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Rongai Route 6 Days
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Rongai Route 6 Days

The Rongai Route 6 Days is situated near the Kenyan border on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rongai Route 6 Days is a moderate route suitable for most abilities and is highly recommended for climbers who have little climbing experience.

For better acclimatization, we off a Rongai Route 7 Days so that it makes climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro more comfortable, however, it is also possible to complete this route in 6 days.

Whichever one you choose, with the professional tour guides of Kilimanjaro Bound you will be assured of success of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak.

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After completing the Rongai Route 6 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

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  • Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro.
  • Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb.
  • Very tough final summit night from the north.
  • Fewer acclimatisation opportunities
  • Less scenic and flat than other routes.

Also known as the Nalemuru Route. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu Route at Kibo Camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There are different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.

Itinerary For Rongai Route 6 Days

Day 1. Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you shall be transferred to your hotel in Moshi by a professional tour guide from Kilimanjaro Bound.  When you are settled at the hotel or lodge, your tour guide shall brief you about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You shall have a better grasp to know what to expect and how to fully prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route 6 Days. Later, you will have time to relax, enjoy a wonderful dinner and take a deep sleep.

Day 2. Moshi to Mount Kilimanjaro Gate to Rongai Camp. (Hiking Time: 4-6 hours).

Early in the morning after a tasty breakfast, you will drive to the Mount Kilimanjaro Gate which is on the northern side of the mountain.  At the park gate, you shall receive a number of briefings and you will be cleared to start your Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

This is the same point where you shall meet your porters, guides, cooks and the other people who are going to travel with you to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will begin the ascent through the rain forests and along the way, you are likely to spot some of the inhabitants of the rain forests like Colobus Monkeys and other animals. Finally, you will arrive and be able to settle at Rongai Camp.

Day 3. Rongai Camp to Kikelewa Cave. (Hiking Time: 5-7 hours / Altitude: 3600 m).

On this day we will be walking towards Second Cave Camp where you will be able to see the wonderful views of the amazing Kenyan Plains, Kibo and breathtaking views of the Eastern Crater Rim.

We branch away from Second Cave and continue moving through moorlands until we reach Kikelewa Cave.

Upon arrival, you shall relax and enjoy the breathtaking views, at this point; you shall start to experience greater altitudes.

Day 4. Mawenzi Tarn Hut. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 4330 m).

Early in the morning after breakfast, you shall continue ascending up to Mawenzi Tarn. At this point, you shall have left the vegetation. This is steep journey is a bit challenging, however, it is a magnificent point as you shall have wonderful views of Mawenzi Cliffs. You shall camp at the hut as your prepare to cross the saddle to Kibo.

Day 5. Kibo Hut. (Hiking Time: 5-6 hours / Altitude: 4700 m).

On this day, you shall cross the saddle that connects Mawenzi to Kibo and keep going until you reach Kibo Hut at 4700 m. This is the last day before climbing to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjro. There is a possibility of altitude sickness, however, you are always advised to be prepared for this eventuality.

You are likely to meet other climbers at Kibo, especially those that used the Marangu Route.

Day 6. Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut. (Hiking Time: 11-15 hours).

This is the final moment to the summit and the journey starts at 12 am. At 12 am, you shall start ascending towards Gillman’s Point which is located at the crater rim. On arrival at Gillman’s Point, you will relax for a short while, giving you the chance to enjoy the marvelous views of Mawenzi before continuing your ascent toward Uhuru Peak. 

Uhuru Peak is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the second highest point in the world. Upon arrival at Uhuru Peak, you shall relax, celebrate, take photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery from this amazing birds eye view.

After a rest, you shall start descending back to Kibo Hut, refresh yourself for a while and then continue onto Horombo Hut. You shall have an overnight stay at Horombo Hut to relax and rest before continuing down the mountain. 

Day 7. Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate. (Hiking Time: 5-7 hours).

Early in the morning, you shall continue descending to Mandara Hut which is part of the Marangu Route, it is actually the first day stop when ascending via the Marangu Route.  At Mandara Hut, you shall refresh and continue to Marangu Gate. Here you will receive your ‘I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro’ certificate, say bye to the entire crew and drive to your hotel in Moshi for dinner, refreshment and a chance to think about and celebrate your success.

Day 8. Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

This is the last day of your Kilimanjaro Adventure. You shall be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport to mark the end of your experience. You always have the opportunity to extending your stay in Tanzania with Kilimanjaro Bound and experience the other wonders of Tanzania.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”


K Kelly

“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”


Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”


Jess A

“Aggrey & William are real professionals and heroes in guiding us to the top.”


Angela Soenarijo

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