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7 Days Rongai route

7 Days Rongai route

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Gladiola Adventure’s 7-Day Rongai route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Regarded as one of the easiest routes, it ascends from the north-eastern side, providing a unique perspective with unspoiled wilderness and natural beauty. The trekking can be completed in either six or seven days, offering a fulfilling and less strenuous journey to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Join us on this incredible expedition, exploring the pristine landscapes and achieving the awe-inspiring feat of reaching the Roof of Africa.


Arrival Day at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Day 1 of 7

Simba Camp (2600m)

Day 1 of 7: Simba Camp (2600m)

Embark on your Rongai route adventure! Begin the day with a journey to Marangu Park gate for registration before commencing the hike on the Rongai trail. Traverse through lush rainforests towards Simba Camp, surrounded by the evergreen forest showcasing diverse trees and flowers, including the enchanting gladiola, protea, and elephant trunk. The hiking time for today is approximately 3 hours, offering a serene introduction to your Kilimanjaro expedition.


Day 2 of 7

Kikelelwa Cave (3600m) (For seven days hiking the second day will be at Second Cave which is 3100m)

Day 2 of 7: Kikelelwa Cave (3600m) [For seven days, the second day will be at Second Cave, 3100m]

Embark on a full day of hiking! Traverse through moorlands towards Kibo, passing by the Second Cave (3450m) along the way before reaching the scenic Kikelelwa Cave. Marvel at the opening views and enjoy a great perspective of the water streams below, creating a picturesque setting within the cave. The hiking time for today is approximately 7 hours to Kikelelwa and 3-4 hours to the Second Cave (for seven days hiking).

Day 3 of 7: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)

Embark on a 4-hour hike towards the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi, where we will set up camp at Mawenzi Tarn Camp. The trail is short but steep, offering stunning views of the wilderness area. As we approach Mawenzi, the vegetation zone ends, and we’ll find ourselves surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Day 4 of 7: Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 5 hrs

Cross a desert area known as the Saddle, nestled between Mawenzi and Kibo, towards Kibo Hut. This is where we make our final preparations and rest before the challenging summit hike in the midnight hours. Lunch and ample rest time precede an early dinner, providing sufficient rest before the ascent. The summit hike will pass through Gilman’s Point (5681m) before reaching Stella Point (5751m), where our trail merges with hikers from other routes, ultimately leading to the Uhuru Peak at 5895m. The ascent takes approximately 7-8 hours from Kibo Hut, with a descent of 3 hours back to Kibo Hut. After lunch and a brief rest, we descend further to Horombo Hut at 3700m.

Day 5 of 7: Kibo Hut 4700m – Horombo (3700m)

Hiking Time: 3 hrs

Post-summit, descend back to Kibo Hut for a short rest and lunch. Continue the descent to Horombo Hut, passing through the saddle area before transitioning back to the heathers and moorland zone. At Horombo, you’ll encounter hikers ascending through the Marangu route, the only route used for both ascending and descending from the summit.

Day 6 of 7: Horombo Hut 3700m – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hrs

On the final day, depart from Horombo Hut towards the Marangu Gate. Along the way, pass by Mandara Hut (2700m) to view the Maundi Crater, offering a spectacular sight of Lake Chala at the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Continue the descent through the evergreen rainforest, where you may encounter different monkey species and a variety of birds and flowers. Collect your certificates at the gate, enjoy a short break for lunch, and head back to Arusha for a relaxed afternoon, dinner, and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 of 7: Departure

Transfer to the airport for departure.


Number of Pax 2-3 pax 4-6 pax 7-14 pax
Price Per Person $2,405 $2,225 $2,105


Ground transport for all the above days
Accommodation (two nights in Arusha Before and after the trekking) and all the night at Kilimanjaro
All park fees
Rescue fees
Guides, porters and cooks salaries
Three meals a day
All other items of a personal nature
Tips to your guide
Soft drinks other than the mineral water
Alcoholic beverages
Person mountain gears such as sleeping bags, Rain gears( see list below)


Below is the recommended packing list for a multi-day safari. Items numbered with a “+” can be adjusted upwards based on the number of safari days on your itinerary. Neutral colors are recommended to avoid attracting tsetse flies.

Technical Clothing
1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell, for cold temperatures at night
1+ Long Sleeve Shirt, for protection from the sun
1+ Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1+ Hiking Pants
1 – Shorts (optional)
1 – Bathing suit (optional)
1 – Bathing suit (optional)
2+ Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 – Bandana, Buff or Dust Mask, for face coverage for dust and sweat (optional)
1 – Hiking Boots or Shoes
1 – Sandals or Flip-Flops (optional)
2+ Socks, wool or synthetic,
1 – Sunglasses
1 – Neck Pillow, for napping in the vehicle (optional)
1 – Daypack, small
Lip Balm
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
Face Mask (REQUIRED)
Hand Sanitizer (REQUIRED)
Snacks (optional)
Headlamp or Flashlight
Camera, with zoom lens of 300mm or more (optional)
Binoculars (optional)
Electrical Outlet Adapter
Trip Receipt
Visa (available at JRO)
Immunization Papers
Insurance Documents

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