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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route near the Kenyan border is a great alternative route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro which stands tall as the highest mountain in Africa(5895m).  the route approaches the summit from the less forested north face and is a great alternative for those who prefer to climb a less crowded route to the top of Kilimanjaro. It is also less steep and less rainy than other routes.

This tour is offered by Simba Paka Safaris.

Departure Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Guiding fee
  • Permit and entrance fee
  • Meals


Day I : rongai gate to rongai cave

You will drive from moshi to marangu gate for permits before taking a short transfer to the rongaigate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato field and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife. Distance of 8km hiking for 3-4 hours.

Day 2 : Rongai cave – second cave

Ou begin this morning with a steady incline up to second cave. You continue trekking through moorland leaving the main trail for a smaller path towards the mawezi peak before finally arriving the kikelewa cave for the night.

Day 3 : kikelewa cave – mawezi tarn

The hike for today is short and steep up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As you exit the heath zone and emerge into the alpine desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Your camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of mawezi at mawezi tarn. You spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the area.
Distance 5km
Hiking time 3-4 hours
Habitat Alpine desert
Meals and drinks included

Day 4 : mawezi tarn – mawezi ridge

This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on mawezi ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of kibo and mawezi . after spending some time exploring the area, you head back to mawezi tarn for camp.
Total Distance 4km
Hiking time 4hrs to and from
Habitat Alpine desert

Day 5 : mawezi tarn to kibo hut

You climb gradually and then cross the lunar desert of the “saddle” between mawezi and kibo. Your camp kibo hut sits at the bottom of the kibo crater wall. Once you are here, you will rest, anjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Distance 8km
Hiking time 5-6 hours
Habitat alpine desert
All meals included

Day 6 : kibo hut – uhuru peak

Very early in the morning around midnight, you begin your push to the summit. It is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold and this elevation and time of day can be extreme. You ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent but short breaks. At gilmans point, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over mawezi peak. Finally you arrive at uhuru peak the highest point of mount kilimanjaro. You later descend to horombo hut in the evening and enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well earnrd sleep .
Total distance 22km
Tatal hiking time 13hours
All meals included

Day 7 : horobo hut – marangu gate

On your last day you have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at marangu gate you collect your summit certificate and later driven back to moshi.
Total distance 20km
Hiking time 5-7 hours
Habitat rain forest



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