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9 Day Climb Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route Itinerary

Tour Starts & Ends

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

No. Persons Limit

Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.

Departure Dates

On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)

Cost of Addtional Services

Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels  $ $ $

9 Day Climb Kilimanjaro


9 Day Climb Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route Itinerary is the only route that ascends the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. It’s a quieter route, and offers some amazing views. We discuss the pros and cons of the Rongai to help you decide if it’s the right route for you.

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches the summit from the northern side of the mountain, near the Kenyan border. It’s one of the least crowded of the seven Kilimanjaro routes.

There are several trekking routes to the summit, and among them, the Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. It is less crowded, has a more gradual slope than the other routes and therefore is recommended for those with less backpacking experience. Note however that on summit day the trek is a bit longer compared to the other routes. The route offers a unique wilderness experience as it is possible to spot wildlife like antelopes, elephants and buffalos on the way. It is the preferred one for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu Route, and still, the descent is via the Marangu Route, so you get the best of both. It is also the recommended route during the rainy season as the northern slopes fall within the rain shadow.

Our standard Rongai Route itinerary is 7 nights (6 trekking days, 8 days total). As all our departures are private, we can be quite flexible, and on request, we can adapt the itinerary and make it shorter or longer to suit your preferences and stamina.

Trek Overview

We avoid the crowded Marangu route on Kilimanjaro, preferring to approach the mountain from the north by the lightly-used Rongai route. The Rongai route starts just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border and has been almost unused for many years because the area was considered sensitive. Now open for climbing once again, experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both easier and more beautiful than the main Marangu trail. The Rongai route begins in attractive farmland and delightful forest, with the possibility of wildlife viewing, and passes through several different climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. We also add two extra days to the standard five day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatisation and give ourselves the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery. Recent National Park statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 30% if an extra day is spent acclimatising. The deviation to Mawenzi Tarn is very beautiful and on a little-used trail through moorland. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

Rongai Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha

Day 2 • Arusha

Day 3 • First Cave Campsite • 8700 ft

Day 4 • Kikelewa Caves • 11810 ft

Day 5 • Mawenzi Tarn • 14210 ft

Day 6 • Kibo Huts • 15420 ft

Day 7 • Summit Kilimanjaro • 19,340 ft

Day 8 • Arusha • Depart or Safari so has a longer transfer time from your hotel, and tends to be sheltered from the rain.  From this route the Mawenzi volcanic cone is visible.  This route is ideal for less experienced trekker.


Accommodation in Arusha is in a 3-star hotel on a twin share basis. The accommodation during the hike is in tents and dormitories in huts in the camps. There is no electricity in the camps inside the national park, and we recommend climbers to bring battery chargers they can plug in the car, or the driver will take you to the nearest lodge to charge batteries. There are 60 bunk beds at Kibo Hut, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests in the huts are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut. There are no showers in the tented camps and no Wi-Fi.



Kilimanjaro Trip Update

This program can be organized throughout the year, for the dates you choose, except for the months of April and May as it is the rainy season, starting with two people. Duration 8 Days - Private departure every day - from: USD 2.550. Type of stay: trek. Location: Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route. Duration of stay: 6 days / 5 nights (+ 2 nights pre and post ascent).

If you Gilmans Point (green certificate) or Uhuru Peak (gold certificate) have passed, then you get to the entrance / exit a certificate with the message that you have reached the highest point in Africa.

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