Kilimanjaro Summit - The Rongai Route
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Kilimanjaro Summit - The Rongai Route

10 days | From £1,599 | Guided Group Departures

Climbing Kilimanjaro involves considerable preparation and training and our specialist consultants can advise on the best way to reach the summit. The Rongai Route will take you via a beautiful route to the top. Remember - it can be very cost effective to combine your Kili climb with a safari holiday or an extension to Zanzibar Island.


10 days | From £1,599 | Guided Group Departures

The Rongai route to Kilimanjaro summit - group walking holiday in Tanzania

  • Six-days on the mountain
  • Camp by Mawenzi tarn and towers
  • The most beautiful way to the top
  • Climb one of the world's 'Seven Summits'

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Away from the crowded Marangu and Machame routes, the Rongai approaches from the north and is arguably the easiest route to the top of Africa. Many also consider this the most beautiful way to the summit.

From farmland and forest and up through the Alpine zone, there are stupendous views throughout. Across the lunar desert of the Saddle, the final arduous push brings you to the crater rim from where there are spectacular views of the summits' glaciers and ice cliffs, as well as to the plains of East Africa far below. From the UK to the top of Kilimanjaro and home again, all in 10 days.

If you have time, why not reward yourself with a safari or some rest and relaxation on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar - See Kilimanjaro Extensions for details

Tanzania Kilimanjaro Rongai Route Map
Day 1. Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro.
Day 2. Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and meet at the hotel in Marangu for a pre-trek briefing.
Day 3. Drive to Rongai, begin trek
Travel overland to Rongai; begin trekking along a trail from the wooden village of Nale Moru to reach camp at the edge of the moorland zone. Trek through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife including the Kilimanjaro Colobus Monkey.
Day 4. Trek to Kikelewa Camp
A steady ascent to 'Second Cave' with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim, towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi and tonight's camp near Kikelewa caves.
Day 5. Ascend to camp at Mawenzi Tarn; afternoon is spent acclimatising
A short but steep climb takes you to your camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon is free to rest and acclimatise.
Day 6. Trek to Kibo camp; afternoon is spent acclimatising
Walk across the lunar-like desert of the 'Saddle' to Kibo camp at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Afternoon acclimatisation and rest to prepare for the final ascent.
Day 7. Begin Kilimanjaro ascent, descend to Kibo and camp at Horombo
Shortly after midnight we begin the ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point and enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. There will be an optional walk to Uhuru Peak, passing close to glaciers and ice cliffs. Descend to Kibo and camp at Horombo.
Day 8. Descend to Marangu Gate
Descend through moorland and lush forest to exit at the National Park gate at Marangu. Enjoy a well-earned shower at tonight's hotel in Marangu.
Day 9. Depart Marangu
Depart Marangu for your flight back to the UK.
Day 10. Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK.
ANY CLIMBER OVER THE AGE OF 65 YEARS MUST PRESENT A DOCTOR'S CERTIFICATE STATING THEY ARE FIT TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

After climbing Kilimanjaro, add on a Wildlife Safari, or visit exotic Zanzibar. See our Kilimanjaro Extensions page for details

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  • Trip grade: D - Strenuous
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Trip code: TKRO
  • Group Size: Min 4, max 12
  • Max Altitude: 5,895m
  • Accommodation: Hotels x 2 nts, camping x 5 nts
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 evening meals inc
  • Departs: January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October, December
  • Overseas joining point: Marangu
  • Important: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
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