The scenically attractive route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. The tour departs close to the Kenyan border and offers stunning and impressive views over the African savannah, 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).
Although the Rongai route can generally be thought of as an easy route, the rockier stages in the summit area are sometimes a little more demanding.
Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.
Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi/ Arusha
Day 1: Moshi/ Arusha – Rongai gate – Simba camp
Day 2: Simba Camp – Second cave
Day 3: Second cave– Third cave
Day 4: Third cave – Kibo Hut
Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak (summit point) -Back to Horombo Hut
Day 6: Horombo Hut - Mandara Hut - Marangu gate - Back to Moshi/Arusha
We Drive to the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (about 2 hours including a stop to get permits at Marangu). After signing in and preparing the porters, you will begin the hike on a wide path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Elevation: 2000m/6560ft to 2650m/8700ft
• Distance: 6km/4mi
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Montane Forest
• Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
• Budget Accommodations: Simba Camp
DAY 1 > OVERNIGHT AT SIMBA CAMP
NAME OF THE CAMP->SIMBA CAMP
TYPE OF TENT->SINGLE/DOUBLE