Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route
Responsible Travel's at a glance summary
“Much more than just a Kilimajaro climb, this is an adventure of huge achievement, team spirit and of incomparable views from the top of Africa's highest mountain.”
Highlights: Mount Kilimanjaro | Rongai route | Marangu | Rongai Forest | Kikelewa moorland | Mawenzi | Saddle lunar desert | Gilman's Point | Uhuru Peak | Mandara
Packing in 6 days point-to-point walking covering an average daily distance of 7 miles, this trek is not only a chance to climb Kilimajaro, Africa's highest mountain, but to approach it from the north followeing the Rongai route - a less crowded, more gentle route that ascends its way through farmland, forest and alpine moorland.
Don't be fooled by the word 'gentle' however, Kilimajaro is a long, tough trek from whichever side you approach it and how hard you find the climb will really depend on how well you acclimatise to the high altitude. Do not be put off though - this is an adventure of epic proportions and you'll be supported every step of the way. You'll eat and drink well en route and will camp in 3-man tents with a shared private toilet tent either side of two nights spent in a comfortable hotel.
Our top tip:
Take a generous supply of toilet roll.
Small group, 4-16 adults.
2 nights hotel, 5 nights camping.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a £170 surcharge.
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
Accommodation, transport, tour leader, park fee.
About this holiday company:
It began in 1974 when two friends organised an overland truck into the Hindu Kush. Since then, they have explored most of the world. Their trucks are now much more comfortable, but the thrill of discovery remains.
Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.
Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route
Description from the holiday company
Description of this tour from the holiday company
Click to read more ▼
Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route: the story of this holiday company
The three founders of this adventure company drove from London to Kathmandu in 1974 on an itinerary they made up as they went along, ending with a hike up to Everest Base Camp. Believing activity holidays offer you greater insight into a country, they set up as trekking tour operators. The staff all come from adventurous backgrounds, have led dozens of trips all over the world and have collectively climbed Kilimanjaro over 100 times. Whether you want a hardcore trek or a softer experience, rest assured your guide will have the expertise to take you firmly out of your comfort zone.
Responsible tourism: Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route
Accommodation and Meals:
For the most part of the trip we will be camping. Spending these 5 nights in non-permanent accommodation creates a minimal impact on the environment by saving energy. Our chefs are local people and enthusiastic about sourcing ingredients locally, which keeps money in the area. Whilst trekking, the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids. For the remainder of the trip, we will be using small, unique hotels or lodges which otherwise may not benefit from the commerce of tourist groups due to their size.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to a proper disposal place. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
A Fair Deal:
We are dedicated to providing fair treatment, wages and working conditions for our guides and porters. Despite wages being the biggest expenditure on ground, there is no temptation to pay less than what is deserved and as a result we pay one of the highest wages on Kilimanjaro. Alongside this, we always make sure there is sufficient food, fuel, shelter and medical attention with sick pay if necessary. The care for our local staff is not restricted to the trekking season: In the rainy months when work is restricted, we fund a project to teach English to porters and other staff in order to improve their career prospects. So far, with the support of our clients, the project has reached over 800 people in Arusha, Magangu and Tarekea.
Campaigning for Change:
Our dedication to local community is not just for those working for us. In Tanzania, we have funded a project which has managed to install 180 smokeless stoves in 9 villages across Geita and to teach over 90 young people how to build and use them. The benefits of this project have been incredible as the new stoves eliminate the myriad of health issues caused by prolonged exposure to smoke and take far less cooking time. There are also environemntal benefits as much less firewood is required to run the new stoves.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.