School Trek - Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

A challenging high-altitude trek for older students



From $3,700 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Learn about this amazing dormant volcano
  • Climb Africa’s highest peak – one of the world’s 7 summits
  • Acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn - high on Kilimanjaro
  • Fully supported trekking on Kilimanjaro for School Groups

For this special School Adventure itinerary, we have chosen to make our ascent of Kilimanjaro via the relatively remote and quiet Rongai Route. Located in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania, on the border with Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m.) is Africa’s biggest peak. This is one of the few places on earth where it is possible to ascend through misty equatorial jungle and then cross high moorland with spectacular views, to finally reach a breathless, snow-capped summit. To maximise our chances of success on this very high peak, we start out with a series of 4 short trekking days, gaining height gradually, and then spend a rest and acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn. Our approach to the mountain begins with the long but interesting drive around to Rongai, on the northern slopes close to the Kenyan border. In comparison to the routes on the south side of the mountain, the Rongai Route is little-used and provides something of a wilderness experience. We will be unlikely to meet any other trekkers during our week-long ascent. Trekking through farmland, forest and open moor, our spectacular campsite at Mawenzi Tarn and the long final day's climb to the mountain's summit at Uhuru Peak, are highlights of this exceptional School Adventure holiday. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and, via the route that we have chosen to undertake, involves around 4000 metres of ascent (and descent). This extended itinerary allows 8 days for this (including two rest days). Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper part of the route we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree. There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent to the Horombo Camp as for the climb. We recommend a minimum age of 16 years for this School Adventure.

Brief Itinerary

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Fri 02 Dec - Sat 10 Dec Code SKRR/01/10/ Adult$3,700 Status Available Book now
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  • School Trek - Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
  • The departure reference for this tour is SKRR/01/10/
  • This tour begins on Fri 02 Dec and departs on Sat 10 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trip direction
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Holiday Itinerary

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  • Day 9

Holiday Information

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Tanzania and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude.
The entrance fees and camping fees for the Kilimanjaro National Park form a considerable part of the cost of climbing this peak and are also prone to increase. We include these fees in the price so there are no hidden costs or last minute surprises.
A typical day starts with an early morning tea served in your tent at about 6 a.m. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and porters given their loads, we start the days walk. Lunch, at about 11 a.m., usually takes an hour or so and we aim to reach our overnight camp by 3 or 4 p.m. This leaves plenty of time for exploring around camp and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing and for discussing the events of the trek so far. On some days we will only be walking for 3 to 5 hours, whilst on the longest day to the summit of Kilimanjaro we can expect to have a 12 hour day.
Approximately £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including porter tips. There will be opportunities to buy soft drinks. Souvenirs can be bought in a number of places, some of which will accept credit cards. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash and you should change this into Tanzanian shillings at the airport on arrival. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are all readily exchanged for Tanzanian shillings, but US dollars in small notes can also be used in emergencies where change facilities are not available. Tips to trek staff can be paid either in Tanzanian shillings or in US dollars, or a mix of both. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and services.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. Most groups will want to show their appreciation to the local staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Normally, tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each pupil contributes £30 (in USD or shillings) to these tips. Your KE School Adventure leader will help you make arrangements for a fair distribution of tips among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 14kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel. You will also bring a small daypack to carry the things you need during the day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This itinerary involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this trip you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots (waterproof)

  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers for camp
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Warm jacket (lightweight down)
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirt and/or casual shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over-gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c.30 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • 3 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit, a broad spectrum antibiotic, painkillers, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, plasters and blister treatment, painkillers, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)
  • The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles (recommended)
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Shorts
    • Spare laces
    • Nailbrush
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera, memory cards, batteries
    • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)


    • Equipment hire / rental: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Hire / rental equipment is issued in Tanzania.
    • Note that the hire sleeping bags are not suitable for people over 6 feet in height.
    • Hold baggage: We recommend that you do not pack your hiking boots and other essential items in hold baggage if you are transiting through Nairobi airport due to the possibility of baggage being delayed.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The highland areas of East Africa, including the part of Tanzania which we will be visiting have a pleasant, temperate climate throughout the year with a long rainy season from mid March to June and a second, shorter rainy period from October to late December. The maximum daytime temperatures that we will encounter at the foot of Kilimanjaro at the time of any of our scheduled departures will be around 25- 28C, dropping to 15C at night. At 3000 metres, daytime temperatures are around 15C. Above 4000m, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing and it will also be no more than 10C during the day, although in the heat of the sun it will feel warmer than this.
    East Africa. Lonely Planet. Guide to Tanzania. Briggs. Kilimanjaro A Complete Trekker's Guide. Alexander Stewart. (Cicerone) Explore Mount Kilimanjaro. (Rucksack Readers) Trekking in East Africa. Else. Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. Climbing Guide. East African Wildlife. Insight Guides Birds of Kenya & Northern Tanzania. Christopher Helm The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Ernest Hemingway (fiction) Zombies on Kilimanjaro (Father-Son Above the Clouds) - Tim Ward
    Kilimanjaro - Map and Guide. Wielochowski.

    Trekking map of the National Park area with the surrounding countryside, plus a series of more detailed maps of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The main map has contours at 100m intervals and shows physical features such as scree, glaciers, cliffs, and different types of vegetation. Main routes to the summit are marked.

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