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Kilimanjaro Rongai route, Tanzania
Review posted by Matt Probert
***** Written

Tiring.........

The important thing to bear in mind with this trek is that, with the exception of the summit day, the walking is pretty dull. I've trekked extensively in Nepal, Europe and the UK and the scenery on Kili is less interesting and less varied than pretty much anywhere else I've been. If you took away the summit, no one would be that interested in walking there. Yes, the scenery does change from day to day - you start off in forest, then that becomes scrubland as you get higher - but there isn't the interest of variety which is present in other places. Therefore, I look at this trek as a challenge, rather than something to do for the sake of enjoyment. The summit day is very, very, very tough - six hours of steep climbing on gravel/scree, with an ascent of around 1200m, not much in the way of oxygen and in the dark, with the temperature comfortably below freezing. It's not so much about personal fitness as how well you cope with the altitude and how mentally tough you are. If you follow the advice from the guides, it'll certainly help though. The contribution of the guides to the success of our group cannot be underestimated - they were fantastic, particularly on the summit day.
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