Rongai Route

Rongai route is found on the north part of the Mountain Kilimanjaro nearby the Kenya border. This route is among the less crowded route on Kilimanjaro. The route has a long gradual slope compared to other routes found on Mountain Kilimanjaro. The descend for this route is on the Marangu route, whereby we will camp at the Kibo hut before we summit and at the Horombo huts after the summit. The Rongai route is not tricky; hence, it is recommended to people who have less climbing experience and the best route to climb during the rainy season because, on the north part of the Kilimanjaro, it received low rain during the rainy season. The trial on the Rongai route has very wilderness areas. We offer the Rongai route for six days minimum and seven days maximum.

The following are the campsites that are found on the Rongai route, Rongai Cave, Kikelewa Cave, Mawenzi Tarn, Kibo Hut and Horombo Hut. The best months to climb the Machame route are January, February, March, Mid June, July. August, September, October and December.

The below is the seven days Rongai itinerary

Day 1: Moshi drive to Marangu gate then drive to Rongai Gate then climb to Rongai Cave

We will pick you from your hotel in Moshi and drive to the Marangu Gate. At Marangu gate is whereby all the Climb formality of Rongai Route is done. After obtaining our Kilimanjaro permit at Marangu gate, we will start to drive to the trek Rongai Gate which is 1950m above the season level. We will start to climb from Rongai Gate to the forest; then we will reach Rongai Cave for dinner and overnight. We will walk for 3-4 hours, and we will cover 8 km from the Rongai gate to Rongai Cave, and this Rongai Cave will be our first camp on this Rongai route.

Day 2: Rongai Cave to Second Cave then Kikelewa Cave

We will have a steady climb to the second cave; then, we will advance toward the moorland zone and leave the main trail and head to Kikelewa Cave for the night. We will walk for 3-4 hours, and we will cover 6 km from the Rongai Cave to Kikelewa Cave, and this Kikelewa Cave will be our second camp on this Rongai route.

Day 3: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

We will have a short hike today; we will pass through the alpine desert zone then get the best view of the Mawenzi Peak and camp t the Mawenzi Tarn, which is 4315m above sea level. We will walk for 3-4 hours, and we will cover 5 km from the Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn, and this Mawenzi Tarn will be our third camp on this Rongai route.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn

You will spend this day do acclimatization at the Mawenzi Ridge throughout the day. We walk for 2-3 hours on this day, and we will cover 4 km from the Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge; then, we will return to Mawenzi Tarn.

Those who will opt for the six-day Rongai route will skip this acclimatization day and continue to climb up to Kibo hut overnight and prepare for the summit. 

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

We will climb through the saddle, which is situated between Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak, then we will head to Kibo hut, which is at the bottom of the Kibo crater, and we will prepare for the summit.  We will walk for 5-6 hours, and we will cover 8 km from the Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut, and this Kibo Hut will be our fourth camp on this Rongai route.

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak then descend to Horombo Hut

We will wake up at midnight and begining our journey to the Kilimanjaro summit as the climb will be a steep climb with the darkness. We will trek slowly with a steady pace in a single line heading to Gilman point, which is 5,685 m above sea level, and we will have a coffee break there while enjoying the sunrise from Mawenzi Peak. Then we will continue ascending until we reach our summit peak, the “Uhuru peak,” which is 5895 m above the sea level, which is the Roof of Africa. Then we will have photos and a celebration for our achievement; then, we will descend to Kibo Hut for lunch, then descend to Horombo Hut, which is 3720m above sea level for dinner and overnight. We walk for 10-14 hours on this day, and we will cover 18 km from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak, then descend to Horombo Hut, and this Horombo Hut will be our fifth camp on this Rongai route.

Day 7: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After reaching Marangu Gate, you will collect the certificate of summit Mountain Kilimanjaro and checkout Kilimanjaro National Park; we will have lunch and celebration here for conqueror Mountain Kilimanjaro. Then later, our vehicle will take you to the hotel, which will be the end of your climb. We walk for 5-7 hours on this day, and we will cover 20 km from the Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate, and this Marangugate will be the endpoint of our climb.


Kilimanjaro budget Safari we offer the below package on the Rongai Route.