Rongai Route

Rongai Route

Travel Style : Active

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Service Level

Service Level : Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating : 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

12+ Age requirement

Age requirement : 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Rongai Route Overview

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The Rongai route to Mt. Kilimanjaro is almost a guarantee to a wilder experience in comparison to other routes. It is considered a more remote route and is known for a wilderness experience that to this day remains. Find More On The Overview Experience Of Rongai Trail.

Distance: The Rongai route is 72 kilometres (44 miles).

Location: The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

Height: The Rongai route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).

Trail conditions: The northeast side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain.

Why To Choose Rongai Route?

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6-9 days trekking

A trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can take anywhere between 6-or 7-days. The main difference between the 6-day and 7-day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Mwenzi Tarn.

Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.

Depending on the route, you may be trekking at an altitude of over 3,500m. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.

Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered, as may the use of ice axes and crampons. A degree of physical and mental stamina will be essential to complete the hike as the days will be tiring.

80% Success Rate

To ensure a higher success rate it is highly recommended to aim for the 7-day itinerary with one day dedicated to acclimatization. This itinerary has on average a decent 80% summit success rate, while for the 6-day itinerary, the success rate drops down to 65%.

The summit success rates for the Rongai Route are greatly increased with the longer itinerary option. There are no official statistics.

4088 Travellers Per Year

We have a good Kilimanjaro successful summit rate; Ascend Tanzania will get you to the top!

Rongai is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths, those who want to avoid traffic, and those who want to enjoy a quieter hike. It is also preferred when climbing during the rainy season because the north side of the mountain receives less precipitation.

Normally 4088 Travellers Per year have been climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route.

Low Traffics

As the only route that approaches from the northern side of the mountain, the Rongai route offers a gentle approach to reaching the summit. Rongai is a moderately difficult route but is highly recommended for those with less backpacking or hiking experience.

The most important thing to note with the Rongai route is that it flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes, and does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low.

Hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes, and an additional acclimatization day is definitely recommended.

So in Rongai Route, there is low no of traffics find the successful way to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Very Good Kilimanjaro Scenery

During the journey itself, you will travel through forests, moorlands, grassy slopes, and thedesert like environment of the Saddle, and tropical rainforests on the route down to Marangu gate.

Starting from the Rongai gate, the route traverses several diverse climate zones, and each produces its own amazing views and experiences. Throughout the early trek, Kilimanjaro looms overhead dramatically and at higher altitudes you are rewarded with incredible sights finally ending with the 360 degree view from the top of Uhuru Peak.

Given that it's the only trail to start from the Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro, Rongai is generally less crowded, and you might even be lucky enough to spot antelope, elephants, and buffalo at the start of your journey through the wilderness.

Approaches From Quieter North

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches the summit from the north side of Kilimanjaro. Therefore, the scenery is one of unspoiled wilderness. There is a higher chance of seeing wildlife on this route than any other. After passing through rainforest you ascend through moorlands and then up into the high alpine zones before reaching the glacial zone.

Summit Approach Via Gilman’s Point

It isn't an ‘easier’ Kilimanjaro route, but the first few days are a bit shorter, and the pace is more relaxed - offering good acclimatization. Through forest, the trail climbs steadily up to Mawenzi tarn in the shadow of Mawenzi Peak, before crossing the barren landscape of 'The Saddle'. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by Marangu trekkers which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak.

From base camp at Kibo it is a tough but rewarding ascent up to Kilimanjaro's summit via Gillman’s Point and Stella Point - where we will feel on top of the world!

Best Tips For Success

  • Be prepared not to shower for a week, and make sure to pack a generous supply of wet wipes.
  • Climbing can be physically and mentally challenging, but try to stay positive when the journey seems impossible.
  • A perfectly curated playlist for you to listen to can make a challenging climb much more enjoyable; particularly during the summit night.
  • Mentally prepare yourself for altitude sickness. Even experienced hikers will suffer from some symptoms at times. Remember that it affects everyone differently.
  • If time and budget allow, aim to add an extra night to your journey to reduce the impact of altitude sickness.
  • To mentally prepare for the Rongai route, try to spend a few weekends camping to get familiar with using limited facilities, and to overcome any small barriers you might encounter.
  • Be sure to wear your hiking boots before your hike to avoid blisters, as this could potentially stop you from reaching the summit if you’re not careful.
  • Travel at your own pace, and remember that it is not a race. Most importantly, don’t forget to take in the incredible views.

Best Trail To Climb Kilimanjaro Via Rongai Route


Rongai Route is the main course that rises Kilimanjaro from the northern side of Kilimanjaro, along the outskirt among Tanzania and Kenya.

Along this route you can observer an alternate perspective of Kilimanjaro which is encompassed by wild and wild creatures like elephant, bison and eland can be spotted along your trail. Climbers are bound to get clear, an unclouded sight of the mountain on this course.

Because of its remote area, this route course has less traffic when contrasted with different courses on Kilimanjaro. Be that as it may, it is viewed as one of the most straightforward courses with a high achievement rate.

Another explanation behind taking this course is you plummet Kilimanjaro from the Rongairoute course which is on the southern side of the mountain, allowing to see the two sides of the mountain.

Additionally, the climate on the northern side is drier and trekkers are more averse to go over rain spells on this route. Along this course, you can likewise take assemble treks and with private treks.

Rongai Route Itinerary For Kilimanjaro

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6 Days Rongai Route

80% Success Rate

The Rongai route rises Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the outskirt among Tanzania and Kenya. This route holds a feeling of pristine wild and offers an alternate point of view on Kilimanjaro by moving toward it from the north. The geography of the route does not consider the utilization of the climb high and rest...

Summit Success Chance - Good
Altitude Profile - Excellent
Difficulty - Doable
Scenery - Excellent

6 days

Starting from $1,830

7 Days Rongai Route

80% Success Rate

Our 7 day Rongai Route trek comes nearer from the north and is a standout amongst the least frequented trails on Kilimanjaro, which is ideal for those searching for an increasingly untainted wilderness experience. The Rongai Route trek comes closer from the north and is a standout amongst the least frequented trails on Kilimanjaro...

Summit Success Chance - Good
Altitude Profile - Poor
Difficulty - Doable
Scenery - Good

7 days

Starting from $2,025

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