The Rongai route approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the North, and it is close to the Kenyan border. It is one of the easiest routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit, and it joins Marangu route at Kibo Hut. The minimum number of days required to get to the top using this route is six days, but seven days are recommended. The sceneries on this route are not as diverse as on the Western routes, but gives to the hikers feel of the sheer wilderness for days, before merging with Marangu route. Rongai descends to Marangu Gate, and it is mildly challenging route, but it is highly recommended for people who are new to the hiking experience.
You’ll begin your hike by walking through the forest to the crater floor and then start a steep ascent to Miriakamba Hut with a possible additional walk to the crater floor. After the 1000m ascent and a 10km (5-6 hours) walk, you will reach Miriakamba Hut.
Your trek will begin on a gentle hill. You will turn on a path which steeply climbs through a forest. After crossing several streambeds, you will arrive at the saddle hut at 3570m. You will then ascend 1050m in a 4km (2-4 hours) walk, but you will walk another 2hr to and from Meru peak for acclimatization purposes.
You will wake up at 2:00 A.M and begin your hike to the top of Mt. Meru. The walk to the summit takes you through a very narrow ridge along the slope of the outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliff of the inner wall. This is one of the most exciting and breathtaking sections of the hike. After a 1000m ascent (about 5km, 4-5 hours walk), you will reach the peak. The walk down to saddle hut is about 2-3 hours long.
You will start your day with a trek back to Miriakamba Hut. After a 2000m descent, you will reach the Momella gate.