Distance covered: 70km
Days to complete: minimum of 6 days
The remote Rongai route begins on the side of the mountain close to the Kenyan border, running on the dry northeast side of Kilimanjaro. It takes a long drive to get to the starting point. It is the only route that approaches from the north and can be drier than most routes if you hike during the rainy season. The acclimatisation profile is fair.
The route is less crowded, moderately steep, crosses a beautiful alpine desert zone and allows for good views towards Kenya and the Kibo summit. On this route, you return via the Marangu route.
Private climbs on this route
The remote Rongai route starts on the northern side of Kili, it is a good option as the northern side of the mountain is usually drier.