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Start and end in Marangu! With the hiking & trekking tour Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Marangu, Tanzania and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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- AKAsanWritten on October 18, 20171.0 - BadIncredibly overpriced for a company that gets 100% prepayment and dont have any insurance or refund if you cancel. Had to cancel last minute and got 0 back. Try other companies, like Altezza for example, who has great reviews and only ask for 30% prepayment.Show detailed ratings
- AnonymousWritten on August 16, 20135.0 - ExcellentThis was the most amazing experience, it is an incredible feeling reaching the roof of Africa, but that is not to undervalue the rest of the trip...every day has different scenery and stunning view points. Well worth it! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Meeting the other members of the group and hearing their stories and reasons for doing the climb; there was such a variety of people with different motivations. I was a solo traveller amongst a larger group and they all made me feel completely welcome. The gentle words of the group leader (Henry) as we were completing the ascent were inspirational; I became quite choked up when he said that we had only 15 minutes to go...he kept us all moving! Talking the guides, who have done the walk hundreds of times (it doesn't get easier apparently!), they are incredible and supported us all the way (Luce carried by day pack, and someone else's all the way up and down on summit night and fed me water on the way!).What did you think of your group leader?Henry was an excellent leader. He was calm, answered all of our questions and told us what to focus on (only think about the next day ahead). Every day when we were walking, he kept a close eye on all of us to see how we were, and he watched what we were eating to make sure we were all having plenty. He spotted people who were finding it difficult and instinctively knew what to do to support them. He also encouraged the assistant guides to lead some of the walks, so that they could get experience and training and he was happy for our feedback.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Layers, layers, layers! Also a camelbak is brilliant, take a Sigg bottle (or other metal equivalent) so that you can fill it with hot water every night - it is an excellent hot water bottle. I took a space blanket (metal sheet) for the last night at Kibo - it worked well to keep me warm, but it does collect condensation on the top so be careful not to get wet when you take it off. The hired sleeping bags were good quality and clean and included a thermal liner and the walking poles were brilliant. Pack everything in plastic bags; I had trousers in one, tops in another, etc which meant it was easy to find things quickly. You don't have to have the buffet meal in the hotel either; they do a tasty bar menu too!Is there anything else you would like to add?It is simply brilliant! If you have any sort of inkling that would would like to climb Kili (and I guess by the fact that you are reading this then you do) then it is time to just do it! This trip is exceptionally well organised; they thing of everything from good acclimatisation walks to popcorn before dinner. I booked my own flights as I wanted to stay longer (I found some that were also a bit cheaper). Go for it!
- AnonymousWritten on June 21, 20135.0 - ExcellentAMAZING TRIP, VERY WELL ORGANISED, WONDERFULL EXPERIENCE, CANT FAULT ANYTHING, DONT DELAY BOOK THIS TRIP WITH EXODUS, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED.I BOOKED ON THE SOLO DEPARTURE AND EVERYONE IN THE GROUP WETE LIKE MINDED AND GREAT PEOPLE, PORTERS,COOKS AND GUIDES ARE FABULOUS, OUT OF THE 14 IN OUR GROUP ONLY 7 OF US MADE THE SUMMIT, I WAS LUCKY AND DIDNT GET ANY ALTITUDE SICKNESS, HEADACHES ETC .... ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE !!! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?REACHING THE SUMMIT WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS SUCH AS HEADACHES, ALTITUDE ETC....What did you think of your group leader?AMAZING GROUP LEADERDo you have any advice for potential travellers?KEEP A STRONG MIND AND YOU WILL REACH THE SUMMIT, DIAMOX TABLETS ARE ADVISABLEIs there anything else you would like to add?DONT DELAY BOOK THIS TRULY AMAZING TRIP
- AnonymousWritten on June 4, 20135.0 - ExcellentAwesome, Fantanstic, Exilirating.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational thing about the whole trip is although we had a group of mainly strangers from all over the world, everyone pulled together and made the trip very enjoyable, whether your a lone traveller, brother sister or married this trip will suit everyone.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was encouraging and put everyone at ease, his interaction with the whole group was remarkable and his briefings after dinner made the itinery very clear and gave everyone clear expectations of what to expect for the coming days..... well done !!