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The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, the Rongai route still experiences low traffic.

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, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season

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The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, the Rongai route still experiences low traffic.

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, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).

The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended.

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.

Rongai is offered as a seven day group climb, or a six to seven day private climb.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DAY

START

ALTITUDE (m)

FINISH

ALTITUDE (m)

TIME (hrs.)

DISTANCE (km)

DAY 1

Rongai Gate

1950

Rongai Cave

2830

4

7

DAY 2

Rongai Cave

2830

Second Cave

3450

3 – 4

6

 

2d Cave

3450

Kikelewa Cave

3600

3 – 4

3

DAY 3

Kikelewa Cave

3600

Mawenzi Tarn

4315

4

6

DAY 4

Mawenzi Tarn

4315

Kibo Hut

4703

2 – 3

4

 

Kibo Hut

4703

Mawenz Tarn

4315

1 – 2

4

DAY 5

Mawenzi Tarn

4315

Kibo Hut

4703

5 – 6

9

DAY 6

Kibo Hut

4703

Uhuru Peak

5895

6 – 8

6

 

Uhuru Peak

5895

Horombo Hut

3720

4 – 5

16

DAY 7

Horombo Hut

3720

Marangu Gate

1843

5 - 7

20

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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, the Rongai route still experiences low traffic.

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, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season