Rongai Route 6 days or 7 days trekking on the mountain
The Rongai route is the only route to start on the northern side of the mountain and is becoming popular with large groups, although it is still less used than the Machame or Marangu routes.
It is a long drive to the starting point on the northeast of the mountain but you are rewarded by fantastic views. This side of the mountain is drier than the south and so there is far less forest on this route and a lot of rocky ground. You may be exposed to the prevailing winds when crossing ‘The Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The 7 day option has an extra day at Mawenzi Tarn for acclimatisation.
You start at Rongai Gate and summit via Gillman’s Point. Gillman’s is on the crater edge but it is still a long trek to Uhuru Peak which is the highest point of the crater edge. Your descent is via the Marangu route which is busy, is a two-way route, and uses the park huts rather than tents. This is a good route though, and has good acclimatisation and success rate particularly on the 7 day option.
Rongai 6 day Route Map and Itinerary
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Rongai 7 day Route Map and Itinerary
Rongai-6-dayView the Rongai 7 day Route Map and Itinerary