The Rongai Route - Kilimanjaro
Of all the paths you can take up Africa's tallest mountain, the Rongai route is the only trail that starts on the Kenyan side of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you're looking to avoid a steep incline to the summit, this is an excellent option as it has a flatter terrain than other Kilimanjaro trails! Learn more about the Rongai route below.See all tours for the Rongai route
A typical itinerary for the Rongai route
|DAY||START||ALTITUDE (M/FT)||FINISH||ALTITUDE (M/FT)||TIME (HRS)||DISTANCE (KM/MI)|
|1||Rongai Gate||1,950m/ 6,398ft||Rongai Cave||2,830m/ 9,300ft||4||7km/ 4mi|
|2||Rongai Cave||2,830m/ 9,300ft||Second Cave||3,450m/ 11,300ft||3-4||6km/ 4mi|
|Second Cave||3,450m/ 11,300ft||Kikelewa Cave||3,600m/ 11,811ft||3-4||3km/ 2mi|
|3||Kikelewa Cave||3,600m/ 11,811ft||Mawenzi Tarn||4,315m/ 14,160ft||4||6km/ 6mi|
|4||Mawenzi Tarn||4,315m/ 14,160ft||Mawenzi Ridge||4,389m/ 14,400ft||1-2||2km/ 1mi|
|Mawenzi Ridge||4,389m/ 14,400ft||Mawenzi Tarn||4,315m/ 14,160ft||1-2||2km/ 1mi|
|5||Mawenzi Tarn||4,315m/ 14,160ft||Kibo Hut||4,703m/ 15,430ft||5-6||9km/ 6mi|
|6||Kibo Hut||4,703m/ 15,430ft||Uhuru Peak||5,895m/ 19,341ft||6-8||6km/ 4mi|
|Uhuru Peak||5,895m/ 19,341ft||Horombo Hut||3,720m/ 12,205ft||4-5||16km/ 10mi|
|7||Horombo Hut||3,720m/ 12,205ft||Marangu Gate||1,843m/ 6,046ft||5-7||20km/ 12mi|
FAQs: Learn more about how to climb the Rongai route
How do I prepare for the Rongai route?
Any physical activity you can do beforehand will help make your ascent more enjoyable. As for how hard you train, this will depend on whether you're aiming for the Uhuru Peak or embarking on a shorter journey. Learn more.
When should I climb the Rongai route?
You can climb the Rongai route all-year-round, but it may be wet and cold, which means you will need waterproof gear. Consider climbing between January–March and June–October. Note that April, May and November are the wettest months. Learn more.
What should I pack and what equipment do I need?
While trekking tour operators may supply some of the gear required, there are a few non-negotiables you will need, and that includes waterproof outerwear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example. Learn more.
How do I get to the Rongai route?
Before you start your hiking escapade to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will need to establish how to get there, and the best mode of transport to suit your itinerary or tour. Travellers flying from the UK, the US, Australia or Canada and other parts of the world have a few options to explore. Learn more.
What are the climbing requirements for the Rongai route?
Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes hikers of all levels of fitness and ability, but if you’re planning to reach the summit, careful planning and vigorous training is vital. Consider adding extra time to your itinerary to avoid altitude sickness and to enjoy your time climbing Kilimanjaro. Learn more.
What permits do I need?
Each visitor will be required to pay a fee per person, per day for the conservation fee to help manage the national park. However, most tours will cover the permits and entry fees are included in the price. Learn more