Route & Itinerary

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.

Day 1 Departure from UK

Your flight departure will be from London.

Day 2 Rongai

On arrival we transfer 3-4 hours to our lodge near the village of Rongai, close to the Kenyan border on the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro. We have lunch. meet our team of local guides. In the afternoon there’s time to relax before the welcome briefing, given by your UK Leader, UK Medic & Head Local Guide – and a kit check. This evening we enjoy dinner before an early night.

Kilimanjaro Challenge Sign Group Picture before trekking

Day 3 Simba Camp

After breakfast it’s a short short transfer to the Nale Moru Gate, where we meet the rest of our Kilimanjaro suppot team – including guides, cooks and porters. Our bags are weighed to ensure each is within the 15 kg limit – and finally the moment we have all been waiting for! We begin our Kilimanjaro trek through farm land and pine forest, which then gives way to scrub and heather, and we have a very good chance of seeing Mongoose and smaller wildlife. Elephant & Buffalo have been known to cross the path, but we may only see their tracks, as they generally move at night. We have some short breaks and a packed lunch en route before reaching our camp in the afternoon; where there’s time to relax before dinner and settling down for our first Kilimanjaro night under canvas.

Day 4 Kikelewa Caves Camp

Today’s route snakes through changing scenery – up through heather and moorland towards the jagged peak of Mawenzi, with the summit of Kilimanjaro itself in view during some of today’s walk. We stop for a hot cooked lunch at Second Cave Camp, before turning South East along a path that ambles through heath-land and rocky outcrops, with fantastic views of the Mawenzi, Kibo and the Northern ice fields of Kilimanjaro. We camp just below the Mawenzi Saddle at the Kikelewa Caves Camp. Today is a great kick-start to acclimatising and preparing for our Kilimanjaro summit push in 4 days time.

Hiking Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Kilimanjaro Pose

Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn Camp

An early start, continuing along the gentle path that soon steepens up. Your efforts will be rewarded by a hot lunch at Mawenzi Tarn, which sits in a bowl, protected by the ridges and spires of Mawenzi Peak. An afternoon walk allows time to explore and get used to higher altitude, before an early dinner. Today is a short day, and we are mindful of the altitude – so the pace is steady – with plenty of time to snack and keep hydrated. We’re rewarded with a spectacular campsite, arguably the most scenic on Kilimanjaro – which will be our home for 2 nights.

Day 6 Acclimatisation Day

Today is about acclimatising and resting. After a later breakfast, we head off for a relaxed day of walking to acclimatise ourselves up to a maximum of 4500m on the North West ridge of Mawenzi. This is often a great day, enjoying time in an incredible mountain environment and an excellent camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing, with stunning views over the Kenyan plains in the distance.

Rongai Route Sign Kilimanjaro
Rongai Group Pic Kilimanjaro Background

Day 7 Kibo Camp

Today we haed to our high camp – Kibo Camp – in as good shape as possible. That means walking at a steady pace, eating lots of snacks, and keeping hydrated. 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, and pass the site of a plane crash, with some wreckage still visible. After 5-6 hours we reach our campsite at Kibo Huts Camp – snd in the sftrernoon afternoon it’s time to rest and eat before the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit later tonight!

Day 8 Summit Day

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!

Kilimanjaro Rongai Group picture
Kilimanjaro camp in the shrubbery Rongai

Day 9 Moshi

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. The finish line gives a real feeling of accomplishment – and it’s a farewell to our local Kilimanjaro crew – involving some singing and dancing and has emotions running high. A transfer to our hotel, where we can finally take off our walking boots and enjoy our first hot shower in almost a week! We have the afternoon to relax by the pool with a drink, and this evening we enjoy a fantastic dinner to celebrate our remarkable achievements – and for those with energy we can party in to the night!

Day 10 Departure Day

We can enjoy a free morning either by the pool or exploring the local area before transferring to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 11 Arrive Home in the UK

Waterfront camp on Kilimanjaro Rongai
Kilimanjaro Peak

Our Brochure

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

Dates & Prices

Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

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