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Welcome to Climb Kili, your trusted partner for unforgettable journeys to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Our unwavering commitment is to offer memorable, high-quality adventures to those with a spirit of exploration and a desire to conquer the highest freestanding peak in the world.

The Climb Kili Difference

At Climb Kili, we distinguish ourselves in the landscape of Kilimanjaro expeditions, not merely through our expertise but also our dedication to crafting a unique experience for every adventurer. We understand that climbing Kilimanjaro is more than a trek – it’s a transformative journey. It’s about immersing oneself in the awe-inspiring grandeur of nature, pushing personal boundaries, and discovering inner resilience.

More Than Guides, We Are Your Partners

We are not just your guides; we are your partners on this voyage of self-discovery. Our team ensures that your journey is not only safe and thrilling but also profound and meaningful. We aim to leave each climber with a sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering Africa’s highest peak and memories of an extraordinary journey that will be cherished forever. Every step with Climb Kili brings you closer to a meticulously curated and personally fulfilling epic adventure. Embrace the climb! It’s time to conquer Kilimanjaro with Climb Kili.

The Magic of Kilimanjaro Tours

Every Kilimanjaro tour unravels a story of revelation. From unique biomes to the unparalleled panoramas at the summit, our Kilimanjaro tours offer an immersive experience that captures the essence of this awe-inspiring mountain.

The Best in Kilimanjaro Expeditions

At Climb Kili, our pride lies in being recognized as one of the top facilitators for Kilimanjaro expeditions. Our wise and accomplished team is committed to orchestrating every Kilimanjaro trek with precision and unwavering dedication to your absolute safety and satisfaction.

Expert Kilimanjaro Guides at Your Service

The aspiration to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro can be a daunting endeavor, but under the guidance of our expert Kilimanjaro guides, your well-being is ensured. Our guides, seasoned mountaineers, have dedicated their lives to traversing Kilimanjaro’s trails, ensuring a nurturing, enlightening, and secure environment throughout your journey.

Tailored Kilimanjaro Treks

Our belief rests in tailoring Kilimanjaro treks that resonate with the unique preferences and requirements of our climbers. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker in search of a challenging route or a beginner yearning for a less demanding trail, we have a Kilimanjaro expedition option that aligns with your expectations.

Join Us for a Memorable Kilimanjaro Adventure

For those who dream of reaching the ‘Roof of Africa,’ we invite you to embark on a journey beyond the ordinary. At Climb Kili, we combine years of expertise, meticulous preparation, and a passion for exploration to create Kilimanjaro journeys that leave lifelong memories.

Our Kilimanjaro guides have been assisting adventures from all over the world climb Kilimanjaro for over three decades. You choose your start date!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Kilimanjaro’s climbing ability caters to individuals across the fitness spectrum. Our diverse trails cater to a range of skill levels, with our proficient guides accompanying you at every step, ensuring your safety and success.

Our history is steeped in leading adventure enthusiasts up Kilimanjaro. Our seasoned guides, comprehensive preparation, and thorough route planning, coupled with a commitment to your safety and enjoyment, set us apart.

We equip our climbers with a comprehensive gear list, including critical items like thermal clothing, hiking boots, and a headlamp, among other essentials. Our team is ready to answer any questions and assist you in your preparation phase.

Seize the opportunity at Climb Kili for an unparalleled adventure, reaching towering heights and creating memories to last a lifetime! Don’t overlook this incredible opportunity.


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Kilimanjaro Trek

Moshi, tanzania, trip highlights.

  • Attempt To Reach Africa's Highest Point, Uruhu Peak!
  • Comfortable Tents & Camps
  • World Class Trekking
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Phenomenal Views
  • Fresh, Local & Organic Cuisine
  • An Array of African Wildlife
  • Sing & Dance With Our Crew on the Mountain!

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Join us for an unforgettable hiking adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro! Known as “the Roof of Africa” and towering over its surrounding valleys at an astounding elevation of 19,341 feet (5,985 m), Kilimanjaro is one of the “7 Summits” of the world!

At Wildland, our approach is to get our guests ‘off the beaten path’ for a fuller, more novel experience of the world’s wilderness destinations. On this trip we follow the Rongai Route which provides wonderful solitude and exposes our guests to different environments and views of the mountain before merging with the more popular Marangu route. Trekking Kilimanjaro requires no technical ability, just hiking, while the main challenge is the elevation. We have created the ideal 10-day itinerary for optimal acclimatization and a high success rate of reaching the summit.

After our Kilimanjaro hike, we provide the option for an add-on Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. The  Wild Africa Safari visits the Maasai, Datoga and Hadzabe tribes and Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania’s famous Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro National Parks.

*Itinerary Note: Wildland Trekking stands alone in providing a complete experience on Kilimanjaro. We have a well-tested acclimatization process to increase your chances of a successful summit attempt. Your Kilimanjaro itinerary is not just a climb of the mountain but also includes an extra rest day after your travels in Tanzania to experience the local culture. Many companies economize by getting you in and out as quickly as possible, and that is the opposite of the Wildland approach.

$3850 Per Person

$345 single supplement.

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Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

Hiking Distances:

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Up to 12.1 mi (19.5km)

Backpack Weight:

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Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

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Up to 4,000+ ft (1,219+ m)

Heights Exposure:

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Significant Exposure

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 8-10 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking at sustained elevations of 14,000-19,341 feet (4,267-5,895 m.)
  • Scrambling through one section of significant heights exposure on our summit day


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Kilimanjaro hike a solitude 3. You can expect hours of solitude at a time while hiking.

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Minimum of 2 Guests

We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 65-60 days before the departure date.

Private Trips

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Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1
  • 13+ people: contact us for availability and pricing

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

Learn About Our Private Trips

Jambo and welcome to Tanzania! Today is arrival day. The Wildland team will pick you up from the airport and shuttle you to our hotel for the next 2 nights in the nearby city of Moshi. Here, you can rest from your travels by the pool, in your room with a lovely veranda, or at the enjoy food and drinks at the restaurant. If we are lucky, the clouds will dissipate and allow us our first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro during sunset. After we enjoy dinner together, your lead guide will conduct a full orientation meeting to review the itinerary specifics, gear & packing details, health considerations, and answer any questions. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water throughout the day, as flying and traveling can dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.

  • Hiking Mileage: 3.1 miles (5km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Minimal
  • Trekking Duration: ~3 hours
  • Driving Time: 1 hour

After breakfast at the hotel, we will shuttle to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro to the village of Materuni. Here, we will set out on a light hike to an amazing waterfall along the Mware River. Today’s hike helps with acclimatization while not being too strenuous after your long travels. Materuni Falls, born from melting ice and snow flowing from the top of the mountain, plunges over 220 feet (67 meters)! At these majestic falls we’ll enjoy a relaxing break, a swim if you like, and a delicious picnic lunch before heading back to the village. We’ll then visit a coffee farm and see how Arabica and Robust coffee beans are grown by the Chagga people. They are known to be the best farmers in Tanzania.  You will be served a delicious cup of rich and aromatic coffee. After enjoying this cultural treat, we’ll head back to the hotel to relax before dinner. Get some rest; tomorrow our expedition begins!

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.1 miles (6.6km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,075 feet (632m)
  • Elevation Loss: 50 feet (15m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Today is the official start of our expedition to climb Kilimanjaro! We head out on a roughly 3-hour drive to the village of Nale Moru where our trek begins. In Nale Moru, after meeting our entire crew and team, we will have a hot lunch. Our porters will get our personal gear organized and packed for the hike, and then we begin the trek! We’ll start hiking on a path that climbs gently and consistently through the beautiful, temperate forests that drape the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Along the way, we may have opportunities to view some wildlife: Colobus Monkeys are often abundant along with many species of birds, reptiles and gazelles. We continue hiking until we arrive at Simba Camp (8,650 ft./2,636 m.) for the night. Facing North, we’ll have stunning views of the plains of Kenya while we enjoy a delicious meal and a relaxing evening.

  • Hiking Mileage: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,765 feet (843m)

Waking up on Kilimanjaro with Wildland means getting a hot drink of your choice delivered to your tent and a warm bowl of water to wash your hands and face. What a way to start the day! Then comes a nutritious breakfast to fuel our day’s activities. Today we head up the trail and immediately have outstanding views of Kibo Peak and the Eastern Ice Fields sitting on the crater rim. Arriving at Second Cave Camp (11,415 ft./3,480 m.) by lunch allows us to relax for a bit and give our bodies time to acclimatize before an afternoon walk to higher elevations, which helps us further our acclimatization process. Everything we do on the mountain is designed to prepare us for our summit bid. This includes constant self-care, proper acclimatization practices, and hiking “pole, pole”, translated “slowly, slowly” in Swahili.

  • Hiking Mileage: 3.6 miles (5.8km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,060 feet (323m)
  • Elevation Loss: 415 feet (126m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours

After our morning drinks and full breakfast, we will pack up to hike towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our hike through the open moorlands continues until we reach a small set of caves created by past historic lava flows. We will briefly explore these caves (optional) before making our last push to Kikelewa Camp (12,175’/3,711m) and our awaiting lunch. Again, arriving to camp by lunch allows time to recuperate and relax before another afternoon acclimatization hike. The views from tonight’s camp are spectacular and the sunset not to be missed. As darkness falls, the lights in small, far off Kenyan villages dot the landscape below us. Warm dinner and drinks are served before the nightly briefing and health check by your guide.

