Kilimanjaro trekking routes

Rongai Route

11 days

ITINERARY

7 days

TREKKING

5,895m

ALTITUDE

Dates

2023 & 2024

The Quieter Way Up...

To climb Kilimanjaro on our 11 day Rongai itinerary (trekking for 7 days), you can join one of many Open Group Challenge climbs throughout the year, departing from the UK. Our group climbs bring like-minded people together to share a Kilimanjaro experience. You can sign up on your own, as a couple , or with a group of friends or family.

The Challenge

Reach the Roof of Africa in 7 days...

The Rongai Route trek approaches from the north and is one of the least frequented trails on Kilimanjaro, which is perfect for those looking for a more ‘wilderness’ experience. It isn’t an ‘easier’ Kilimanjaro route, but the first few days are a bit shorter, and the pace is more relaxed – offering good acclimatisation. Through forest, the trail climbs steadily up to Mawenzi tarn in the shadow of Mawenzi Peak, before crossing the barren landscape of ‘The Saddle’. From base camp at Kibo it is a tough but rewarding ascent up to Kilimanjaro’s summit via Gillman’s Point and Stella Point – where we will feel on top of the world!

The Experience

Life While Trekking

On an Action Challenge trip you’ll be part of a team which takes on a Kilimanjaro adventure together – and that’s what makes the experience so special. Getting to know others, supporting each other when the going gets tough on summit day, laughing together, and sharing those special moments & the new friendships that will stay with you for many years. Led by a UK Mountain Leader and supported by a Medic overseeing the group’s wellbeing – you’ll be in safe hands, and our expert local Kilimanjaro logistics team & guides will ensure it all runs like clockwork. These are ‘fully inclusive’ Kilimanjaro trips – leaving you to focus on your challenge, and to enjoy it!

An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support & great hospitality, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broaden horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!

The blueprint for Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Mountain Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on-hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of successfully competing their challenge.

We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails with their deep local knowledge and authentic style.

Like minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join – and then to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!

Whether its’s the hotels,  restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all inclusive packages mean that you will get a top quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.

The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a maybe a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!

A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends , and a place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the tails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.

NEW YEAR DEAL

£100 OFF ALL KILIMANJARO BOOKINGS

… Use checkout discount code NEWYEAR23

   PLUS … FREE Kilimanjaro Challenge Fleece

   PLUS … FREE place on a UK trek worth £129

* Ends 28 Feb 2023. Conditions apply.

Itinerary & Route

Please note that some details of the itinerary may change, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary once you are signed up to the challenge.

Departing London, we fly overnight before landing into Tanzania. Upon a morning arrival, we transfer to our hotel, check in, before a welcome briefing & kit check. We have an evening meal together before an early night.

Setting out from the Nalemoru gate, to the North East of the mountain, we begin trekking from the foothills through lush vegetation. Our 1st night is spent camping at ‘Simba Camp’ (2,668m). The next day we make our way slowly towards 2nd Caves Camp where we stop for lunch, and get our first views of the top of Kilimanjaro From here we head towards Kikelewa Camp, and onwards to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,330m) where we camp alongside the lake. 

Day 6 is a really important day, where we take a looped route up to 4,500m on Mawenzi’s North Ridge to acclimitise our bodies to the altitude, spend a couple of hours here and then descend back down to camp for another night. We leave Mawenzi Tarn and head across the desert style landscape towards Kibo. It’s a vast and bleak area, unlike any terrain we would have seen so far. After 5-6 hours we reach our campsite at Kibo Huts Camp – before the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit later tonight!

And so to Kilimanjaro summit day! We awake just before midnight – and after a hot drink & snacks we begin our climb. We climb for about 6 hours up the most demanding part of the route by torchlight, to reach Gilman’s Point at the crater rim. After a short rest we make our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent at 5895m. The rising morning sunlight gives spectacular views across the plains and of Mount Meru in the distance – we feel on top of the world! After some photos it’s back to Gilmans Point – down to Kibo Camp where we stop for a rest & brunch before continuing down Horombo Huts Camp at 3,720m. After a long and exhilarating day we can finally rest our tired legs and get a good night’s sleep!

After breakfast we continue our descent back through the rainforest to the Mandara Huts for lunch, and then on down the track to leave the Kilimanjaro National Park through Marangu Gate. Today’s descent is straightforward but after the challenge of the Kilimanjaro summit day we’ll have to dig deep. After a rest & a hot shower we have the afternoon to relax by the pool before a celebratory dinner. The next day we have a free morning, before heading to the airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.

Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

Costs & Fundraising

We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.

Self Funding

Sign up from £295 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.

Fundraise for Charity

Sign up from £295 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.

Our Brochure

The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details. 

