Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

Start: Marangu Finish: Marangu

Visiting: Kilimanjaro


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Challenging / Tough

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

With its gentle gradient and sense of unspoilt wilderness, the Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is less crowded than the most popular trails. We trek through farmlands, forest and alpine moorlands as we approach the beautiful summit cone. This route allows an extra day for acclimatisation under the imposing spires of Mawenzi, before the arduous final ascent. The final climb begins in darkness but our reward is an incomparable dawn vista over the sweeping East African plains.

Highlights

  • iconWe use 1 guide for every 2 clients
  • iconClimb the world's largest freestanding mountain
  • iconExodus takes more clients to the summit of Kilimanjaro than any other UK operator
  • iconThe Rongai route is much less crowded than Marangu and Machame routes
  • iconStand on top of a continent for an unforgettable experience
  • iconAn extra acclimatisation day increasing the chances of summit success

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Marangu.

There will be a trip briefing this afternoon/evening. Please bring your passport, insurance details and air ticket details. The briefing will cover all aspects of your trip and will include the distribution of any hired equipment you have booked. *Comfortable Hotel*

icon Day 2 : Begin ascent through Rongai Forest (2600m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After completing the necessary registration formalities, we transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m). Approx 3-4 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 3 : Climb to Kikelewa moorland (3600m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to 'Second Cave' (3,450m) with superb views of the Eastern icefields on the rim of Kibo, the youngest and highest of the three volcanoes that form the entire mountain. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. Our campsite, which we reach in late afternoon, is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). Approx 6-7 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 4 : Steady ascent beneath Mawenzi (4330m); afternoon acclimatisation.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

A steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb panoramas of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind close to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque beneath the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or to explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation. Approx 3-4 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 5 : Cross lunar desert of the 'Saddle' to Kibo, at the bottom of summit cone (4750m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We leave our attractive campsite to cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Approx 5-6 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 6 : Early start to reach Gillman's Point in time for sunrise over the crater rim; on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa (5895m). Descend to Horombo (3720m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight at around midnight. It will be extremely cold as we walk very slowly in darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the Crater rim at Gillman's Point (5,685 m). We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip along the snow-covered rim to the true summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments and rest, we continue descending to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720m). This is an extremely long and hard day, with between 11 and 15 hours walking at high altitude. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 7 : Continue descent to Mandara and Marangu.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

A sustained descent with wide views across the moorland takes us into the lovely forest around Mandara (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. The trail continues through semi-tropical vegetation to the national park gate at Marangu (1,830m). We leave the local staff to return to our hotel in Marangu by mid-afternoon for a well-earned rest and a much needed shower and beer! Approx 5-6 hours walking. *Comfortable Hotel*

icon Day 8 : End Marangu.

Meals: breakfast

Depending on the time of your return flight the day can be spent resting in the hotel garden or exploring the village for souvenirs. There is a highly recommended but optional village walk that explores Marangu for half a day. This village is a fascinating mixture of small but fertile coffee and banana farms, friendly Chagga people, and some beautiful scenery with waterfalls and magnificent views. **

What's Included

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Kilimanjaro Park Fee

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    All accommodation 

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request - includes single tent)

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners included.  All meals during the climb are included. Please allow about GBP40 (USD65) for the meals not included, while in hotels. On trek 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. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. The menu has a high liquid and carbohydrate content; the two important elements for successful climbing. At higher altitudes, stimulants (such as coffee) and less digestible foods (such as meat) are not recommended. Our evening meal at the highest camp on Kilimanjaro is a meatless stew as our experience shows this to be the ideal preparation for the summit day. At mealtimes a selection of hot drinks are available. Soup is served twice daily. *Daily Meals* Bed Tea - tea or coffee served in your tent. Breakfast  - consists of seasonal fresh fruit (mango/banana/watermelon), porridge, cooked eggs, sausage, bacon and toast. Energy snacks are provided for the daily walk such as biscuits, bananas, and chocolate bars. Lunch  -  either a packed lunch on longer days or, more usually, a hot lunch served in camp by a small team who have raced ahead of the clients. A hot lunch typically consists of soup, bread or pancakes, cheese, tuna, jam, peanut butter, pasta salad and cake. Afternoon tea  -  served in late afternoon. It is an opportunity to drink lots of hot drinks and snack on peanuts or popcorn. Dinner  -  the main meal of the day and always consists of three courses; soup and bread, followed by the main dish, which could be rice, potatoes or pasta with fish, meat or vegetables, and is followed by a dessert often of fruit. Summit snacks - Whilst we provide enough food for the climb, we recommend that you bring some of your favourite snacks, and keep them for the summit day. This is because the summit day is a long and tough climb and having your favourite snacks can give you a very welcome boost. *Water* Whilst the water we provide on Kilimanjaro is suitable for drinking you may wish to be extra safe and treat it with your own water purification tablets. Biox Aqua drops or tablets are the best available alternative for sale in the UK as they kill giardia and cryptosporidium.