  • Hiking Mileage: 2.2 miles (3.5km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,080 feet (634m)
  • Elevation Loss: 30 feet (9m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

On this morning, we depart Kikelewa Cave and ascend to Mawenzi Tarn camp (14,120 ft./4,304 m.). The hike today is relatively short, and we will make it to camp before lunch once again. The views from this campsite are absolutely stunning. After a hot lunch, we will enjoy an acclimatization hike in the surrounding area and take in more of the views from our incredible vantage point. We will be back at camp with time to wash up before dinner is served.

  • Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles (8.4km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,720 feet (524m)
  • Elevation Loss: 400 feet (122m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6 hours

We leave camp early with beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks after a full breakfast. Above 14,000 feet, it can be challenging to hike, so we will take our time and begin trekking across the high-altitude desert to our basecamp at Kibo Hut (15,425 ft./4,702 m.). Upon our arrival at basecamp, we will eat lunch and then rest in our tents before an early dinner is served. After dinner, your guides will conduct a final briefing and health check. Then, we turn in to get our final rest and sleep before our summit attempt. We will be waking up around 11:30 pm to enjoy hot drinks and snacks before starting our ascent to the Kilimanjaro summit at Uruhu Peak!

Summit Attempt Optional Hike:

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles (9.7km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,050 feet (1,235m)

As we begin our summit attempt, we’ll only bring what we need. Typically, the sky is clear and filled with stars. It is a very peaceful time to be on the mountain. We’ll continue hiking with our goal to reach the edge of the crater at Gillman’s Point (18,652 ft./5,685 m.). Next, we will traverse the crater rim to Stella Point (18,885 ft./5,756 m.), where a few trails converge to start the final ascent to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft./5,895 m.). At the summit we’ll soak up the gratification of our achievement. Looking down towards the valleys and forests surrounding Kilimanjaro as the sun rises, most hikers feel this is one of the most memorable half-hours of their lives. After we take our photos at Uhuru Peak, we’ll begin our decent back to basecamp.

Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut Hike:

  • Hiking Mileage: 5.6 miles (9km)
  • Elevation Gain: 80 feet (24m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3,190 feet (972m)
  • Trekking Duration: 10-14 hours (Summit & hike to camp combined here)

Upon arrival at basecamp, we will rest and have lunch before beginning our 3-hour, gentle descent to Horombo camp (12,300 ft./3,749 m.) along the famous and popular Marangu route. NOTE: This is a very long day, and most guests are very tired upon reaching basecamp and then walking to Horombo.

  • Hiking Mileage: 12.1 miles (19.5km)
  • Elevation Gain: 220 feet (67m)
  • Elevation Loss: 6,350 feet (1,935m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Today is the last day of our trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro and it’s a long beautiful hike through a constantly changing landscape. Along the way, we stop at the Mandara Huts for a long break before continuing down. This tropical area often has groups of Blue monkeys and possibly the rarer Colobus monkeys. We’ll be descending to where the Marangu route begins/ends at the Marangu gate entrance of the Park. Here we’ll have a hot lunch upon our arrival. For those guests who made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro, climbed to Stella Point or Gilliman’s Point, you will collect official certificates from Kilimanjaro National Park before saying goodbye to your mountain crew — in classic Kilimanjaro style with songs and dancing!

Tonight, we get back to our accommodations in Moshi and have one final celebratory dinner capping off this adventure of a lifetime!

For guests only joining our Kilimanjaro Trek, you will be transported back to Kilimanjaro International Airport today. For guests joining our  Wild Africa Safari , today is Day 1 of the Safari itinerary, so we will leave early and transfer to our first day’s activities.

Optional Add-on Safari

Make the most of your time in Africa with an add-on Safari tour that takes place after your trek to Kilimanjaro (on Day 10)! 6 days in length and all-inclusive, our Safari Add-on tour is an opportunity to experience Africa’s amazing wildlife and unique, colorful cultures.  Click here to read more about our Add-on Safari Tour!

Wildland Trekking stands alone in providing a complete experience on Kilimanjaro. We have a well-tested acclimatization process to increase your chances of summiting. Your Kilimanjaro trek is not just a climb of the mountain but also includes an extra rest day to experience the local culture. Many companies economize by getting you in and out as quickly as possible, and that is the opposite of the Wildland approach.

Please Note : We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal  terms and conditions  apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

Trip dates & booking.

Click on a date to register. You can also click here to request new dates or book through customer service.

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This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

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This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

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This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip details, what's included.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees (approx. $1,400 per person)
  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See  Guide Bios .
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the Day 10
  • Lodging i Moshi before and after the trekking portion of the trip, and premier camping during the trek
  • All camping gear and supplies (including a dining tent, kitchen tent, and bathroom tent)
  • Porters to transport all gear, food, and most personal items
  • Professional camp chef(s) & waiter(s)
  • Drinking water and hot water for washing face, hands, etc.
  • Use of a backpack and trekking poles
  • All meals for the duration of the tour (dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10)
  • Trained Kilimanjaro hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios .
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit, emergency communication device, and emergency oxygen. *No supplemental oxygen use is permitted on our hikes.

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Tanzania (to Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, Wi-Fi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear ( see recommendations )
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight (disposable plastic water bottles are prohibited in Kilimanjaro National Park; please have refillable water bottles and hydration bladders to use for the hike)
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 10-20% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. Local currency is preferred, or USD is also appreciated. Specific details are in our trip information packets and comes directly from the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) guidelines on tipping. This process will also be explained in detail at your climb’s orientation meeting directly from your lead guide(s). It is good to plan on bringing smaller bills (1’s, 5’s, 10’s & 20’s) in USD to use for tipping so it can be distributed among the whole crew transparently and fairly. Tanzanian Shilling is also accepted and easily obtained from local ATMs in Tanzania.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This Kilimanjaro hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by a professional chef. Most meals are prepared on the trail by our chef and support staff, and consist of local, organic, and fresh produce.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail snacks* (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, & cookies) to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

*Common trail snack brands and items found easily in the US are not readily available in this destination. (i.e. protein bars, trail bars, beef jerky, etc.) We recommend guests that prefer these types of trail snacks to bring a few of their own choice items from home.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, & pillows
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip ( click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own  down  sleeping bag, there are  multiple benefits . If not, we’ve got you covered!

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions that Wildland Trekking guests have about visiting and hiking the Tour of Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro. Learn the answers to these commonly asked questions about traveling in Tanzania by using the link below!

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Trip Logistics

How do i register.

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can  click here  to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Entry Requirements (Visa Requirement)

For checking entry requirements for this trip, we recommend using this travel tool,  Sherpa Travel . Here, you can view what is required to enter the country, including necessary travel documents, visas, and vaccinations. If a visa is required, you can apply directly through this service. You may also check for entry requirements for your nationality on consular websites or your country’s foreign travel advisories. Ensuring you have completed all necessary steps to enter the country is your responsibility.

U.S. citizens may also obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania) on Day 1 and transport you to the first two nights’ hotel, where we’ll meet and prepare for our trip. There will only be one airport shuttle departure for the group. Our Tanzania communications team will be in contact approximately  45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in Moshi, Tanzania as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly  to our team to check availability.

Travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Booking flights.

For our Kilimanjaro Trek you will need to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania, airport code JRO) on the day the trip begins, no later than 4 P.M. Your guide will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel for the first 2 nights, Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel. The shuttle from the airport to the resort is usually 45 minutes-1 hour. There will only be one airport shuttle departure for the group. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour after 9 A.M and only one group shuttle is planned for the group.

If you would like a shuttle to/from the airport at a different time, please contact the Adventure Consultant team to arrange a private shuttle for you.

Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate connecting flights into JRO, but we recommend connecting through Amsterdam or Qatar. Most international airports in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe have flights that fly to these five connecting cities. The total travel time varies from 14 to 30 hours depending on the origin and number and duration of layovers.

Please Note: We recommend not flying with Kenya Airways because the connecting flight from Nairobi is often changed or cancelled, and they have a poor track record with losing luggage.

Porter Team

Anyone who has climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro could not have achieved this goal without the tremendous support and effort made by local porters and guides. It takes a team, not an individual, to reach the summit of Africa and we have the upmost respect and fondness of every member of our expedition teams. Throughout Kilimanjaro’s climbing history and sadly still today, some porters do not receive the support and care from certain segments of the industry that they tirelessly deliver climb after climb to adventure travelers from all over the world.

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We voluntarily participate with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the treatment of our porters on all of our climbs. By climbing with us you can be assured that your porters are well taken care of.

KPAP also helps to improve the working conditions of porters by:

  • Lending donated clothing at no charge to the mountain crew for use while climbing
  • Educating the public on porter working conditions and climbing responsibly
  • Providing industry guidelines for proper porter treatment
  • Offering educational classes to porters

Please consider supporting KPAP by making a financial contribution to enable them to continue with their Partner for Responsible Travel Program and free services for porters. To make a donation, please visit

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the  Center for Disease Control website  for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”)  have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the  EEC  and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please  contact us  prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our  Meet Our Team  page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms  uninterrupted  for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 9 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case-by-case basis

Trip Insurance

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on this trip as a condition of partnership terms with our Tanzanian vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Tanzanian requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please  click here .

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected] US by Phone: 877-305-9083 Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather on Kilimanjaro

The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro vary tremendously from hot and exposed to quite cold. The trek from the national park entrance to the summit is the climatic equivalent of traveling from Brazilian rain forests to the Arctic in just a couple days. We will hike through 4 different ecological zones, representing a massive range of temperatures as we ascend toward the summit. Temperatures will be warm in Moshi.

