Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

From £2,695
Altitude 5,895m Grade: T4

Climb to the top of Africa on this Kilimanjaro Expedition via the Rongai Route with 7 days on the mountain. It is perhaps the easiest and most remote route up the mountain.

The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route is perhaps the easiest and most remote of all our routes up Kilimanjaro, giving the traveller the true feel of an unspoilt wilderness. Approaching the mountain from the north east side, although longer, it has a gentle gradient and shorter daily stages linked with a rest and acclimatisation day at the idyllic Mawenzi Tarn, nestling gracefully beneath dramatic rock spires of Mawenzi, the massif’s second summit. This gives 7 days walking, summiting on the 6th day. Descent is via the Marangu route.

All our Kilimanjaro routes have been carefully chosen both to improve your enjoyment through acclimatisation and also for your safety. We at Adventure Peaks do not believe it is wise to spend any less than 6 days on the mountain for the simple fact that we want our clients to feel good both mentally and physically and to reach their goal – the ‘roof of Africa’. Each route we offer has its own quirks and we encourage you to check our website or contact our experienced staff to help you decide which trip is perfect for you. Yes, every extra day on the mountain costs, but it helps retain our success levels of more than 99% for clients to the true summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak – and it will cost a lot more to come back for a second attempt!
All flights are to Kilimanjaro airport avoiding the overland journey to and from Nairobi.
And finally we include ALL PARK FEES in our prices.

The departure date is based on an overnight flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Same-day flights are sometimes available, however the overnight flight allows you more time to recover from the flight before heading up the mountain.

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Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
With Flight
Land Only
With Flight
11th Jul 2024 - 21st Jul 2024 Guaranteed11 £2,695£3,595 Book Now
29th Aug 2024 - 8th Sep 2024 Spaces11 £2,695£3,595 Book Now
26th Sep 2024 - 6th Oct 2024 Spaces11 £2,695£3,595 Book Now
19th Dec 2024 - 29th Dec 2024 Spaces11 £2,695£3,595 Book Now
9th Jan 2025 - 19th Jan 2025 Spaces11 £2,795£3,695 Book Now
6th Feb 2025 - 16th Feb 2025 Spaces11 £2,795£3,695 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Mount Meru ascent £850
Single Supplement - Kilimanjaro £120
Adventure Peaks Logoed Kit Bag (Non UK addresses + Postage) £85

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • Accommodation -  2 nights hotels, 6 nights camping
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in exclusions)
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Qualified UK group tour leader (subject to minimum numbers)
  • All team members will receive a free logoed trip T-Shirt with the name of your Expedition/Trek on it.
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% Discount off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop.

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Meals if not indicated in inclusions
  • Visas (if required)
  • Excess baggage.
  • Museum and monument entry fees


Days 1 - 2

We fly to Kilimanjaro International airport. On arrival in Tanzania you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Situated in a quiet location in the foothills of Kilimanjaro this is a pleasant and friendly hotel with restaurant and bar.

Day 3

After breakfast you will be transferred to the start of the Rongai route (3hrs). The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of NaleMoru (1950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long 'cape' of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Climb 900 metres; walking time: 4 to 5 hours.

Day 4

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (3450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves. Climb 1000 metres; walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Day 5

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round 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. Climb 730 metres; walking time: 3 to 4 hours.

Day 6

We spend the day exploring the area around Mawenzi Tarn. The old adage of climbing high and sleeping low still holds very true and a second night spent at 4330m will greatly increase your chances of a successful summit bid.

Day 7

We cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4700m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Climb 370 metres; walking time: 4 to 5 hours.

Day 8

We will start the final, and by far the steepest 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 (5685m). We will rest there 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 (4700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo. Climb 1195 metres; descend 2175 metres, walking time: 11 to 15 hours.

Day 9

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830m). You will be transferred to our hotel for a well earned rest. The afternoon is free to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers.  Descend 1890 metres; walking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 10

Usually there is some time to visit town in the morning before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (Sometimes flights used will get you back home the same day).

Day 11

Arrive back in the UK.


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services. Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue, in particular for peaks over 7000m:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number –


Rob · 5 years ago ·

Great service, great guides...Uhuru Peak was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. Braving the cold and the steep uphill was well worth the satisfaction of standing on the roof of Africa.

Rose & Chris · 5 years ago ·

Many thanks to adventure peaks for an excellent trip of a life time. We loved every minute of it.
From all the staff in the office to Anold our guide in Kilimanjaro & his team who made our trip so enjoyable & fun. Every day was different & exciting. The food was excellent. All the porters were so helpful, the best bit for me was the singing sessions after we would arrive at camp. They were all brilliant. Summit day was a tuff climb but the view at the top made it such a memorable experience & I couldn't praise Adventure Peaks enough.
Thanks so much

Mark · 6 years ago ·

We climbed with a great bunch of guys who all pulled together and summited despite the various challenges faced. Kilimanjaro is a challenge and am thankful that I had perfect health throughout which made the mountain easier than anticipated...the Tanzanian guides were great and did exceptionally well on summit day

John Grant · 7 years ago ·

A really well organised trip by Adventure Peaks everything was on time and ran like clockwork from start to finish. Our guides on the trek Albert, Felix and their team were absolutely brilliant, very informative and looked after us throughout. We also completed a three day Safari after our trek which was a great way to relax and see a lot more of Tanzania, again our driver was absolutely brilliant really informative and couldn't do enough for us. A fantastic trip with some great memories which will last a lifetime.

Brian · 7 years ago ·

[Adventure Peaks were excellent for...] details provided, plans and responsiveness.
Summit day was hard but very rewarding. Seeing the sunrise and light up the mountain. Teamwork and camaraderie. Great sense of personal achievement.

Brian · 7 years ago ·

Summit day was hard but very rewarding
Seeing the sunrise and light up the mountain
Teamwork and camaraderie
Great sense of personal achievement

Michael · 10 years ago ·

The only recommendation I would make is to advertise and offer the opportunity to stay in the local vicinity for an extended period. We were lucky with our itinerary as we were offered an extra day to explore Moshy, however without that I would have felt stuck in the local area and then being shipped from airport to mountain to airport without experience the country itself.

Steve · 10 years ago ·

Usually I organise my own porters, food, commander, but Adventure Peaks took the stress out of it! Sadly Dave was sick on day two and had to descend. Great bloke, very sociable and knowledgeable. Great trip, many thanks

Simon K · 11 years ago ·

Nick and I got back from the Kili trip over the weekend and just wanted to put in a good word for the local KWS organisation and the choice of Abraham (supported by Donald) as guide.

I thought you might like to know how well they supported us in overall organisation as well as campsite and trek detail and that we could recommend them for future clients.

Thanks too for your end of it. How AP goes from strength to strength!

John · 11 years ago ·

I found this to be a wonderful experience. Dean the leader was inspirational throughout but in particular when the going got tough, and I was also impressed with the local support team. I would not have missed this experience for anything. Many thanks.

Ian · 11 years ago ·

A fantastic experience. The leader and local guides were very supportive. Leader performed in a professional manner throughout, he was supportive and encouraging.

Nick · 13 years ago ·

Dean was fantastic made the trip a nicer guy and better mountain leader I've never met, a credit to adventure peaks and a one you want to keep hold of.

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