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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

Rongai route is the only route that ascends Kilimanjaro from the northern side of Kilimanjaro, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

Along this route you can witness a different view of Kilimanjaro which is surrounded by wilderness and wild animals like elephant, buffalo and antelope can be spotted along your trail. Climbers are more likely to get clear, an unclouded sight of the mountain on this route.

Due to its remote location, this route has less traffic as compared to other routes on Kilimanjaro. However, it is considered one of the easiest routes with a high success rate.

Another reason for taking this route is that you descend Kilimanjaro from the Marangu route which is on the southern side of the mountain, giving a chance to view both sides of the mountain.

Also, the weather on the northern side is drier and trekkers are less likely to come across rain spells on this route.

Along this route, you can also take group treks and with private treks.

Popote Africa offers two tour packages along the Rongai route.

  • The first package consists of a six-day tour. The Rongai route 6 days tour begins from the North-East and then approaches the Saddle situated between Kibo and Mawenzi Peak before summiting via Gilman's Point.
  • While the second package is of a seven-day tour. The Rongai route 7 days tours are similar to as the six-day tour. But only with one difference, on the 7-day tour you get an extra acclimatisation on day four at Mawenzi.

Rongai route is great for first-timers, however, it might cost you few bucks extra as compared to Marangu and Machame Route.

Geology

Rongai Route Geology

The geological features of the terrain are characterised by gentle slopes, banana and coffee plantations, farmlands, rainforests, rugged landscapes, jagged peaks, volcanic calderas, crater rims, glacier sheets. The relative genial nature of the features don’t bring into the equation the climb high/sleep low principles, allowing room for acclimatization.

Geology

Rongai Route History

As the only route approaching the mountain from the north, Rongai Route is steadily gaining acceptance among enthusiastic travelers as the route for the novices or the ones with less backpacking experience. The northern ascent, along with the Kenyan-Tanzanian border, is marked by a quiet trekking experience thanks to the absence of swarming trekkers although less scenic compared to other routes

Geology

Rongai Route Climate

Kilimanjaro is a trek through five climactic zones and the routes expose the varied sensations of the changing climates. Rongai will take you through the humid rainforests at the slopes and as you trek ahead you will feel the erratic temperatures of the heather moorlands where the day heat scorches the skin and night cold makes you curl up. Next up is the desert-like environment of the Saddle where the extreme temperatures are compounded by heavy winds and for the peak at Uhuru you will have the surreal feeling of having trekked to Antarctica

Geology

Why Choose Rongai Route

The flatter gentle terrain means a gradual ascent which accommodates the trekking wishes of amateurs. The north side receives less precipitation so no wading through the slurry terrain. The many caves dotting the Rongai route take care of the night accommodation and give a real outdoors feeling. The descent is via Marangu route on the south side. So you get the best of both sides.

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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

6 Days
FROM $499+
  • Date 2018-12-20
  • Departure Kilimanjaro
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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

7 Days
FROM $499+
  • Date 2018-12-20
  • Departure Kilimanjaro
256 View
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