The Rongai Route is the only Kilimanjaro Route that approaches the mountain from the northern slope, close to the Kenyan border. It possesses one of the most remote and wild trails on the entire mountain.
The Kilimanjaro Rongai Route is considered one of the less scenic routes up the mountain. Still, because the northern side of Kilimanjaro receives less rainfall, you’ll get to enjoy clear and unclouded views of the mountaintop. Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route takes 6-7 days to climb. Though, we highly recommend our 7-day itinerary, Above the African Plains as it gives you an extra day to acclimatize. Because of the route’s remote nature, it’s among the least frequented trails on Kilimanjaro. Those who pick this route will experience a peaceful climb and have the path to themselves for hours or even days at a time. The Rongai Route Success Rate ranges from medium to high. An important fact to remember is that the route doesn’t offer many climb-high and sleep-low opportunities.
The Best Time to Climb Rongai Route is throughout the course of the year. This is the case during the rainy season as well. Most of the rainstorms stay on the southern side of Kilimanjaro. Thus, this allows climbers on this trail to stay drier and warmer than those on the other Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes. If you want a Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing experience completely devoid of crowds and a trail that has a profusion of untouched beauty, then the Kili Rongai Route is for you.
The Rongai Route is ideal for trekkers seeking a remote, less crowded experience on Kilimanjaro. It’s suitable for those who prefer a gradual ascent, uninterrupted by steep climbs, and appreciate clear views due to lower rainfall on the northern slope. This route is also a good option for climbers during the rainy season.
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