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Kilimanjaro National Park, in the East African country of Tanzania, is home to the continent’s highest mountain, snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Around the base of its tallest peak, relatively accessible hiking trails wind through rain forest inhabited by colobus monkeys and past the volcanic caldera of Lake Chala. Approaching the summit of Uhuru Peak, the slopes steepen and are studded with glacial ice fields.

  • Location: Tanzania
  • Area: 1,688 km²
  • Visitors: 52,000 per year
  • Established: 1973


Rongai Route, Quiet, Remote and Unspoiled

This 6-day route begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through an unspoiled wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. This route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please check your airline ticket for information.
Park fees Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
Guide gratuity

We can assist you with flight bookings and travel insurance!





  • Flights to Kilimanjaro: We can assist with Flights from anywhere on the globe to Kilimanjaro Airport (Please drop us a line or email to assist)
  • Travel Insurance: This is a very important part of the trip, we can assist if so required. Include hazardous activity cover.
  • Medical Insurance: Utmost important! Please we urge you to get Medical Cover for the duration of your adventure. Include pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Visas: Visas can be obtained at the port of entry (The Airport for a fee of $50US and for US Citizens $100US) Ref :http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information
  • Malaria: Consult with your Doctor or Healthcare professional for the correct medication.
  • Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Rabies Travelers to Tanzania may need a rabies vaccination if they will be staying in rural areas or spending much of their visit outdoors.
  • Hepatitis A: you can receive a single dose of immune globulin (IG) that can protect you from the disease for up to five months.
  • Hepatitis B: the CDC recommends that any adult or child traveling to the country should receive a hepatitis B vaccination prior to departure.
  • Typhoid Fever: Remember that typhoid fever immunization does not fully protect people from the disease, so use caution when eating and drinking in Tanzania.

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

As we are all aware flight times vary and we will accommodate everyone to get to the hotel. (Please notify us in advance of your Arrival times so we can arrange the transfers accordingly) You will meet up with our ground crew at the airport that will take you to your Hotel in Marangu or Moshi. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance that we require you to pre-arrange. We will also have dinner and some drinks before we hit the sack.

Day 2: Rongai Gate to Rongai One

On this day after breakfast we take a drive to Marangu to complete the necessary registration formalities, before transferring by Land Rover to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (1950m. ft) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One (2600m.). (3-4 hours walking)

Day 3: Rongai One to Second Cave

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (11,300 ft) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley, decorated with giant Senecas near Kikelewa Caves (3600m.).(5-7 hours walking).  Here we will camp for the night and after dinner.

Day 4: Second Caves to Mawenzi Tran Camp

After breakfast we set out for a short but steep climb, it is rewarded by superb all-around views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation. (3-4 hours walking)

Day 5: Mawenzi Tran Camp to Kibo Huts

We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4700m.) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. (5-6 hours walking)

Day 6: Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1am. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5895m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (4700m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Huts (3740m.). (11-14 hours walking)

Day 7: Horombo Huts to Mandara to Marangu Gate

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (8,900 ft). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (6,000 ft), where we are transferred to the hotel in Marangu (4-5 hours walking)

Day 8: Departure Day

We will have breakfast at the hotel, before we make our way to the airport. (Flight Schedule dependent)


Before you pack your gear please acquire a standard travel bag for general clothing before and after the climb. We will make provision at the respected hotel to keep your bag safe until your return. The list provided here will be sufficient for the trek, however feel free to add items as you desire as every individual’s needs and taste differ.

** For Women      ## Differ For Different Routes      >> To Keep In Day Pack


  • 1 x Waterproof Rain Jacket with Hood >>
  • 1 x Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
  • 1 x (100) Fleece Jacket
  • 1 x (200) Fleece Jacket
  • 2 x Long Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x Short Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x T-Shirts
  • 1 x Waterproof Pants >>
  • 2 x Hiking Utility Pants (zip off legs) ##
  • 1 x Comfortable Shorts
  • 1 x Fleece Trail Pants
  • 2 x Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer Tops
  • 2 x Thermal Long Base Layer Bottoms
  • 2 x Sports Bra **
  • 4 x Pairs Moisture Wicking Underwear ##


  • 1 x Brimmed Hat
  • 1 x Beanie or Peruvian Hat
  • 1 x Buff (face and mouth cover) >>
  • 1 x Pair Ski Gloves (waterproof)
  • 1 x Glove Liners (thin gloves)
  • 1 x Pair Hiking Boots (Waterproof, broken-in)
  • 1 x Pair Trainers (to wear at camp)
  • 3 x Pairs Sock Liners (thin moisture wicking, seamless) ##
  • 3 x Pairs Wool Socks (seamless) ##
  • 1 x Pair Extra Thick Wool Socks (for summit night)
  • 1 x Set Gaiters (waterproof)


  • Passport
  • Yellow Card – Immunization Papers
  • Travel Insurance (include – hazardous activity cover)
  • Visa available at JRO (not applicable for SADC countries)
  • Trip Receipt
  • TSh or USD for tips


  •  1 x Sleeping Bag (four seasons – Warm)
  • 1 x Head Lamp (with spare batteries)
  • 1 x Duffel Bag 60 to 80L (for porters to carry limit 15Kg)
  • 1 x Day Pack 30 to 35L (with rain cover) >>
  • 1 x Set Trekking Poles
  • 1 x Camera (with spare batteries) >>


  • 1 x Pair Sunglasses (with UV protection) >>
  • 2 x 1L Stainless Steel Water Bottles (double wall, water bladder pipes tend to freeze) >>
  • 1 x Pee Bottle (** available for women)
  • 4 x Dry bags or Zip Lock-bags various sizes


  • 1 x 50ml body wash bio-degradable
  • 1 x Face Cloth and Travel towel (light weight and compact)
  • 1 x Small Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • 1 x Hair Brush Small (optional)
  • 1 x Lip Balm with SPF >>
  • 1 x Insect repellent – with DEET
  • 1 x Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes >>
  • 1 x Hand Sanitizer NB! >>
  • 1 x Sunblock SPF50 >>
  • 1 x Basic First Aid Kit (include blister plasters) >>
  • General pain medication
  • Prescription and chronic meds >>
  • 1 x Anti Chafing Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Fungal Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Pain Relief Cream (optional)


  • Rehydrate / Electrolyte Powder >>
  • Snacks >>

For bookings please see the booking calendar or email bookings@hikersedge.co.za. For information sessions for South Africa please see the info session calendar or request more info here.

Available tour dates:

24 November 2018 – 1 December 2018

26 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

22 March 2019 – 29 March 2019

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