The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. Through the midst of the moorland and heather precinct; trekkers enjoy a spectacular rear view of Kibo peak and Mawenzi peak from different perspective. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven or eight days are recommended.
HOURS: 2 – 3
TERRAIN: Gentle up hill flatter ground.
ZONE: Timber and Natural Forest
RONGAI GATE (6,600 ft. / 2,000 m) ~ SIMBA CAVES CAMP (9,285FT / 2,830M)
Departure from Moshi / Arusha at 8am, about 5 hours drive to the Rongai gate. After administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the walk to the first camp. The walk is at a leisurely pace through timber forest, maize and potatoes fields and then into the natural forest. Arrive at your camp (Simba Cave Camp) for overnight and a hot meal. This camp is set in the heather and has magnificent view of Mawenzi peak towards East.