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Number of Reviews: 94 Overall score: *****
Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
Review posted by Julia Porter
***** Written

Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

An excellent trip from start to finish. We were looked after by the best guides, cooks and porters and feel privileged to have been part of the group.
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
Review posted by Garry Ward
***** Written

Excellent adventure

The Rongai route six day ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro felt like a hit and run trip to me but overall very well run and conducted by skilled professional people. Rongai is frequently touted as being a quiter route, unfortunately simply due to the luck of the draw our group was roughly mirroring the progress of at least two other groups on the same route and we frequently came into contact with each other on the trail and obviously at the camp sites. Perceptions of how easy or hard something is will obviously depend upon the individual, I personally found the first three days of this route to be easy to moderate hiking, enjoyable and certainly not challenging. At the end of the third day, at Mawenzi Tarn camp I got my only significant symptoms of altitude sickness for the entire trip, a very obvious headache that would come and go. After a night's "sleep" it had gone and never came back. Poor quality sleep is a real issue for everyone, guides as well. The high altitude affects your ability to sleep properly, frequently waking in the night was common amongst nearly everyone in the group as was the feeling we hadn't really slept at all but we'd comment that about remembering our dreams so must have been asleep at some point. That third night at Mawenzi Tarn is likely to be the last sleep you get before attempting the summit on the night of the fourth day. Virtually no one sleeps at Kibo Camp at 4700M, it's just too high up and of course you're trying to rest and sleep while it's still daylight and the noise of numerous climbing parties goes on outside. Once the night comes and you prepare for the summit climb the air is electric with nervous excitement and you may see the light trails of groups already making their climb. Within minutes of setting off both myself and another member of our group had taken our gloves off. With all those layers on we were getting hot, very hot. At the first rest stop I ended up stripping off my second pair of thermal leggings and took my down body warmer off too. It's surprising how hard work that is approaching 5000metres up. We read how it can be up to -20C on the summit but the reality that night was -7C, still cold but a fair way from -20C. Incidentally you don't need a super high spec head torch that will turn night into day for the night climb, all it needs to do is light up the ground immediately in front of you as far as the heels of the person in front of you, that's all you need to see. I GPS tracked our summit attempt at 0.7 km/h, 700 metres per hour!!! That is how slow you go, painfully slow, in more ways than one but there are many times when even that felt too quick. Despite a number of rest stops they never seem to be enough and the feeling of really pushing your limits in the thin air are ever present. Eventually the ridge does start to get closer and you emerge onto Gillman's Point to immense relief and elation at finishing the main climb and knowing you made it to the summit crater. Sadly at this point we had to leave one of our group behind as we headed on for Uhuru peak via Stella point. We watched the sun rise from Stella Point which was beautiful and put a smile back on our faces despite being very tired now. A short time later we arrived at Uhuru Peak, miussion accomplished. All that was missing was football stadium style turnstiles, there was quite a crowd there but we got our photos and after only fifteen minutes or so were on a our way back down... no one complained. We did however complain about the speed of descent. We were very sore and tired but felt we were being relentlessly marched down with no regard for that and so started taking our own rest stops. For the only time on the trip there might have been a little tension between the conflicting wishes of the guides and the clients. Anyway the descent continued and we got over it. A short rest stop at Kibo Huts. The crew had made a big brunch for us but we barely touched it we were that exhausted... sorry guys, it was then a sustained descent for the next day and a half until we finally emerged at marangu gate. Fantastic!
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE

This was an amazing experience, a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with freindly group of fellow travelers whilst pushing myself to my personal limits. Unfortunately I didn't reach the summit due to altitude sickness brought on by the rapid ascent of this brutal itinerary. I strongly recomend that if you can afford the extra time & money you should consider taking an extra couple of days to get up the mountain.
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE

Quite simply if you enjoy the 'great outdoors' and the mountains plus a challenge this is the trip for you. It is not a holiday but an 'experience'.
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

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 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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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE

This 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!
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE

AMAZING 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 !!!   
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE

A truly amazing experience....the trekking, the people and the country made this an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
***** Written

KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE

The 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!!
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