7 days rongai route

Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching the mountain from the north


Arrival at the airport and pick up

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you will be met by Genius Expedition Safaris team. You will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha where you will be accommodated overnight. Depending on the time of your arrival, during the remainder of this day you will have time to rest, relax and explore Arusha Town. In the evening you will be met by our team of guides for a briefing session about the hike. Our team will also take time to inspect your hiking gear to ensure that everyone is ready with the proper gear for the hike.



  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English/French/Spanish guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • All Camping equipment
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • Transfer charges

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Day 1 – Rongai Start Point (1,996 masl) – Simba Camp (2,626 masl)

Genius Expedition Safaris team will pick you from your hotel in Arusha and drive you for 2 hours to the Marangu gate for registration. After registration you will head north-east for 2 ½ hours to the Rongai start point. The hike to the first camp will take about 4 hours to the destination. You will pass a rain forest zone where you may spot some colobus monkeys. Our destination is Simba Camp. Our team will have arrived at the Camp ahead of you to pitch up your tents and set camp ready to receive you. You will be provided with warm water to freshen up and be served with lunch. You will have the rest of the day to rest. In the evening dinner will be served to allow you time to retire for the night.

Day 2 –Simba Camp (2626masl)-  2nd Cave (3450masl) -Kikelewa Camp (3,670masl)

On day 2, you will hike from Simba camp to the 2nd Cave  3450 metres above sea level for lunch. After lunch you will proceed with trekking until Kikelewa Camp. At Kikelewa Camp the view opens up to allow you to see the surrounding areas. You will have an overnight stay at Kikelewa Camp where you will be served with dinner. Genius Expedtion Safaris team will brief you about the following day’s hike before retiring to your tents for night.

Day 3 – Kikelewa Camp (3,670 masl) – Mawenzi Tarn (4,303 masl)

Today’s destination will be a short but steep climb. After breakfast you will leave Kilelewa Camp and head towards Mawenzi Tarn. The hike takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete. At the Tarn you will eat your lunch and spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. In the evening Genius Expedition Safaris team will serve you with dinner after which you will stay overnight at the Tarn.

Day 4 – Mawenzi Tarn (4,303 masl) – Mawenzi Ridge (4389 masl) – Mawenzi Tarn (4,303 masl)

Day 4 is meant for acclimatization. After breakfast you will hike steadily for 3-4 hours covering about 4 kilometres up to Mawenzi idge. Here you will enjoy fantastic views on both sides. The landscape is rugged and rocky.  After spending a few moments exploring Mawenzi Ridge, you will head back to Mawenzi Tarn for overnight stay.The acclimatization experience gained is necessary for a successful summit. Genius Expedition Safaris team will serve you with dinner after which you will return to your tents to sleep.

Day 5 – Mawenzi Tarn (4,303 masl) – Kibo Hut (4,700 masl)

After breakfast we head west and continue ascending crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut, our destination for the day. At Kibo Hut you will spend the remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent, which begins around midnight.

Day 6 – Kibo Hut (4,700 masl) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 masl) and then Horombo Hut (3,700 masl)

On day 6 at around midnight you will be woken up by Genius Expedition Safaris team with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and on a lucky day moonlight, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at an elevation of 5,730 metres above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak where you can enjoy the sunrise. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film you will start to descent along the same route back to Horombo Hut. Genius Expedition Safaris team will be at hand to receive you on arrival at Horombo Hut with some snacks and refreshments. In the evening you will be served with dinner after you will spend the night at Horombo Hut.

Day 7 – Horombo Hut (3,700 masl) to Marangu Gate (1,816 masl)

On day 7, there will be a farewell ceremony hosted by Genius Expedition Safaris team after breakfast. You will then begin your descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, a trek of 6 to 7 hours. At Marangu gate you will be signed out and awarded a golden certificate for summiting Uhuru Peak. You will then be driven back to Arusha for your overnight stay.

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