The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.
Though gaining popularity amongst climbers of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Rongai Route still experiences low traffic.
Kilimanjaro Tours typical itinerary for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route can be seen below.
Prices for this climb can be found on our Tour Prices page.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMB VIA RONGAI ROUTE
Day 1 – Arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 – The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru (1950 mts) through cultivated land before entering the pine forest. Watch out for Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys in the tree tops with their white fringed ‘capes’ and tail. Taking 3 – 4 hours the first camp is on the edge of the moorland zone where the forest begins to thin out at First Cave at 8500ft/2600m. Overnight 1st Cave Camp
Day 3 – The morning walk is a steady ascent up to Second Cave at 11300ft/3450m with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Pushing on to reach Third Cave taking 3 to 4 hours at 12800ft/3800m for overnight camp. Overnight 3rd Cave Camp.
Day 4 – After breakfast take a hike to Mawenzi tarnÂ for acclimatization taking 5 hours. Overnight 3rd Cave Camp (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY)
Day 5 – Continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut at 15000ft/4700m. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent which begins around midnight. Overnight Kibo Camp.
Day 6 – An early start for the summit on steep heavy scree to arrive at Gilman’s Point at 18640ft/5681m in time to see the sun rise. Those who want to reach the highest point in Africa can take the approximately three hour excursion to Uhuru Peak 19340/5896m passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo at 12000ft/3700m taking 11 to 15 hours. Overnight Horombo Camp
Day 7 – A steady descent down through the moor land to Mandara Hut and then downward through the lush forest on a good path to the National Park Gate at Marangu ( 1830m) taking 5 to 7 hours to be met and transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight Mountain Inn.
Day 8 – Breakfast at Mountain Inn. End of tour.
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Rongai is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu Route. For those who would like a more remote hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and for those who are climbing during the rainy season in Tanzania (the north side receives less precipitation).
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu Route at Kibo Camp. This route descends down the Marangu Route.