by Tripadvisor. In the past, Monkey Adventures have also won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018 and 2019.

Monkey Adventures guides hold certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide Licence, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificates, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide, and more.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5/5. The Rongai Route is considered one of the easiest of all the routes up Kilimanjaro. It has high success rates and only a few very challenging sections. The high elevations are a big component in the difficulty of the trek, as the side effects from being at this altitude can be unforgiving. No technical climbing skills are required on this trek, but you should be a fit hiker to get the most out of it.

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