Kilimanjaro Rongai (7 Day Route)


Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route is a 'secret trail' that rises above the Amboseli plains.


Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi

We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi town, where you spend the night.

At the hotel, your guide will brief you on the upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. If you are missing anything important, not to worry, we offer gear rentals.


This morning we drive to the village of Nale Moru, the starting point of the Rongai route.

The first stage of the trek is through farmland and pine forests. En route, we have a chance to see the beautiful Colobus monkeys or, if lucky enough, elephants or buffalos.

Our first camp will be the Simba Camp, located at the edge of the moorland zone.

Trekking distance: 8km / 5 miles (4–5 hours).


The morning hike is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave Camp located in the moorland zone.

From here, we usually enjoy superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.

Trekking distance: 5km / 3.1 miles (3–4 hours).


Leaving the pine forest behind, we make a steady ascent through the moorland. There are superb views of the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim of Kibo, the highest of the mountain's three volcanoes.

During the trek, we leave the main trail and strike out on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro’s volcanoes.

Our camp today is in the sheltered valley near Kikelewa caves.

Trekking distance: 5km / 3.1 miles (3–4 hours).


This morning we have a short but steep ascent up grassy slopes which is rewarded by a superb view of the Kenyan plains to the north.

We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching our next camp at Mawenzi Tarn Hut. The hut lies directly below the towering cliffs of Mawenzi.

This afternoon you have a chance to rest or explore the surrounding area as we take time to acclimatise.

Trekking distance: 8km / 5 miles (4–5 hours).


After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Kibo Hut.

The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough, steep walk made more difficult by the altitude.

On arriving at camp, we eat and spend the afternoon resting to prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm at camp.

We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep before getting up between 11:00 PM and midnight to start the climb to the summit.

Trekking distance: 8km / 5 miles (5–6 hours).


Today is “The Big Day”. We begin the final ascent around midnight, it's going to be long and strenuous.

Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5,220m, we make our way slowly but surely upwards. We hope to reach Gillman’s Point (5,681m), the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, as the sun slowly starts to warm up the land.

After a further hike of 1–2 hours, we reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5,895m) and celebrate.

On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you. We rest here before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Trekking distance: 22km / 13.7 miles (12–15 hours).


The last stage takes us through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2,700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you.

Soon, we pass through the tropical rainforest and arrive at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1,860m).

After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, you have a short transfer back to your hotel in Moshi.

Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Trekking distance: 20.8km / 12.9 miles (7-8 hours).


You have the day free to wind down after the trek before you fly home.

Depending on flight times, you may want to go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

If you can spare an hour, we welcome you to plant a tree. This forms part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region.

What's Included

  • Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters.
  • Accommodation: You stay in a hotel before and after the trek. During the trek, you sleep in tents.
  • All tour permits and camp fees.
  • -29°C Extreme Limit sleeping bags and mats.
  • Airport transfers (three available pick-up times depending on your flight).
  • All food during the 7-day trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Dinner at the hotel on the first and last nights, as well as breakfast on departure day.
  • Filtered water throughout the trek.
  • Tree donation in support of local environmental conservation projects.
Not Included
  • International and local flights.
  • Lunch on the first and last day.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance.
  • Visa fees.
  • Single supplement: US$90 per person (optional).
  • Portable toilet: US$150 per group (optional).

Rated 5.0

3 verified reviews


(Feb 2023)

My Kilimanjaro trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I began the trip with some honest doubts that I would be able to make it to the summit, but I quickly learned that the team would help me every step of the way to make sure I succeeded. The level of hospitality, customer service, and sincere kindness was something I’d never felt before on any of my various adventure trips. Our tour guide Jimi was one of the very best guides - he was lively, fun, trustworthy, and always kept a close eye on our group to make sure all were happy and healthy. Isaya was also incredible - he made sure we were well fed, hydrated, brought us coffee in our tents in the mornings, and made sure we had all food needs taken care of. Daniel was incredible at all the pre-planning, during, and was there to celebrate with us at the end. He’s very good at what he does - you can tell he thoroughly enjoys his job and making sure his clients have the best experience. I highly recommend them as the best of the best. Every detail was planned out, and everything was perfectly executed. I’ll be recommending this to all friends who are wanting to hike Kilimanjaro. Amazing!!

Frank Mortin
Frank Mortin

(Oct 2019)

Our group climbed Kilimanjaro this week and our guides were excellent. We had 3 primary guides who were all exceptional. Michael, Noel and Lawrence were always there for the group, would answer any questions and allowed us to take the trek at our own pace. The porters also did a fantastic job setting up camp ahead of us getting there and transporting a significant amount of equipment. We were all made to feel very welcome and were all sad when the climb came to an end. Could not recommend the guides higher.


(Jun 2019)

I had the pleasure of hiking Kilimanjaro in May, 2019 with Ahsante Tours. It was an experience I'll never forget. Before booking with Ahsante, I was afraid of hiking in the rainy season and checked the weather in Moshi for 2 weeks before leaving for Tanzania. It was raining every day plus forecast to be raining the whole week during my hike. Needless to say, the forecast was correct. It rained 3 days and 2 nights before my departure from hotel to Rongai (Nale Moru)Gate However, the rain stopped within 30 minutes after leaving the hotel. And there was no rain for 2 more days after, which made for very good weather for a beautiful hike. My guide, Justin, and the supporting crew were excellent. I could not ask for a better team. And we almost have the entire trail for our selves. I checked the Guests' Book at Rongai Gate and it showed 0 hikers registered the previous (May13) day. Only 2 hikers on May 12. And only 2 hikers registered on May 14 right after me. For those thinking about hiking Kilimanjaro in May, I strongly advise to DO IT! Better yet, do it with Ahsante. The company sure keeps their promise and they will go with their scheduled day of departure even if there's only ONE person joining the hike. I can vouch for that. I was their only client going up Kilimanjaro on their May, 2019 schedule hike. Thank you, Justin & co and Ahsante for my wonderful experience up Kilimanjaro. I'll definitely go with Ahsante and Justin & co again if I ever do Kilimanjaro again


Before you go

See above for inclusions and exclusions.

