08 Jul

Choosing Lemosho Route Or Rongai Route - Which Kilimanjaro Route is The Best for First-Timers?

By Jerry Tanzania Tours

Kilimanjaro Route
Lemosho Route Or Rongai Route

There are several routes that you can take to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro each offering different views, experiences, and challenges to overcome.

Want to get a unique experience in the most beautiful route with less traffic for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? But still, confused about which route to choose?

Jerry Tanzania Tours has selected two of these Kilimanjaro routes:- Rongai from the east side and Lemosho from the west.

Comparing Rongai Route vs. Lemosho Route to choose the best, you should know the facts about these two routes.

Though both routes are a quite scenic, pristine, superb wilderness, and less traveled, you need to check the quality and successful summit in Rongai Route vs. Lemosho Route.

As you know, Lemosho Route has a higher success rate and offers a superb scenic view of mountains, valleys, and forests of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Rongai Route, the only northern route and has unique views of the Mawenzi area and full of wilderness. Although this route does not provide “climb high, sleep low” opportunities, this route is the easiest, driest, and has a halting-place in a regular interval of hiking.

In comparison between Rongai Route vs. Lemosho Route, Rongai Route has the most scenic views and is the easiest route throughout the year.

In the case of successful Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you can see the Rongai route has a better success summit rate than the Lemosho route.

In Rongai Route vs. Lemosho Route comparison, you will get an idea about which route is the more suitable route for you.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Rongai Route is the only route that approaches from the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro and offers a better view of Kilimanjaro from the north than the south. During the climbing, you can enjoy the most scenic area around the Mawenzi peak. This route descends through Marangu Route.

The route is full of unspoiled scenic and you can witness the wilderness like, colobus monkeys, elephants, civets, and other animals.

This route remains dry throughout the year. The perfect staggering of the camp according to the distance makes it easy for the hikers to the summit. The perfectly staggered camps are differed by only 100 meters from low altitude to high altitude. This route is highly recommended for those who have less bag pack experience.

Due to its suitability in every season throughout the year, this route is the best route for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


The difficulty of Rongai Route is easier as the dried and sloppy path offers you a steady walk. The perfect staggering of the camp according to the distance makes it easy for the summit.

Success Rate

Because of the gradual sloppy path, the success rate is 85% as the Lemosho route. Rongai Route is the driest route which makes it suitable for trekking in every season.


Rongai Route is less traffic and you can face fewer crowds than the Lemosho route. This route is the more remote than the other routes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

No of Trekking Days

For the summit, you can choose 6 days or 7 Days Rongai Route through this route. As this route doesn’t have “climb high, sleep low”, you need to choose 7 days for acclimatization for the successful summit.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Approaching from the west, Lemosho Route joins the Machame route and descends through Mweka Route. Due to the longer route, the hikers get enough time for acclimatization.

As Lemosho Route is the new version of the old Shira route, it is better than the Rongai route. Due to a good profile for acclimatization and have opportunities for “climb high and sleep low”, the difficulty level is medium. You have to go through the beautiful and very remote rainforest.

You will get the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenic view of large wildlife in the dense vegetation like impala, buffaloes, elephants, and other wild animals and dramatic gorges of the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Lemosho Route offers a medium level of difficulty. Due to the least steep path, the difficulty level is medium.

Success Rate

With a success rate of 80%, Lemosho Route offers plenty of time for acclimatization. This route gives opportunities for “climb high and sleep low”.


The traffic is very low due to longer itineraries and paths.

No of Trekking Days

For the summit, you can take 7 to 8 days. For a comfortable and successful summit, you can choose 8 days for the summit.

Jerry Tanzania Tours provides two packages 7 days Lemosho Route and 8 days Lemosho Route based itineraries on this route.

We hope on this Rongai Route vs. Lemosho Route comparison, you can choose your best route for your dream of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. As there is less rainfall in the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, you can go for off-season hiking for a successful summit in the driest and easiest path of the Rongai route.

 “In Case Of Success Summit Rate Of Rongai Route Is Higher In Comparison To Lemosho Route.”

Among these two routes, the Lemosho route provides “Walk High, Sleep Low” opportunities whereas, the Rongai route offers a gradual slope with perfect places for the campsite at a regular interval.  

With a highly acknowledged expertise in tours and travel industry, Jerry Tanzania Tours is one of the finest tour and trekking operators of Tanzania providing excellent services.

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