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7 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Moshi & Mount Kilimanjaro: Hike The Gradual Trails Of Rongai Route

Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

Trek up Kili which is one of the world's most accessible high summits. Camp on the mountains as you cross these small hills to reach your destination and take in amazing landscape views that you will never forget in your lifetime. After the trek is completed, collect your summit certificates with pride.

DAY 01

Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

  • Drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits.

  • Take a short ride to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn & potato fields and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black & white colobus monkey. 

Elevation: 6,398 ft to9,300 ft 

Distance: 8 km/5 miles 

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 

Habitat: Rain Forest.

DAY 02

Rongai Cave to to Second Cave

  • Start with a steady incline up to the Second Cave.

  • Continue trekking through moorland and leave the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.

  • Arrive at Kikelewa Cave in the night.

Elevation: 9,300 ft to11,300 ft 

Distance: 6 km/4 miles 

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 

Habitat: Heath Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave 

Elevation: 11,300 ft to 11,811 ft 

Distance: 6 km/4 miles hiking 

Time: 3-4 hours 

Habitat: Heath

DAY 03

Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

  • Take a short but steep hike up to a grassy slope with your Kilimanjaro guide.

  • On reaching the top, take in the views of the wilderness and the views are stunning.

  • Exit from the heath zone and emerge in the Alpine desert zone where the landscape changes dramatically. 

  • Reach your camp that is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. 

  • Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the area.

Elevation: 11,811 ft to14,160 ft 

Distance: 5 km/3 miles 

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 

Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 04

Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge

  • This is an extra day meant for acclimatization or spending the day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. 

  • After spending a few moments exploring the area, head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp.

Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft-14,400 ft 

Distance: 2 km/1 mile 

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours 

Habitat: Alpine Desert Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn 

DAY 05

Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

  • Climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. 

  • Reach your camp at Kibo Hut, which sits at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. 

  • Upon arrival, take some rest & enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Elevation (ft): 14,160 ftto 15,430 ft 

Distance: 8 km/5 miles 

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours 

Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 06

Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

  • Start your day early in the morning (around midnight) & begin your push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. 

  • Ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks.

  • At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. 

  • Finally, arrive at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

  • After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, descend to Horombo Hut. 

  • Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ftto 19,341 ft 

Distance: 6 km/4 miles 

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours 

Habitat: Arctic Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut 

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft 

Distance: 16km/10 miles 

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours 

Habitat: Heath

DAY 07

Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

  • On your last day, have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. 

  • Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, collect your summit certificates. 

  • Meet a vehicle to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ftto 6,046 ft 

Distance: 20 km/12 miles 

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours 

Habitat: Rain Forest 

  • 1595 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation for 2 days in a hotel

  • All meals and water while trekking

  • Porters 

  • Tax 

  • Kilimanjaro guides

  • Transport to the gate

  • All necessary trekking gear 

  • Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 6-7 Days

  • Overview: There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe Route all approach from the south of the mountain; Mweka is used only for the descent. The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai Route approaches from the north. The illustrations below depict a three-dimensional view of Kilimanjaro's climbing routes and a close up of the approaches to the summit. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing, and determination.


  • Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).

  • Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

  • 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.

  • About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.


  • Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes.

  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau.

  • Nature trails on the lower reaches.

  • Trout fishing.

  • Visit the beautiful Chala Crater Lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go

  • Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July–September.

  • To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

Recommended Gears List

  • Pair of hiking sticks

  • One (1) - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof

  • 1 headlight torch with extra batteries.

  • One (1) - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons

  • One (1) -Trekking Poles, collapsable highly recommended

  • One (1) - Headlamp, with extra batteries

  • One (1) - Duffel bag, 50–90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment

  • One (1) - Daypack, 30–35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear may be rented on location

  • One (1 ) - Gym Shoes to wear at camp optional

  • Tree (3) - Socks wool or synthetic

  • One (1) - Gaiters waterproof optional

  • Trip Receipt

  • Passport

  • Visa (available at JRO)

  • Immunization Papers

  • Insurance Document

  • One (1) - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection

  • One (1) - Knit Hat, for warmth

  • One (1) - Balaclava or Buff, for face overage - optional

  • One (1) - Gloves, warm waterproof recommended

  • One (1) - Gloves, thin

  • 1 Camera with extra batteries.

  • One (1) - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood

  • One (1) - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down

  • One (1) - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell

  • Two (2) - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

  • One (1) - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

  • One (1) - Waterproof Pants, breathable side zipper recommended

  • Two (2 )- Hiking Pants

  • One (1)- Fleece Pants

  • One (1) - Shorts (optional)

  • One (1) - Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

  • Three (3) - Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended

  • Two (2) - Sports Bra (women)

  • Toiletries

  • Prescriptions

  • Sunscreen

  • Lip Balm

  • Insect Repellent, containing DEET

  • First Aid Kit

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Wet Wipes – recommended

  • Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)

  • Electrolytes, powder or tablets -optional

  • One (1) 1 power bank

  • One (1) - Sunglasses or goggles

  • One (1) - Backpack Cover, waterproof optional

  • One (1) - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz)

  • One (1) - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 litres)

  • One (1) - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)

  • One (1) - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night recommended

  • Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

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