Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

“Youíll need a high level of fitness and the spirit of cooperation to complete this demanding climb: and when you see the incredible views from the top of Africa's highest mountain, youíll know itís been well worth it.”

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Mount Kilimanjaro | Rongai route | Marangu | Nale Moru | Kikelewa Caves | Mawenzi | Saddle lunar desert | Gilman's Point | Uhuru Peak | Mandara Hut

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Responsible tourism

Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

By choosing this route not only will you avoid the crowds on the busy Machame and Marangu routes but also help to limit the over exhaustion of the mountainís natural resources.

On Kilimanjaro, like any other mountain, we do not believe in taking shortcuts. Without compromise, all cooking is on kerosene stoves rather than wood fires and all rubbish is carried off the mountain. Unfortunately it is possible to cut corners on Kilimanjaro by rushing the time spent on the ascent to save on expensive park fees and porter fees. It is our careful attention to the treatment of our local staff that makes us stand out from other tour operators. We pay one of the highest salaries in full immediately on exit from the National Park and ensure that they are well supplied with food, fuel and tents.

The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!

Community

Our aspiring young porters are trained and empowered with the skills that they need to develop to become guides themselves and this includes current work towards setting up a language school. Our young guides in the making we call Summit Porters and have made use of their eagerness to gain high mountain experience by sending them up for training while at the same time co-ordinating a very much needed cleaning effort on the high reaches of the mountain where the local park rangers are ever more reluctant to venture.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

3 Reviews of Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

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Reviewed on 07 Apr 2011 by

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


Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro! Absolutely awesome, it is one massive challenge but worth every step!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you take it seriously! Several people had not done adequate fitness training ie hillwalking, running, endurance training. Yes it is a walkable mountain but when you consider altitude, cold, camping and long days, you need to be fit. DRINK LOTS OF WATER at least 3 - 4 litres a day! Layers, layers, layers YOU will be cold, hot, cold, hot make sure you have the right gear.

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


Local people do benefit by tourists coming to climb Kili, jobs are created but competition is fierce, they also rely on our generosity to supplement there income. It is important to book with a company that values, appreciates and pays well and follows appropriate guidelines to ensure the welfare of porters. Every effort is made not to impact on the environment, eg educating tourists to take all rubbish off the mountain and the use of chemical toilets at camp sites.

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


An amazing experience, as I celebrated my 50th birthday at the summit with Hashim, the guide that supported me throughout the summit night, ensuring my safety. I have some brilliant photographs and met some lovely people!

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2010 by

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


Reaching Uhuru Peak. This was most memorable.

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2010 by

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


Reaching the Uhuru peak on Kilimanjaro, although utterly exhausted at the time.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Need to be fit. Come prepared for all conditions - heat, cold, altitude, dust.

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


Yes, tourism is clearly an important aspect of local economy. In that sense it appeared to be a win/ win situation. I wonder at the longer term erosive effect of thousands of people trekking up the dusty crater sides. I am not sure what could be done about this.

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


Excellent. It was difficult to foresee exactly how things would be, but in general it was an enjoyable challenge and very rewarding in meeting other like minded people as well as the kind and hard working porters and guides.

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