Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro's Rongai route in 5 days

5 days Rongai route is the best way to climb the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro within a short time. This carefully crafted trekking itinerary offers an unforgettable journey to the summit of Africa's highest peak while providing a unique and less crowded experience. Book and Meet in person with our Kilimanjaro climbing experts in Tanzania. They will ensure a safety trek througout your 5 days Rongai route.

5 days / 4 Nights

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro's Rongai route in 5 days

5 days Rongai route overview

The 5 days Rongai route takes you on a remarkable path from the northeastern side of mount Kilimanjaro, offering breathtaking views and a chance to immerse yourself in diverse landscapes. As you ascend, you'll traverse lush rainforests, wander through alpine meadows, and eventually find yourself in the otherworldly lunar-like terrain near the summit. Each step of the way reveals new wonders and creates lasting memories.

One of the exceptional features of the 5 days Rongai route is its gradual ascent, allowing for effective acclimatization to the altitude. This strategic approach significantly increases your chances of reaching the summit successfully. With careful planning and guidance from our experienced guides, you can tackle the challenges posed by altitude and terrain with confidence.

As you venture along this route, prepare to be captivated by awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets against the backdrop of the vast African plains. These magical moments make every effort worthwhile and provide a sense of wonder that will stay with you long after your journey is complete.

The 5 days Rongai route is perfect if you are seeking a slightly shorter trekking experience without compromising on the beauty and grandeur of Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers an ideal balance between adventure and accessibility, making it suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. Our expertly designed 5 days Rongai route itinerary ensures proper acclimatization, maximizing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak – the pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Whether you're looking for a personal challenge or an extraordinary adventure, 5 days Rongai route Kilimanjaro climbing promises an experience of a lifetime. Discover the wonders of Tanzania's most iconic mountain as you forge unforgettable memories and achieve the extraordinary. Join us on this remarkable journey and let the spirit of Kilimanjaro inspire your soul.

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Dy-by-day trip itinerary for the 5 days Kilimanjaro climbing on the Rongai route



Rongai gate to Simba camp

Elevation: 1387/915 m to 1950 m to 2750 m,
Distance: 7 km,
Hiking Time: 3 hours,
Habitat: Montana Forest

Drive from Moshi/Arusha to Rongai gate starting point. Hikes begins from Nale Moru village before entering Kilimanjaro Mountain rain forest or Vegetation Zone. First day hiking is very easy; on the way expect to see wild animals like Elephant and Buffalos.



Simba camp to Mawenzi tarn via Kikelewa tarn

Distance: 16km,
Hiking Time: 9 hours,
Habitat: Semi-Desert

Long way day-hike, having a rest mid-way at Kikelewa tarn for hot lunch, reaching the camp early evening, rest, dinner and overnight.



Mawenzi tarn to Kibo hut camp, summit overnight

Elevation: 4330 m to 4695 m,
Distance: 5km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours,
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After an early breakfast you will cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak to Kibo Huts at the bottom of Kibo’s crater wall. You should spend the reminder of the day resting and preparing for your summit hike.



Kibo Huts camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts camp

Elevation: 4330 m to 4695 m,
Distance: 5km,
Hiking Time: 5 hours,
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Wake start at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to hike before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s but it will depend on how you feel. After your summit activities done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue descending, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo camp.



Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Arusha/Moshi

Elevation: 3690 m to 1830 m to 1387 m,
Distance: 18 km,
Descending Time: 5-7 hours.

After a long and enjoyable sleep, you will be awaked for breakfast and pick up, start descend through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed with your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. Here you will sign out then after a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for certificate presentation and celebration of descending!

5 Days Rongai Route Addons


Our 5-day Rongai route package by default include Kilimanjaro White House Hotel for 2 nights (1 night before and 1 night after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro) to meet the needs for budget travellers, However if you want another hotel you can upgrade at extra cost from the following hotel options;

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 55 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 70 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 105 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 67 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 90 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 120 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 110 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 190 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Single Room)-USD 70 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Double Room)-USD 90 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Triple Room)-USD 120 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 130 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 150 per night

Note: if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.
If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

5 Days Rongai Route-Inclusions

  • 2-way Airport transfers

  • 2-nights Hotel accommmodation in Moshi town

  • All transfers to the Lemosho Gate and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, first aid qualified and experienced mountain guides

  • Medical check up and Monitoring, 2-times per day

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Accommodation in quality four season waterproof tents

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tent with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping ut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

5 Days Rongai Route-Exclusions

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

5 Days Rongai Route Payment Terms

Deposit Payment

  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.

  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.t

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.

  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.

  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

Balance Payment

  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.

  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).

  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.

  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

5 Days Rongai Route Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure

  • No cancellation fees.

0 to 7 days before departure

  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.

  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.

  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

5 Days Rongai Route Supplements

  • Off-season supplement for 5 days Rongai route = USD 90

Note : Charged for solo trekkers to start a new departure in the month of March, April, May and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if others trekkers also join your new group

5 Days Rongai Route Discounts

Available discounts for Rongai route - 5 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 350 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 210 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 820 per person

5 Days Rongai Route Price for Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a 5-day Rongai route private trek. The price varies depending on the number of trekkers in the group while the level of service remains constant.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1550 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1350 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1318 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1310 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1305 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1300 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1295 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1290 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1285 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1280 per person

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