The average temperatures and precipitation on Kilimanjaro are:

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Chanya Lodge in Tanzania


Chanya in Kiswahili translates to “positive” and this is the overall mission of Chanya Lodge’s dedication to their clientele. On the outskirts of Moshi, Chanya lodge is perfectly located in the foothills of the impressive Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you’ll find 32 rooms, a plethora of gardens, a large swimming pool, and a restaurant and bar offering varied cuisine options.

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Our Kilimanjaro Treks feature premier camping with comfortable sleeping tents, kitchen tents, private portable bathroom tents, dedicated chefs, and a team of porters to carry and set up/break down camp each day. We provide all top-of-the-line gear. Our guests regularly rave about the camping accommodations on our Kilimanjaro adventures!

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Average customer ratings:.

  • 4.9 (19 reviews)
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Trip of a Lifetime

This was my 5th trip with Wildland, and I continue to come back for the amazing memories they help create. The trip to Kilimanjaro was no different. As always, the people made the trip. We had the most incredible guides and support staff. They are truly superhuman. On the trail, during dinner, and just hanging out they make you smile. They encourage you up the mountain with songs, and there to help provide you the highest success rate possible. The tipping ceremony at the end is extra special as we all come together to share our final dinner and say goodbyes. This is a trip of a lifetime, and Wildland will make sure you always remember it.

Amazing Trip

A trip of a lifetime made even more outstanding by the care of Wildland. The team that guided us up the mountain anticipated our every need and gave us an amazing trip. I cannot wait for the next trip!

I can't wait for my next Wildland trip!

This trip was incredible! Seeing the diversity of vegetation and stark beauty of the summit crater were some of the highlights of my life thus far. Guides, porters, food, transportation and all accommodations were top notch. Highly recommend!

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Mount Kilimanjaro

(19,340ft/5,895m) tanzania, climb mount kilimanjaro.


Climb Kilimanjaro with Alpine Ascents

“Of all the great guide services on Kilimanjaro, Alpine Ascents might be the best. Its success rate is close to 96%, and though its treks are longer and pricier, they avoid the jam-packed Marangu Route.” – Outside Magazine. Selected once again by Outside Magazine !
Named one of the Top Adventure Tour Outfitters in the World by Travel + Leisure, who highlighted our Kilimanjaro trip. We are proud to be the only climbing company chosen as a 5 star outfitter.

Acclaimed by climbers, industry professionals, and media alike, Alpine Ascents provides a one-of-a-kind experience on Kilimanjaro. We employ a professional mountain guide from our Seattle-based staff on each trip. Your guide is generally one of our full-time Alpine Ascents mountaineering guides and adds an unmatched level of summit success and risk awareness based on their broad range of climbing experience. Our guides are Kilimanjaro climbing experts first and foremost, but have an extensive mountaineering and wilderness medical background.

Our “real ” success rate is over 95% for the last 25 years.

Every one of our Kilimanjaro expeditions is led by an professional mountaineer;  a very unique part of our ability to offer the highest quality, safety conscious expeditions.

See guides at:    Alpine Ascents mountain guide.

Please note all our Kilimanjaro staff is fully vaccinated.

We Offer Three Routes To Climb Kilimanjaro

Every one of our Kilimanjaro expeditions is led by an  Alpine Ascents mountain guide.

The right route for you: why we recommend the 7 Day Machame, 8 Day Lemosho or the 9 Day Lemosho.

Choosing a route is not as complicated as some would have you believe: Alpine Ascents, using a western guide, has an approximately 96% success rate.

Machame 7 Day Route – This has been our bread-and-butter Kilimanjaro climbing route over the last 30 years, traveling through five distinct ecosystems in seven days. This is the classic climb of Kilimanjaro with Alpine Ascents. Most of our offerings are on the Machame and with over a 95% success is an excellent non-technical route for both beginners and those with some prior climbing experience. It should be noted that the “Lemosho” becomes the Machame route on day 3 or 4.

The Lemosho 8 Day Route – Starting on the Western slope of Kilimanjaro and joining the Machame route on day 4. Enjoys an extra day of acclimatization with the additional camp at 13,400 feet. This is an excellent route for those who want an extra day on the mountain compared to the Machame route. Like the Machame we maintain an over 95% success rate on this route.

Lemosho 9 Day Route  – Our nine-day Kilimanjaro climbing itinerary is geared toward the very fit trekker/climber with a chance to sleep at the crater floor after summit. This program has an extra camp above 15,000 feet in the middle of the climb to help with acclimatization. The route is similar to the 8 day, adding a night after the summit in the crater floor, giving a half day for climbers to explore the crater, glaciers and the ash pit – simply fantastic! The 9 day also has a later start time on summit day, leaving around 6am by morning light, rather than headlamp.

It was without a doubt the most enjoyable expedition I have been a part of. From the beginning to end, the level of competency, attention to detail, knowledge base, and guideship was top notch. Not only was the western guide a pillar of knowledge, the Tanzanian crew were clearly a cut above the other outfits crews. My partner and I were incredibly satisfied with every aspect of the expedition. From the guide, to the Tanzanian crew, to the accommodations and meals, the entire expedition was incredibly enjoyable and exceeded our expectations. On a scale of 1-10, everything was a 10! I would go anywhere in the world with you.

Most outfitters employ local African staff with relatively limited climbing and medical skills, and many are simply safari or trekking companies, as their name implies. In addition to providing a professional, US-based guide, we offer the utmost in quality of services that include chef-prepared meals, dining tents, and real toilet tents. This creates a unique blend of high-end luxury tour company and professional mountain guiding.

Alpine Ascents’ Success on Kilimanjaro:

We have been guiding Kilimanjaro for over 20 years with over 95% true summit success, touting one of the highest success and safety records in the industry. In recent years we have led over 1,000 people to the summit! (Some outfitters do not count all climbers in their statistics.)

Ascending Kilimanjaro with a mountain climbing organization will greatly improve your chances of success, and we provide one of our Seattle-based guides to lead every scheduled expedition. Every trip is organized with the utmost care and quality: from our lead Western guide, to chef-prepared meals, to dining and toilet tents. We look to take care of all elements with great attention to detail.

Every one of our Kilimanjaro expeditions is led by an  Alpine Ascents mountain guide.   Along with our lead guide, we employ highly experienced local guides and generally have a 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio.  On summit night we typically add other local senior staff, bringing the climber to guide ratio to better than 2:1.  Most of these experienced local guides have between 100-500 summits each and have worked with us for many years.  Some have been guiding for between 20-35 years on Kilimanjaro.  The importance of this level of experience can not be emphasized enough.

Absolutely enjoyed it! Everything — from general coordination and accommodations to small details like the flowers on the table in our dining tent — was amazing. All of the guides were wonderful. I feel I learned a lot from all of the guides – Swahili, backpacking and climbing skills, nutrition/hydration, dealing with altitude, and general information about the mountain, Tanzania, the culture, etc. By the end, the entire crew felt like a big family. Everything was top of the line and I was amazed at the five-course meals we had all day long. AAI does so much so well that it would be difficult to list all of the strengths! Clearly everything is well-organized and executed. Our group was the envy of the mountain! My expectations were not just met, they were exceeded – in fact, they were exceeded time and time again! The level of organization for the entire trip was outstanding, from being met at the airport through the summit and return!

Climb Kilimanjaro Pricing

Machame Route 7 Day Climb + 4 Day Safari: $7,970 / $8,350 ( summer 2025 ) 7 Day Climb Only: $5,420 / $5,700 ( summer 2025 )

Lemosho Route 9 Day Climb + 4 Day Safari: $9,370 / $9,850 ( summer 2025 ) 9 Day Climb Only: $6,820 / $7,200 ( summer 2025 )

8 Day Climb + 4 Day Safari: $8,770 / $9,200 ( summer 2025 ) 8 Day Climb Only: $6,220 / $6,500 ( summer 2025 )

Note: climb only itinerary 3 days shorter for all routes

Climb Kilimanjaro Schedule

Summer 2024 Machame Route unless noted otherwise

June 22 – July 6, 2024 –  1 space remaining Lead Guide: Eric Murphy July 6 – 20, 2024 –   1 space remaining Lead Guide: Eric Murphy July 20 – Aug. 3, 2024 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Aug. 3 – 17, 2024 Lead Guide: Ben Jones August 14 – 30, 2024 – 9-Day Lemosho Lead Guide: Rachel Molstad Aug. 17 – 31, 2024 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Aug. 31 – Sept. 14, 2024 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Sept. 14 – 28, 2024 Lead Guide: Ben Jones

Winter 2024-25 Machame Route unless noted otherwise

Dec. 19, 2024 – Jan. 2, 2025 Dec. 27, 24 – Jan. 12, 25 – 9 Day Lemosho  Jan. 10 – Jan. 24, 2025 Jan. 18 – Feb. 2, 2025 – 8-Day Lemosho Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2025 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Jan. 31 – Feb. 14, 2025 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Feb. 9 – 23, 2025 Lead Guide: Ben Jones Feb. 21 – Mar. 7, 2025 Lead Guide: Ben Jones

Summer 2025 Machame Route unless noted otherwise

June 21 – July 5, 2025 July 5 – July 19, 2025 July 19 – August 2, 2025 August 2 – August 16, 2025 August 16 – August 30, 2025 August 30 – September 13, 2025 September 13 – September 27, 2025


Climbing Level

No prior climbing experience is required.

