Rongai Route is among the least frequented of all the official routes in Kilimanjaro. With respect to that, the advantage is there will far fewer climbers on the trail for most part of the trek and the woods are as pristine as it could get. But the downside is the topography of the route doesn’t provide much acclimatization opportunities and trekkers can’t follow the “climb high, sleep low” principle.
An additional day at Mawenzi Tarn for acclimatization is hence recommended for highly of successful summit.
But during the rainy season, Rongai route is considered the best route as it is located in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro and sees substantially less rainfall than its southern counterparts.
The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain’s southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many view points.
Habitat: Montane Forest
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Time: 6 to 7 hours
Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
Time: 4 to 5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert/ Arctic summit/ Moorland
Time: 7 hours to Uhuru /3 hours back to Kibo/ 3 hours to Horombo.