Rongai Route 7-Day Itinerary

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7 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare 7-day Rongai tours & realize an 80% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this Rongai route 7 day itinerary. This especially applies if you’re under 30 years of age and have no experience hiking at high altitudes.

The Rongai route 7 days itinerary ranks second as one of the easiest of all the seven official routes to trek on Kilimanjaro. Though this is the case, the route lags behind in acclimatization opportunities. Aside from being one of the shortest routes on the mountain, it also happens to be the least frequented. This is great if you’d prefer to trek in solitude.

If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Long and relatively gradual routes like the 7-day Rongai route are good for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:

  • The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
  • The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 29, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day Lemosho program, unlike the 7-day Rongai hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age.

Highlights From This Long-Distance Trail

  • The route’s unspoiled wilderness sometimes offers a rare spotting of large animals like antelopes, buffaloes and elephants.
  • Performs exceptionally well with first-time hikers that are under 30 years of age
  • Has moderate acclimatization landscapes
  • Has low precipitation during the rainy season
  • Physically easy to climb 
  • Has an 80% summit success rate
Rongai Route 7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains

Best Time To Hike Rongai Route

  •  January through Mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Dietary Food Menus Served On Mount Kilimanjaro

All of your meals on Kilimanjaro are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Meet Your Tanzanian Tour Guide

  • 46 years of age
  • Has been leading Kilimanjaro expeditions since 2010.
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training

Safety Trekking Materials & Hiking Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocols On This Walking Tour

  • Evacuations on Kilimanjaro are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance or helicopter can be reached.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.
  • Helicopter evacuations are extremely rare however, in light of an event, you’ll be picked up at Barafu (4,570m/15,000ft) or Kibo (4,724m/15,500ft) and transferred to KCMC hospital along with an assistant guide. These sites are very high and can be extremely dangerous during evacuations so, rescues out of these sites will be conducted on pilot discretion.

Transportation & Meeting Points

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Venus Premier Hotel in Arusha City.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up and taken to Mount Kilimanjaro, where your Kilimanjaro trek will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Kilimanjaro National Park Fees

Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Conservation Fees$70/Per Day
Camping Fees$50/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Forest Entry Fees$10/Per Hiker
Forest Vehicle Entry Fees$20/Per Vehicle
Forest Support Crew Entry Fees$1/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%

Compare Rongai Route’s 7-Day Prices & Package Tours

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking 7 Days Up Rongai Route With A Kilimanjaro Tour Group. The Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Private Treks

Get Kilimanjaro Privacy & Flexibility Hiking Rongai Route’s 7 Days Private Package. The Escorted Tour includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible travel itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Package Tours Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

How To Book A Package Tour

  • Step 1: Go to the booking engine on this page and choose your trekking date, package tier, number of travelers joining the expedition, and click on the “Proceed Booking” button.
  • Step 2: Fill in your personal details accurately, including your dietary preference and/or special requirements for the trip, under the “Additional Notes” section. Once you have finished, click on the “Next” button.
  • Step 3: At checkout, click on the “Book Now And Pay Later” button and wait to receive a list of wire transfer details from the official business booking email.
  • Important Notice: Please ensure that wire transfers are made according to the transaction details suitable for your region. Details will be listed in the booking confirmation email sent after registration.

Payment Process

Paying For Group Treks

  • Pay a small $200 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Treks

  • Pay a $550 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

7-Day Mountain Climbing Itinerary & Cumulative Elevation Gains


All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website.

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.


After breakfast, at your hotel, you’ll be driven to the Rongai gate via Marangu gate. The path winds through corn and potato fields before gently ascending into a forest that is home to black and white colobus monkeys. 


In the morning, you’ll begin with a steady incline up the second cave.


You’ll continue trekking through moorland, past the jagged peaks of Mawenzi until finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.





Today’s hike is short and steep. The slopes are grassy and offer a stunning view of the wilderness area. The landscape changes drastically after you exit the heath zone. The camp is beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi.


This day is solely designed for acclimatization. The unique landscape offers captivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi from this interval.


You’ll spend the day hiking to Mawenzi ridge and back to Mawenzi tarn for camp. 


After breakfast you’ll gradually trek across the Luna desert of the “Saddle” which is surrounded by Mawenzi and Kibo. Once at Kibo hut, you have an early dinner and rest as you prepare for the summit day.



Around midnight, you’ll begin your push toward the summit. You’re required to be mentally and physically keen as this will be the most challenging section of your trek. Expect extreme wind and cold weather as you ascend in darkness for several hours. You’ll have frequent breaks along the path past Stella Point before arriving at your summit at Uhuru Peak.


Once you make your way to the highest point of the mountain, you’ll be guided down to Horombo Hut after having your lunch at Barafu.


This day, you’ll mostly trek downhill as you descend down through the tropical forest until you reach the park headquarters at Marangu gate. There, you’ll receive your certificate and be driven to your hotel at Moshi town.


If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll  be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.


Overnight Stays At The Hotel Before & After Your Hike

Camping Tents At The Mountain’s Campsites

Trekking Map Of The Rongai Route On Kilimanjaro

Rongai Kilimanjaro Route Map
Rongai Route Map

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The Rongai routes 7 day hike costs $2,340pax for open group treks and $2,550 for standard group treks. Private group treks also cost anywhere from $2,550 and above depending on the operator.

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Kaileine K

Group Traveller

Best decision we made to climb and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Daniel is amazing! He went above and beyond to accommodate us and provided us with the best of EVERYTHING! From Our transportation, lodging, providing us with all the information we needed…Our guide names was Israel and assistant guide Charles, our team was just amazing! They encouraged us and made us laugh. We had terrible altitude sickness, but they were right there every step of the way singing us on. It was just beyond amazing!

October 11, 2020

Nathaniel Stritzinger

Group Traveller

From start to finish, Daniel and his team were friendly, professional and helped us with everything along the way from planning the gear to pack for our trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro to on-the-ground transportation to hiking all the way up to the roof of Africa with an experienced group of guides and porters. Poli poli, keep smiling and you’ll make it up the mountain too.

December 9, 2019

Paz Clarice Bufete Hilotin

Solo Traveller

Daniel is amazing and so are all the guides especially David and the porters!! My experience during my trek to the highest free standing mountain in the world (Kilimanjaro) will be equaled to none!! Thank you is not enough!❤️ and Amazing is an understatement🙂

January 30, 2019

Elina Ch

Couple Traveller

With my boyfriend, we had a great time in Tanzania with Daniel who was our guide but also our local friend. We climbed successfully Kilimanjaro with him and he showed us a lot more of the Moshi region and introduced us to local people and habits. We were very happy to experience and learn a lot with him, all very sponaneous and uncomplicated. Always again!

December 21, 2018

Margit Höß

Group Traveller

We had a beautiful and impressive time in Moshi.
Thanks a lot, Daniel and his team, it was just perfect – keep it up 🙂!!!

January 28, 2018