Many people describe the Rongai Route as more beautiful and more unknown. It feels like a secret trek! This route has the highest success rate for summiting. Remarkably, the Rongai Route is also accessible to those in wheelchairs. The seasons don't affect this region of the mountain, making it the safest and most popular route to climb in the rainy season (between March and May). There are shorter walks between camps on evergreen terrain that wildlife flourishes upon.

Here is a typical packing list for Kilimanjaro: Documents: • Passport • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Two passport photos • Driver’s license (if needed) • Cards and cash Gear and clothing (please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking): • Sleeping bag liner (optional) • Trekking boots: all-season, lightweight • Two base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) • Fleece/soft-shell jacket • Waterproof jacket • Down jacket for warmth • Travel clothes and city wear • Underwear • Base-layer trousers (optional) • Waterproof trousers • Trekking trousers • Trekking shorts (optional) • Multiple pairs thick wool mountaineering socks • Lightweight and breathable trekking socks • Gloves and wool hat • Small daypack (35l capacity is generally fine) • Duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back • Dry Liner or Dry Bag • Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best. • Sunglasses • Suncream • General toiletries, contact lenses, glasses (if needed) • Towel • Electronics (head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger) • Lip balm • Travel wash • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes • Trekking poles (optional) Please note that all plastic bags, regardless of their thickness, are prohibited from being brought into Tanzania. This excludes packaging for medical supplies. If you don't want to purchase your own kit or need to travel light, you can hire most of the equipment from our guides in-country. Get in touch for the list and rental prices.

This is the popular route to trek during the rainy season (between March and May) This region of the mountain is not affected by the seasonal changes and rains that make some of the other routes complicated over these months.

When you go above altitudes of 2,500m (as is the case on Kilimanjaro), there is less oxygen which poses a risk of altitude sickness. High altitude sickness can happen to anybody, regardless of age or fitness. Symptoms vary between individuals but commonly include headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, and numbness in fingers and toes. These symptoms can come on unexpectedly and get severe quickly. To decrease the chances of experiencing altitude sickness, you need to allow your body time to acclimatise properly. Although impossible to completely prevent, we've designed our itineraries to give guests the best chance to adjust to the altitude changes. Ahsante guides have years of experience in recognizing and helping guests deal with altitude sickness. Note that oxygen is not used on Kilimanjaro to help guests reach the summit or to 'treat' altitude sickness. The only cure for altitude sickness is to immediately descend to lower ground. In severe cases, oxygen may be given to provide enough temporary relief to allow the affected guest to descend. In extreme cases, altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro can be fatal. We put your safety first. We trust our guide's expertise, their decision on whether or not to continue is final.

Most non-citizens need a Tanzanian tourist visa. This is easily obtained upon arrival. Tanzanian visas are also available online. Beware when purchasing your visa online, as there are many illegitimate companies. Below is a link to the official Tanzanian High Commission UK website. While applying for a visa, you will need the following host company details: Full Name: Ahsante Tours & Safaris Limited Mobile number: +255759690257 Email: info@ahsantetours.com Company name/Registration number: 100817209 Physical address: Plot 29-A, Karanga Drive, Moshi – Kilimanjaro Accommodation (where you will stay): Panama Garden Resort Address: P.O.Box 6907, Lema Road

We recommend that you check in with your personal healthcare advisor or travel doctor before your trip to Africa. We have provided a useful link below where you can find information on vaccine requirements.

On your trip

The start and end point of this tour is Kilimanjaro International Airport. There are three pick-up times (10:00 AM, 5:00 PM or 11:59 PM). On the last date, you can fly at any time. Your guides will arrange transfers that work best for the group. Guests typically fly with BA, Air France, or Qatar. However, we recommend comparing a few airlines.

You stay in a hotel at the beginning and end of the trek. This lodging offers twin shared rooms and basic showering facilities. During the trek, you will be given a 3-man tent and use it as a twin share. Single supplements are available for the duration of the trip for $90. Please send us a message after booking if you would like to arrange a single supplement. If you would like to book any additional nights at the hotel, you can do so at the link below.

Portable toilets are an optional extra. The cost for this extra service is $150, payable at our offices, in-country. The group can decide whether they would like this extra service and split the cost between group members.

It is customary in Tanzania to tip guides and porters. The amount that you tip is completely up to you. As a good rule of thumb, generally, participants will tip around US$200 per customer (not per guide). You can give this to the head guide, and they will distribute it amongst the team of guides, porters, and cooks.

You will have chefs with you on the hike who can cater to all dietary requirements. During the trek, you will be provided with three nutritious and filling meals each day to keep energy levels high. Please provide full details of any dietary requirements and allergies on your Trip Form. You will receive a link to fill this out shortly after booking. You can also update the form on your Skyhook dashboard. Note that lunch (at the hotel) on your first and final day is not included.

Every day on the trek we will provide you with filtered water to fill up your bottles. The water is filtered and boiled by a Katadyn filtration system. We recommend you also bring water purification tablets or a filter bottle.

Other FAQs

Most groups have 12 people, with a maximum of 14.

The minimum age for this group tour is 18 years.

Yes of course! Safari in Tanzania is an amazing experience - simply message us after booking and we'll make some recommendations.

Your head guide is Holyfield

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Ahsante Tours, based in Moshi.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!