Rongai Route – 8 Days

Day 1: Kilimanjaro airport/Arusha

Our driver will pick you on your arrival at the airport whereby you will drive to Arusha town for overnight at the lodge booked for overnight.

  • Destination: Arusha town
  • Accommodation: Outpost lodge
  • Meals: BB

Day 2: Arusha/Rongai gate  

Transfer takes (about 4-5 hours) to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1950 m / 6398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m / 8530 ft) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. We use or 4WD min Van/Land cruiser to take you to the gate.

  • Destination: Rongai gate
  • Accommodation: Simba campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 3: Simba/Kikelewa

We hike from Simba camp up towards Kibo till 3 482m for lunch at second Caves, a distance of 5.8km. After lunch we continue trekking until reaching Kikelewa Camp at about 3679 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water can be found in a obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to wander downhill a way to find a pool or two. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Kikelewa camp.

  • Destination: Kikelewa
  • Accommodation: Kikelewa campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 4: Kikelewa/Mawenzi Tarn

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

  • Destination: Mawenzi Tarn
  • Accommodation: Mawenzi tarn campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn/Kibo

After breakfast we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo campsite

  • Destination: Kibo
  • Accommodation: Kibo campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 6: Kibo/Summit and Horombo Hut

You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot.
The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hot, you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

  • Destination: Summit and Horombo Hut
  • Accommodation: Horombo campsite
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 7: Horombo/Mosh area

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips.
At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.
You now drive to Moshi area for dinner and overnight at Weru weru river lodge

  • Destination: Arusha
  • Accommodation: outpost lodge
  • Meals: B,BL,D

Day 8: Arusha/Kilimanjaro airport

In the morning after done with your breakfast our driver will pick you from the hotel and drop you at the airport for your flight back home.

  • Destination: Moshi area/Kilimanjaro airport
  • Accommodation: Departure
  • Meals: B


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Picnic Lunch, D=Dinner



  • All Park fees, Picnic lunches. Rescue fees, Camping fees.
  • All transfers as Indicated in the itinerary above.
  • Accommodations – Sleeping in the dome tents.
  • Services of Bright Safaris Camping equipment. These are Tents, camping table and chairs etc.
  • Meals as per the above itinerary – 3 Meals a day – Vegetarians and Non vegetarians.
  • Services of Bright African Safaris staff throughout. The cook will be responsible for your 3delicious meal daily.
  • Services of a Senior Bright African Safaris Naturalist Trekking Guides and assistance guide.
  • All baggage handling – Recommended weight for clients’ backpack to be carried up the mountain is 15kgs.  Kindly allow 5 kg for personal daypacks including Cameras.
  • We will provide for our clients – first Aid Kit.
  • We will provide guides and assistant guides in this trekking. Our Guides are licensed and have received training from Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park Instructors. From 1-4 clients you will be having two guides and from 5-6 you will be having three guides.

Not Included:

  Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts etc)

  Any local and international flights tickets (airline).

  Tips for staff such as guides, porters and the cook staff

  Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance

  Meals and expenses en route to Tanzania

  Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature

Budget Camping: food supplied (Menu)

Breakfast: Fruit, egg, Fruit juice, eggs, bread/French toast/plain toast/pancakes.margarine/jam/honey/peanut-butter,cereals/porridge,Milo Pancakes, Oats, Omelette’s, tea/coffee

Picnic lunches:  Sliced carrot & cucumber strips, seasonal fruits, boiled eggs, vegetable/meat cutlets, sandwiches (egg/cheese/tuna/tomato).

Dinners :  Soup (Mushroom/cucumber soup, Pumpkin soup/chicken/vegetable) bread, a meat dish, rice/pasta/potatoes, Fish curry/Noodles, vegetable dishes(Vegetable Kish etc, fruit, some local dishes which am sure they will be more interested to you.

Desserts:    Bush made cake accompanied with local Brewed Tanzanian coffee, Tea, Cup of hot Chocolate, Milo’s etc.

Snacks:  Peanut/Crisps/Popcorn/Cookies.

Below is the list of the gears that you should bring with you for trekking.

FOR FEET: Mt. Boots, Socks – at least 4/5 pairs (This must be thin and thick ones) 1 pair of gaiters, Sandal/open shoes,(optional)

FOR BOTTOM: 1 thermal (warm) trousers, 1 thermal (warm) long underwear, 1 wind/water proof trousers.

FOR TOP:  2 or 1 long sleeved thermal shirts, 1 thermal T-shits, 1 thermal jacket or sweater, 1 down jacket, preferable wool attached one.

FOR HANDS:  1 pc of roll foam or air mattress, 1 warm sleeping bag.

OTHER GEARS: 1 head lump and spare batteries, 1 pair or 1 pc of walking sticks, 1 pair of sunglasses or ice goggles, Sun block cream or Lotion, Lipstick cream, First Aid Kit, Camera + films with its spare batteries, passport book, a day pack, a rucksack or safari bag.

FOR DRINKING:  Drinking water bottle (NALGEN) or any other brand like SIGG or optional, camel pack.

Note: These Items can be hired here in Arusha before your Trek; Most of the items mentioned above can be hired for 10 – 15 dollars for the whole Trek

Cost Breakdown:
Adults: Group of 3+: $ 3120, Couple/2 People: $ 3170, Solo Traveller: $ 3200,
Children: Group of 3+: $ 3120, Couple/2 People: $ 3170, Solo Traveller: $ 3200,




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