Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

Trip Overview

Rongai is generally considered to be the easier of the many routes on Kili, with a high summit success rate recorded. It is the only route on the north side of the mountain and you will ascend via this route. As an extra treat, you will get to descend via a different route - the Marangu route, so you get to experience both sides of the mountain. It generally remains the less travelled route on the mountain, which of itself can make this route an attractive choice. Some of the highlights on this route are that you get to camp near Mawenzi Peak. You may also see some wildlife on the route. This route has an easy, gradual climb profile as compared to the Machame route. It rises very steadily; there are no steep climbs and descents involved until summit day where there is a steep ascent from Kibo (you have to get to the top somehow!), but otherwise no significant ups and downs. The camps are well distributed along the route. On your last day before you climb to the summit you only ascend a few hundred metres, and you have all afternoon to rest and acclimatise and prepare for your ascent to the summit.

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 2,990

  • Challenging Trekking


    Challenging Trekking

  • Duration

    9 Days, 8 Nights

  • Activity

    5,000m+, Trekking

  • Max. Altitude


  • Destination


  • Trip Start


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Difficulty level

Challenging Trekking

Challenging Trekking

This trip involves challenging, long, trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-12 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, to Hotel (850m)

Day 2

To Rongai Simba Camp (1,950m) (3-4 hours)

Day 3

Rongai Second Cave (3,600m)

Day 4

Rongai Kikelewa Cave (4,330m / 4,500m)

Day 5

Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m / 4,500m)

Day 6

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut (4,730m) (1-2 hours)

Day 7

Kibo Hut to Summit, descend to Horombo Hut (5,895m) (12-16 hrs)

Day 8

Horombo Hut to Moshi (900m) (5-6hrs)

Day 9

Depart for home, or Wildlife Safari starts! (850m)

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners (meals are shown as B/L/D)
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Moshi, twin-share
  • 6 nights camping, tents twin-share
  • Experienced mountain guides, western & local, experienced cook
  • Portering for carrying of team and personal equipment
  • Park entrance fees (valued at approx. $1,100)
  • All team camping & cooking equipment on the climb (though, bring your own sleeping bags and mats as these are excluded)
  • Team medical kit
  • Emergency oxygen

Meet Our Expert Team

No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

Lakpa Sherpa

Managing Director

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa


Chris Jensen Burke


Chhiring Sherpa


Jangbu Sherpa


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