6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing - Macpace Tours and Safaris

6 days / 5 Nights

6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing


The 6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing is a popular choice for those looking to conquer the highest peak in Africa. This route offers a unique and less crowded trekking experience compared to other routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Rongai Route starts on the northeastern side of the mountain and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The 6-day itinerary allows for a gradual ascent, which increases the chances of successfully reaching the summit. It also provides ample time for acclimatization, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. The trek begins at Rongai Gate, where climbers register and start their journey through a diverse range of terrains, from rainforests to moorlands. Along the way, climbers will pass through several campsites, including Simba Camp, Kibo Hut, and Gilman's Point. These campsites provide essential rest and acclimatization points for trekkers.

One of the highlights of the 6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing is the chance to witness the breathtaking sunrise from Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. This experience is truly unforgettable and rewards climbers for their determination and hard work. The panoramic views from the summit are simply breathtaking, with sweeping vistas of the African plains below.

The Rongai Route is known for its diverse wildlife and vegetation. Trekkers may encounter various species of birds, monkeys, and even elephants along the way. The route also offers opportunities to explore the unique flora and fauna of Mount Kilimanjaro, with rare plants and wildflowers dotting the landscape.

To successfully complete the 6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing, it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared. The trek can be challenging at times, with steep inclines and high altitudes to contend with. Proper training and preparation are key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. Hiring an experienced guide and porters is highly recommended to assist with logistics and ensure a smooth journey.

Overall, the 6 Days Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing is a fantastic option for adventurers seeking a less crowded and more scenic route to the summit. With its gradual ascent, diverse wildlife, and stunning views, this trek offers a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you are an experienced climber or a first-time trekker, conquering Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route is an achievement that will stay with you for a lifetime.

trip overview
trip overview
trip overview




Arusha/Moshi to 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

You will have an early breakfast in your hotel. Transfer by our vehicles through many villages and coffee plantations for 2–3-hour drive to Rongai. After signing in and preparing the porters, you will start 6 day-Rongai hiking on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, and then enter into Montana forest. You will then start to hike gently but consistently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin as you arrive at Simba Camp with fantastic views over the Kenyan plains.



Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Elevation : 2750 m to 3600 m,
Distance : 11 km,
Hiking Time : 6 hours, Habitat: Moorland

After an early breakfast you will have a steady ascent to the second cave Kikelewa Camp where you will stop for lunch. You leave the direct trail at this point and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path toward Mawenzi side peak to Kikelewa Camp in a sheltered valley. At the Kikelewa Camp you will settle for your dinner and overnight rest



Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi turn hut

Elevation : 3600m to 4330m,
Distance : 5km,
Hiking Time : 4 hours,
Habitat : Semi-Desert

After breakfast you will face a short, steep hike up grassy slopes; rewarded by superb all-round views, immersed in the vast surrounding wilderness. Soon after, you leave the vegetation behind and arrive at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated in a spectacular cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi Peak. After this hike, you will reach to the Mawenzi turn hut camp where you will also see the amazing undried Lake with no inlet as well as outlet here you will have lunch and rest then dinner and overnight at this camp.



Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Huts camp

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 : 4695 m to 5895 m to 3690 m,
Distance : 6 km up, 14 km down,
Hiking Time : 10-15 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!



We offer 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 69 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night

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

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 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.


We offer the following addons to your gear

  • Private Toilet - USD 150

  • Private Tent - USD 5 per day

  • Thicker sleeping mattress - USD 10 per mattress

  • Thermarest - USD 15 per thermarest

Note : Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.


We offer the following transfer optionsr

  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Arusha to Moshi (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Arusha (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle


  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate


  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)

  • 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)

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).

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.


  • Off-season supplement = 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


Available discounts for Rongai - 6 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 590 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 210 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 750 per person

Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1879 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1731 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1709 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1678 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1664 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1648 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1641 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1633 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1625 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1617 per person

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