Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route

“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

Description of Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route

It’s the world’s highest free-standing mountain and, reaching its 5,895m, Uhuru Peak is one transformative trek, especially taking the world famous Kilimanjaro Rongai route. A ten day small group holiday, trekking with expert guides, this challenging expedition consists of six full days of walking and climbing following the only route up to the summit from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

With full porterage throughout this Kilimanjaro climb, you do need a good fitness level for this tough but extremely rewarding trekking holiday although the Rongai route is, relatively, a more gentle approach than some other routes. The holiday also includes one day for acclimatisation, in the shadow of Mawenzi, one of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones.

The adventure starts in the village of Nale Moru where maize filled farmland quickly merges into the Rongai pine forests through which we climb up to the first camp at 2,600m, known aptly as First Cave. The landscapes keep changing from day to day after that, from the open moorlands that lead up to Mawenzi, the second volcanic peak, the moon like desert landscapes known as the'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo cones, and then the ice fields and cliffs around the summit itself.

The final climb starts in the dark, trekking by torchlight to the rim of the crater at Gillman’s Point ideally to arrive for sunrise. Then it’s a snowy trek along the final path to the world famous Uhuru Peak where you will feel on top of the world. The descent uses the Marangu Route on the south east of the mountain and is at a slow, sustained pace.

Staying in hotels for two nights at the beginning and the end of the holiday, the rest of the trek involves five nights of camping in three man tents, with full service and even private toilet tents provided. Definitely the loos with the best views you will ever find.

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Our top tip:
Take a generous supply of toilet roll.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 adults.
Activity level:
Challenging/tough.
Accomm:
2 nights hotel, 5 nights camping.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a £170 surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, tour leader, park fee.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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.

Activity:
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.

UK Office:
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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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.

Group Size:
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.

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3 Reviews of Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route

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Reviewed on 31 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's hard to choose. Reaching the top? Even the tipping ceremony was wonderful, but the last day of the trek was probably the best. Beautiful surroundings and walking easily down hill with new friends knowing that Kilimanjaro had been achieved.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go slowly (pole pole) right from day 1. This helps your body to get ready for the hard summit day... and really believe that you can reach the top.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


40 local people were employed in getting us to the top providing income for skilled and non skilled people. After every camp all litter was picked up and carried with us and by staying on the trail the impact on the mountain was kept to a minimum

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


4 stars. It has been an amazing adventure, but it has also been the hardest thing I have ever done. Our group had marathon runners and 'iron man' people in it and we all agreed on that. Having said that, I could not have asked for better guides/cook/porters/weather and the hotel we stayed in before and after the trek was wonderful.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The entire trip was truly a once in a lifetime adventure - every day was exciting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Learn some Swahili. Be prepared with extra toilet paper and underwear/socks.
Try to keep in mind leaving behind things you don't need (i.e., your hiking boots, extra clothing).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Unfortunately, Kilimanjaro isn't terribly strict w/ a pack it in, pack it out regulation. That being said, I think we did a good job re: a low environmental impact. And we did use a group that is part of the KPAP.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic!

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Reaching the summit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


NB:-
Make sure you read all the small print, such as you are not covered for falling ill (Operator never mention this)
You do not need a yellow fever jab which cost 45.00
Take plenty of toilet roll
Do not be pressurised to provide tips (you are under immense pressure to provide)
Do not book with this operator (they let me down on a number of issues including contacting me back when I needed support and advice. Refused to ring me back despite spending nearly £2,000 on this adventure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes my adventure benefited local people.
However the environment was not protected as everywhere you went there were bits of litter, toilet roll everywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


7/10

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