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5 – Day Kilimanjaro Treks Via Rongai Route.



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Trek Overview:

The 5 – Day Kilimanjaro Treks Via Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. The trek starts from the Rongai gate and traverses several climatic zones along the way. Each zone has its own distinctive features and provides amazing views and experiences.

The route used for ascending purposes doesn’t require much technical climbing, but requires a standard level of physical fitness as it is strenuous. The advantage of doing the Rongai Route is that there will be fewer climbers on the trail for most of the trek. The descent is conducted through a more heavily travelled Marangu route which offers views of both sides of the trail. You can basically see everything that this beautiful region has on offer.

During the rainy season, the Rongai route is considered the best route as it is located in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro and sees substantially less rainfall than its southern counterparts. The route doesn’t provide many acclimatization opportunities and trekkers can’t follow the “climb high, sleep low” principle. An additional day at Mawenzi Tarn hat for acclimatization is hence recommended.


Trek Highlights

  • Arrival
  • Day 1:Nalemoru Gate (1,990m/6,530ft) – Simba Camp (2,625m/8,610ft)
  • Day 2:Simba Camp (2,625m/8,530ft) – Second Cave (3,450/11,319ft) – Third Cave (3,800m/12,467ft)
  • Day 3:Third Cave Camp (3,960m/12,800ft) – Kibo hut Camp (4700m/15,420ft)
  • Day 4:Kibo hut (4700m/15,420ft) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,350ft) – Horombo Camp (3720m/12,200ff)
  • Day 5:Horombo Camp (3720m/12,200ff) -– Marangu Gate (1,870m/6,165)



 Day 1

Nalemoru Gate (1,990m/6,530ft) – Simba Camp (2,625m/8,610ft)

Distance: 8km
Environment: Montane Forest
Time: 3 to 4 hours

Start in the morning from the lodge in Moshi; you will make a way to the Rongai Gate, from where the trekking journey begins, all your equipment and belongings will be both organized and packed by the porters while you spend the time on the registration process with the National Park formalities before trek through the rainforest.


The trail ascents gradually and allows hikers to enjoy the surrounding. Midway in the trail, you’ll have your lunch and resume hiking to Simba Camp at 2625 meters where you’ll reach by late afternoon or early evening. Porters and chefs will move ahead of you and reach at the spot earlier to set up the tents and prepare drinking water along with snacks. A hot dinner will be served after washing up. The temperature in here may drop below freezing point, so be prepared!


Day 2

Simba Camp (2,625m/8,530ft) – Second Cave (3,450/11,319ft) – Third Cave (3,800m/12,467ft)

Distance: 13km

Environment: Moorland

Time: 9-10hrs

You continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.


As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the first Cave, then second Cave for hot lunch before proceeding to third Cave. The view of Kibo Peak is amazing.

Day 3

Third Cave Camp (3,960m/12,800ft) – Kibo hut Camp (4700m/15,420ft)

Distance: 6 km
Environment: Alpine desert
Time: 6hours

Today you will get to the higher elevation. A long and steady ascent takes us to The Saddle, and a landscape that can only be referred to as ‘lunar’, with the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo rising on either side. You’ll reach Kibo Hut camp and make camp in the early afternoon, giving you a chance to rest and prepare for the mid night summit.


Day 4

Kibo hut (4700m/15,420ft) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,350ft) – Horombo Camp (3720m/12,200ff)

Distance: 22km
Environment: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Time: 7 hours to Uhuru /3 hours back to Kibo/ 3 hours to Horombo.

You will start early, around 11 pm or midnight. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Making it to this section is itself an impressive achievement as the trail is rocky, steep, and located at a higher altitude. On the crater rim, you have Gilman’s Point from where you’ll trek all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters.


Trail is fully covered with snow and reaching to the summit is an accomplishment of a lifetime. You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Kibo begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.

At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot brunch before continue descending down to Horombo for dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.


Day 5

Horombo Camp (3720m/12,200ff) -– Marangu Gate (1,870m/6,165)

Distance: 19km
Environment: Montane Forest
Time: 6 to 8 hours

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. You can present your tips or gifts to the guide, assistant guides, porters, and chefs individually or hand it to their chief. Leaving them behind, you can descend back to Mweka Gate.


It is required by the national park to sign individually on required documents to receive certificate of completion. Hikers who make it to Stella Point at 5685 meters and Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters are presented with certificates. The driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel accommodation in Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.


Price per person per 2 people 2,050 USD

Price per person per 3 people 2,020 USD

Price per person per 4 people 1,990 USD

Price per person per 5 people 1,960 USD

Price per person per 6 people 1,930 USD


  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)


  • Climbing gear
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees




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