- Date 2018-12-20
- Departure Kilimanjaro
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.
Rongai route is great for first-timers, however, it might cost you few bucks extra as compared to Marangu and Machame Route.
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.
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
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
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.