This route begins on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border, and is the least traveled route. It takes a long drive to get to the starting point that is filled with fantastic views. After summit you will decent on the Marangu route. Accommodation on this route will be in tents.
With its gentle gradient and sense of unspoilt wilderness, the Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is less crowded than the most popular trails. We trek through farmlands, forest and alpine moorlands as we approach the beautiful summit cone. This route allows an extra day for acclimatization under the imposing spires of Mawenzi, before the arduous final ascent. The final climb begins in darkness but our reward is an incomparable dawn vista over the sweeping East African plains.
Your chance to
Trek Africa’s highest mountain
Follow the lesser-used Rongai Route
Watch sunrise over the summit crater rim
At a glance
2 nights comfortable en suite hotels, 5 nights full-service camping in three-man tents, private toilet tents provided
6 days point-to-point walking
Full porter age throughout
Altitude maximum 5895m, average 3600m
Hotels & Camping
2 night’s comfortable en suite hotels out post lodge , 5 nights full-service camping in three-man tents, private toilet tents provided. There is a large communal tent, which is used for dining and at other times in the event of inclement weather Limited single accommodation is available and includes a single tent as well as the hotel nights. We can arrange extra accommodation before or after the trip
This is a long and hard trek, which reaches an altitude of 5895m. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very hard, depending on how well your body acclimatizes to high altitude. There is no scientific way to determine how easily you acclimatize, and be aware that the acclimatization process also can differ from climb to climb.
Most of the trails on the Kilimanjaro trek are well defined and of good quality but some forest sections are often slippery and moorland paths can be very wet in poor weather conditions.
The final ascent to Uhuru peak is almost exclusively on scree and loose rock without permanent footpaths but no technical skills are required. During the course of the trip we shall spend time at both high and low altitude, experiencing both extremely cold and quite hot conditions. Please note that this is graded as a Challenging / Tough trek in our Walking & Trekking Brochure; you will need complete confidence in your physical ability to attempt this trek. You should be prepared for an early start every day on Kilimanjaro.
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners included.
On trek the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home.
You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘summit snacks’ with you from home; summit day is a long trekking day and high energy snacks are not readily available locally in Tanzania.
All meals during the climb are included. Please allow about GBP40 (USD65) for the meals not included.
Whilst the water we provide on Kilimanjaro is suitable for drinking you may wish to be extra safe and treat it with your own water purification tablets. The EU banned iodine to be used to purify water on 25 Oct 2009. The cheapest alternative is to use chlorine tablets. The major difference is chlorine doesn’t eliminate giardia. Biox Aqua drops or tablets are the best available alternative for sale in the UK as they kill giardia and crytosporidium. Ending of 6 Days Rongai route Kilimanjaro trekking.