Pack Weight

Climbers must be able to carry an average of 15 lbs.

Physical Conditioning to Climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 ft. is an extreme, high-altitude climb and is perhaps the most underestimated of the seven summits. You should be comfortable walking four to eight hours per day. Summit day is the most demanding portion of the climb, typically involving eight hours for the ascent, and six to seven hours for the descent. Our expeditions require strength and endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for climbers to maximize their climbing potential. The better your physical condition, the more likely you are to perform well and have an enjoyable experience. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that climbers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip. Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of the climb for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your physician before undertaking any strenuous activity. Comprehensive training information can be found here .

The Mountain

Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.) is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this dormant volcano looms over five ecosystems and large game reserves, and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights. The terrain is nothing short of dramatic. As a mountaineering company, we treat this adventure as a mountain climbing expedition. We offer scheduled departures for two routes on the mountain: the Machame Route and the Lemosho Route.

Kilimanjaro is unique in many ways, but stands as the only one of the seven summits (the highest points on each continent) that is truly a nontechnical climb. Using well-marked trails to the summit along with our expert guide staff, a fit enthusiast has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. The combination of our expert guides, choice of routes, success and safety record has set Alpine Ascents apart from our peers. We invite you to review the “Why Climb With Us?” section of our website.

Kilimanjaro is an attractive climb for anyone interested in a physical challenge: climbers, wilderness enthusiasts, and hikers alike. Over the past 20 years, we have emerged as a leader in guiding climbs on Kilimanjaro, applying expertise from other formidable mountains to the wilds of Africa. We consider the Kilimanjaro climb and safari expedition to be one of the most appealing and treasured adventure experiences we offer.

Following our climb, we begin a four-day safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, The Tarangire River and National Park, and Serengeti National Park. Throughout the safari, we lodge in luxurious hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions and other indigenous wildlife. More details can be found in our Safari Overview page and on our Itinerary pages.

Unique Characteristics

Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano composed of three extinct volcanic cones of varying ages:  Kibo (5,895 m); Mawenzi (5,149 m); and Shira (3,962 m). It is one of the world’s highest free-standing mountains: its mass rises 4,800 m above a rolling plain that averages 1,000 m above sea level. After reaching a height thought to be 5,900 m during its last major eruption 360,000 years ago, Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers, and landslides to its present height.  It is believed that Kilimanjaro, like its neighbor Mt. Kenya, is losing glaciers due to localized deforestation and global warming.

The Name Kilimanjaro

Given the stature and greatness of Kilimanjaro, there is relatively little recorded history of the peak. Even the origins of the name present somewhat of a dilemma. Many people believe the name derived from the Kishwahili tribal name, Kilima, meaning “mountain.” The local Wachagga people claim to have no name for Kilimanjaro, but did name the dual peaks “Kipoo” and “Kimawenzi.”

Alpine Ascents Climb Kilimanjaro Frequently Asked Questions

Upon sign up we will forward our famed comprehensive pre-trip planning details.

All of our Kilimanjaro climbs avoid the two rainy seasons in Tanzania: the “long rains” in April and May and the “short rains” from late October through November. It is important to understand, however, that weather on Kilimanjaro is as changeable and unpredictable as mountain weather all over the world is. Some light rain is virtually constant in the lower sections of the mountain throughout the year, but it might dry out on any given day or week. And the upper reaches of the mountain, which are quite arid, can see passing rain or snow storms at any time of year.

Even though it is only about three degrees south of the equator, Northern Tanzania has surprisingly variable temperatures through different times of the year. July and August are generally referred to as “winter” by the locals, and it is the coolest time of the year in Nairobi and Arusha. Nighttime lows are typically about 48 degrees F, and daytime highs might only be in the high 60’s or 70’s. You are probably thinking these sound like very pleasant temperatures, and you are right. We tell people, “if you leave the US in the summer months and travel to East Africa, you are going to a cooler climate.” This is surprising to most people, but very true. Safari, and the time you spend in Arusha during these months, can be wonderful in terms of weather – never as hot and steamy as you probably imagine tropical Africa to be. Similarly, if you are on a trip during our winter, you will find the weather to be as much influenced by altitude as latitude. It is warmer in December or February, but it is still not extremely humid or hot.

The above description is for the lower elevations. It gets very different on the upper reaches of the mountain. Talk to anyone who has climbed Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, and they will probably comment about how cold they got on summit day. This has more to do with the mild hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and the exertion that climbers experience, than it has to do with temperatures, or even wind. When you go to 19,000 ft., anywhere on the earth, at any time of year, you need to have very efficient insulation and be prepared to conserve your body’s energy effectively. There is little difference in the degree of “warm” that can be experienced on a summit day on Kilimanjaro at any given time of year.

The most popular months on Kilimanjaro are July and August, with December running a close third. Alpine Ascents’ trips tend to fill at any time of year they are run, but you will see fewer people from other groups in months other than August or December.

Most trips run with between 12 and 15 people – though we will run smaller groups if a certain date has fewer sign ups. We also run Private Climbs year round.

We currently use three-person tents on our Kilimanjaro program. Two climbers per tent.

Yes, we have a large dining tent and tables and chairs that are used at all camps. (OK, sometimes we forgo the table and chairs at High Camp) These are especially nice if it happens to rain. Often people will go inside to get their food and then eat outdoors in beautiful evening light. We also provide toilet tents with commodes.

You will need a medium-sized backpack (say 2,500 to 3,500 cubic inches) that can hold your layers of clothing for changing temperatures and activity levels through the day. One thing that many people do not expect is the porters who carry your large bags will probably move slower that you do. It is not uncommon to get to camp as the afternoon and evening temperatures cool off, ahead of the porters, but with lots of photographs to be taken and relaxing to be done. You need to be prepared to be inactive through part of each day, as well as to hike. Most people carry packs that weigh about 20 lbs. You could pare this down to perhaps 15 if you were careful, but with a lot of camera equipment, or other personal preference-type items, it might be more.

We always plan to go to Uhuru, the true summit of Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 ft. A medical emergency that would require a lead guide’s attention rather than an African guide’s would be the only reason that they would not, but this has not happened to date.

We normally take one or two lead, or “chief,” African guides, plus three assistant African guides, for a total of five guides (including our guide) on a typical summit attempt. All of these guides are well-known to us and we have done many successful summits together. Obviously, this does not leave options for an unlimited number of turn-arounds during the summit attempt, but we have always been able to get people who really need to descend headed in the right direction very quickly, and under excellent care and supervision. This is in addition to our staff of lesser assistant guides, porters, cooks, cooks’ helpers – a staff of 50+ on full expeditions.

We offer carefully planned, highly nutritious meals prepared by trained chefs on the mountain; food quality is one of the highest praises we receive. It is not just about the great food, but getting the right food during such a demanding climb. As a climbing company (as opposed to a safari or light trekking company), we understand what and how people need to eat while in the mountains. We are happy to give you an outline of our menu plan. The quality of our expedition food is well known for all our expeditions, but is something special on Kilimanjaro climbs.

Resupplying during our trip allows us to provide lots of fresh and whole grain cooked foods. We have the best chefs and food on the mountain, hands down.

Here is a link to a sample menu in pdf.

We have private toilet tents set up at every camp. These are clean, sit down, commode-type toilets with water.

Yes, all hotels for the scheduled trip, meals on the mountain and on safari, airport transfers, and shuttle to Arusha are included. One thing that is not included in town and on safari are bottled drinks (soft drinks, bottled water, alcohol.) Also not included are tips at the hotels, tips for safari drivers, and tips for guides and porters at the end of the trip on the mountain.

We stay in high-standard safari lodges run by the renowned Sopa chain. We use these places to relax and reward ourselves after a rigorous climb. They really are beautiful in terms of setting and amenities. The safari drives have their own demands, long dusty days, and a lot of excitement and adventure with all the wildlife. One of the greatest feelings is to go into your room at the end of one of these days, get a shower and some clean clothes on, and go have a nice dinner with your friends who you recently climbed Kilimanjaro with. The sun will be setting on the African landscape and the large glass windows will scarcely separate you from this. Pretty civilized. We currently stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, and Serengeti Sopa Lodge on our four-day, three-night Safari.

You will be in a Land Cruiser, with a maximum of five or six per vehicle. An experienced guide will drive your vehicle. He is the only person who ever drives his vehicle and is responsible for its complete operation and maintenance for the two to three years it sees service after it is purchased new by our agent in Arusha. The only seat that sometimes becomes undesirable if the vehicle is full is the front seat with the driver. Everyone in the back is under a canopy that extends up so that you can stand for wildlife viewing and photography while you are in the parks.

On the mountain, we will provide you with a large three- to four-gallon cooler of water at each camp, and during our sit down lunches. This water is cartridge filtered by the staff using a large, commercial Katydyn filter. We strongly recommend that each client then treats this water one liter at a time as you fill your bottles several times each day, using iodine or other recommended water treatment solutions. We have found that this two-stage process is the most effective in preventing water-borne issues. Steri Pens work well, but use a lot of batteries and can break, so you always need the backup treatment pills.

For the past few seasons, we have relied on the satellite phone for possible emergency communication while we are on the mountain. Things change from season to season, however. We also carry a cell phone and radio phone on the mountain and safari. All our Kilimanjaro trips are run in our normal, self-contained expedition style. That is to say, complete medical kits and equipment to deal with emergencies travel with us. This self-reliant approach is especially important in Tanzania where, unlike, say, Nepal, helicopter evacuation is very limited. The staff of 40+ experienced Chagga men who travel with each group are who we really rely on for possible emergency response. If necessary, they could carry an injured person, and they can run from any location on our route to a road head and telephones in less than one day.



