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9 Day Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

TREKKING ITINERARY Overview

While there are many options to consider when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, our nine-day Rongai Route itinerary stands apart from the pack. While it shares some of the same inspiring views as the mountain’s more frequently traveled paths, the Rongai Route is distinguished by its low crowd density, gradual degree of ascent, and geographical location, it’s the only path to Uhuru Peak which approaches Kilimanjaro from its northern face. The route also passes through genuine wilderness on this side of the mountain, offering trekkers the rare opportunity to see large animals like buffalo, zebra, or even the odd elephant. Superior African Safari recommends the Rongai Route for hikers who appreciate an authentic sense of adventure as they climb to the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

Please note: We can also arrange for eight-day Rongai Route itinerary for travelers with less time to spend on the mountain.

Day 1: Your Arrival Day.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Gran Melia Arusha

Day 01: Arrival Day

Welcome to Tanzania, home of the tallest point on the African continent! You won’t be able to see Mount Kilimanjaro itself when you arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, but you’ll get your first glimpse of the mountain when your driver meets you at the airport and takes you to Moshi. This small town serves as the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, and you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the world-famous mountain from your poolside seat at the Parkview Inn. Enjoy the rest of the day unwinding and enjoying the hotel’s fabulous amenities because tomorrow your adventure on the Rongai Route begins in earnest- BB.

Accommodation: Gran Melia Arusha

Kilimanjaro Intaernational Airport

Day 2: Rongai Gate -Simba Camp
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Simba Camp

Day 2: Rongai Gate -Simba Camp

We’ll depart from Moshi this morning and drive to the Rongai Gate to register with the local authorities before beginning the Kilimanjaro trek. Our hiking team will set out from here, leaving fields of coffee and corn at our backs and venturing into the forest lying close against the mountain’s lower slopes. While the forest is drier here on the mountain’s northern face, keep your eyes peeled, there are plenty of animals moving about in the treetops, including the especially gorgeous black-and-white colobus monkey. After about four or five hours of hiking, we’ll arrive at our first campsite of the Rongai Route. Simba Camp is situated near what locals call Rongai First Cave, a distinctive overhang of rock that marks the end of our first day on the mountain.

Accommodation: Simba Camp

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Camping
Simba Camp

Day 3:Simba Camp - Second Cave Camp
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Second Cave Camp

Day 3:Simba Camp - Second Cave Camp

On the second day of the Rongai Route trek, we’ll depart from Simba Camp and traverse a pleasant landscape of wild heather and colorful flowers. Getting an early start on today’s hike will allow us to avoid the worst of the heat from the rising sun as we trek across this exposed section of the trail. Magnificent views of Kilimanjaro are the order of the day, including Kibo: the highest of the mountain’s three volcanic cones. But our path will actually turn towards the second-highest summit, Mawenzi. We’ll trek across expansive moors in this direction before arriving at Second Cave Camp.

Accommodation: Second Cave Camp

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Camping
Second Cave Camp

Day 4 From Second Cave Camp - Kikilewa Camp
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Kikelelwa Camp

Day 4 From Second Cave Camp - Kikilewa Camp

Today’s trail leads through vast alpine deserts of surpassing beauty, but we’ll only be on our feet for about two or three hours in total. As we ascend to greater and greater heights, it’s important to allow our bodies the time they need to gradually adjust to the increased altitude. Today therefore serves as an acclimatization day, affording us the opportunity to enjoy some gentle exercise while we grow more familiar with the challenges of trekking at high elevation. Before long, we’ll find ourselves arriving at Kikelewa Camp, where we’ll pitch our tents and settle in for the remainder of the days. We’ll treat ourselves to a delicious meal and enjoy the uniquely windy ambience of Kilimanjaro’s sweeping moorlands before turning in for the night.

Accommodation: Kikelewa Camp

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Camping
Kikelelwa

Day 5:Kikilewa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn
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Mawenzi Tarn

Day 5:Kikilewa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn

No one ever said that climbing Kilimanjaro would be easy, but today you’ll begin to know just how high we’ll be climbing. Our day begins with a steep ascent; the going is tough but short, and the dramatic angle of the climb means that you’ll get to enjoy fabulous views each step of the way. We’ll set up our tents at Mawenzi Tarn, an especially beautiful campsite near a small lake. Today’s section of the Rongai Route should only take us about four hours to complete, so we’ll have the entire afternoon at our disposal. Whether you choose to spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the alpine surroundings, you’re sure to enjoy camping in this scenic spot.

Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn

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Camping
Mawenzi Tarn

Day 6: Mawenzi tarn – Kibo Hut
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Kibo Hut

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn – Kibo Hut

After breakfast this morning, it’s time to bid farewell to the tranquil surroundings of Mawenzi Tarn and head off in the direction of Kilimanjaro’s summit. Our path leads directly across the wide alpine desert known locally as the Saddle, which lies between Mawenzi and Kibo. We’ll trek across this dry, rocky landscape for approximately five or six hours before arriving at the base of Kibo itself. We’ll set up camp here and enjoy an early dinner before returning to our tents for the evening. It’ll be important to get plenty of rest tonight for tomorrow is the day we climb to the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut

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Camping
Kibo Hut

Day 7 -Kibo Huts – Uhuru Peak – Horombo huts
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Horombo Huts

Day 7 -Kibo Huts – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Huts

Are you ready for the big day? We’ll wake up at midnight and enjoy a hot tea in the nighttime solitude of the mountain before setting off to climb Kilimanjaro at last. We’ll take our time as we ascend in the dark, arriving at the lookout of Gilman’s Point to watch the sun dawn across the highlands of Tanzania. This vantage point offers tremendous views, but we’ve still got an hour to go before we reach the summit of the mountain and the culmination of the Rongai Route trek. When we arrive at Uhuru Peak, you’ll be standing at 5,895 meters above sea level: the highest point on the African continent. When we’re ready to move on, we’ll connect with the Marangu Route and begin our descent to the Horombo Huts where we’ll spend our last night on Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: Horombo Huts

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Camping
Horombo Huts

Day 8 - Horombo huts – Marangu gate – Moshi: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
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Marangu Gate

Day 8 - Horombo Huts – Marangu Gate – Moshi: 20KM/12.5MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST

We’ve nearly reached the end of our nine-days Rongai Route itinerary, but there’s still one more day to enjoy trekking across the wild expanses of Kilimanjaro. As we descend from the heights of the mountain, we’ll return to the montane rainforest which characterizes Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, endemic butterflies, and lots of colorful birds flitting through the forest canopy. Our trek comes to an end when we reach the Marangu Gate to Kilimanjaro National Park. It’s finally time to kick the dust and mud from our boots and make the short drive back to the hotel in Moshi, dinner and overnight at Parkview Inn- HB.

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Marangu Gate

Day 9 - (Departure):
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Day 9 - (Departure)

You’ll wake up this morning feeling rested and relaxed, knowing that you’ve successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on the Rongai Route. You’ve experienced a crowd-free trail teeming with wildlife, ascended to spectacular heights, and captured memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re leaving Tanzania today, we’ll bring you back to the Kilimanjaro International Airport on time for your flight.

If you’d like to make additional travel arrangements like an authentic East African safari or Tanzanian cultural experience, we’ll be happy to get you started. Thank you for choosing Superior African Safari.

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Tour Include
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport .
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport .
  • Accommodation at the lodge in Arusha.
  • Extended 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional English, France, German Speaker safari guide
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and Crater fees.
  • All meals while on safari and mineral drinking water during the safari.
  • Government taxes
Tour Exclude
  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa
  • Passport
  • Vaccinations & medicines
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, cook and porters
  • Other expenditures like luxury drinks/beverage, alcoholic drinks at lodge/hotels or on your trip as well as souvenirs and personal items after or before trip.
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
  • Any additional services that will be requested
Safari Price (USD)

Price is per person based on the Group size:

Season 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
HIGH SEASON (ADULT)
1,770
1,682
1,593
1,505
1,416
1,328
CHILD 5 - 15 YEARS (HIGH SEASON)
1,151
1,093
1,035
978
920
863
LOW SEASON (ADULT)
1,724
1,638
1,552
1,465
1,379
1,293
CHILD 5 - 15 YEARS (LOW SEASON)
1,121
1,065
1,009
953
896
840
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