6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

6 days Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai route trek a 6 day Kilimanjaro climbing to Uhuru Peak via Rongai trail route from Rongai gate, through Simba hut, Kikelewa hut, Mawenzi Tarn camp, Kibo hut, to Uhuru Peak and down Horombo hut to the gate. This 6 days Rongai route Kilimanjaro hike approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the North, and descends via Marangu Route plus 80% summit success rate.

Besides the 6 days Kilimanjaro Rongai route safari, you can also opt for the 7 days Kilimanjaro Rongai Itinerary, which offers an extra day for acclimatization.

6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Rongai Route

Day     OvernightStays in tents    Hours

#1          Rongai Gate (1950m) – Simba Camp (2750m)

#2          Simba Camp (2750m) – Kikelewa Camp (3600m)

#3          Kikelewa Camp (3600m) – Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4330m)

#4          Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4330m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

#5          Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3690m)

#6          Horombo Hut (3690m) – Marangu Gate (1870m)

Detailed Itinerary For 6 Days Rongai Kilimanjaro  Trek                                       

Day 1: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

Start the trek at Rongai Gate(1,950 m/6,398 ft) after breakfast. Complete park registration formalities and meet your trekking team. Begin the trek through farmland and dense forest, with opportunities to spot wildlife. Enjoy lunch en route. Arrive at Simba Camp (2,650m/8,694ft) in the late afternoon. Settle into camp, relax, and enjoy dinner.


Day 2: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp

Elevation: 2,750 m to 3,600 m

Distance: 17 km

Hiking Time: 7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, continue the trek, leaving the forest behind and entering the moorland zone. Ascend gradually, with views of the surrounding landscape opening up. Lunch will be served along the trail. Arrive at Kikelelwa Camp (3,600m/11,811ft) in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day resting, hydrating, and acclimatizing.

Day 3: Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi Tarn hut

Elevation: 3,600m to 4,330m

Distance: 7km

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Habitat: Semi-Desert

After breakfast, continue the trek, ascending through the alpine desert landscape. Enjoy stunning views of Mawenzi Peak along the way. Lunch will be served along the trail. Arrive at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m/14,206ft) in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day resting, hydrating, and preparing for the next day’s trek.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation: 4,330 m to 4,695 m

Distance: 8km

Hiking Time: 5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, continue the trek, crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Ascend to Kibo Hut (4,703m/15,430ft), your base camp for the summit attempt. Lunch will be served along the trail. Arrive at Kibo Hut in the early afternoon. Rest, hydrate, and prepare for the summit attempt. Early dinner and an early bedtime to rest before the summit push.


Day 5: Summit Day! Kibo Huts camp to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts camp

Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m

Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down

Hiking Time: 10-15 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert.

6 days mount kilimanjaro hiking rongai

Start the summit push in the early hours of the morning, aiming to reach Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341ft) at sunrise. Descend back to Kibo Hut for a short rest and breakfast. Continue descending to Horombo Hut (3,720m/12,205ft) for overnight stay. Lunch will be served en route. Celebrate your summit success and rest at Horombo Hut. Note: Descending from the summit to Horombo Hut is a long and challenging day. Pace yourself and listen to your guides.


Day 6: Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi

Elevation: 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m

Distance: 18 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

After breakfast, continue the descent through the moorland and rainforest. Arrive at Marangu Gate, where you’ll receive your summit certificates. Say farewell to your trekking team and transfer back to your hotel in Moshi. Celebrate your accomplishment and enjoy a well-deserved rest.