7 Day Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro Climbing & Trekking

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.

Trekking Details

7 Days




-7 to 27 ºC

From peak to base

From $2,105

Per person

*Limited Time offer

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Pre & Post Accommodation

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7 Day Rongai Route

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)
Hiking Time: 3 hrs
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: Second Cave which (3100m) or Kikelelwa Cave (3600m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hrs or 7 hrs
For seven days hiking the second day will be at Second Cave which is 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)
Hiking Time: 4 hrs
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.

What does this Rongai Route cost?


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


Includes & Excludes

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)

Kilimanjaro Packing List

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 colours are recommended to avoid attracting tsetse flies.

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


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Trusted by world travellers

Ian M – Malibu, CA – Feb 2024

Wonderful trekking experience – highly recommended

Gladiola Adventure organized a wonderful Kilimanjaro climb. Service on the mountain was excellent — hats off to the entire team!

Mohammed Alem – Jan 2024

Exceptional Kilimanjaro Climb!

Climbing Kilimanjaro in 7 days was the toughest yet the most interesting experience in my life (thanks Gladiola Adventure). After this experience, believe me you will have more respect for our planet.

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