- The Rongai route is the only trail to approach Kibo from the North, on the Kenyan side
- Reaching the highest point in Africa at 5,895 m
This 6-day trek will take you to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro through the Rongai route. The Rongai route is the only trail to approach Kibo from the North, on the Kenyan side of the mountain. The Rongai route is considered more scenic than the Marangu route and easier than the Machame route, and it also has a high success rate for summiting.
The Rongai route is also one of the quietest routes as it doesn’t converge with any other route until it joins the Marangu route for the ascent on the summit. Descent is via the Mweka route on the mountain’s southeast side.
Your ascent begins at Marangu Gate up the south-east side of Kilimanjaro through the beautiful forest and moorland before passing to the south of Mawenzi and crossing the desolate saddle on route to Kibo Hut. You will then ascend the summit on scree slopes to Gilman's Point and then on to Uhuru Peak.
Descent is back to Kilimanjaro Gate; this route is typically completed in 5 days allowing for good acclimatization.
Please refer to the itinerary section for day-by-day activities.
Day 1: An early start with a drive to Rombo gate. Trek for 3 – 4 hours to the first cave for dinner and overnight. (2,700m)
Day 2 : Trek to the second cave for lunch and onwards to Kikelewa cave on the Mawenzi train for overnight. This takes about 6- 7 hours. Kikelewa cave (3,600m).
Day 3: The day is spent trekking to Mawenzi Tarn hut for overnight. Mawenzi Tarn (4330m).
Day 4: A day of trekking across the saddle to school camp. This takes about 4 -5 hours. School camp (4, 750m).
Day 5: Just after midnight start for the summit via Gillman’s point (5,700m) for 6 – 7 hours to Uhuru peak (5, 895m) – the highest point in Africa! The descent takes about 5 -6 hours to Horombo hut campsite for overnight. Horombo Camp (3,807m).
Day 6: The day is spent descending to Marangu gate, this takes 6 hours or so where you will be met and transferred to Arusha.