The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular 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). Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Starting from the north-eastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak. It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak. The descent for the Rongai Route trek is normally via the Marangu Route from Kibo Base Camp down to Horombo huts and from Horombo Huts to Mandara Huts down to the Marangu gate followed up by a transfer back to the hotel / lodge. Our accommodation will continue in tents at the designated camping sites throughout the descent despite Marangu route being on huts accommodation basis.
Briefly, there are two optional variations that one may choose to attempt the Kilimanjaro trek via this route. You can choose to attempt the summit via Mawenzi Tarn Hut or via School Hut which is also referred to as the Outward Bound Hut. However, the hike via the Mawenzi Tarn Hut is longer and more popular but the most affordable in comparisons. Prior to the extra acclimatization day for the 7-day trek as recommended, the Rongai route offers a great chance for the summit success results for such a wonderful adventure of a life time.
Overnights on the 7-day trek via Rongai Route will be in tents.