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7-day Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route

7 days Mount Kilimanjaro ascent, the highest peak in Africa, through the Rongai route together with the guiding team and local porters of Congema.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Rongai is one of the routes to climb Mont Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. It is a remote route, not so often used. It ranges second in ease of climbing.

The route consists of an approach from the north side of the mountain, which is less forested, and a descent through the Marangu route. The Rongai route has different options, I describe here the one that takes Mawenzi Tarn. The 2nd day of this climb is very long, therefore it can be divided in two days. In this way, you would also get a better acclimatisation.

The portion that includes the ascent to the Uhuru Peak is the same than in the Marangu Route, that leaves from Kibo Hut.

During the trip in the mountain we will sleep in tents that the porters pitch. This hike is quite tough and steep, you need to be fit and used to walks in mountainous areas. A sleeping bag, walking poles and warm clothes are required.

If you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro through the Rongai route or any other (Marangu, Machame or Lemosho route) please get in touch with me and let’s discuss about it. It will be my pleasure to help you organise this beautiful adventure.



We will sleep in tents that the porters will pitch for you.



Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the Silver Palm hotel (B&B).

Day 2: Rongai Gate - Rongai Cave

Transfer to Kilimanjaro and to Rongai Gate.
*3-4 h
*2100 m
Walking in the rain forest until Camp 1.
*4 h
*2800 m

Day 3: Rongai Cave - Kikelewa Cave

Walking up crossing moorlands and giant heathers until Camp 2, close to the Kikelewa Cave.
*6 h
*3600 m

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave - Mawenzi Tarn

Walking towards Mawenzi’s jagged pinnacles, then camping by Mawenzi.
We go to Tarn Hut, note that this last section is quite steep.
*4-5 h
*4330 m

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn - Kibo Hut

Gaining the Saddle, then walking across the scree desert until a camp which is near the Kibo hut.
*3-4 h
*4730 m

Day 6: Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

The day starts very early to reach the summit on steep scree up until Gillman’s Point (5 h, 5681 m) on the crater rim. Then we continue until the Uhuru Peak (1:30 h, 5895 m). Afterwards we descend to the camp, where we have for brunch and rest. Finally we go down until Horombo Hut. In total we will walk around 12 h.

Day 7: Horombo Hut - Marangu gate

Descent to Marangu gate (5 h), then driving back to your hotel (B&B).

Day 8: Departure

Day 8.
Departure following breakfast.

About the guide

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Please get in touch with me if you are interested by coming to Tanzania, for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or any other exiting adventure you wish to experience !
Our company was established with the aim of promoting both local and global tourism. May I say that nowhere else will you feel really in Tanzania than at our organisation. Years of experience have taught us to prepare special programs that take you off the beaten tracks (eg. Rubondo National Park, Gombe National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater Highland, Lake Natron, Oldonyo Lengai mountains, Longido Mountains and Monduli Mountains).
This of course, is in addition to the already popular places of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro in the North, and Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa in the South. Last but not least beach holidays on the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba are also among our programs. Some National Parks extension trips in Kenya and Gorilla tracking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are coordinated as well.
We have something to satisfy anyone's budget, from single seats on a vehicle safari, to exclusive safaris, incentive tours, educational and cultural safaris, ecological tours, and face-to-face safaris. You have the option to choose our basic "Canvas Safaris" or let us arrange a stay at luxury 5-star hotels.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2531 each

Group of 2

USD 2102 each

Group of 3

USD 1954 each

Group of 4

USD 1881 each

Group of 5

USD 1856 each

Group of 6

USD 1823 each

Group of 7

USD 1813 each

Group of 8

USD 1794 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

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

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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