Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 7 Days Itinerary + Cost For 2024 And 2025

kilimanjaro climbing via rongai route 2024 - 2025

The best Kilimanjaro Rongai route 7 days itinerary + Cost Overview

The 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via the Rongai route is a thrilling adventure that takes you to the roof of Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain at 5,895 meters.

This scenic and less crowded route starts on the northeastern side of the mountain along the Tanzania and Kenya border.

Over the course of 7 days, you will trek through diverse landscapes, witness breathtaking vistas, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Kilimanjaro.

Have ample time for acclimatization, increasing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro, where you can savor the exhilarating sense of achievement and soak in panoramic views that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

7 days rongai kilimanjaro climbing 2024 & 2025
7 days rongai kilimanjaro climbing 2024 2025

The best 7 days Kilimanjaro Rongai route success rate

The best successful Kilimanjaro summit rate of the 7 days Rongai route climb is from 90% to 95% that enables you to reach at 5,895-meter Kilimanjaro one of the seven summits of the world and descending back.

The 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route is favorable to solo hikers, group joining hikers, elders, and families with children.

Departure / Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Departure Time

Please arrive at least 2 hours before flight.


  • Park fees
  • Camp fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Not Included

  • Both National and International flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services

The best 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route price

The best and most affordable price for the 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route is from $1400 to $3000 per climber that enables you to successful summit at 5,895 meters Kilimanjaro and descending back.

The 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route prices and costs vary depending on accommodations before and after the climb, number of people in a group, and climbing services offered.

These prices and fees are paid in USD Dollars, Pounds, Euros, and in Tanzania Shillings.

The best full detailed itinenary for 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route

The best full detailed itinenary for the best 7 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route:

Day 1: Rongai gate (1950 m) to Simba Camp (2750 m) | 4 hours | 9 km;

Day 2: Simba Camp (2750 m) to Kikelewa Camp (3600 m) | 7 hours | 17 km;

Day 3: Kikelewa camp (3600 m) to Mawenzi turn camp (4330 m) | 4 hours | 7 km;

Day 4: Aclimatization day;

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330 m) to Kibo hut (4695 m) | 5 hours;

Day 6: Kibo hut (4695 m) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) to Horombo hut (3690 m) | 10-15 hours | 4 km up, 14 km down;

Day 7: Horombo hut (3690 m) to Marangu Gate (1830m) to Moshi | 5-7 hours | 18 km.

Day 01:Moshi to Rongai gate to Simba Camp

Elevation: 1387/915 m to 1950 m to 2750 m,

Distance: 9 km,

Hiking Time: 4 hours,

Habitat: Montana Forest

You will have an early breakfast, then be transferred by our vehicles through many villages and coffee and tea plantations for a 2–3-hour drive to Rongai Gate (1,950 m/6,398 ft).

After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes and then enter the Montana forest. You will then start to climb gently but consistently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife.

The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft), with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.

Day 02:Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Elevation: 2750 m to 3600 m;

Distance: 17 km;

Hiking Time: 7 hours,

Habitat: Moorland After an early breakfast,

you will have a steady ascent to the second camp, where you will stop for lunch.

At this point, you leave the main trail and take a smaller path across the moorland toward Mawenzi’s side peak and Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley.

At the Kikelewa Camp, you will settle in for your dinner and overnight rest.

Day 03:Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi turn hut

Elevation: 3600m to 4330m,

Distance: 7km,

Hiking Time: 4 hours,

Habitat: Semi-Desert After breakfast, you will face a short, steep climb up grassy slopes, rewarded by superb all-round views and immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness.

Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak.

After this hike, you will arrive at the Mawenzi Turn Hut Camp, where you will also see the amazing undried lake with no inlet or outlet and where you will have lunch, rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 04:Acclimatization

This is your extra day on the mountain, and you will spend two nights at Mawenzi Tarn. You will hike up towards Mawenzi for a splendid acclimatization hike. Then, after returning back to the camp for lunch, dinner, and overnight,

Day 05:Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Huts camp

Elevation: 4330 m to 4695 m, Distance: 8 km, Hiking Time: 5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert After an early breakfast, you will traverse the lunar desert of the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks to the Kibo Huts at the base of Kibo’s crater wall.

You should spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for your summit climb.

Day 06:Summit Day! Kibo Huts camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts camp

Elevation: 4695 m to 5895 m to 3690 m; distance: 4 km up, 14 km down; hiking time: 10–15 hours; habitat: Alpine Desert Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent.

The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave for the peak at 12:00 a.m., switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m (18,640 ft) between 4 and 6 a.m.

At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you.

Then, after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows, you will reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. Here, you will spend some time taking photos, but it will depend on how you feel.

After your summit activities are done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and spend the night at Horombo camp.

Day 07:Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Elevation: 3690 m to 1830 m to 1387 m,

Distance: 18 km,

Descending Time: 5-7 hours

After a long and enjoyable sleep, you will be awakened for breakfast, pack up, and start descending through the moorland to Mandara Huts.

You will have lunch here before continuing on your triumphant retreat through lush forest to the Marangu Park gate.

Here you will sign out, then a vehicle will take you back to the hotel, where it is definitely time for certificate presentation and celebration!