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Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

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Starting near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route is the only approach that starts from the north side of Mount ...

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The Global Adventure
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Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Via Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Active 20 hours ago The Global Adventure
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From US$ 1,230 6 days
Enosa Expeditions
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6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions
  • Next Departures Mar 31 Apr 1
From US$ 1,700 6 days
Tanzania On Foot
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Mount Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route 5 Days Climb

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Active 8 hours ago Tanzania On Foot
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Enosa Expeditions
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7 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour + 2 Night Hotel Stay

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions
  • Next Departures Mar 31 Apr 1
From US$ 1,800 9 days
Expect In Africa
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Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route - 7 Days

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  • Operator Active 9 minutes ago Expect In Africa
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From US$ 2,480 8 days
G Adventures
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Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Next Departures Jun 2 Jun 30
From US$ 3,199 US$ 2,944 8 days

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

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  • Starts/Ends Marangu/Marangu
  • Operator Exodus
  • Next Departures May 13 Jun 10
From US$ 2,353 8 days

Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Tanzania/Tanzania
  • Operator Active 19 hours ago Zara Tours
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From US$ 1,650 9 days

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Pristine Trails Adventures
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From US$ 1,868 7 days

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route, 7 Days

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Maasai Wanderings
  • Next Departures Mar 31 Apr 1
From US$ 2,280 7 days
Hope Adventures Safaris
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8 Day Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Rongai Route)

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Hope Adventures Safaris
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From US$ 1,975 8 days

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Tanzania Joy Tours
  • Next Departures Mar 31 Apr 1
From US$ 1,425 7 days

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Active 2 hours ago Anapa Travel Tanzania
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From US$ 1,601 8 days
Novi Travel & Tours
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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Novi Travel & Tours
  • Next Departures Mar 31 Apr 1
From US$ 1,980 8 days

About Kilimanjaro Rongai route

Starting near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route is the only approach that starts from the north side of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is considered one of the easier routes with a gradual climb to the summit. This route takes a minimum of six days. However, a seven day itinerary is recommended as at least one day should be spent for acclimatization. The scenic diversity is not as great as the western routes, but Rongai is the only route in which you get to experience African wildlife in the the early stages of the climb.

Weaving along the the mountain, Rongai route starts quite a bit far away from Moshi, which is why it is considered an expensive route, as the transportation costs to and from Moshi must also be included. Taking you along pristine rainforests and African wilderness, the route is scenically varied and quite beautiful. However, the scenery is not as exquisite as the western routes.

The nights are spent in camps and the night before the summit can be very tough. Although the route is gaining popularity, climbers who seek a remote hike can expect low traffic; however, during the descent the trail will join the Marangu route at camp Kibo. Because the north side of the mountain receives less precipitation, climbers prefer this route during the rainy season. So, if you want an easy climb with relatively less traffic and a nice, quiet hike up the mountain, this is the route for you.

Rongai route - Quick Facts

  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Trek Duration: 6-7 Days
  • Max Altitude: 5895 Meters
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Best Season: All Year
  • Transport To/From Trek: Flight

Trekking facts for the Rongai route in a nutshell

  • The second most popular route -- 35% of climbers
  • Comparatively easy route on Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Relatively cheaper due to a short trekking duration
  • Crowded (comparatively)
  • Scenery is good, but could be better (comparatively)
  • Success Rate: 80%

Kilimanjaro Rongai route - Itinerary

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Starting the trip and trek all the way to Simba Camp 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 2: From Simba Camp to Kikelewa Camp 7 – 9 hours
  • Day 3: From Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi Tarn 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 4: From Mawenzi to Kibo Camp 5 – 7 hours
  • Day 5: From Kibo Camp to the Summit and then down to Horombo Hut 11 – 13 hours
  • Day 6: Horombo hut to Moshi 2 – 4 hour

