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Kilimanjaro Rongai route Reviews

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5 - Excellent
  • David
“It was an epic journey to the top of Kilimanjaro via Rongai route. The trek was not easy and the support of the wonderful crew led by Yesse Lema was the difference that took us to the summit. We could have failed miserably without their support. The trail goes through the different habitats and as we went higher we had awesome views of beautiful landscapes down below and we confirmed the words of Mike our travel consultant that Rongai has the best views. I had mild Altitude sickness and the crew was at hand with herbal remedies that had me better within a short while. It was just me and my girlfriend on the climb which made it very intimate. Thank you for great equipment, tasty meals, all the water, bathroom convenience and above all the duty and care of getting 2 armature climbers safely to the summit.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Nora T Andersson
  • From Norway
“A group of friends and I decided to do Kilimanjaro in November. We booked the trip with Zara Tours who are one of the oldest and well established travel agencies in Tanzania. They not only gave us a wonderful and experienced crew but also top notch equipment for the trek. We also stayed at their hotel in Moshi Springlands Hotel which was perfect.We reached the summit on 28th November and then did a 3 day safari to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. I highly recommend Zara Tours.”
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  • Karel Artus
  • From Estonia
“Excellent”
The tour operator responded
“thanks for good recommendation on us, hopefully you enjoyed your trekking
Welcome again in Tanzania.
Cheers.”

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route - Overview

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 - Trek Facts
Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trek Duration: 6-7 Days
Max Altitude: 5,895 Meters
Accommodation: Camping
Best Season: All Year
Transport To/From Trek: Flight

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

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%