Full Itinerary

Dates & Prices

NEW YEAR DEAL

£100 OFF – is off the initial Registration Deposit for your Kilimanjaro trip. Enter the discount code NEWYEAR23 at checkout.

FREE FLEECE –  Kilimanjaro branded fleece will be mailed in March ’23.

Note: Fleece size will be as per T shirt size selected on the Reg Form

FREE UK TREK – is a place on one of our famous ‘Ultra Challenge’ events. There are 14 to choose from – and you are entitled to a 50km entry. Visit the website for details:

WWW.ULTRACHALLENGE.COM

Register for your Kilimanjaro trip – you’ll be sent a Discount Code worth £129 to sign up to a 2023 Ultra Challenge.

CONDITIONS – If You Cancel Your Kilimanjaro Trip

– Fleece cost (£30) will be deducted from any refund that may be due.

– If you cancel before taking up your place on an Ultra Challenge – that place will be cancelled.

– If you’ve taken part in an Ultra Challenge (before Kilimanjaro cancellation) the cost (£129) will be deducted from any refund due.  

How it works...

SELF FUNDING

It’s like paying for an all-inclusive holiday.

You pay the registration deposit. The final balance for the trip cost will be due no later than 10 weeks before your departure date

If you want to fundraise for charity, you may still do this separately – either on or offline. All fundraising will be a direct donation to your chosen charity. Please contact them for more information.

How it works...

CHARITY FUNDRAISING

This option lets you pay some of the trip cost yourself, including the registration deposit. You then fundraise on top for a chosen charity.

Action Challenge will invoice your charity for 50% the trip cost 12 weeks before departure.

You must complete 80% of your fundraising by 12 weeks before departure, with the remaining 20% completed 4 weeks after departure.

Let us know what charity you want to support when registering so that we can set up your agreement.

2024 EXPEDITION
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £5,995 total (£495 deposit & £5,500 balance)

Land only = £5,395 total (£395 deposit & £4,900 balance)

  • Pay £1500 (£495 deposit + £1005 final balance) + fundraise £9200
  • Pay £2000 (£495 deposit + £1505 final balance) + fundraise £8200

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 RONGAI CHALLENGE GROUP
(HIGH SEASON)

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £4,095 total (£395 deposit & £3,700 balance)

Land only = £3,095 total (£295 deposit & £2,800 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £7800
  • Pay £1000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £7300
  • Pay £1500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £6300#
  • Pay £2000 (£295 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £5300

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1800

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 DELUXE (HIGH SEASON)
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £595

With flights = £4,995 total (£595 deposit & £4,400 balance)

Land only = £3,995 total (£495 deposit & £3,500 balance)

  • Pay £1000 (£595 deposit + £505 final balance) + fundraise £8000
  • Pay £1500 (£595 deposit + £1005 final balance) + fundraise £7000
  • Pay £2000 (£595 deposit + £1505 final balance) + fundraise £6000

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 DELUXE
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £495

With flights = £4,595 total (£495 deposit & £4,100 balance)

Land only = £3,995 total (£495 deposit & £3,500 balance)

  • Pay £1000 (£495 deposit + £505 final balance) + fundraise £7400
  • Pay £1500 (£495 deposit + £1005 final balance) + fundraise £6400
  • Pay £2000 (£495 deposit + £1505 final balance) + fundraise £5400

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 NORTHERN CIRCUIT
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £4,095 total (£395 deposit & £3,700 balance)

Land only = £3,495 total (£395 deposit & £3,100 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £355 final balance) + fundraise £6800
  • Pay £1000 (£395 deposit + £605 final balance) + fundraise £6300
  • Pay £1500 (£395 deposit + £1105 final balance) + fundraise £5300
  • Pay £2000 (£395 deposit + £1605 final balance) + fundraise £4300

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 MACHAME CHALLENGE GROUP
(HIGH SEASON)

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £3,695 total (£395 deposit & £3,300 balance)

Land only = £2,695 total (£295 deposit & £2,400 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £5800
  • Pay £1000 (£395 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5400
  • Pay £1500 (£395 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £4300
  • Pay £2000 (£395 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £3300

The above is for Flights Included packages,  for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1,800

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 LEMOSHO CHALLENGE GROUP
(HIGH SEASON)

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £3,895 total (£395 deposit & £3,500 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,600 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £6200 

  • Pay £1000 (£395 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5700 

  • Pay £1500 (£395 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £4700 

  • Pay £2000(£395 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £3700

The above is for Flights Included packages,  for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1,800

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 RONGAI CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £295

With flights = £3,695 total (£295 deposit & £3,400 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,800 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £6000
  • Pay £1000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5500
  • Pay £1500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £4500
  • Pay £2000 (£295 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £3500