Created by longtime Kilimanjaro guide, Eric Murphy, with help from our local contractor, Nicholas Minja of Big Expeditions, we began utilizing an extra porter or two on each trip, and instructed them to pick up any excess garbage from other groups during our seven days on the mountain. During an average trip, we were removing up to 80 kg (165 lbs.) of extra trash. The Kilimanjaro National Park quickly took notice. In late 2012, a new park warden was elected to manage Kilimanjaro National Park, and he increased the national park’s enforcement of garbage removal. The park is now looking the cleanest we have seen it in recent times. We continue to encourage Kilimanjaro National Park to educate local operators, tourists, and porters about Leave No Trace principles (LNT) while enjoying the mountain.

Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents. On Kilimanjaro, Alpine Ascents now hires at least one porter per trip whose sole purpose is to oversee waste removal and clean up.

At Alpine Ascents, environmental stewardship remains one of our core values and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.

Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our on-going maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Alpine Ascents is committed to developing risk cognizant, self-reliant, and environmentally conscious mountaineers.

Supporting Local Climbing Staff

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COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund for Kilimanjaro Crew: Our Kilimanjaro Program Manager and longtime Kilimanjaro guide Eric Murphy launched a fundraiser to benefit the Tanzanian staff and crew of Big Expeditions – our partner company and outfitter on the mountain.  You can read more about the fundraiser and how to contribute on our blog.

Recent Kilimanjaro Newsletters

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This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to with reviews.

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

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Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya: A Climbing and Trekking Guide

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro: And Other Stories

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Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds

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Outstanding trip, in spite of the weather. Good selection in Joe as the guide. He kept us fed and tuned the hiking to weather and our capabilities. Greatly appreciate Todd’s support for the trip. If you do a filtering on the applicants, you did a great job on our trip.

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2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

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Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

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Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]


Knowledge & expertise.

Alpine Ascents International leads expeditions that have become benchmarks of quality in the climbing community. We operate what we believe is the finest mountaineering school in the country. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience-not just from individual mountain guides, but through experience on particular mountains where details are fine-tuned over time.

Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors.

Environmental Reponsibility

Leave No Trace principles are fundamental to our program, and we encourage all who climb and trek with us to understand proper wilderness practices. We help facilitate this effort by passing on Leave No Trace training and literature to every Alpine Ascents climber.

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For many visitors to Africa, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. The climb takes in muddy rainforests, unique high-altitude plants and alpine meadows before finally arriving at the glacier-coated summit. Standing tall above the savannahs of East Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m/19,340ft) is an icon of Africa. But just how do you go about climbing Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro and how fit do you have to be? We answer some of these common questions below.

11-Day Serengeti, Kilimanjaro Hike & Chimpanzee Trek

11-Day Serengeti, Kilimanjaro Hike & Chimpanzee Trek

$4,298 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Mountain Hut & Camping

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mahale Mountains NP, Kigoma (Town) , Dar Es Salaam (End)

See Endless Adventures Tanzania   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  27 Reviews

4-Day Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro Hike

4-Day Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro Hike

$840 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 7 people per vehicle) Budget Camping & Hotel

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro, Arusha (End)

Go Serengeti African Tours   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  123 Reviews

5-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Summit Special

5-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Summit Special

$1,499 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 10 people per group) Budget Mountain Hut

You Visit: Moshi (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Moshi (End)

Alpine Chat Adventure   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  28 Reviews

8-Day Mt Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

8-Day Mt Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

$4,822 to $5,305 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Camping & Lodge

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Arusha (End)

Tour operator has an office in United States

4.9 /5  –  149 Reviews

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7-Day Mount Kili - Lemosho Route

$1,833 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Camping

Seven Wonders Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.5 /5  –  156 Reviews

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6-Day Marangu Route - Quality Service

$1,705 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 15 people per group) Budget Mountain Hut

You Visit: Moshi (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Marangu Gate (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Moshi (End)

5.0 /5  –  31 Reviews

9-Day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

$2,750 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 10 people per group) Budget Camping

Almighty Kilimanjaro   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  165 Reviews

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14-Day Climb Kili Lemosho Route & Best Northern Safari

$5,049 pp (USD)

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Tarangire NP, Central Serengeti, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara NP, Arusha (End)

Gosheni Safaris Africa   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  419 Reviews

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6-Day Special Offer - Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route

$1,350 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Camping & Hotel

You Visit: Moshi (Start) , Kilimanjaro Airport, Machame Gate (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Moshi (End)

Leken Adventure   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  32 Reviews

9-Day Kilimanjaro Trek via Lemosho Route

$6,600 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 10 people per group) Budget Camping & Hotel

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Airport (End)

Endito Nagol Adventures   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  7 Reviews

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6-Day Kilimanjaro Expedition Trek the Machame Route

$2,112 pp (USD)

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Mweka Gate (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Arusha (End)

5.0 /5  –  3 Reviews

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7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro via Lemosho

$1,980 pp (USD)

Trans Kibo Travels   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.3 /5  –  15 Reviews

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6-Day Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route Cocacola

$1,525 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 12 people per group) Budget Mountain Hut

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Moshi (Town) , Arusha (End)

Mountain Warriors Tours and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  76 Reviews

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7-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb via Lemosho Route

$2,002 pp (USD)

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kilimanjaro Summit, Arusha (End)

Samora Explorers   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  41 Reviews

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9-Day Lemosho Route Without Crater

$4,950 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 60 people per group) Budget Mountain Hut & Camping

Tanzania Elsewhere Adventures and Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  6 Reviews

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6-Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

$1,430 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per group) Budget Camping

Africa Magic Holidays and Tours   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  37 Reviews

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8-Day Kilimanjaro Trek - Lemosho Route

$3,400 pp (USD)

Unlimited Expeditions: The Soul of Tanzania   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  440 Reviews

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9-Day Kilimanjaro via Lemosho Route

$2,695 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 9 people per group) Budget Camping & Hotel

Safari Soles   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  246 Reviews

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7-Day Marangu Rout Kilimanjaro Trekking-the Hut Trekk

$3,079 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Private tour Budget Mountain Hut & Lodge

You Visit: Arusha (Start) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Arusha (End)

Kilimanjaro Adventure Safari Club   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

5.0 /5  –  147 Reviews

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8-Day Machame Route Trekking

$1,782 pp (USD)

Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per group) Budget Camping & Lodge

You Visit: Moshi (Start) , Kilimanjaro Airport, Machame Gate (Mt Kilimanjaro) , Mt Kilimanjaro, Moshi (End)

Branded Africa Safaris   Tour operator has an office in Tanzania

4.9 /5  –  7 Reviews

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7 Questions About Kilimanjaro Mountain Climbing Tours

Stuart Butler

Answered by

Stuart butler.

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Why should I choose a Kilimanjaro climbing tour?

“In 1923 George Mallory answered, “Because it’s there,” when a journalist asked him why he wanted to climb Mt Everest. It is a one-liner that applies equally to Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. At 5,895m/19,340ft, Kilimanjaro is not just the highest mountain in Africa, it’s also the world’s largest freestanding mountain. Freestanding means it’s not a part of a mountain chain. More than that, Mt Kilimanjaro is an icon of Africa. For many people, the image of elephants in front of the mass of Kilimanjaro simply is Africa. While the size of the mountain inspires a sense of awe, it’s surprisingly easy to climb. As well, a week-long mountain climbing tour is easy to slot into a standard East African safari.”

How long do I need to complete the climb and does that include time to acclimatize?

“There are several different routes by which Kilimanjaro can be climbed. Some of these are only suitable for those with mountaineering experience. The standard route is the Marangu Route, often sold as a 4-night, 5-day return climb. However, the reality is you’ll be ascending to nearly 6,000m/19,685ft. This 5-day schedule doesn’t allow enough time to safely acclimatize. You should add at least a day to this schedule to allow for a safer ascent. Or, better, try one of the other longer and quieter routes, which will naturally allow for better acclimatization. The Shira Plateau Route, Machame Route or the Northern Circuit Route (the longest of the lot) are all safer ascents. As well as being more rewarding, these all have a fraction of the crowds of Marangu.”

What level of fitness and experience is required for a mountain climbing tour?

“Mt Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and no attempt on its summit should be taken lightly. That said, this is one of the easiest mountains of its height to climb. For all the standard routes, no special mountaineering experience or equipment is required. It’s merely a long but steady uphill climb. Any reasonably fit and determined person should be able to climb it. You will need very warm clothing, including a thick mountain jacket, thermals, gloves and a hat. You’ll also need a very warm four-season sleeping bag. The most common reason for not making it to the summit is altitude-related. The standard 5-day mountain climbing tour simply doesn’t give enough time to get fully acclimatized. It’s far better to add in an extra acclimatization day or to do a longer, more-gradual route than to try and rush up and down.”

What kind of accommodation will I stay in?

“Basic! Accommodation will either be in one of the very simple trekkers’ huts found on the mountain, or you’ll be camping. The huts are just that: a hut, with beds laid out dorm-style. The only form of heating will come from the other exhausted bodies sharing the hut. If you camp, then your chosen trekking company will provide small two-person dome tents. These offer a more comfortable night than in the huts. They are also more private! Better tour operators provide a much larger dining tent. The more upmarket companies will also provide tables and camp chairs. These extras might not sound like much but the added comfort they provide can really make the difference on your trek.”

What does a typical day look like on a Kilimanjaro climb?

