Embark on a Thrilling 7-Day Rongai Route Adventure!

MT. KILIMANJARO - 07 DAYS TREK RONGAI ROUTE

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the
Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is no less interesting than the popular southern and
western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences. Getting
to the trailhead – Nalemuru Gate – usually takes 3-4 hours from Moshi town.

Route

Tour Features

  • Budget tour

    This budget tour includes camping and hotels.

  • Private tour

    This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.

  • Can start any day

    If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

  • Can be customized

    You can request changes to this tour.

  • For both solo and group travelers

    Both solo travelers and groups can book this tour.

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    Minimum age of 7 years

    The minimum age for this tour is 3 years.

Activities & Transportation

Day by Day

  • Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

    ➔ You'll be collected from the airport.
    ➔ Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Moshi

    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet with our Shiri Adventures representative, and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with your Kilimanjaro guides, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb..

    Main Destination: Moshi (City)
    Accommodation: Altezza Lodge
    Meals & Drinks: Meals at your own expense.  Drinks not included.

  • Day 2 - Trekking from Nalemuru Gate to Simba Camp

    You will meet your mountain guides and crew in the morning before setting out for Kilimanjaro National Park's northern entrance: Nalemuru Gate (2,020 m). Here, the head guide will acquire the necessary permits and finalize search and rescue registration. This day’s trek through the coniferous forest of Kilimanjaro’s northern slope to Simba Camp is moderate, taking you up to 2,625 m. Remember not to hurry and maintain a comfortable pace. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have pitched your tents and started dinner preparations.

  • Day 3 - Trekking from Simba Camp to Second Cave Campt

    Early in the morning after breakfast, the group will depart from Simba Camp to start trekking towards your second high-altitude camp: Second Cave Camp (3,480 m). This route is rather easy and will only take around 3 hours, so when you reach the camp you will still have ample time to rest and explore the surrounding area. After lunch, you will have a couple of hours to rest, followed by an acclimatization hike in the direction of Kikilelwa Camp (3,630 m) on a stretch of the Rongai Route at a short distance with a 100-meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Second Cave Camp.

  • Day 4 - Trekking from Second cave Camp to Kikelelwa Camp

    After breakfast, you will begin trekking to Kikelelwa Camp (3,630 m), where you can see Kibo Volcano at its finest (barring cloudy weather). This will be a relief day, so after lunch, you will have time to sleep before the next trekking towards Mawenzi Tarn Camp. In the evening after dinner, the guide will check the health conditions of each person in the group and give the necessary instructions for tomorrow's trekking.

  • Day 5 - Trekking from Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of trekking to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which is situated at the foot of Mawenzi Volcano, Kilimanjaro's second summit. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and a two-hour rest, after which there will be an acclimatization hike towards Mawenzi Volcano with a 200-meter gain in altitude, followed by a hike back down to Mawenzi Tarn Camp, where you will have dinner in the evening.

  • Day 6 - Trekking from Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Kibo Camp

    This day will be spent trekking toward Kibo Summit Camp (4,700 m). The landscape will change significantly to give way to a rocky semi-desert. The actual trekking is not very difficult; just remember to stick with an appropriate pace to keep up your strength for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity, and drink as much as you can, because that very night you will be ascending Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

  • Day 7 - Uhuru Peak Summit Attempt and Descent to Horombo Hut

    The team will depart School Hut Camp with its elevation of 4,715 m at night. The trek up to Uhuru Peak’s 5,895 m puts more of a strain on your cardiovascular system than your muscles as the high altitude takes its toll on your body despite the moderate gradient of the climb. One guide will be assigned to every two climbers, constantly evaluating their fitness throughout this part of the climb. A walk on the nearest glacier can be undertaken upon reaching the summit. The descent to 3,720 m at Horombo Camp will include a 2-hour rest stop at Kibo Camp. It is highly advisable to keep in mind that 9 out of 10 climbing accidents happen on the way down, so watch your step!

  • Day 8 - Final Descent to Marangu Gate

    The final descent to Marangu Gate’s 1,860 m starts after breakfast. The stop at the gate presents a good opportunity for the last exchange of impressions and memories of the expedition with the whole of your support crew. The climbers will receive their certificates of achievement at our offices before being driven back to their hotel.

