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JERRY TANZANIA TOURS RECOMMENDS RONGAI ROUTE, IT ONLY APPROACHES FROM THE NORTH

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Jerry Tanzania ToursrecommendsRongai Route. The Rongai Route is one of the least frequented of the official Kilimanjaro routes. The upside of this is that there will be few other climbers about and for most of the trek you are walking through virgin wilderness and awe inspiring scenery. The downside is that one of the reasons it is quiet as you can't easily follow the "climb high, sleep low" principle. Won't you join us on Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route?

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Rongai Route

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 which has lesser crowds. Rongai route has a 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, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season as the northern circuit has lesser rainfall....

Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.Rongai route passes through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. However, the decent is made via Marangu route.

Scenically Rongai Route is more beautiful because it travels through an unspoiled rain forest and remote wilderness area. Rongai route is ideal for one who is confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths. You can avoid the crowd via Rongai route if you are a quiet trekker.

The Rongai route descends through the Marangu route and use the tents not the huts of Marangu route.

RONGAI ROUTE 6 DAYS VS.  RONGAI ROUTE 7 DAYS

Rongai Route is the only route which 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.

You can opt between 2 climbing options; which are Rongai route 6 days and Rongai route 7 days. However, the best recommended option is Rongai route 7 days as it gives you an extra day for proper acclimatization.

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 able to spend more time on the mountains.

However, Rongai route 7 days has 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 on the mountains. The success rate compared to Rongai route 6 days is more in Rongai route 7 days. The success rate is more than 90% and can go upto 97% if you follow the right procedure of climbing.

Hence, Rongai route 7 days is better than Rongai route 6 days.  

HOW HARD IS RONGAI ROUTE

The Rongai route is moderately a difficult route however it is also a highly recommended route especially for the backpackers. The 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 allows you to sleep more in the lower elevations and spend more time in the mountains. This helps you to stay away from the 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 which starts from the northern circuit. It is an unspoilt route with the most visibility of wildlife. You can spot large antelopes, elephants and Buffalo.

The gentle farmland and pine forest get less rainfall and are easier to negotiate in the wet season than the tropical forest in the south.

Rongai route has the good success rate and sidesteps unnecessary exertion with lesser altitude problems.

The Rongai route is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes, it allows you to sleep in the low and spend more time on 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.

The crowd is also less in Rongai route due to its remote setting and if you are a silent hiker, than rongai route would be best for you. 

HOW LONG IS RONGAI ROUTE?

The distance of Rongai route is exactly 72kms from gate to gate. Here is the details of distance travelled daywise according to the 7 days itinerary.

Day 1: Distance 8kms

The trek begins from NaleMoru village and follows entering the rainforest.

Day 2: Distance 9kms

Traversing in to the low alpine moorland zone where you will notice the vegetation change to shrubs and grasses.

Day 3: Distance 6kms

Climb the Kikelewa camp to Mawenzi Tarn.

Day 4: Distance 0kms

Acclimatization day

Day 5: Distance 9kms

A gradual hike from Mawenzi Tarn heading west through the saddle.

Day 6: Distance 20.5 kms

This day begins at mid night and you will ascend through the rocky path.

Day 7: Distance 20 kms

The final day from Horombo Hut to Marangu gate is a long one, nearly 20kms.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF RONGAI ROUTE?

The Rongai Route Success Rate is 80% to 85% with a standard Rongai route 6 days itinerary and it has 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 85% success rate and also will increase the success rate if you add an extra day for the same itinerary.

PROS CONS
  • The only choice for those who want to start from northern side of Kilimanjaro
  • The route offers a quiet atmosphere
  • A great exposure to witness the wilderness of Kilimanjaro
  • Decent success rate
  • Extensive drive to the start point

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