Scenic: summit can be seen from the north side from beginning, otherwise not as scenic as western routes
Skill: easy hike on first days to save energy, long summit day
The Rongai route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border. It is one of the least travelled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit attempt so trekkers will reach Gilman’s Point before treading along Kibo’s crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak.
The Marangu Route on the southeast side is used for descending the mountain. The hiking distances are short for the first few days, unlike Machame, Shira and Lemosho. It is a gentle walk until the steep climbs before summiting.
|1||Arusha to Rongai Gate to Simba Camp||1390m (4560ft) to 1950m (6400ft) to 2750m (9020ft)||4 hours||7km (4mi)|
|2||Simba Camp to Second Cave||2750m (9020ft) to 3450m (11320ft)||3-4 hours||6km (4mi)|
|3||Second Cave to Third Cave||3450m (11320ft) to 3870m (12700ft)||4 hours||7km (4mi)|
|4||Third Cave to School Hut||3870m (12700ft) to 4750m (15500ft)||5 hours||10km (7mi)|
|5||Summit day! School Hut to Uhuru Peak||4750m (15500ft) to 5895m (19340ft) to 3690m (12100ft)||7-8 hours||6km (4mi)|
|Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut||5895m (19340ft) to 3690m (12100ft)||5 hours||16km (10mi)|
|6||Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate to Arusha||3690m (12100ft) to 1830m (6000ft) to 1390m (4560ft)||6-7 hours||20km (13mi)|
Elevation (m): 1,390m to 1,950m to 2,750m
Elevation (ft): 4,560ft to 6,400ft to 9,020ft
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Distance: 7 km
Terrain: Montane Forest
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha and transferred to the Rongai gate. After signing in, you begin the hike on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, before entering a pine forest. You start to climb gently but consistently through a forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin and Simba Camp is near the First Cave at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Elevation (m): 2,750m to 3,450m
Elevation (ft): 9,020ft to 11,320ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Hiking Distance: 6 km
After breakfast, you will pass the First Cave on your way. Your morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave. En route, you will enjoy superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
Elevation (m): 3,450m to 3,870m
Elevation (ft): 11,320ft to 12,700ft
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Distance: 7 km
Your continuing steady ascent takes you up to the Third Cave. Closer now, the eastern ice fields on the crater rim continue to draw you upwards. As you continue climbing, the trees become sparser and later disappear, and the heathers start to shrink at higher altitudes. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Keep on drinking plenty of water while you are hiking.
Elevation (m): 3,870m to 4,750m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,500ft
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Distance: 10 km
Terrain: Alpine Desert
After a leisurely breakfast, you will set off on your journey to School Hut. There is a steady ascent to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the volcanic cones of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here, you will continue upwards through rocky moonlike landscape to reach School Hut in early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent resting and preparing for the next day’s summit challenge.
Elevation (m): 4,750m to 5,895m to 3,690m
Elevation (ft): 15,500ft to 19,340ft to 12,100ft
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent, 2 hours descent to Kibo Huts, then 3 hours descent to Horombo Huts
Hiking Distance: 6 km ascent, 16 km descent
Terrain: Alpine Desert and Volcanic Scree
After a short night’s rest and a light breakfast, you begin your summit ascent at midnight. The goal is to see the sun rise over Mawenzi from the top of Kibo. Walking at dawn is also safer as the loose volcanic scree is frozen, making it easier to climb. Tread very slowly in the darkness with your head torch on a rocky trail to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point (5,860m/18,600ft).
Have a short rest here as views of the fabled ice-capped crater greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows of Kilimanjaro will take you to the true summit – Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft), passing the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.
After numerous photos and congratulating yourself on an amazing achievement, retrace your steps along the crater rim to Gilman’s Point, then descend down through Kibo Huts. Have lunch and a short rest before re-crossing the saddle to reach Horombo Hut where you will spend this unforgettable night.
Elevation (m): 3,690m to 1,830m to 1,390m
Elevation (ft): 12,100ft to 6,000ft to 4,560ft
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Hiking Distance: 20km
Terrain: Moorland and Rainforest
After some much deserved rest, wake up, pack, have breakfast, then descend through moorland to reach Mandara Hut. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 p.m. Remember to tip your guides, cook, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel or lodge in Arusha where it is definitely time for celebration!
You can choose to start on any date you like.
|Number of Trekkers||2019 Price||2020 Price|
|2 people sharing||US$3,200 per person||US$3,300 per person|
|3 people sharing||US$2,700 per person||US$2,800 per person|
|4 people sharing||US$2,600 per person||US$2,700 per person|
|5 people sharing||US$2,500 per person||US$2,600 per person|
|6 people sharing||US$2,400 per person||US$2,500 per person|
|7 people sharing||US$2,300 per person||US$2,400 per person|
|8 or more people sharing||US$2,200 per person||US$2,300 per person|
• All camping equipment (sleeping tent, mattress, mess tent, table and chairs)
• Transport to and from mountain gates
• Park entry fees and camping fees
• Government taxes and levies
• Rescue fees
• Emergency oxygen tanks
• Services of English-speaking guide/assistant guide(s)
• Minimum of one guide for every 2 climbers
• Professional cook and all kitchen/dining utensils
• Enough number of porters for your luggage, food, water and camping equipment
• Salaries and food for guide(s), cook and porters
• Three meals a day on the mountain
• Use of radios & cell phones to increase your safety
• Guaranteed departure from Arusha
• Accommodation before/after climb (can be booked upon request)
• Airport transfers (can be arranged upon request)
• Domestic or international flights and departure taxes
• Tourist visas
• Medical and travel insurance
• Tips for guides, cook and porters
• Items of personal nature, e.g. telephone bills, laundry services, snacks
• All mountain/trekking gears, e.g. sleeping bag, walking poles (available for hire upon request)
• Portable toilet
• Other items not specified in the itinerary
Portable toilet rental
US$200 per group (for up to 4 people sharing)
Airport transfers from JRO to Arusha (one-way):
For up to 3 pax: US$70 per car
4 to 5 pax: US$90 per car
6 or more pax: US$120 per car
Accommodation before/after climb:
Amani Afrika only operates full-service, private Kilimanjaro climbs.
We never join travelers together in groups!