“Days start early on Kilimanjaro and typically you’ll shiver your way out of your sleeping bag shortly after dawn. After a steaming bowl of porridge or similar, you’ll be back in your hiking boots to start walking. Aside from breaks to take in the wonderful scenery, or catch your breath, you’ll walk until lunchtime. There’ll be a hearty packed lunch. Then a couple more hours of walking before you arrive at your night spot by mid- to late afternoon. With any luck your porters might have arrived ahead of you and be boiling up a reviving cup of tea. Dinner is served early. Shortly after dark, most people snuggle back into the warmth of their sleeping bag and drift off to sleep. Take note that the more altitude you gain, the more disrupted your sleep is likely to be. Above 4,000m/13,100ft, a combination of the cold and a lack of oxygen make nights very uncomfortable. On summit day, you can give up on sleep altogether. Most people set off from camp around 1 AM. With the aid of flashlights, they walk through the night in order to be on the summit for dawn.”

How much will this tour cost?

“Climbing Kilimanjaro can be an expensive business. All trekkers must be on a package with a guide and at least one porter. The cheapest, shortest and most basic packages cost from US$1,250 per person for the 4-night, 5-day Marangu Route. Prices rise with each extra day and depend on the route you chose. The Shira Plateau Route costs a minimum of US$1,800 for a 7-day trek. This is the one we recommend due to its scenic variety and the opportunity it affords to properly acclimatize. It’s worth paying a little more in order to ensure better food and newer, better-quality tents. Plus, it’s worth having a guide who points out wildlife and interesting sites to you. Before booking a Kilimanjaro trip, be sure to check exactly what is and isn’t included. Remember that in all cases guides and porters will expect tips. This can add another couple of hundred dollars to even the cheapest Kilimanjaro climb.”

What should I consider when choosing a Kilimanjaro climbing tour?

“The most important question to ask yourself before deciding to climb Mt Kilimanjaro is whether you really have the stamina and desire to get to the top. Although not a hard mountain to climb, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. Expect long, energy-draining days, aching muscles, potential altitude problems and extreme cold. If none of these appeal, don’t sign up to a Kilimanjaro trip. You should also consider the season. July to October and January and February are the driest and most pleasant times to climb. Avoid the Wet season, when trails will be muddy or snowbound and views limited. Finally, allow plenty of time to acclimatize. Most people don’t, and many end up regretting that decision as altitude sickness is often the result. ”

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Trek to the Summit of Africa's Highest peak

  • Climb Kilimanjaro!

From $6,895

Very Strenuous

Call 1-800-368-2794 or contact us for any questions

Important Note: Wilderness Travel does not summit Kili from Barafu (15,311'), as most other companies do! The bleak and crowded Barafu campsite is packed tent-to-tent with climbers who begin their 9-hour summit day at midnight, climbing through the dark on a crowded path. Our Northern Circuit Route avoids this by camping at Crater Camp (18,800'), beside the spectacular glaciers at Kili's crater rim, making our summit climb short—just 541 feet!

SAFARI EXTENSION DISCOUNT $500 off per person when you add a Safari Extension to your Kilimanjaro Climb Special offers cannot be combined with other discounts

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Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania

Depart: Arusha, Tanzania

  • Climb the best route to the summit of Africa's highest mountain!
  • Uncrowded trails, Kili's five ecozones, vital extra days for acclimatization
  • Sunrise on the summit of Africa, camp by the glaciers on Kili's crater rim
  • Led by the most experienced guides on the mountain
  • Best camp amenities for your comfort, safety, and nourishment on the climb
  • We set the standard for environmental stewardship and support for our porters

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Dates & Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

Payment & Cancel Schedule

$600 due at time of reservation 90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge! 61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in mountain camps and private acclimatization camp
  • All group camping and cooking equipment
  • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
  • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Use of Mountain Hardwear Lamina sleeping bag rated to -30ºF and 3" Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad
  • Membership in Knight Support First Air Responder

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
  • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
  • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders and porters
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)


Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

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Mount Meru Seasonal Camp

Arusha National Park, Tanzania

Days 1-2 (2 nights)

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Camping on the Mountain

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Days 3-10 (8 nights)

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Mount Meru Game Lodge

Arusha, Tanzania

Day 11 (Day Room Only)

Trip Leaders

Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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Samia Asindamu

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Bonaventure Kivuyo

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated a Level 6+ (Very Strenuous) according to our trip grading system, our most strenuous rating. There are no alternative hiking options available. Despite the fact that the Kilimanjaro climb doesn't require climbing equipment or technical skills, it is extremely challenging and considered a real physical test. All trip members must be in excellent shape—both physically and mentally!

Challenge Days

  • Day 9 - 7-9 hours, 2 miles, 2,500 feet ascent/descent
  • Day 10 - 8-10 hours, 8 miles, 500 feet ascent, 9,200 feet descent

How Tough is This Trip?

You need to be able to hike on steep, uneven surfaces and over loose scree. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for an average of 8 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 10 miles in a day. There are dangers inherent in any expedition to high altitude—in this case, 19,340 feet, with an overnight at 18,500 feet.

Trail conditions, weather and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times. Normally, some trip members hike faster than others. Our climbing groups are accompanied by highly experienced Kilimanjaro mountain guides in addition to the Wilderness Travel Trip Leader so that we can divide into smaller groups, each hiking at their own pace and each with its own guide.

You will be hiking through a variety of different terrain along your ascent and descent. From forested areas with low angle dirt trails, into loose lava flows and valleys, all the way up to steep volcanic scree. In general, the trail is a tight footpath, rocky underfoot, winding its way across lava flows and exposed ridges. As you gain elevation, the mountain becomes steeper and the footing becomes looser. Compounded by the high elevation, these last days cover less ground but are the most physically demanding. Along this trek, dangers include everything from rock falls to the possibility of a serious fall, accident, or sickness without access to a means of rapid evacuation, adequate medical supplies, or adequate medical attention once provided. Although we carry oxygen and Gamow bags on every climb, it is important that all participants understand that the climb is very challenging. Our Trip Leaders and crew are experienced veterans of the mountain, but it takes cooperation and flexibility from each participant to ensure a successful ascent.

Every participant must understand that this trek is truly challenging — you should be in excellent physical condition. Even though trip members carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need during the day), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip by hiking, running, swimming, bicycling, or engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise well beyond your normal routine. Many activities get heart and lungs into shape, but the most effective way of getting fit for hiking is to hike! Walking up and down flights of stairs is also an effective way to train. Bending your knees as you go down stairs will help strengthen your quad muscles. At least two months prior to your trek, we urge you to go on weekend day hikes that involve long uphill and downhill walking.

For this trek, we require your doctor sign the Wilderness Travel Medical Form. Once Wilderness Travel has confirmed your place on the trip roster, no refunds beyond our standard fees will be made if your physician refuses to sign the form. It is very important that you and your physician fully agree that you are physically capable of undertaking a strenuous trek, and equally important that you undertake proper conditioning prior to the trek.

The Trek Leader has the right to disqualify any member from the trip at any time if it is medically necessary, to avoid endangering the group, or if the participant in question is physically unfit for the rigors of the trip. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.

As in most mountain areas, the weather on Kilimanjaro can and does change abruptly. Usually, Kilimanjaro's summit clouds appear around 10:00 am and then disappear from around 4:30 pm until sundown. The snow line usually begins at 17,000 or 18,000 feet, but a sudden storm may bring it as low as 14,000 feet (the snow line is usually at its lowest after the two rainy seasons). Daytime temperatures range from the 50s to the 70sF at altitudes from 7,500', where we start the climb, to about 12,000'. Above this altitude, daytime temperatures are lower and evening temperatures can drop to 10°F or even lower.

Above 16,000', daytime temperatures most often are in the high teens to low 40s, but on the occasional clear calm day, because of the lack of atmosphere to filter the UV, it can feel hot. At this altitude, you should expect nighttime temperatures to be below freezing, and temperatures below zero are not uncommon. At the summit, it is rarely above 45°F during the day. Kilimanjaro is the first high-altitude obstacle facing the moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean, so it receives higher than average rainfall.

We don't offer climbs during the rainy months of April and May or November. As with most mountain areas, the weather on Kilimanjaro can change abruptly so you need to be ready for these sudden changes with extra layers of clothing, including waterproof gear, in your day pack at all times. Usually, Kilimanjaro's summit clouds appear in the late morning and then dissipate shortly before sundown.

On the Kilimanjaro climb, porters carry the group gear and you carry a daypack for your wind/rain jacket, water bottle, and camera (depending on your equipment, this can weigh approximately 10 pounds). The camp crew sets up camp each day and we are served dinner in a dining tent with tables and chairs. We use American-made mountaineering tents rated by the manufacturer as 3-person tents but we use them for only two people, ensuring a fair amount of space for sleeping. Sleeping bags are rated to -30°F and sleeping pads are three inches thick and over two feet wide. Fires are not allowed on the mountain so there are no hot showers available at camps (hot showers are available at all of our safari camps).

For more information about our accommodations, please reference our “Camping with Wilderness Travel” and “Climb Kilimanjaro Lodging” pages of the detailed itinerary.

While there are certainly limits as to what can be done in such a setting, our Kili climbs have become renowned for the excellent meals served on the mountain, even at the highest altitudes. We have put a great deal of effort into combining proper nutrition with appealing and varied dishes; WT even launched the first chef training school in Tanzania over twenty years ago to create the highest standard of food quality for our high-altitude climbs.