  • Day 9 - Departure

    Departure Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or onwards travel. Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

  • End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

    ➔ Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost. ➔ You'll be dropped off at the airport.

Important to Know

Rates Per Person

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07 DAYS TREK RONGAI ROUTE$1900$1800$1700$1600$1500$1400

Inclusion

  • Park fees

    For Non Residents

  • All game drives & activities

    (Unless labeled as optional)

  • All accommodations

    (Unless listed as upgrade)

  • A professional driver/guide

    English/German/Spanish speaking

  • All transportation

    (Unless labeled as optional)

  • All Meals

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

  • All Drinks

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

  • All Taxes/VAT

    (Unless labeled as optional)

Excluded

  • International flights

    (From/to home)

  • Personal items & arrangements

    (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • Additional accommodations

    (before and at the end of the tour)

  • Tips

    (Tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day)

  • Some meals

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Getting There

From $1900 pp

Customer Reviews

Gina & Chris
Gina & Chris
2023-06-14
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The best Experience ever! Wir hatten eine unglaubliche 5 Tages Safari mit Laurent! Es war das Beste was wir je erlebt haben und wir haben schon viel auf der Welt erlebt. Wir haben die Big Five gesehen und viele andere Tiere! Eine unglaubliche Erfahrung! Laurent ist ein toller Guide und es waren tolle Tage mit ihm! Danke für dieses Erlebnis!
Angela M
Angela M
2023-01-13
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Safari tour with family Shiri tours is one of the best tour company with excellent communication skills. Linux was great and our tour guide Ally was exceptional and would recommend them to anyone. Keep up the good work.
Amanda Wanders
Amanda Wanders
2023-01-10
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7 Day Safari – Trip of a Lifetime I did a 7 day safari with Shiri Adventures and it was incredible. Full disclosure, I did get mine severely discounted as we worked together on content creation/promotion, but I can honestly say I would have absolutely paid full price to do it.Our guide Laurent was amazing. Linus, the Managing Director, is a godsend and helped us with some issues that popped up right before we left as well as answering every little question we had along the way.This trip was the time of our lives (me and my husband went for our honeymoon). I couldn’t recommend it enough, and I found Shiri to be very reasonable in cost compared to many other safaris at this level.And we saw the big 5! I’m telling you, our guide had supervision. 10/10 would recommend Shiri Adventures.
mampangile
mampangile
2023-01-09
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Fantastic Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari was absolutely amazing. Shiri adventures made it all possible for us.
Kyle D
Kyle D
2023-01-09
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7 Day Safari Experience Shiri Adventures made the whole safari a breeze! We got to see so many animals and different national parks over our 7 day safari. And with the help of our guide we were able to spot and see the all of the big 5 animals (lions, elephants, leopards, water buffalo & rhinos)! We got a discounted experience via my wife, but I would pay full price any day. It was amazing!
lindsmariea
lindsmariea
2022-11-07
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BEST Guide Company In Tanzania Linus and his crew were all over the tiny details that made each excursion we want on amazing. Did the 3-day safari, Materuni Falls & coffee tour, and visited the Chemka hot springs. Everything was well planned out and communication from Linus was impeccable. Highly recommend this company and will use them again if I ever find myself back in Eastern Africa!
Mariam N
Mariam N
2022-10-21
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My Kilimanjaro hike I had a wonderful experience with the team at Shiri, Linus provided such a wonderful team that played a very huge role in helping us summit Uhuru peak. The team was organised and professional and made the 6 day hike a very memorable one for me and for the friends I made on the hike.
faheymk
faheymk
2022-10-19
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6 day Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! My friends and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route with Shiri Adventures, and Linus and his staff delivered an amazing experience. There were 4 of us in our group and we all had limited hiking experience, but we all made it to the summit with the help of our amazing guides Yaki and Bryson, along with the porters. After we finished, they had beers, champagne and a bus waiting for us at the gate. I have traveled quit a bit and I can say I’ve never had a better experience anywhere. If I ever go back to Tanzania I will hire Linus and Shiri Adventures to handle it. I wish I could do more than write a review. I highly highly highly recommend using Linus and Shiri Adventures for your Kilimanjaro trek or safari. Thanks again to Linus, Yaki, Bryson and everyone else, you made our trip happen and delivered a once in a lifetime experience!!
Jennifer H
Jennifer H
2022-10-18
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Highly recommend using Shiri Adventures. We went on a three-day safari with Shiri as well as a day trip to Materuni Falls and Coffee Plantation and Chemka Hot Springs. I can’t say enough good things about how helpful Linus and his staff were before, during, and after our trip. Everyone was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure we were enjoying our trip. Our accommodations and food exceeded expectations. If you’re planning a trip to Tanzania, I would highly recommend booking your adventures with Shiri.
Jan Smole
Jan Smole
2022-09-25
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Best Safari! Me and my wife spend our honeymoon on safari (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara) with Shiri Adventures and I can say that it was the best experience!We didn’t have a single complaint. From communication with mr. Linus, who responded quickly to all our questions and concerns (via WhatsApp or email), to the entire organization of Safari, transfers to airport, luxury lodges in national parks… Also, on our safari jeep they put our wedding photo – nice personal touch :)Our guide (mr. Ibra) was an exceptional at finding animals that we could see from a distance of only a few meters! He taught us about animals, their behavior and the habitats they live in, about the natives Maasai (which we also visited), about land Africa and Tanzania… Really experienced guide! We would recommend Shiri Adventures 10/10. These guys are on another level! 🙂

