Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route

  • Tanzania, United Republic Of

Follow a lesser-trekked path up Kilimanjaro, conquer Africa's highest peak, hike towards the summit through ever-changing ecosystems.

Conquer Africa's highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai Route, climbing the mountain from the North and descending via the popular Marangu Route with its diverse climate zones and stunning views. This route's gentle approach has a high success rate due to the slow ascent. You'll camp beside the only lake on the mountain and enjoy spectacular views over Kenya's Amboseli plains. Local guides, cooks, and porters will provide support during your trek and at campsites along the way.

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Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
DTKR
Travel Style
Active
Service Level
Camping
Physical Grading
5 - Challenging
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 12, avg 10.
Transport
Private minibus, trekking.
Accommodation
Simple hotels (2 nights), full-service alpine camping (5 nights).
Meals
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Other
  • G Adventures for Good: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi
  • 6-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Rongai Route with local guides, cooks and porters
  • All permits and fees
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    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route itinerary
  • Day 1Moshi

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Stella Maris Lodge

  • Day 2Moshi / Simba Camp, Tanzania

    Climb up the less-visited northern slopes through varied ecosystems.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

    Follow a small path through farmland from the village of Nalemoru (1950m, or 6397 ft). Travel though pine forest mostly in the montane forest habitat, with a gentle but consistent incline. Keep a look out for the Colobus monkeys of the area with their long white hair that looks like a cape. Camp for the night at the edge of the moorland zone (2750m, or 87632ft), from here the forest thins considerably and there’s a great, wide view of the plains of Kenya.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3Simba Camp, Tanzania / Kikelelwa Camp, Tanzania

    Continue ascending with superb views of the eastern ice fields.

    Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

    Leave from Simba Camp in the morning with a steady ascent that’s approximately 8km (6mi) from Kikelewa Camp. Arrive at the second cave around lunchtime and take in the views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields. After lunch, hike for 3-5 hours across the moorland off the main trail heading towards the peaks of Mawenzi. Camp for the night in the sheltered valley of the Kikelewa Camp.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4Kikelelwa Camp, Tanzania / Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Ascend through grassy slopes up to an area with majestic views.

    Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Climb the steep trail towards the Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4303m, or 14115 ft) through the wilderness and semi-desert habitat. Don’t listen to that “don’t look down” rule, the view behind is superb so make sure you enjoy it. Exit the vegetation zone shortly before reaching camp in the afternoon. Take a rest or explore the area around camp to help acclimate.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5Mawenzi Tarn Camp / Kibo Huts, Tanzania

    Hike slowly through the famous "saddle" between the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.

    Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Huts Camp

    Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo (4700m, or 15486 ft) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Spend the remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early start.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6Kibo Huts, Tanzania / Horombo Huts, Tanzania

    Night hike to the Summit via Gillman's Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise before descending to Horombo Huts Camp.

    Kibo Huts Camp to Summit

    Start the final and, by far, the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 12:00. Go very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5685m, or 18651 ft). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. If you are still feeling strong, make the two hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5895m, or 19340 ft) ), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. Descend to Kibo (4720m, or 15486 ft), which is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3720m, or 12204 ft ).

    Summit to Horombo Huts Camp

    Take a quick moment to enjoy the view and celebrate a successful climb before starting the descent to Horombo Huts Camp. Enjoy a well-deserved rest during the last night on the mountain.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7Horombo Huts, Tanzania / Marangu

    Continue the descent through forested lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

    Continue down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2770m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. Descend through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1879m). Transfer to hotel in Moshi for a well-deserved night in relative comfort.

    Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain.

    Horombo Huts Camp to Marangu Gate

    Continue the descent to the Marangu Gate, passing by the Mandara escarpment on the way. Enjoy the easier descent and hikers who successfully reached Uhuru Peak will receive a summit certificate.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit

    This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

    accommodation

    Stella Maris Lodge

    Optional Activities:

    • Moshi Mamas Massage

      Want to revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage? Have the Moshi Mamas come to your hotel and indulge in a 30 min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa! The Moshi Women’s Cooperative is a project supported by G Adventures, which provides business education to local women.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 8Moshi

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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