Breakfasts typically include tea, coffee, fruit, eggs, bacon, porridge and homemade granola. Picnic lunches set up along the trail midway through the day can include sandwiches, soup, energy bars, nuts, fruit, cheese, crackers, and guacamole. Dinners vary day by day (and with elevation moving to foods that are easier to digest) but include soups with baked bread, an assortment of salads, pasta with garlic bread, spaghetti Bolognese, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, and of course brownies and apple pie with cream!

We have a separate dining tent with food available upon request at any time, and provide an assortment of snacks for you to take on the trail, including mixed nuts, energy bars, homemade granola, dried fruit and much needed sugary sweets to boost your energy at higher elevations such as chocolate bars.

Please let us know of any dietary needs and we will accommodate as best as possible.

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From $3,395

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Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Safari Extension

From $3,885

Client Testimonials

"We had an amazing time on this trip. It was extremely well planned, and we didn't have to worry about anything!"

Amanda & Lance L.

"Amazing trip! Leadership, other personnel (cooks, porters, etc.), itinerary, and particularly the meals definitely exceeded my expectations!"

Houston, TX

"I felt very well cared for in every way. This was a challenging trip, but it was so well planned and well executed that success was assured. Thank you for designing a trip that made it possible for me to complete this climb with such high spirits and all happy memories!"

Palo Alto, CA

"We were very impressed by the quality of the crew on the Kili climb. All were friendly, supportive, encouraging, and clearly better organized than other groups we saw on the mountain. Our camp cooks were amazing."

Lebanon, NH

"It was an amazing trip, with awesome porters and guides who created a fun atmosphere. Turkey dinner on Christmas Day with Christmas crackers! How fun was that! On the summit, we were on top of the world, thanks to our guides and porters."

Redmond, WA

"Your team did an amazing job coordinating, assisting, informing, and providing sound leadership."

Hillsborough, NJ

"Wonderful trip, very smooth despite the logistical challenges. Amazing, really! I felt well taken care of."

San Antonio, TX

"Had the time of my life. Beautiful landscapes. Great companions. Didn't want to come home!"

Raleigh, NC

"The climb up Kilimanjaro could not have been better. The preparation and communication of what and where we were going was outstanding. The overall guide team was fantastic; all were caring and concerned about our health and well-being. The route was good, and the timing of the campsites allowed us to make the summit without much difficulty. The food was great, the porters were friendly and thoughtful. A really memorable time."

Richmond, VA

"Wow. I was blown away by the quality of the food and lodging during the Kilimanjaro expedition. This was due to the very hard work of the many experienced, talented, and excellent porters and staff members who accompanied us on the mountain. The head cooks, in particular, went above and beyond in crafting healthy, delicious menus that sustained us on our journey."

Jacqueline V.

Atlanta, GA

"This is the best Kilimanjaro trek that you are going to find anywhere, with any company. I highly recommend it!"

Newton Center, MA

"It was an indescribable, life-affirming experience that I will always cherish. In particular, I wanted to commend your selection of Bonaventure and Innocent as trip leaders. Their skill, thoughtfulness, and dedication made the entire trip seem effortless even though the challenge was great."

Burbank, CA

"We had an amazing adventure and it was made perfect by the hard-working team of people on the ground. The leaders and porters were truly amazing, and every day their kindness and attitude were outstanding. I can't say enough wonderful things about your team in Africa!"

Jennifer K.

Kittery Point, ME

"Bonaventure and staff continually inspired confidence in our group. At no time did I ever doubt we would make it to the summit."

Newburgh, IN

"I loved, loved, loved the trip—if I could do the Kilimanjaro climb every year, I would. It was an extraordinary experience."

Alexandria, VA

"The Kilimanjaro climb was the experience of a lifetime. WT does such a fantastic job. It was so well organized and I always felt safe and secure."

"Another incredible WT trip!! 5-star cuisine all the way to the top. Porters and all staff went out of their way to pamper us and rally us to the top. The whole trip was impressive."

"It was a wonderful experience! The guides and porters were half of what made the experience great, as were the really nice people we had in our group. We thought the route we took was awesome, and when we descended along the other route and looked back at the camping areas and scenery, it was confirmed that we had chosen the most beautiful hiking option with the best camping sites! As well, when we looked at other operations on the hike, it was obvious that Wilderness was one of the best run and top quality operations out there!"

New Ulm, MN

"There are no words to describe this adventure. This is the best trip so far!"

"It was a trip of a lifetime. WT did everything to make it a success and to maximize our chances to summit and it showed. The care shown by WT and its local partners for their guests made us feel like we could do anything, including summiting Kili! It is why we keep returning to WT for our adventures. "

Arlington, VA

"This trip was everything I've ever wanted and then some! The food was phenomenal and the accommodations (even the tents) were extraordinary. I had an amazing experience and can't wait to go on another Wilderness Travel trip."

Granger, IN

"I cannot say enough incredible things about the logistics, trip quality, support team, leadership. The emphasis on cleanliness at camps was highly appreciated and the food was always excellent and plentiful."

North Wales, PA

"I was very impressed. Everything was smooth. Amazing food on the mountain!"

Steamboat Springs, CO

"The Kilimanjaro trip was one of the best trips I've ever done. Both my husband and I loved the trip and our guides were excellent!"

Michelle W.

Johannesburg, South Africa

"The trip of a lifetime for me! It was life changing and outstanding in every way. I not only made the summit but also fell in love with Africa and her people."

"This is an outstanding trip. Everything is well thought out and very well executed, every step of the way. The pre-trip planning and organization are top-notch. Everything from pick-up at Kilimanjaro airport on arrival to drop-off at departure was seamless. Pre and post-climb lodging were exceptional. The Safari extension was similarly well planned and well organized. The tented camps were fantastic and our safari guide was exceptional. This was a life-altering experience for us. Thank you for making it possible!"

Anchorage, AK

"Climbing Kilimanjaro was one of my life goals, and I am so glad to have done it with Wilderness Travel. The trip was amazing, extremely well thought out from start to finish. The team anticipated our needs and did everything within their power to ensure that we had a fantastic experience. Their knowledge and assistance enabled us to get to the top and to feel good doing it! And the food...holy moly! I ate the best pizza I have ever had in my entire life on the side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. How many people can say that?!"

San Francisco, CA

"A first-class trip, smooth from start to finish."

Boulder, CO

"You did a wonderful job of planning the trip, and my climbing partners and I felt wonderfully cared-for—pampered really—by so many details such as hot water and coffee at the tents upon wake-up, tea time every day (which included wine except when we were climbing), hot eucalyptus-scented washcloths and cool fruit juice awaiting us when we returned from hot, dusty days on the Serengeti."

Middletown, CT

"An epic, life-changing trip for all 7 of us. Will sing your praises to any and all people that want to take on this challenge. As far as I am concerned, your plan is the only way to do the trip!"

San Clemente, CA

"Our guide and the assistants were outstanding, encouraging us and providing helpful information for the entire itinerary. We could not have summited without them!"

"Trip of a lifetime. We are so pleased that we selected Wilderness Travel."

"I had a fabulous trip—truly the trip of a lifetime. I cannot thank you enough for the well-thought-out itinerary and acclimatization plan."

Sacramento, CA

"A trip of a lifetime that far exceeded my expectations. The route was truly spectacular, which we appreciated more on our descent and saw what other climbers experienced on their way to the summit. We could not have asked for better guides, who provided individual attention to each climber to give them what they needed and to ensure all were successful in reaching the summit. Unforgettable memories!"

Palatine, IL

"Fabulous—could not have expected more and cannot think of any way the trip could be improved. I felt very well taken care of, comfortable, and loved every minute of it!"

Sarabeth D.

"Seeing the sunrise at the summit was exhilarating! All of the staff were amazing, from the leaders to the guides, cooking/camp staff, and porters."

"Although standing atop Kilimanjaro was arguably the motivation and goal for this trip, the ascent to the summit up the snow slope out of Crater Camp was an incredible experience for me. The beautiful weather (mostly cloudless, no wind) was definitely a contributing factor, but the crunch of the snow beneath my boots, the freezing air, and the first rays of sunlight striking the clouds on the horizon while the stars gleamed above... absolutely sublime. I'll never forget that moment and the experience on that slope. (Reaching the summit was cool too.) It is why we seek out the wild places, as you know."

Hampton, NJ

"A class organization. Other groups we encountered on the mountain were not even in the same ballpark. The Trip Leaders, porters, and all ancillary support staff were fantastic."

South Londonderry, VT

"This was an awesome trip. It is a challenging hike but the staff does a great job at making the summit attainable—I wouldn't go with anyone else!"

Manakin Sabot, VA

"An outstanding itinerary, giving us time not only to acclimatize but also to enjoy the many wonders of the mountain, which go well beyond just the summit (spectacular as that is)."

Seattle, WA

"Amazing, fantastic, great, awesome. I totally loved it."

"Wilderness Travel's route up Kilimanjaro was far better, more interesting than the major highways used by most trekkers. We were the only group at many campsites and felt like we were the only people on that magnificent mountain."

Trenholm W.

Charleston, SC

"Fantastic travel experience with a caring staff, comfortable accommodations, and delicious food considering the logistical challenges on Kilimanjaro. Camp food was varied and beautifully presented. Porter service was always with a smile."

Virginia Y.

