8 days 7 nights Rongai

The Rongai Route is the only route to ascend up the North side of the mountain, originating close to the Kenyan border. It is considered one of the easiest routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro and boasts a high success rate for reaching the summit. However, it is one of the less-frequently used routes, mostly attributed to the long drive required to reach the gate on day one. This has its advantages though, as it is less crowded and therefore a quieter way to ascend the mountain.

Because the northern side of the mountain tends to be drier than other areas, the ascent on the first day is not wet and muddy like on other routes. This first day is a very gentle climb through fields, a beautiful forest, and on day two enters moorland terrain. Day three takes you through the alpine desert zone, where you will sleep directly underneath the grand Mawenzi Peak, the only route to afford you such a view of Kilimanjaro’s 2nd highest peak. From here there is ample time set aside for acclimatization and resting in preparation for the final ascent to the summit.

This route meets up with the Marangu Route upon descent, allowing climbers a different view of the mountain on the way down. Although Rongai climbers do not experience the rainforest on day one, they are given the chance on the final day before reaching the Marangu Gate where the climb concludes.

Tips Before Climbing

What Included
  • National Park gate fees
  • Return airport transfers plus transport from hotel to the mountain
  • All overnight mountain fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • One arrival and one departure night accommodation in a hotel
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Additional items dependent on style of travel selected. Please refer to ‘Styles’ on the website
Not Included
  • Tips for your guide / driver
  • Sleeping bags and personal items
  • Flights if not included
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (visas, yellow fever certificate, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
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Tipping each crew member directly is the best way to ensure that the full amount of tip is received. Tips should be factored into your budget when you are calculating how much money to bring with you on holiday. If tipping recommendations are not offered, see below for the current recommended amount for each crew member: Porter: $ 10 per day Cook: $ 15 per day Assistant Guide: $ 20 per day Guide: $ 25 - $ 30 per day