This is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. The original trail began right against the Kenyan border, though recently the trail shifted eastwards and now starts at the Tanzanian town of Loitokitok, after which the new trail has been named. Because of its remote position the route offers climbers a quiet wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like elephant, antelope, and buffalo. For the final push to the summit, trekkers on this trail take the Kibo Hut Route, joining it either at the huts themselves or at the 5000m mark just below Hans Meyer Cave. This climb can be completed in five days, though many climbers prefer to add an extra day(s) for acclimatization to make a total of 6 to 8 days climb. The North East side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes which means that climbers are less likely to encounter rain. Climbers are also more likely to get clear, unclouded views of the mountain.
The origin of this route:
The name Rongai Route is actually something of a contradiction. It is the name that everybody uses but it is not the correct one. The original of this route used to start at the border village of the same name but was closed several years ago by the authorities who decided that two paths on a side of the mountain that rare climbers visit was unnecessary. Today all climbers who wish to climb Kili from the north follow a different trail, also known as the Loitokitok Route after the village that lies near the start. For more investigation, this is not officially the correct name either, you can see various signs calling this trail the Nalemuru Route or Nalemoru but this name is rarely used by anybody.
Difficulties of this route:
This route seems absolutely unattractive. The lower slopes at the very beginning of the route have been denuded by farmers and present a bleak landscape, while the forest that follows is little more than a narrow band of woodland which soon gives way to some rather hot and shadeless heathland. The parched character of Kilimanjaro’s northern slopes often means climbing parties have to carry water along the way, do not worry we will supply you with enough porters for this.