9 Days Rongai Route

9 Days Rongai Route

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About Rongai Route

Rongai is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the Kenyan side of the mountain in the north.

In spite of the fact that picking up prevalence among climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the favored route for those searching for an option to the swarmed Marangu route, for the individuals who might want a progressively remote hike, and for the individuals who are climbing amid the stormy season. The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (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. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.


Height Height : 5,895 m(19,341 ft)

Distance Distance : 74.4 Km

Per Year Trekking Per Year Trekking : 589

Timing Timing : 8-9 days

Success Rate Success Rate : 80%

Highlights Highlights : Monsoon Route

Uniqueness :

  • Simple" trek with great acclimatization and a high achievement rate due to the gentle rising on the route.

  • Access from the north side, which might be useful amid the blustery season.

  • Fewer individuals than on the Machame and Marangu routes.

  • With 35% climbers, Rongai is the second most popular route on Kilimanjaro.

  • It is comparatively the easiest route on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Weather & Climate :

Rongai Route will take you through the muggy rainforests at the inclines and as you trek ahead you will feel the whimsical temperatures of the heather moorlands where the day heat sears the skin and night cold makes you twist up. Next up is the desert-like condition of the Saddle where the outrageous temperatures are intensified by overwhelming breezes and for the peak, at Uhuru, you will have the dreamlike sentiment of having trekked to Antarctica.

Success Rate :

Our recommended operators state that the 7 day itinerary has an 80% summit success rate whilst the 6 day route has a 65% success rate. It has a moderate success rate with 80% success rate.

Direct arrival at a lodge in Moshi at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening you will have a pre-climb briefing with your guide and a consultant.

Depart from Moshi to Rongai gate, complete your registration. Start your trek through the forest zone that shelters variety of wildlife. Forest begins to thin out and Simba camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views.

Steady trek into the heather and moorland.

Continue your way through the heather and moorland, a steeper, rockier and slightly more physically demanding journey today compared to the previous day.

Continue from the heather and moorland into the alpine desert zone towards the jagged Mawenzi cone.

Today you cross the alpine zone and journey across 'the saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to your final camp before the summit attempt.

Around mid-night start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then proceed to Stella point, take a short rest and continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Spend few minutes at the peak and later descend to Kibo camp for a short rest and later descend to Horombo Camp to wind up your day.

Your final descent on Kilimanjaro through the heather and moorland, and then to rain forest zone to Marangu Gate (1860m). Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities, and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

After your trekking end or you can transfer to the airport to back home.


  • Transport fees

  • Hotel After & before trekking

  • Gate Fees

  • Guides Fees

  • Professional Guides

  • Hot meals & Water served three times per day

  • Government taxes

  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter

  • Emergency first-aid kit


  • International Flights

  • Visa Fees

  • Vaccination

  • Laundry

  • Gear for your climb

  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent. It can be rented at $70 for the entire trek

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