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The only advise i give is to enjoy it, get out walkng in the hills before you go to get the muscles going, listen to the advise the guides give you, after all they have done it many times. Take a good sleeping bag and mat although the hire equiptment is extremely good quality and relativily cheap (and it saves you buying it) be prepared and it will be a blast. Have a good waterproof jacket and trousers and take good warm clothes for summitting, it can be extremely cold, stay organised. Finances, well normally american dollars will be just fine, it's easier to manage and work out, ATM can be problamatic but taking cash isn't an issue if you keep it safe, i kept mine with me all the time, visa for tanzania is 50USD tips for the guides and portersÂ I suggest keep 150USD set by, it sounds alot but it's not, you will feel much better about it during and after the trip, these guys work so hard !! and look after you all week.Add some dollars for food at the hotel and some Kilimanjaro beer to celebrate your trip... :-) Exodus plan this trip very well, and i am glad i had their expertise !!! Good Luck.. and enjoy the feeling of reaching the top ^ .Is there anything else you would like to add?Take plenty of batteries for your camera, keep them warm the cold drains them !!! If anyone is thinking about Diamox, I took some but didn't use it, others didn't either, this isn't a clinical answer but it is what happend for our group, everyone made it to Gilmans Point, but fatigue and sickness prevented some from making it to Uhuru Peak, again take the guides advise, they will look after you all the way, and watch you very closely, take it slow slow and slow again.....!Drink plenty of water, i mean plenty !!! i was drinking 2-2.5 litres each day, it helps !! try and get a flavouring it makes it taste better and more interesting. Have some nice energy bars, sweets, choccy etc to boost the energy. Leave some clean travelling clothes at the hotel ready for when you get back, i have been twice and forgot both times !!!! ususally you can get your clothes laundered at the hotel too. Â Enjoy your trip...
- AnonymousWritten on May 9, 20135.0 - ExcellentA truly amazing experience....the trekking, the people and the country made this an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational aspect of the trip was the way in which the group was looked after by the African Walking Company. They carried our bags, prepared fantastic meals, always checked that the group were ok physically, set-up our camp, welcomed us back to camp after the summit climb (including brushing the dust off our trousers and shoes)....there wasn't anything they hadn't thought of....then the tipping ceremony on the final morning topped it all off...the Kilimanjaro song brought tears to my eyes.Obviously reaching the summit and witnessing the sunrise was incredibly special also...as was the meteor that lit up the sky at 3am on summit night.Â What did you think of your group leader?Joseph and his assistant guide, Rob, were brilliant. They organised the camp and the other staff very well and were a pleasure to walk with. Their knowledge of the mountain and the way in which they looked after us was second to noneÂ Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The porters and guides look after you...so look after them in return. Take lots of chocolate and sweets to hand out during the trek and take any unwanted clothing too....it'll be warmly welcomed.Is there anything else you would like to add?I stayed at KIA lodge hotel and they arranged a trip to a local Masai village....it was well worth it and killed a few hours before flying home.There's too much to say to fit it into a review so if you want to know any more or want some advice then feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.orgHakuna Matata!!!Â
- AnonymousWritten on April 9, 20133.0 - AverageThe overall organisation of the trip was really good. It is a scenic route, our team of porters were amazing, as were the assistant guides. A character building experience!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment for me was looking back at the pictures once back in England. It all seemed so surreal during the trip for one reason and another!!What did you think of your group leader?What can I say about our group leader?? He lacked compassion, and lacked the ability to communicate effectively with the group. He was rude on a number of occassions and was insensitive to our individual needs. Not the best person to have alongside you in a challenging environment unfortunately.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To make sure you take poles, shorts, and a sun hat.Â You gear up for the cold - but make sure you are equiped for the sunshine!Is there anything else you would like to add?Trekking up Kili is far from a holiday....
- AnonymousWritten on March 28, 20135.0 - ExcellentThe toughest, but most rewarding challenge of my life. The trip was simply brilliant.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on the vast emptiness of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks - seeing what we had completed, and what was yet to come, and being in total awe of the whole mountain.Making way for the porters and support team as they passed us, each carrying 20 kg up the mountain. They did this with politeness, courtesy and always a smile despite the physical effort.Looking at the huge, clear African sky with more stars than I have ever seen beforeLooking up Kibo on summit night at the dozens of headtorches against the blackness of the mountain Crawling up to Gilman's just in time for sunrise - magicalWhat did you think of your group leader?Abraham was always calm, in total control, very patient (despite numerous questions and issues to sort out). There was no doubt about who was in charge, so our group knew we could have complete trust in him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a trip of a lifetime. If you decide to go for it, the most important thing is to go with an open mind, make the most of every single moment (not just summit night) and enjoy the mountain in its entirety. Take your time, there is so much to see and take in.Is there anything else you would like to add?There is so much to say! To make it a bit easier, I actually wrote everything down in an ebook that has now been published on Amazon. Every penny in author's royalties is going to charity. Here is a link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pole-The-Rongai-Kilimanjaro-ebook/dp/B00BUMV948/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1364508705&sr=1-6It is called 'Pole Pole Up The Rongai - A Personal Account of a Kilimanjaro Trek'The book includes practical hints and tips, some background about the trip, stuff about equipment, healthcare etc, a diary account and over 40 pictures.
