• East Africa Time (EAT) 5th of June, 2020 08:55 PM
  • Moshi,Kilimanjaro
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The Rongai route is the only route that starts from the northern side of  Mount Kilimanjaro  which is close to the Kenyan border,  due to its remote location the Rongai route has much lower traffic compared to the other Mount Kilimanjaro routes.

The Rongai route is flatter than other Mount Kilimanjaro routes and generally considered as one of the easiest however it does not offer the advantage of trekking high and sleeping low.

The Rongai route is  normally trekked in 6 days but can  be trekked in seven to eight days which is highly recommended for acclimatization.

The summit night from Kibo hut follows the same path as for the trekkers on the Marangu route through Gilman`s point to Uhuru peak.

The Rongai route ascends on the northern side and descends on the south eastern side of the mountain via the Marangu route. The scenery is not as varied compared to the western routes but the remoteness is what make some pick this route.

Mega Adventures recommends the trail  for those who have less experience climbing or are unprepared,  those looking for a more remote hike , less traffic and are willing to pay a little extra  for the distant transfer from Moshi.

Day 1

From – To

Distance

Elevation

Hiking time

Habitat

1

Rongai Gate –Rongai Cave

8kms

1950-2830m

3-4hrs

Rainforest

2

Rongai  Cave – 2nd Cave

6kms

2830-3450m

3-4hrs

Rainforest – Heather

3

2nd Cave – Kikelelwa Camp

6kms

3450-3600m

3-4hrs

Heather

4

Kikelelwa  Camp– Mawenzi Tarn hut

5kms

3600-4315m

3-4hrs

Heather –  Alpine desert

5

Mawenzi Tarn hut – Kibo hut

8kms

4315-4703m

5-6hrs

Alpine desert

6

Kibo hut – Uhuru Peak
Uhuru Peak – Horombo

6kms
16kms

4703 – 5895m
5895 – 3720m

6-8hrs
4-5hrs

Arctic – Alpine desert – Heather

7

Horombo hut – Marangu gate

20kms

3720 – 1843m

7-9hrs

Heather- Rain forest