6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing via Rongai Route

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Package Overview

6-Day Rongai Route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching the mountain from the north

Arrival at the airport and pick up

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport, Genius Kilimanjaro will await you, and they will transfer you to your Arusha hotel for your overnight accommodation.

Depending on your arrival time, during the remainder of this day, you will have time to rest, relax, and explore Arusha Town. Our team of guides will meet you in the evening for a briefing session about the 6-Day Rongai Route hike.



This Route Map

Day by Day

Genius Kilimanjaro will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha and drive for 2 hours to the Marangu gate for registration. After registration, you will head northeast for 2 ½ hours at Rongai Start Point. The hike to the first camp will take about 4 hours to the destination. You will pass a rainforest zone where you may spot some colobus monkeys. Our destination is Simba Camp. The genius Kilimanjaro team will have arrived at the Camp ahead of you to pitch up your tents and set camp ready to receive you. You will be provided with warm water to freshen up and be served with lunch. You will have the rest of the day to rest. In the evening dinner will be served to allow you time to retire for the night.

On day 2, you will hike from Simba camp to the 2nd Cave 3450 meters above sea level for lunch. After lunch, you will proceed with trekking until Kikelewa Camp. At Kikelewa Camp the view opens up to allow you to see the surrounding areas. You will have an overnight stay at Kikelewa Camp where you will be served dinner. After dinner Genius Kilimanjaro team will brief you about the following day’s hike before retiring to your tents for the night.

Today’s destination will be a short but steep climb passing through the vegetation zone. After breakfast, you will leave Kilelewa Camp heading towards Mawenzi Tarn where you will have 4 to 5 hours hike. Mawenzi Tarn is a very remarkable campsite. It is in a hollow under the shadows of Mawenzi Peak. The camp is close to a small lake. On arrival at the camp Genius Expedition Safaris team will be ready to serve you lunch after which you will have time to relax. In the evening dinner will be served after which you will retire for the night.

On day 4 after breakfast, we will head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo Hut crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The hike from Mawenzi to Kibo Hut will take 4 to 5 hours. On arrival at Kibo Hut, you will have your lunch. You will then spend the rest of the day resting before early dinner. You will then retire to rest before being woken up for the final ascent. The genius Kilimanjaro team will fully brief you on the preparations for the summit.

At around midnight Genius Kilimanjaro will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and on lucky nights the moonlight, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at the elevation of 5,730 meters above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film you will start to descend along the same route back to Horombo Hut, where the Genius Kilimanjaro team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. In the evening you will be served dinner and then retire for the night.

Day 6 is your final day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will be hosted by the Genius Kilimanjaro team to a traditional farewell ceremony after which you will start descending from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. The descent will take 6 to 7 hours. At Marangu Gate, you will sign out and be awarded a certificate for summiting Uhuru Peak. You will then be driven back to your hotel/lodge in Arusha for an overnight stay before departing.

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About Route

Kilimajaro Rongai route

Rongai Route

The rongai route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness.

Package Detail

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6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing via Rongai Route