The Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, 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). 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.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers Rongai as a seven day group climb or a six or seven private climb. The six day variation does not have an acclimatization day on day four at Mawenzi Tarn.

All Kilimanjaro Routes:

The prices include

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb)

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport

  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head

  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters

  • Private toilet

  • Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy

  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick

  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns

  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain

  • Breakfast at hotel

Not included in price

  • Airfare

  • Lunch or dinner at hotel

  • Beverages at hotel

  • Personal gear and equipment

  • Bottled oxygen (highly recommended, ask us for further information)

  • Tips