Rongai Route Kilimanjaro – Pros, Cons and Interesting Route Facts

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north.  Which is also close to the Kenya border. It is also the only route that has lesser crowds. Rongai route has more slope than other Kilimanjaro Routes.

Rongai is one of the preferred routes for those looking for an alternative to other popular routes.  Before Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, for those who would like a more remote hike.  Those who are climbing during the rainy season as the northern circuit has lesser rainfall.

Rongai Route is ideal for one who is confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths. You can avoid the crowd via the Rongai route if you are a quiet trekker.

Book Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Day and 7 Days

Rongai Route is the only route that starts from the Northern circuit. It gives you an option to spot the most of wilderness. Rongai route has more slopes compared to other Kilimanjaro Routes.

Rongai Route 6 Days is the standard climbing option and may not give you more days for acclimatization. The 6 days will give you around 80% success rate and also has a bit more crowd comparatively. You may not get more time to sleep in the lower elevations and also not be able to spend more time in the mountains.

However, Rongai Route 7 Days has a longer itinerary and also has more time for acclimatization. It also allows you to sleep more in the lower elevations and also spend more time in the mountains. The success rate compared to Rongai route 6 days is more than Rongai route 7 days. The success rate is more than 90% and can go up to 97% if you follow the right procedure of climbing.

How Hard Is Rongai Route

The Rongai route is moderately a difficult route however it is also a highly recommended route, especially for backpackers. Rongai route will pass through the high density of wildlife as it starts from the northern side of the mountain.

The Rongai Route 7 Days itinerary will give you an additional day for acclimatization and also allow you to sleep more in the lower elevations and spend more time in the mountains. This helps you to stay away from altitude sickness.

The Rongai route is less crowded and allows you to enjoy the route all alone.

Why Choose Rongai Route

Rongai Route is the only route that starts from the northern circuit. It is an unspoilt route with the most visibility of wildlife. You can spot large antelopes, elephants and Buffalo.

Rongai route has a good success rate and sidesteps unnecessary exertion with lesser altitude problems. It is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro Routes, it allows you to sleep in the low and spend more time in the mountains.

It can be hiked in Rongai route 6 days and also Rongai route 7 days itinerary. The Rongai route 7 days will give you more time for proper acclimatization and is highly recommended.

How Long Is Rongai Route?

The distance of the Rongai route is exactly 76kms from gate to gate. Here are the details of distance travelled days according to the 7 days itinerary.

First Day – Distance 8 km – The trek begins from Nalemuru Gate and follows entering the rainforest.

Second Day  –  Distance 16 km – Traversing into the low alpine moorland zone where you will notice the vegetation change to shrubs and grasses.

Third Day –  Distance 3 kms – Climb the Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Four Day : Distance 0 km – Acclimatization day.

Five Day: Distance 9 km – A gradual hike from Mawenzi Tarn Camp heading west through the saddle.

Five Day : Distance 21 km – This day begins at midnight and you will ascend through the rocky path.

Day 7: Distance 19 km – The final day from Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate is a long one, nearly 20 km.

What Is The Success Rate Of The Rongai Route?

The Rongai Route Success Rate is 80% to 85% with a standard Rongai route 6 days itinerary and it has a 90% success rate with Rongai route 7 days itinerary.

The Rongai route 7 days gives you an additional day for proper acclimatization and it also allows you to sleep on lower elevations and spend more time on higher mountains. This is the main reason for its 90% success rate in 7 days itinerary.

However, the Rongai route 6 days itinerary has an 85% success rate and also will increase the success rate if you add an extra day for the same itinerary.

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