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6-day Rongai route group trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Join one of the certified guides at Monkey Adventures on a thrilling 6-day group trek up the Rongai route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Enjoy a thrilling adventure to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!

  • Climb to the top of Africa's highest mountain.

  • Discover the stunning sceneries along the Rongai route.


Would you like to trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? At 5,895 m.a.s.l, it is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the world’s Seven Summits.  Join me on a thrilling 6-day program via the Rongai route!

There are six main routes to the top of Kilimanjaro. Rongai is the most remote, which means it is also the least crowded, and approaches the summit from the less forested north side.  Although it is not a technical climb, keep in mind that it does require proper acclimatization and physical preparation.

We will begin our adventure with a pre-trek briefing in Moshi. Then, on the following day, we will set off after breakfast on a 1-hour drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park. From there we will begin our ascent. Every day, we will trek for approximately 6 hours. On summit day, we will set off extra early and spend a long day trekking and enjoying the spectacular views. Finally, we will return to Moshi. You can find a detailed itinerary of the program below.

Keep in mind that climbing Kilimanjaro requires a good fitness level. It is also ideal to have some prior trekking experience. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready to climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route? Then book your place now and start planning an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania!

We also offer treks to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu, Machame and Lemosho routes. Check them out!




Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

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Day 1: Hotel to Simba Camp

Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

    • Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
    • Distance: 6km/4mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Simba Camp to Second Cave

The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

  • Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3450m/11,300ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi
  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Second Cave to Third Cave

Today we continue our hike from the Second Cave to the Third Cave.

  • Elevation: 3450m/11,300ft to 3880m/12,700ft
  • Distance: 9km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Third Cave to Kibo Hut

Hike to Kibo Hut at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and a very early day!

  • Elevation: 3880m/12,700ft to 4750m/15,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Summit Day

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s Point located on the crater rim (elev 5700m/18,700ft). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3700m/12,200ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 6-8 hours down
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Return

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Monkey Adventures vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour).

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
  • Distance: 20km/12.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast

About the guide

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We are an East African based operator, with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We offer safari tours and climbs to Mount Kilimanjaro over different routes, with ascents ranging from 5 to 9 days.

Our guides hold official certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide License, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificate, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide and more. We strive to provide the best service at the most reasonable rates. Customer satisfaction and safety are our main priority.

We have guaranteed departures to Mount Kilimanjaro every day. You can either join a group (if there is a group on that day) or join us on a private trek just for your group.

Contac us and let's start planning a unique adventure in East Africa together.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1738 each

Group of 2

USD 1738 each

Group of 3

USD 1738 each

Group of 4

USD 1738 each

Group of 5

USD 1738 each

Group of 6

USD 1738 each

Group of 7

USD 1738 each

Group of 8

USD 1738 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad

Price details

• Also included: Emergency Oxygen Cylinder, VAT (18% charged by the Government) Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%). NOT INCLUDED: Tanzania Visa Hotel (available as an optional addon) Transfers (available as an optional addon) Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting) Tips and gratuities Travel insurance Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) Meals not listed in the itinerary Liquors, beers and bottled beverages Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%) Please ask about discounts for children, expatriates/residents living in Tanzania, East African Citizens.

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