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FAQ

GENERAL

Why should I consider trekking Kilimanjaro?

Trekking Kilimanjaro offers a unique adventure and the opportunity to summit the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The mountain's diverse landscapes and incredible views are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How do I book a Kilimanjaro trek?

Research and choose a reputable tour operator, and contact them for booking details. Make sure to ask any questions you have before committing.

How do I prepare for the Kilimanjaro trek?

To prepare for the trek, you should work on your physical fitness, especially cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. Also, acclimatization is essential. Research the route you plan to take and the gear you'll need.

What's the best time to trek Kilimanjaro?

The best times to trek are during the dry seasons, which are typically from January to March and June to October. These months offer better weather and clearer views.

What is the cost of a Kilimanjaro trek?

The cost varies depending on the route, the tour operator, and the amenities provided. Budget for your permits, tour fees, gear, and additional expenses.

What kind of gear and clothing do I need?

Proper gear is crucial for a successful trek. This includes warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a good backpack, and other essentials. Your tour operator can provide a comprehensive packing list.

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

The duration of the trek depends on the route you choose. On average, a Kilimanjaro trek can take anywhere from 5 to 9 days.

Can I trek Kilimanjaro solo, or do I need to join a group?

You can join a group trek or go solo with a guide and a porter team. Both options have their advantages, and it depends on your preferences.

Is it necessary to hire a guide and a porters team?

Yes, it's highly recommended to hire a licensed guide and a porter team. They will help ensure your safety and make the trek more comfortable by carrying your gear and handling logistical details.

What are the different routes to the summit?

There are several routes to choose from, including Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, and more. Each has its own characteristics and difficulty levels. Research the options to find the best fit for your preferences and fitness level.

KILIMANJARO SAFETY

Is it safe to trek Kilimanjaro?

With proper preparation and a reputable tour operator, Kilimanjaro treks are generally safe. Safety measures, such as medical equipment and evacuation plans, are in place.

What kind of physical condition should I be in to trek Kilimanjaro?

While you don't need to be a professional athlete, a good level of physical fitness is essential. Cardiovascular endurance, leg strength, and overall stamina are important.

What's the altitude sickness risk, and how is it managed?

Altitude sickness is a concern at higher elevations. Your guides are trained to recognize and manage its symptoms. Descending to lower altitudes is the primary treatment.

What's the altitude sickness risk, and how is it managed?

Altitude sickness is a concern at higher elevations. Your guides are trained to recognize and manage its symptoms. Descending to lower altitudes is the primary treatment.

How can I acclimatize to high altitudes?

Acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness. Trekking slowly, staying hydrated, and taking rest days are key strategies. Consult your guide for guidance.

What happens in case of bad weather or emergencies?

Your guides are experienced in handling various situations. In the event of extreme weather or emergencies, there are established protocols and evacuation procedures.

What kind of physical condition should I be in to trek Kilimanjaro?

While you don't need to be a professional athlete, a good level of physical fitness is essential. Cardiovascular endurance, leg strength, and overall stamina are important.

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