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Rongai Kili Climb

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The one that’s the longer but easier Mount Kilimanjaro climb

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

  • Team

    Expert Local Guides and Porters

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport, Moshi Town, Simba, Kikelewa Camp, Mawenzi Tarn, Kibo Hut, Horombo Huts, Gillman's Point, Uhuru Peak, Mandara Huts

Rongai Kili Climb

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Hotel, 5 nights in Twin Share Tent

    Our accommodation on the ascent along the Rongai pass will be in the true spirit of mountain climbing, but with a little help from our friendly porters, who will make sure your two-person tents and campsite are prepared each evening. Camping means a little bit of getting back to nature, so this isn't 5-star luxury but it will have everything you need for the journey. And of course, one heck of a view every morning.

About this trip

It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves, right? In that case, think of Kilimanjaro as your personal adventure and once-in-a-lifetime chance to really get to know what you're made of. In this small group trip run by an in-country trip operator with Local Guide, you'll trek in the footsteps of the world's explorers up the Rongai route to the Uhuru Peak, past craters, caves and even snow, in an unforgettable 8 day journey.

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Nights spent per location

  1. Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

  2. 1 1 night

    Moshi Town

  3. 1 1 night


  4. 1 1 night

    Kikelewa Camp

  5. 1 1 night

    Mawenzi Tarn

  6. 1 1 night

    Kibo Hut

  7. via via

    Gillman's Point

  8. via via

    Uhuru Peak

  9. 1 1 night

    Horombo Huts

  10. via via

    Mandara Huts

  11. 1 1 night

    Moshi Town

  12. Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

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DAY 1 - Arrive Moshi Town

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

Kilimanjaro awaits! You'll be collected from Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to Springlands Hotel located in Moshi Town, close to the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. This trip is run by a local operator rather than Contiki, so here you'll meet your Local Guide in place of a Contiki Trip Manager. You'll have a climb briefing, dinner, and time to prepare before bunking down for the night.

Moshi Town


Springlands Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Moshi Town to Simba

Moshi Town

Your day starts early with breakfast and a briefing. We'll drive through picturesque villages and coffee plantations for 4-5 hours until we reach the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters, we begin the hike on a wide path winding through fields of maize and potatoes, then enter a pine forest. The climb ahead is gentle but consistent, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. 


As the forest begins to thin, we arrive at Simba Camp (2,600 m/8,530 ft) near the 'First Cave' at the edge of the moorland zone, with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.


Simba Camp

DAY 3 - Simba to Kikelewa Camp


Load up on breakfast, because today's hike will be approximately 6-7 hours walking. This is a steady hike with spectacular views of the eastern ice fields and Kibo.

Kikelewa Camp

We spend the night resting up at camp, at an altitude of 3600 m.


Kikelewa Camp

DAY 4 - Kikelewa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn

Kikelewa Camp

After breakfast we'll take a short and steep morning climb of 3-4 hours.

Mawenzi Tarn

We have the afternoon to acclimatise and time to explore local surroundings. Tonight is spent at camp at an altitude of 4290 m.


Mawenzi Tarn Camp

DAY 5 - Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

Mawenzi Tarn

Today we cross the incredible lunar desert, approx 5-6 hours walking, to reach Kibo hut.

Kibo Hut

We have the rest of the day to acclimatise and flop into bed for an early night. We'll camp at an altitude of 4750m.


Kibo Hut Camp

DAY 6 - Kibo Hut to Horombo Huts via Gillmans Point and Uhuru Peak

Kibo Hut

The peak is calling, and we're ready! The goal is to climb before dawn so that we can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Rise and shine at midnight (yep!) to a light breakfast and prepare for your summit ascent. We do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights, and you need some warm layers to ward off the chilly morning frost. The beginning of the climb is over loose volcanic scree, but by way of some well-graded zig-zags we'll reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Slowly slowly, or, 'pole pole', and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Gillman's Point

Here, views of the fabled crater and it's icecaps will greet you. You've made it past the first hurdle! Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM.

Uhuru Peak

This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak. You've done it! Be sure to get some snaps here at the summit to post on your Insta. After catching our breath at the summit, we'll start the descent back.

Horombo Huts

We descend back to the Kibo Hut, have lunch, rest, collect our things, and recross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Time to eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep: this was, by far, the most difficult part of the trek.


Horombo Hut Camp

DAY 7 - Horombo Huts to Moshi Town via Mandara Huts

Horombo Huts

Wake up, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts.

Mandara Huts

We'll stop for lunch here then continue our triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which we should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember to say goodbye to your guides, cooks, and porters since you will be leaving them here.

Moshi Town

A vehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!


Springlands Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8 - Depart Moshi Town

Moshi Town

It may be the end of the trip, but your memories (and calf muscles) will be forever changed! Say goodbye to your trip-mates and give yourself a huge pat on the back. The morning transfer takes you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for a final goodbye.

Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On the Kili Climb the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. Your bags will be carried by porters, and no hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. If you are short of any equipment it can be hired on the first night of your trip.

What do the Contiki team do?

You’ll have an expert Local Guide to navigate the trail and porters to take care of carrying the essentials. This is your team. Trusted Contiki partners who are specialised, smart, friendly, fun, and integral to your adventure. Please note that this is not an 18-35 trip, and you may trek with other travellers outside that age bracket. This trip uses local guides and experts for tackling the mountain and the group may range from just two or more people.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There may be wifi in your hotel, but when you're trekking and staying in camps and lodges you are likely to be off-grid. Then again, when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From working with local suppliers and guides to choosing sustainable accommodation and experiences, we make sure we’re always giving something back to this incredible continent.