Rongai Route

The Rongai route, starting from the north side, includes a combination of relatively easy treks with every effort made to avoid tourists. You will witness the Mawenzi volcano up close, and each day you will be greeted with a new, scenic view. The Rongai route, starting from the north side, includes a combination of relatively easy treks with every effort made to avoid tourists. You will witness the Mawenzi volcano up close, and each day you will be greeted with a new, scenic view.
7 Days

Rongai Route - 7 - $5,375


Day 1 Rongai Gate (6,550 ft./ 2,000 m) - Rongai 1 Caves Camp (9,285 ft./ 2,830 m)

Departure from Arusha at 8am, about 5 hours drive (2 on rough roads) to the Rongai gate. After completion of administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the 3 to 4 hour walk to the first camp. The walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rain forest. Arrive at your camp set in the heather, to your mess tent and a hot meal.

Day 2 Rongai 1 Caves Camp - Rongai 2 Caves Camp (11,300 ft./ 3,450 m)

About 4-5 hours trek through the heather will bring you to second caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail.

Day 3 Rongai 2 Caves Camp - Kikelewa Caves Camp (11,800 ft./ 3600 m)

Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatize. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes. The trekking time is about 3 – 5 hours, arriving in camp for a hot lunch, and a chance to acclimatize while exploring the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants and rock formations and caves.

Day 4 Kikelewa Caves Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft./ 4,315 m)

Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo; your final target. Total trekking time is 5-7 hours.

DAY 5 Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Outward Bound Camp (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)

The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and turn in early to rest

Day 6 Outward Bound Camp - Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) - Kibo Hut Camp

The steaming hot drink will arrive early on this momentous day. At dawn we begin the juggernaut (9-13 hours of trekking). The winding path of endless switchbacks will reach the famous snows of Kilimanjaro near after about 5-7 hours of trekking, when you will reach the edge of the crater at Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m) and the end of the steep track. From here, we wind our way along the summit ridge to Stella point and onwards to Uhuru Peak (another 1-2 hours from Gillman’s Pt.). You will likely be the only other group at the summit at this time of day (12pm to 3pm). After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail to Kibo Hut for rest and nourishment from the camp kitchen.

Day 7 Kibo Hut Camp - Marangu Gate (5,900 ft./ 1,800 mt.)

Descend straight to the gate (6 - 9 hours), with a picnic lunch en route at Mandara Hut. Upon reaching the gate, you’ll be awarded climbing certificates and closing ceremony. Transfer back to Arusha for a much-welcomed shower and convalescence!

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Travel during some peak season months will incur higher rates. 


  • Oxygen for emergency use  
  • Hyperbaric Chamber 
  • Stretcher/Litter
  • First-aid kit 
  • Pulse-oximeters 
  • VHF handheld radios 
  • Mobile phones (carried by all guides for daily communication) 
  • Satellite phone (carried at all times by the head guide) 
  • Safety equipment porter(s) 
  • A comprehensive safety briefing 
  • Wilderness First Responder Certified mountain guides 
  • Ratio of 1 guide per 2 guests (on average)
  • Professional cook
  •  Waiter(s) 
  • Campsite Manager 
  • KPAP monitoring porter 
  • Camp setting crew
  • Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 sleeping tents (a triple tent used as a double tent or single tent with supplement)
  • Cold-weather sleeping mats (closed cell foam)  
  • Large private toilet tent(s) with portable flush toilets on a stable frame 
  • Large custom-designed and fabricated weatherproof dining tents 
  • High powered solar LED lights in the dining tent 
  • Lightweight aluminium chairs with backs 
  • Wash stands 
  • Wash basins 
  • Hot water bottles prepared each night
  • Purified water 
  • Three healthy and energizing meals a day (we offer inspired and nutritious menu plans for those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan). 
  • Tea-time snacks upon arrival in camp 
  • Organic produce from our ½ acre garden at our office base
  • Mountain cool boxes
  • Round trip private transfers from/to Arusha or Kilimanjaro 
  • VAT - all Tanzania government Value Added Taxes are included in these prices
Optional extras:
  • Single person use of sleeping tent
  • Personal porter
  • Personal /additional assistant guide
  • AED heart-saving device (optional on treks without crater camp)
  • Private toilet tent, with portable flush toilet
  • Gourmet KIMEMO coffee, made & served in insulated cafetieres
  • Fancy cheese platter (at first lunch or final lunch at gate)
  • Sparkling wine service at final gate
  • Solar charging kit with 2 USB connectors 


  • National Park fees 
  • Optional items 
  • Emergency transport costs (helicopter evacuation) 
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal medical kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal trekking gear

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