- AnonymousWritten on March 5, 20134.0 - GoodAn absolutely brilliant experience, exceptionally hard last couple of days and definately not for the faint hearted.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the high point at Uhuru Peak was probably the most satisfying as opposed to inspirational moment.Â There were many inspirational moments ranging from meeting and walking with the other members of the group[ and likewise meeting and walking with the excellent guides.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader 'Florence' was of the highest standard and although just my second trip with Exodus I have to say it is what I have come to expect.Â Â Florence and his assistants were exceptional throughout the trip providing encouragement and support to everyone, this leads to an increase in confidence knowing you are in safe hands and help is at hand should it be requiredDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it if you feel you can but build up your fitness level to a degree higher than you think you might need, this is not a walk in the park.
- AnonymousWritten on February 27, 20135.0 - ExcellentToughest but most amazing thing I've ever done in my life!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The week itself was challenging but more mentally than physically, until summit night which seems never ending... But once you get to the top, you feel elated.The guides and the porters are with you every step of the way and they themselves were the most inspirational part of the holiday.What did you think of your group leader?The local company Exodus use in Tanzania, African Walking Company are faultless. The group leader was knowledgable, inspirational, thoughtful and if it wasnt for him and his team, many of us wouldn't have made it to the summit.The food they prepare for you on route is unbelievable. 3 course meals, 3 times a day, which gives you everything you need to keep you going. We even had fish and chips one night :)Â I can not thank them enough for the hard work they put in during the week.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take wet wipes :) Water for washing is sparse, so take plenty of wet wipes and hand gel.Also, the first couple of days can be quite hot, so make sure you pack shorts and a sun hat!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you are pondering over booking this, just do it! It's a trip you will never forget. The African Walking Company and Exodus put on an amazing trip! The solo departures are great. You will be in a group of like minded solo's and will make some great friends, for life
- AnonymousWritten on February 25, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn amazingly well organised and fantastic trip with a lovely group of people. Something I will never forget! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?By far it was seeing the sunrise at Gilmans Point. Our guide had timed our walk to perfection so that we could enjoy a cup of tea while viewing the curvature of the world, amazing stuff!Other highlights were mixing with such aÂ fabulousÂ array of people who I got to know. The benefit of having a night in the lodge before and after really broke down the barriers. (the Kilimanjaro beer probably helped also)What did you think of your group leader?Our leader Florence knew everything there was to know about climbing to the summit. You feltÂ completelyÂ safe with his leadership and guidance and for those unfortunate members of our team who fell ill he took the greatest of care.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advice is simple - if you have the time and money to do it, just do it as you will not regret it. Exodus were very organised and supportive in the run up to the trip and the African Walking Company who led us up the mountain were nothing short of brilliant.Don't shy away from any problems you might have such as altitude sickness. Inform your guide immediately and he will work with you and make it better. These folk climb this mountain every week and have no doubt experienced everything.Take an iPod for summit night. Walking for 6.5/8 hours can be very tiring in the freezing cold so stimulate the brain as best you can.Snacks are important for when there is a break in walking. Don't however worry about the food as you will get 3 course meals and believe me we were never hungry. The water they supply is also perfectly fine and not a single member of our 15 strong team had a problem with it.Drink and eat even if you don't feel like it - it's the best combat against altitude sickness and fatigue.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?Book it!I would do it again but already have my eye on the Everest Base Camp trip.
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- Day 1: Start Marangu.
- Day 2: Begin ascent through Rongai Forest (2600m).
- Day 3: Climb to Kikelewa moorland (3600m).
- Day 4: Steady ascent beneath Mawenzi (4330m); afternoon acclimatisation.
- Day 5: Cross lunar desert of the 'Saddle' to Kibo, at the bottom of summit cone (4750m).
- 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).
- Day 7: Continue descent to Mandara and Marangu.
- Day 8: End Marangu.
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Covering a total distance of approx 95 km.
- Marangu (Tanzania)
- 40 km
- Rongai (Tanzania)
- 19 km
- Uhuru Peak (Tanzania)
- 12 km
- Horombo Hut (Tanzania)
- 10 km
- Mandara Hut (Tanzania)
- 14 km
- Marangu (Tanzania)
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