The above is for Flights Included packages,  for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 LEMOSHO CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £295

With flights = £3,495 total (£295 deposit & £3,200 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,600 balance)

  • Total cost £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £5600 
  • Total cost £1,000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5,100 
  • Total cost £1,500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £4,100 
  • Total cost £2,000 (£295 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £3,100

The above is for Flights Included packages,  for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 RONGAI (HIGH SEASON)
CHALLENGE GROUPS

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £3,895 total (£395 deposit & £3,500 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,600 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £6,200 

  • Pay £1,000 (£395 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5,700 

  • Pay £1,500 (£395 deposit + £1,205 final balance) + fundraise £4,700 

  • Pay £2,000 (£395 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £3,700

    For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1,800

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 LEMOSHO (HIGH SEASON)
CHALLENGE GROUPS

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £3,895 total (£395 deposit & £3,500 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,600 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £6,200 

  • Pay £1,000 (£395 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5,700 

  • Pay £1,500 (£395 deposit + £1,205 final balance) + fundraise £4,700 

  • Pay £2,000 (£395 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £3,700

    For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1,800

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2024 MACHAME CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £295

With flights = £3,295 total (£295 deposit & £3,000 balance)

Land only = £2,695 total (£295 deposit & £2,400 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £5200
  • Pay £1000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £4700
  • Pay £1500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £3700
  • Pay £2000 (£295 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £2700

The above is for Flights Included packages, for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 MACHAME CHALLENGE GROUP (HIGH SEASON)

Registration deposit (included in costs below): £395

With flights = £3,695 total (£395 deposit & £3,300 balance)

Land only = £2,695 total (£395 deposit & £2,400 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £7,000
  • Pay £1000 (£395 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £6,500
  • Pay £1500 (£395 deposit + £1,205 final balance) + fundraise £5,500
  • Pay £2,000 (£395 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £4,500

Please note:

  • Balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 NORTHERN CIRCUIT
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £395

With flights = £4,095 total (£395 deposit & £3,700 balance)

Land only = £3,495 total (£395 deposit & £3,100 balance)

  • Pay £750 (£395 deposit + £355 final balance) + fundraise £6800
  • Pay £1000 (£395 deposit + £605 final balance) + fundraise £6300
  • Pay £1500 (£395 deposit + £1105 final balance) + fundraise £5300
  • Pay £2000 (£395 deposit + £1605 final balance) + fundraise £4300

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 DELUXE
CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £495

With flights = £4,595 total (£495 deposit & £4,100 balance)

Land only = £3,995 total (£495 deposit & £3,500 balance)

  • Pay £1000 (£495 deposit + £505 final balance) + fundraise £7400
  • Pay £1500 (£495 deposit + £1005 final balance) + fundraise £6400
  • Pay £2000 (£495 deposit + £1505 final balance) + fundraise £5400

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 RONGAI CHALLENGE GROUP

Registration deposit (included in costs below): £295

With flights = £3,695 total (£295 deposit & £3,400 balance)

Land only = £3,095 total (£295 deposit & £2,800 balance

  • Total cost £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £6,000
  • Total cost £1,000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5,000
  • Total cost £1,500 (£295 deposit + £1,205 final balance) + fundraise £4,500
  • Total cost £2,000 (£295 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £3,500

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1,200

Please note:

  • Balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 MACHAME CHALLENGE GROUP

Registration deposit (included in costs below): £295 

With flights = £3,295 total (£295 deposit & £3,000 balance)

Land only = £2,695 total (£295 deposit & £2,400 balance)

  • Total Cost £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £5,200
  • Total Cost £1,000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £4,700
  • Total Cost £1,500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £3,700
  • Total Cost £2,000 (£295 deposit + £1705 final balance) + fundraise £2,700

For ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options

2023 LEMOSHO CHALLENGE GROUP

Deposit (included in costs below) paid online to sign up: £295

With flights = £3,495 total (£295 deposit & £3,200 balance)

Land only = £2,895 total (£295 deposit & £2,600 balance)

  • Total cost £750 (£295 deposit + £455 final balance) + fundraise £5600 
  • Total cost £1,000 (£295 deposit + £705 final balance) + fundraise £5,100 
  • Total cost £1,500 (£295 deposit + £1205 final balance) + fundraise £4,100 
  • Total cost £2,000 (£295 deposit + £1,705 final balance) + fundraise £3,100

The above is for Flights Included packages,  for ‘Land Only’ Packages, the fundraising target is reduced by £1200

Please note:

  • Final balance invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Fundraising – 80% with charity 12 weeks prior
  • Airline imposed ‘Fuel Surcharge’ may apply
  • Fuel Surcharge is invoiced 12 weeks prior
  • Capped at £215 for all options