The Rongai Route is the only Mount Kilimanjaro Route which approaches the summit from the north, near the border of Tanzania with Kenya. Although this route receives less travelers, it is beginning to gain popularity among hikers on the Kilimanjaro. For climbers looking for an alternative to the Marangu Route, one that will offer you a more remote climb and one where you can hike even in the wet season, well, the Rongai Route is the best alternative. This route is moderately challenging but best recommended for those with experience
Unlike the western routes which offer a much more varied scenery, the Rongai Route doesn’t offer much to see but rather goes through the most remote wildernesses offering a very unique experience. The descent on this route is made along the Marangu Route.
The Rongai Route can be completed in six or seven days hike. The Seven days itinerary includes an additional day at Mawenzi Tarn for acclimatization on the fourth day.