Rongai Route

Rongai Route 6-Days and 7-Days itinerary

A trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can take anywhere between 6-or 7-days. The main difference between the 6-day and 7-day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Mwenzi Tarn.

Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.

Depending on the route, you may be trekking at an altitude of over 3,500m. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.

Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered, as may the use of ice axes and crampons. A degree of physical and mental stamina will be essential to complete the hike as the days will be tiring. 

  • Distance: The Rongai route is 72 kilometres (44 miles). 
  • Location: The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. 
  • Height: The Rongai route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet). 
  • Trail conditions: The northeast side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain. 

As the only route that approaches from the northern side of the mountain, the Rongai route offers a gentle approach to reaching the summit. Rongai is a moderately difficult route but is highly recommended for those with less backpacking or hiking experience.
The most important thing to note with the Rongai route is that it flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes, and does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low.

DAY START ALTITUDE (M/FT) FINISH ALTITUDE (M/FT) TIME (HRS) DISTANCE (KM/MI)
1 Rongai Gate 1,950m/ 6,398ft Rongai Cave 2,830m/ 9,300ft 4 7km/ 4mi
2 Rongai Cave 2,830m/ 9,300ft Second Cave 3,450m/ 11,300ft 3-4 6km/ 4mi
  Second Cave 3,450m/ 11,300ft Kikelewa Cave 3,600m/ 11,811ft 3-4 3km/ 2mi
3 Kikelewa Cave 3,600m/ 11,811ft Mawenzi Tarn 4,315m/ 14,160ft 4 6km/ 6mi
4 Mawenzi Tarn 4,315m/ 14,160ft Mawenzi Ridge 4,389m/ 14,400ft 1-2 2km/ 1mi
  Mawenzi Ridge 4,389m/ 14,400ft Mawenzi Tarn 4,315m/ 14,160ft 1-2 2km/ 1mi
5 Mawenzi Tarn 4,315m/ 14,160ft Kibo Hut 4,703m/ 15,430ft 5-6 9km/ 6mi
6 Kibo Hut 4,703m/ 15,430ft Uhuru Peak 5,895m/ 19,341ft 6-8 6km/ 4mi
  Uhuru Peak 5,895m/ 19,341ft Horombo Hut 3,720m/ 12,205ft 4-5 16km/ 10mi
7 Horombo Hut 3,720m/ 12,205ft Marangu Gate 1,843m/ 6,046ft 5-7 20km/ 12mi