Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route

8 Days | Spot wildlife and embrace wilderness on this quiet ‘Kili’ route

5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
USD $2,978
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Tackle Mt Kilimanjaro via the quiet wilderness of the Rongai Route on this eight-day adventure. Approach the striking mountain from the north for the opportunity to see mountainside animals like monkeys and even the occasional elephant. Traverse through rich forests along the north-eastern side, then trek to the summit at dawn for a spectacular sunrise. With an expert crew of local porters, guides and cooks, you’re in capable hands for a hike that promises to be unforgettable.

Trip overview

Map of Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of
Moshi, Tanzania
Moshi, Tanzania
Walking & trekking
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 14 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • The Rongai Route approaches from the north and offers a unique perspective on Kilimanjaro, as well as being the quietest of all the routes.
  • Experience the incredible African sunrise from Mt Kilimanjaro – the ultimate reward for conquering Africa's premier peak.
  • Hike through the dense greenery of Mt Kilimanjaro’s foothills, spotting native creatures and wildflowers along the way.
  • Witness the jagged beauty of the Mawenzi cirque during a hike through high-altitude desert, then camp by a lake that lies beneath the 5149-metre peaks.
  • We are an official partner of IMEC’s Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), which means while your crew is looking out for you, we’re looking out for them.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You'll need a good level of fitness for this trip. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it much harder than your average uphill hike. The going will be slow as your body adjusts.
  • Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres (9200 feet) where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Temperatures at night can get very low when you're above 3500 metres, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. You can hire this equipment if need be.
  • Your safety comes first. All our guides and trek leaders have been trained by independent, UK-based medical specialists and are proficient in first aid. They also carry oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.
  • Hiking for several days without a shower can be tough – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes and a face washer may become your best friends!


Map of Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of



7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners




Camping (with toilet facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Trek Briefing
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Complimentary equipment hire (sleeping bag and walking poles) - must be requested at time of booking
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides (first-aid qualified) cooks and porters (a minimum of 1 guide to every 2)
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, tented camps & rescue services (6 days)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Porterage of 1 bag (9kg/20lb max)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits
  • Rongai - Kilimanjaro Porters Assitance Project

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Important notes

1. Although no mountaineering experience is required a good level of physical fitness is necessary. You must be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. A Passenger Self-Assessment Form is required for this trip. An Intrepid booking agent will provide you with this form when you book to fill out before arrival.
4. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters (9200 feet) where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
5. Please arrange your flights and transfers to arrive at your Marangu hotel before 4 pm on Day 1 in order to attend the very important pre-climb briefing and information session.

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5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Lucy · Traveled October 2023
Fantastic trip! Would highly recommend, our guide Vendelin was fantastic and really took care of the group.
Review submitted 28 Oct 2023

Natalie · Traveled October 2023
Look no further for outstanding adventures with an ethical company and team of people. Rongai Route with Vendolin and team - unforgettable!
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

Linda · Traveled September 2023
An outstanding experience that I would recommend to anyone thinking about Kilimanjaro!!!
Review submitted 17 Sep 2023

Emma · Traveled September 2023
Such an amazing, challenging, rewarding experience and trip that we'll never forget!!
Review submitted 17 Sep 2023

Nigel · Traveled August 2023
Excellent trip,well looked after,tough hiking ,great experience
Review submitted 12 Aug 2023
Kilimanjaro: Rongai Route
USD $2,978