The Rongai Route is an attractive option for members seeking a scenic and relatively less traveled route to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Ascending from the north-eastern slope of the mountain, our route takes us along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The landscape is wide and magnificent with views stretching far across the region. The Rongai Route features a dense rainforest with abundant wildlife – Colobus monkeys and rare bird species can typically be observed on the first day on the route. The ascent up the northern slope is long and peaceful, leading us to the foot of Mawenzi. This is a particularly beautiful point along the route where we have an opportunity to further explore the landscape and climb the ridgelines above us. Summit day highlights beautiful views of the crater landscape and surrounding glaciers as the trail circumvents a section of Kilimanjaro’s eastern ridge. The sunrises from the route are consistently glorious – members can enjoy the solitude and wonder of the early sun slowly escaping the horizon as they approach the summit from Stella Point.
Depending on conditions and progress, well acclimatized members are welcome to join one of our guides on a descent to the crater rim to explore the landscape and surrounding glaciers. Fit trekkers may even spend the night in the crater for some once in a lifetime star-gazing. This is a very cool experience. Please see our detailed daily itinerary for more information.
Level of Difficulty Mt. Kilimanjaro is commonly referred to as a “trekking peak” in the climbing community, and the Rongai Route requires no previous experience or technical skill to complete successfully. Although no prior experience is required and Kilimanjaro has a high number of summiteers each year, those with good cardiovascular fitness have the highest rate of success. The Rongai Route is a moderate, low-angle trail with no permanent snow fields. The route covers approximately 41 miles over eight days. The most significant objective hazard is altitude.
We assist members in developing familiarity with their fitness, tolerance to altitude and acclimatization for safety and success. Please review our detailed daily itinerary with an emphasis on daily altitude advances. We regularly consult with members on their goals, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.
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