Customer Reviews for Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

4.9 - Excellent Based on 17 reviews
Excellent adventure Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“The Rongai route six day ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro felt like a hit and run trip to me but overall very well run and conducted by skilled professional people. Rongai is frequently touted as being a quiter route, unfortunately simply due to the luck of the draw our group was roughly mirroring the progress of at least two other groups on the same route and we frequently came into contact with each other on the trail and obviously at the camp sites. Perceptions of how easy or hard something is will obviously depend upon the individual, I personally found the first three days of this route to be easy to moderate hiking, enjoyable and certainly not challenging. At the end of the third day, at Mawenzi Tarn camp I got my only significant symptoms of altitude sickness for the entire trip, a very obvious headache that would come and go. After a night's "sleep" it had gone and never came back. Poor quality sleep is a real issue for everyone, guides as well. The high altitude affects your ability to sleep properly, frequently waking in the night was common amongst nearly everyone in the group as was the feeling we hadn't really slept at all but we'd comment that about remembering our dreams so must have been asleep at some point. That third night at Mawenzi Tarn is likely to be the last sleep you get before attempting the summit on the night of the fourth day. Virtually no one sleeps at Kibo Camp at 4700M, it's just too high up and of course you're trying to rest and sleep while it's still daylight and the noise of numerous climbing parties goes on outside. Once the night comes and you prepare for the summit climb the air is electric with nervous excitement and you may see the light trails of groups already making their climb. Within minutes of setting off both myself and another member of our group had taken our gloves off. With all those layers on we were getting hot, very hot. At the first rest stop I ended up stripping off my second pair of thermal leggings and took my down body warmer off too. It's surprising how hard work that is approaching 5000metres up. We read how it can be up to -20C on the summit but the reality that night was -7C, still cold but a fair way from -20C. Incidentally you don't need a super high spec head torch that will turn night into day for the night climb, all it needs to do is light up the ground immediately in front of you as far as the heels of the person in front of you, that's all you need to see. I GPS tracked our summit attempt at 0.7 km/h, 700 metres per hour!!! That is how slow you go, painfully slow, in more ways than one but there are many times when even that felt too quick. Despite a number of rest stops they never seem to be enough and the feeling of really pushing your limits in the thin air are ever present. Eventually the ridge does start to get closer and you emerge onto Gillman's Point to immense relief and elation at finishing the main climb and knowing you made it to the summit crater. Sadly at this point we had to leave one of our group behind as we headed on for Uhuru peak via Stella point. We watched the sun rise from Stella Point which was beautiful and put a smile back on our faces despite being very tired now. A short time later we arrived at Uhuru Peak, miussion accomplished. All that was missing was football stadium style turnstiles, there was quite a crowd there but we got our photos and after only fifteen minutes or so were on a our way back down... no one complained. We did however complain about the speed of descent. We were very sore and tired but felt we were being relentlessly marched down with no regard for that and so started taking our own rest stops. For the only time on the trip there might have been a little tension between the conflicting wishes of the guides and the clients. Anyway the descent continued and we got over it. A short rest stop at Kibo Huts. The crew had made a big brunch for us but we barely touched it we were that exhausted... sorry guys, it was then a sustained descent for the next day and a half until we finally emerged at marangu gate. Fantastic!”
Kilimanjaro Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“I know there's almost an obligation to describe this type of bucket-list expedition as life-changing, but I can genuinely say that it is one of the most incredible, emotional and uplifting things I've ever done. Our group have so many great memories: the singing porters, the great scenery, the emotion of reaching the summit, tea and popcorn in the mess tent every evening, the monkeys in the rainforest, even the rain on the second day”
Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“Excellent climb but maybe less diverse scenery of other routes.”
Kilimanjaro conquered through inspiration and song Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“My trip to kilimanjaro was another one of my bucket list challenges and one where head and body was truly tested. The 7 day trip provided testing hot days, and cold nights and where darkness from 18.00hrs to 0600hrs played havoc with my inability to sleep while trying to keep warm despite the numerous layers.
I journeyed with a wonderful group of people from England and Ireland, all of whom had one desire, To ascend Kilimanjaro. We all did it, supported each other through the trials and tribulations and left the mountain with a new sense of achievement and camaraderie”
The amazing Rongai Route Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“What a great route to choose to get to your destination. You get to see both sides of the moutain the arid dry north compares the lush rainy south. The beautiful extra day at Mawenzi tarn to help with acclimitisation is so worth it. but most importantly living above the clouds for 4 days is just the best.”
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“This was most definitley the best trip of my entire life! What an amazing adventure. I was in two minds as to whether this was the trip for me, right up until I arrived I guess. The whole experience, from the people I travelled with, the inspirational guides and porters who looked after us, to the incredible feeling of reaching the summit, was just one that I will never, ever forget. Both Exodus and The African Walking Company inspired complete trust and confidence. Nothing was left to chance and, despite feelings of intrepidation about various points of the trip, I felt completely safe and thoroughly looked after. This is definitely a trip of a lifetime.”
Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Ivor & Brenda Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“Exodus say that they do everything they can to make it possible for you to achieve your aim of getting to the summit, and they lived up to their word. The local guides and porters work tirelessly to make everyday a success, their good humour is infectious and the feeling of standing at the summit is wonderful beyond words.”
Wine Rooney Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“A very hard and very rewarding trek to a place beyond the clouds. A once in a lifetime experience. Great group and guides, always positive. Thankyou.”
Tiger's Tanzanian adventure Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route
5 - Excellent
“I couldn't believe how a short period of time can change your life.”
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