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7-day Rongai route trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak and one of the Seven Summits, trekking via the Rongai route, along a certified local guide from the Enosa Expeditions team.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro via the less crowded Rongai route

  • Enjoy a true sense of unspoilt wilderness near the border with Kenya

  • Discover spectalar views from the top of the mountain


Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) is Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s Seven Summits. This trip  takes you to this famous summit in Tanzania through the Rongai route, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya, with a 7-day trek.

This route ascends Kilimanjaro or Uruhu Peak from the north-eastern side of the mountain, through less forested landscapes. Although the scenery is not as varied as on the western routes, the Rongai route offers a true sense of unspoilt wilderness. The descend is made through the Marangu route.

This program includes two nights stay in hotels, before and after the climb, and a 7-day trek to the summit.  The Rongai route is not as popular as other routes, so it is great alternative to more crowded trails. It is also a good option if you decide to climb in rainy season, as this side of the mountain gets less precipitation.

Come reach the summit of Kilimanjaro throught the wild and serene Rongai route. Just contact us and book your place! Let’s start planning this once-in-a-lifetime mountain ascent in Tanzania. 

We also offer other programs to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro via different routes.



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.




Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi

We will send a driver to the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Moshi. Short briefing at the hotel. Our guides will emphasise all the important details regarding your trek. Hiking gear check.

Day 2: Rongai Camp (Full board)

After an early breakfast in Arusha, we will transfer to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The trek then starts to go up 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 (2600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
The first day is only a half-day walk.
Nalemoru Gate to Rongai Camp (2,600 m): 3-4 hours trekking time.

Day 3: Rongai Second Cave (Full board)

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave, (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After a hot lunch we have free time to rest at the camp or in the afternoon we can explore the surrounding area with an acclimatization hike to Third Cave.
Rongai Camp to Second Cave (3,450 m): 3-4 hours trekking time.

Day 4: Rongai Kikelelwa Cave (Full board)

Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp (3679m). We reach in the late afternoon the Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp.
Second Cave to Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m): 3-4 hours trekking time.

Day 5: Rongai Mawenzi Turn (Full board)

A short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). We leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help to your acclimatization.
Kikelelwa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m):3-4 hours trekking time.

Day 6: Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (Full board)

Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut (4700m), at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon.  There is no running water at Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Mawenzi Turn to Kibo Hut (4,700m); 5-6 hours trekking time.

Day 7:  Kibo Hut to Summit to Horrombo Hut (Full board)

We wake up before midnight under cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. Some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Gillman’s (5,685 m). We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru peak (5,895 m), the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Kiko Hut, very fast. We stop at Kibo Hut for some refreshment and we continue to descend to reach Horrombo Hut.
Kibo Hut to Summit to Horombo Hut (3100 m): 13-15 hours trekking time.

Day 8: Horrombo Hut (Full board)

Today we will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu Gate. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (6-7 hours walking).

Day 9: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.


About the guide

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We are an experienced Tour Operator company, offering high-quality service and unique mountain trekking, safaris and beach holidays in Tanzania.

All our treks to the mountain are led by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they have made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+.

The guides are all fluent in English, have been trained in first aid and hold a valid license to climb all routes on Kilimanjaro. In case of an emergency they will help you to come down via the evacuation tracks to the nearest gate. All our guides, like many Tanzanians for that matter, have a good sense of humour and will help make your trip the experience of a life time.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are organized in the Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA). Each guide is in charge of his team consisting of assistant guides, cook(s) and porters.

Get in touch with us and we will help you create your dream holiday in East Africa!

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