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Reviews

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Fantastic experience, wonderful people
This was something I've been wanting to do for so long.... it was the most difficult but rewarding trip. What really made the experience magical was the guides and porters ....more This was something I've been wanting to do for so long.

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it was the most difficult but rewarding trip.

What really made the experience magical was the guides and porters who were superheroes! Thank you for making my dream of climbing Kilimanjaro a reality!; ....less
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE
This is a fantastic and unforgettable trip, made a pure delight by the kindness of the guides/porters and the humour of my fellow travellers. It is tough but that is ....more This is a fantastic and unforgettable trip, made a pure delight by the kindness of the guides/porters and the humour of my fellow travellers.

It is tough but that is what makes it feel like such an achievement.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE
I can see now why the trip notes refer to some people saying this is the hardest thing they have ever done. I'd agree - but the exhillaration and sense ....more I can see now why the trip notes refer to some people saying this is the hardest thing they have ever done.

I'd agree - but the exhillaration and sense of acheivement made this one of the most rewarding things I have ever done too.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE
An awesome, amazing once in a lifetime trip that will stay with me for a very long time. An awesome, amazing once in a lifetime trip that will stay with me for a very long time.

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KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE
Overall this was a well organised trip and in general met most of my expectations. This was my first trip with Exodus and I booked it with them based on ....more Overall this was a well organised trip and in general met most of my expectations.

This was my first trip with Exodus and I booked it with them based on word of mouth advice from others.

As I didn't plan to come back to Kilimanjaro another day, I wanted to make sure I booked with a serious company in order to increase the probability of a summit success.

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Do it, and do it with Exodus!
Made memories for life on this trip. Summit day was torture but our guides made getting to Gilmans Point (before getting to Uhuru Peak) an incredible moment. The team of ....more Made memories for life on this trip.

Summit day was torture but our guides made getting to Gilmans Point (before getting to Uhuru Peak) an incredible moment.

The team of guides and porters are exceptional.

This is our second trip with Exodus and will use them again for future ones because we trust their ability to take care of us, from booking to the itinerary and guides; ....less
Climbing Kilimanajro Rongai Route-April 2015
I really enjoyed the experience of trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro and successfully reaching the top of Africa's highest mountain I really enjoyed the experience of trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro and successfully reaching the top of Africa's highest mountain;
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE
This was the year when I wanted to do something exceptional (turning 40 makes you evaluate things somewhat!). Having listened to a colleague who had completed the Kilimanjaro challenge previously, ....more This was the year when I wanted to do something exceptional (turning 40 makes you evaluate things somewhat!).

Having listened to a colleague who had completed the Kilimanjaro challenge previously, the idea took seed and I eventually took the plunge and booked with Exodus.

Alongside preparing myself for the physical challenge, Exodus were great at preparing me with tips on practical planning and ensuring everything was well organised.

We were given ample opportunity to get to know the rest of the group of walkers and by the time the trekking commenced, we had forged friendships which will continue well beyond the holiday.

The guides and porters who supported us throughout our trek were outstanding, both in help and friendliness.

I am in awe of their positive attitude and physical stamina!The climb was tough, both physically and mentally but through the support of guides, portering staff and our new-found friendships, I was thrilled to reach the summit and be rewarded with  a huge sense of achievement.

The phrase 'on top of the world' has taken on a whole new meaning to me.

I will never forget this trip; challenging, rewarding and motivational.

I would urge anyone to do it! ; ....less
Fantastic trip
If you have ever harboured thoughts of climbing Kilimanjaro, go for it!This is a brilliant trip with excellent friendly and knowledgeable guides. There is so much more to this trip ....more If you have ever harboured thoughts of climbing Kilimanjaro, go for it!This is a brilliant trip with excellent friendly and knowledgeable guides.

There is so much more to this trip than simply reaching Uhuru point or not.

We saw baboons and blue monkeys, beautiful landscapes and met many amazing people.

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Do not underestimate the physical and mental impact of summit day though.

This involves a trek to Kibo camp, followed by some rest, then around 11 hours or so of solid walking to the summit and returning to Kibo camp, a short rest.

and then a further 3-4 hours walking before reaching Horombo camp and falling completely exhausted into your sleeping bag.

None of our group were elite athletes but we all exercised regularly.

We ranged in age from 21 to 66 years and both the youngest and the oldest achieved the summit.

Not to be missed!; ....less
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE
The trip is one of the most amaaaazing and challenging things I have done so far!  It's hard physically (due to altitude) AND mentally,  but totally worth it!!  Remember that the ....more The trip is one of the most amaaaazing and challenging things I have done so far!  It's hard physically (due to altitude) AND mentally,  but totally worth it!!  Remember that the pain is only temporary, the glory lasts forever.

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  This route also gives you chance to get used to the altitude so you will get to the top.

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