Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route: Nine Day Trip

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  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
  • Ends Moshi, Tanzania
  • +10
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date prior to 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour You can select a new tour run by the same operator up to 30 days before departure.
  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro via a less frequented route
  • See the cone of Mawenzi Volcano
  • Two acclimatization hikes included
  • Descend via the Marangu Trail
Nine days are all you need to reach the highest point in Africa via the Rongai Route, the only trail starting on the northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with this private, guided tour. Although this part of the mountain is rarely visited by trekkers, it is no less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes of the mountain.

Your journey to the top of Africa starts with a drive to Nalemuru Gate, which usually takes between three to four hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel. Get your climbing permits done, strap on your hiking boots and head for Simba Camp, your final destination of the day. From there, your journey to the top continues via Second Cave and Kikilewa camps. The Rongai Route is the only route that travels through Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones that make Mount Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa.

Having reached the summit, you will then head down via the Marangu Trail, which means that you will be able to discover both sides of the mountain during this trip. Please note that although some trekkers with the experience of hiking in high elevations can do this trip in around a week's time, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization.

We recommend this route for travelers looking for a reclusive hiking experience in Africa. For more details scroll down to the itinerary section below.
5 - Excellent
Based on 62 reviews
  • Michael
  • From Ukraine
  • On Jul 15 2021
5 - Excellent
Michael's review for another Altezza Travel tour
  • Eugene
  • From Israel
  • On May 04 2021
5 - Excellent
Eugene's review for another Altezza Travel tour
“We arrived in moshi on 18th July 2017 we stayed ay Aisweri lodge where we met Kate who had everything in order for our climb to Kilimanjaro great job Kate because you gave us the most fantastic guide in Kombe and his assistant peter and a team that were simply the best we could have. To say Kombe went above the odds to look after us what a fantastic leader such a humanitarian, kind good humoured intelligent gentleman with all life skills. We just cannot say enough about him and his team. We will be forever grateful for all their hard work. God bless you all.”
  • Dustin
  • From United Kingdom
  • On May 06 2021
5 - Excellent
Dustin's review for another Altezza Travel tour
“Altezza was great from the very beginning. Anna answered every question and took care of everything! I rented several items for the trek and the equipment was nice and new. The hotel is very nice and the food was good. I joined a group of 9 from the US on the 7 day Lemosho trail. The guides (Albert,Exaud,Edwin and Gerald) were wonderful and very knowledgeable. We took it pole pole (slowly, slowly) which helped put me at ease. I was 30 years older than most of the group and not sure if I could keep up! On the 4th day (my 55th birthday) we tackled the Barranco Wall and arrived at Karanga camp for lunch. I was walking around when the whole crew of porters and guides found me and sang Happy Birthday! They escorted me back to our tents where the cook presented me with a beautiful cake! Albert also had a message and card from my friend in the States. I believe the card arived late and Altezza had it "special delivered" up the mountain! Well done Altezza!!! You could not have made my day any more special! The summit night/day was brutal. The winds were 70 mph and below zero temp. Our water froze along with our feet and hands. Albert led us up with confidence and the guides and porters took such good care of us. I have a special thanks to Edwin who carried my pack, kept my mittens and hat on, my zipper zipped and made sure I was drinking and eating something. I would not have made it without him. The trek down the mountain is hard on the toes and knees but again the crew took great care of us. Thank you Altezza for a fabulous Birthday!!”
  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport arrival
  • Day 2: Trekking from Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp
  • Day 3: Simba Camp — Second Cave Camp
  • Day 4: Second Cave Camp — Kikilelwa Camp
  • Day 5: Kikilelwa Camp — Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  • Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn Camp — School Hut Camp
  • Day 7: Summit Uhuru Peak & descend to Horombo Hut
  • Day 8: Descend to Marangu Gate
  • Day 9: Departure
  • Arrival transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel and departure transfer from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transport to the trailhead from your hotel & back
  • Hotel accommodation before and after the trek in twin/double rooms as per the itinerary. Camp/hut accommodation during the climb. We use North Face VE-25 tents. Two climbers share one tent during trek
  • Three meals a day during climb. Menu includes soups, garnishes, several types of meat, fresh fruits & vegetables. Vegetarian, non-lactose and gluten-free options are available on prior notification
  • A professional mountain crew. All guides have 'Wilderness First Responder' and 'Wilderness First Aid' certificates along with over 7 years of experience in climbing
  • Each participant will be provided with a porter who will carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • First aid kit, oxygen system & pulse oximeters
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (four-inch thick)
  • Group equipment, like dining tents, tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery
  • Accommodation after the climb at Aishi Machame Hotel (sharing a twin/double room, including breakfast)
  • Certificates for successful ascents made
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Portable Toilet
  • Portable Shower
  • Private Tent
  • Personal Porter Service
  • Extended Meal Plan
  • VIP Lounge at JRO (Arrival)
  • VIP Lounge at JRO (Departure)
  • Both international and domestic airline tickets
  • Visa charges
  • Travel insurance. You will need a special insurance for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro which covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m along with rescue and evacuation in high elevations
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal gear
  • Tips for the mountain crew (USD200 to USD250 per climber)
  • Anything mentioned optional in the itinerary
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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