Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro
- Least scenic route
- Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
- Very tough final summit night from the north
- Less acclimatisation opportunities
- Less scenic and flat
- Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There a different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.