The only route that starts from the Northern side or Kenyan side of Mt. Kilimanjaro is the Rongai Route. The remote location of the route during Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing offers the perfect wilderness experience. Tanzania’s large number of wildlife such as antelope, buffalo, elephant and primates can be spotted easily.
Difficulty – Low
Distance – 73km/45miles
Duration – 6-7 Days
Success Rate – Medium
As Rongai Route Kilimanjaro approaches from the northern side, so climbers often experience less rainfall. Clear and unclouded views of the majestic Kilimanjaro through this route is great.
Rongai Route doesn’t offer climb high, sleep low profile because of the flat landscape. The remote location of the route attracts less traffic as compared to all other routes. The descent is via Marangu Route.
It’s recommended to do the seven-days Kilimanjaro Climbing as the topography of this trail doesn’t afford many opportunities to ‘climb high, sleep low’. The 7 Days Rongai Route includes an acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn Camp, which gives your body time to acclimatise.
The exact climbing distance for the Rongai Route is 72km or 44 miles.
The Rongai Route Success Rate are greatly increased with the longer itinerary option. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 80% for the 7 days climb and a 65% success rate for the 6 days climb.
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.
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7 Days Rongai Route
Located on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro this route is among the easy routes known as ( fanta) route. The route pass through different landscapes which are spectacular. Minimum number of days is six , seven to eight days, unlike Marangu route this route consists of camps. The trek starts south of the Kenyan border up to a point where it comes to merge with the Marangu route for the summit climb. After reaching the summit we descend back via the Marangu route to the Marangu gate. Here you will sign out and then driven back to your hotel.
Elevation: 800m - 1950 m - 2650 m
Hiking time 3 -4 hours
Habitat: montane forest
The shuttle will pick you up at the hotel just after breakfast to Rongai gate. We will pass through villages and coffee plantation with banana trees along the way to Rongai gate where you will register to attain a pass and weighing of our equipments. After the legal papers a signed we start trekking through the montane forest up to Simba camp. Dinner will be served here with a briefing from your guide as usually of the next day.
Elevation: 2650m - 3600 m
Hiking time: 7 hours
On this day just after breakfast we start climbing to the second cave campsite a hot lunch will be served here. After lunch we trek crossing moorlands to Mawenzi peak to kikelelwa campsite situated in a sheltered valley. We will have dinner here with a briefing of the next day.
Elevation: 3600m - 4330m
Distance: 3 Km
Hiking time: 4 hours
Habitat: semi desert
Today after having breakfast we start a steep short trek up a semi- desert to Mawenzi turn camp situated directly beneath Mawenzi peak. At Mawenzi turn hut camp you will be able to see the spectacular undried lake which doesn’t have an inlet nor outlet. Lunch will be served here and a rest before dinner and briefing from your guide about the next day.
An extra day for those are on a 7/8 days itinerary will spend another night at camp. Your guide will trek you up to Mawenzi ridge for a splendid acclimatization. Back at camp you will be served with lunch. Dinner at camp with a briefing of the next day.
levation: 4330m - 4720m
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
Here the trek starts as usually after morning breakfast to kibo hut where lunch will be served. After lunch will be a briefing on the summit trek and checking your mountain gear for the summit. Resting follows before dinner and an early sleep for recuperation. You are advised to drink a lot of water and to eat much of the served dish.
Elevation: 4720m - 5895m - 3720m
Distance: 6km up / 15 Km down
Hiking time:12-15 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
We will wake up at midnight, take a light breakfast before the summit hike. On this hike you will need to have water 2-3 litres and some chocolate bars. We will ascend for 6-7 hours. We will walk along the kibo crater ridge for one and half hours from gilimans point to uhuru peak. Escorted by the early sunrise, at uhuru peak we will take 10-15 minutes for taking pictures before descending back to kibo hut where you will be served with hot food and taking a short nap before we descend to horombo campsite . Dinner will be served at horombo campsite and overnight.
Elevation: 3720 m - 1800m - 800 m
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
On this day after having slept at horombo campsite you will be served breakfast before packing for our descent. We pass through moorlands to mandara hut where lunch will be served. After lunch we move again through the montane forest to Marangu gate. At the gate you will sign out before being driven back to the hotel, where you will be provided with a certificate and you to give tips to the whole crew.
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