9 Days Northern Circuit Route

The Rongai Route is a trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro that begins on the northern side of the mountain and takes about 6-7 days to complete. It is considered to be a less crowded and more scenic route than some of the others, as it passes through a variety of ecosystems, including rainforest, moorland, and alpine desert. The Rongai Route is considered to be a moderate trek in terms of difficulty, and has a success rate of around 60-70%.

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

  • Elevation: 1,870m to 2,720m (6,135ft to 8,923ft)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Your adventure begins at Marangu Gate, where you’ll register and commence your ascent. Traverse through the enchanting rainforest, witnessing diverse flora and fauna, until you reach Mandara Huts for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 2,720m to 3,720m (8,923ft to 12,205ft)
  • Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Bid farewell to the rainforest as you ascend into the Moorland zone. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscapes as you make your way to Horombo Huts, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 3,720m
  • Distance: Variable
  • Hiking Time: Variable
  • Habitat: Moorland

Take a well-deserved break to acclimatize to the altitude at Horombo Huts. You have the option to explore the area or embark on a short hike to Zebra Rocks, soaking in the stunning views and adjusting to the altitude.

Day 4: Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 4,703m (12,205ft to 15,430ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Resume your journey towards the summit as you ascend through the Alpine Desert. Pass by striking rock formations and awe-inspiring vistas on your way to Kibo Huts, your basecamp for the final push to the summit.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Kibo Huts

  • Elevation: 4,703m
  • Distance: Variable
  • Hiking Time: Variable
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Another day is dedicated to acclimatization at Kibo Huts, allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude. Rest, hydrate, and mentally prepare for the challenging summit ascent that lies ahead.

Day 6: Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 4,703m to 5,895m (15,430ft to 19,341ft) (Uhuru Peak), then down to 3,720m (12,205ft)
  • Distance: 21km ascent, 27km descent (13 miles ascent, 17 miles descent)
  • Hiking Time: 12-16 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

Rise before dawn for the ultimate summit push. Trek through the barren landscapes of the Arctic zone under the starry sky, reaching Gilman’s Point at the rim of the crater. Push forward to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, before descending to Horombo Huts for a well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation: 3,720m to 1,870m (12,205ft to 6,135ft)
  • Distance: 20km (12.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland to Rainforest

Descend through the Moorland and lush Rainforest, reminiscing about your remarkable journey to the summit. Arrive at Marangu Gate, where you’ll receive your summit certificates, marking the successful completion of your Kilimanjaro expedition.


Embark on a 7-day adventure through the Marangu Route, immersing yourself in the captivating beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. With well-paced acclimatization days and stunning landscapes, this itinerary ensures a safe and memorable journey to the “Roof of Africa.”

  • Price Include:
    * All transfers

    * Accommodation
    * all trekking fees,
    * All meals while on the Mountain
    * Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    * Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    * English speaking guide
    * Sleeping bags
    * Porters salary
    • 3 meals in a day
    • Mineral drinking water.

    Price Exclude:

    * Tips,
    * medical insurance cover
    * all trekking personal gears
    * alcohol
    * all things of personal nature

    1. What is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a dormant volcano and one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
    2. How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
    3. How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb varies depending on the route chosen. Most climbs typically range from 5 to 9 days.
    4. What are the different routes up Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • There are several routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, each with its own characteristics and scenery. Popular routes include the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Northern Circuit routes.
    5. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro difficult?

      • Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging due to its high altitude, but it doesn’t require technical climbing skills. However, climbers should be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking.
    6. Do I need a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is mandatory to have a registered guide accompany you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Guides are essential for safety, navigation, and providing support throughout the trek.
    7. When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are during the dry seasons, which are typically from late June to October and from December to March. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions.
    8. What should I pack for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Essential items for climbing Kilimanjaro include proper clothing for varying temperatures, sturdy hiking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, personal medications, and other necessary gear as recommended by your tour operator.
    9. What are the risks of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The main risks of climbing Kilimanjaro include altitude sickness, which can affect anyone regardless of fitness level, as well as other potential hazards such as extreme weather conditions and physical exhaustion.
    10. Do I need to train before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro. This can include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and fitness levels.
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