Leesburg, VA

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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

Level 1 – Easiest

Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

  • Royal Rajasthan and Villages of India
  • Small ship cruises

Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

  • Our African safaris
  • Costa Rica Wildlife

Level 3 – Moderate

Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

  • Tuscany & the Cinque Terre
  • Argentina: Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
  • Palau Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking
  • Some trips with minimal hiking but rugged travel conditions or long drives, such as  Tribal Ghana, Togo & Benin,  are Trip Level 3.

Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

  • Ultimate Patagonia
  • Hiking the Spanish Pyrenees

Level 5 – Strenuous

Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Everest Lodge to Lodge

Level 6 – Very Strenuous

Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

  • Everest Base Camp

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Fully Guided Tours & Trips in Mount Kilimanjaro

Explore a wide diversity of fully guided tours through Mount Kilimanjaro. We have 413 adventures that vary from 1 days to 28 days. With the greatest number of departures in June, this is also the most popular time of the year.

250+ fully guided Mount Kilimanjaro tours with 2,022 positive reviews

7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route Tour

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

I cannot express how happy I am with Steppe Dogs Adventures. At first I was hesitant due to their far superior cheaper price compared to other companies. However, once I did my research I discovered they are able to offer this cheaper price due to the climbing permit being per group, not per person. Meaning with careful planning they can still profit, but save the cost for the customers. Additionally, despite the cheaper price, Steppe Dogs Adventures still offered a 1st class service. In my review, I will talk about a few categories I feel are important to mention in a review: 1) Communication: Communications were extremely prompt and accurate. I was able to communicate with Frank from the team via Facebook and speak with them real time. The answers from Frank were accurate and on point. 2) Payment: Steppe Dogs Adventures accept payment from wire bank transfer of which saves a lot in exchange and fees. Trust me this is extremely helpful. 3) Service: Now this gets down to the actual climb itself. I did the 5 day Marangu route. I opted for the group option as it was cheaper but ended up with only a group of myself and 1 other guy, which was brilliant that Steppe Dogs Adventures still honored the booking (because I believe they ideally need slightly larger groups due to their business model to work). We had 2 guides (Walter and Romeo) of who were absolute legends and very knowledgeable of the mountain, its climate and ecosystem. The porters were heroes and work so hard to ensure you have a great trip. The food was also great considering the context of climbing up a mountain for a few days. I would happily recommend Steppe Dogs Adventures to anyone looking to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Keep up the great work!

Kilimanjaro climbing machame route 7 days Tour

  • Mountain Hikes

Kilimanjaro climbing machame route 7 days

We had a fantastic experience, climbing Kilimanjaro in 7 days via the Machame route guided and supported by Bennie, James and the rest of the team from Almighty Kilimanjaro. Both the guides are very professional and knowledgeable and support you all the way. We booked a group tour, but due to a cancellation ended up as a private group. This meant a very personal experience from the team. Our tent had a small seating area where we had breakfast and dinner. We opted for a private toilet (tent) - advice - please do!!! The food (prepared by Goodluck our cook) was very good, certainly considering the challenges to serve up a meal at these altitudes. Lema our ‘waiter’ took very well care of us. And then there were the porters. Unbelievable what these guys carry and at what speed. The climb is basically 5 days of going up and acclimatising before the big night. Starting at midnight the big climb to the top. Very, very tough but we made it with the continuous support from Bennie and James. At 6 am we arrived at Stella point to then climb further to Uhuru peak. Then it’s down in 2 days to the finish. We can truly recommend Almightly Kilimanjaro and specially Bennie and his team. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you Bennie, James, Goodluck, Lema and the rest of the team for this amazing experience of a life time

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route Tour

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route

I can strongly recommend to book your Kilimanjaro trekking with Steppe Dogs Adventures! Every day was well organized and our guides and cook and porters were very friendly, funny and helpful. We feel us like a big family. Special Thank you to our brilliant Noel David, our attentive assistant guide Sunday Mtui and our cheerful Muddy who prepared our daily delicious meals!

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route Tour

Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

This was an incredibly challenging and rewarding trip. The Intrepid guides were so knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We had a fantastic group with great dynamics, the food was good, the equipment was well looked after, our porters were such hard workers and our guides knew everything there was to know about the mountain and how to best deal with the altitude and looked after us all really well. I highly recommend climbing Kili with Intrepid.

Kilimanjaro Climb via Lemosho Route Tour

Kilimanjaro Climb via Lemosho Route

I rarely write reviews but felt it was necessary for this. I cannot recommend Himalayan Glacier enough to anyone thinking of taking a hike or expedition in a foreign country. These guys are the real deal. They will hook you up with great people and you will never have to question your safety. They place your comfort at the highest level. I hiked Kilimanjaro with Himalayan Glacier and they provided me with an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was fantastic.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Kilimanjaro climb lemosho route 8 days Tour

Kilimanjaro climb lemosho route 8 days

Our group of 6 recently had the privilege of embarking on an unforgettable 8-day hike to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route with Almighty Kilimanjaro, and the entire experience exceeded our wildest expectations. From the breathtaking landscapes to the impeccable service provided by the extraordinary team, every moment of this journey was nothing short of magical. Our adventure began with a warm welcome from the Almighty Kilimanjaro team, and it didn't take long to realize that this was not just a trekking expedition; it was a holistic experience crafted with passion, expertise, and a deep commitment to client satisfaction. The Lemosho Route itself is a testament to the diverse beauty of Kilimanjaro, offering a kaleidoscope of ecosystems, from lush rainforests to alpine deserts. The meticulously planned itinerary allowed for gradual acclimatization, ensuring that our group of adventurers had the best chance at reaching the summit successfully. The heartbeat of our journey was undoubtedly the incredible team of guides and staff who made every step of the way an absolute joy. Muntari, Swalehe, and Frankie were not just guides but true companions and family on our trek. Their knowledge of the mountain, infectious enthusiasm, and unwavering commitment to our safety and success were instrumental in making this climb an enriching experience. THEY ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST and they truly made the trip!!!!!!!! We couldn't have done it without them, and cannot recommend them enough. Our waiter, Bubusha, deserves special mention for his warm hospitality and tireless efforts to make our experience at the camp delightful. He was always available, day or night, with anything that we needed. The meals prepared by Chef Sheban were nothing short of gourmet delights, proving that you can enjoy fine dining even at 15,000 feet. He was also able to pivot meals per our groups dietary requests. The unsung heroes of our expedition were undoubtedly the porters, whose dedication and hard work ensured that our journey was as comfortable as it was adventurous. Their resilience in navigating challenging terrains while carrying our gear and setting up camp each day left us in awe. Almighty Kilimanjaro's commitment to fair treatment and working conditions for porters was evident throughout the journey. As the sun rose on summit day, the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie among our group was overwhelming. Standing on the roof of Africa was a moment of triumph made possible by the dedication and expertise of the Almighty Kilimanjaro team. Overall, the 8-day hike on the Lemosho Route with Almighty Kilimanjaro was an awe-inspiring journey that surpassed all expectations. The combination of stunning landscapes, expert guides, and a top-notch support team made this expedition a truly remarkable experience.

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Zanzibar Adventure Tour

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Zanzibar Adventure

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Lemosho Route Tour

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Lemosho Route

I went by myself for the 8 days Mount Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route, it was affordable and the guide and team of porters were great and really helped in getting me to the summit! I can't recommend Steppe Dogs Adventure enough, especially if your looking to do it on a budget. They kept the food plain and simple as well which I really appreciated.

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Rongai Route Tour

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Rongai Route

Wooow, we made it!! Very fun and memorable experience!! Thanks to our guides and to the rest of the team! They were so much helpful, skilled and knowledgeable with their crafts. Steppe Dogs Adventures provided us with everything we need to make it to the top. Great food, equipment, and service! Asante sana!!

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route Tour

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route

I finished 6 days Machame Route Kilimanjaro trekking with Steppe Dogs Adventures (solo) in December 2015. Overall service was extremely impressive. I’ve never done trekking much but, for me, It was far beyond my expectation; the food, the tents, services --everything.The guide, Jerome, was very professional, highly motivate. Thanks to him and his crew for my accomplishment. I recommend this company

10 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Lemosho Route Tour

10 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Lemosho Route

My girl friend and I did the 10 day Mount Kilimanjaro trek via Lemosho route. The guides were amazing and supported us very well. All the meals were huge with lots of fruit and vegetables. Our chef was great and made sure we had coffee in the tent each morning, lots of food to eat, snacks and tea at the end of the day and helped with out packs when we came in. The route is challenging but through the great crew we had then we made it to the top of the Mount Kilimanjaro. Uhuru peak never forget haha :)

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route 7 Days Tour

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route 7 Days

My partner and I did a 7 day trek to the Kilimanjaro via the Machame route at the beginning of August and it was truly an unforgettable experience thanks to the KWESA TOURS crew. Our guides, Chris, Nick and Zach were incredible human beings, always available to answer our questions and to help us through our climb. They helped my partner suffering from altitude sickness with advice and medicine and escorted him down the mountain as he was feeling very sick. We were very grateful for their knowledge and their experience on the mountain. This experience would not have been possible without the whole team of porters and cook. A special thanks to Jackson, who was working extra hard to make sure we were all eating enough. I miss the early wake up with my coffee in the tent! We will miss you!

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Marangu Route Tour

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - Marangu Route

I and my dad had a great time trekking Mount Kilimanjaro with Steppe Dogs Adventures. The crew was professional. Everything were well organized from office staff to the mountain crew. We really enjoyed our trekking and when it became tough for us our guides were there to assist. We strongly recommend this company to anyone planning to go Tanzania. asante sana :)

Kilimanjaro Climb -Machame Route 6 Days 5 Nights Tour

Kilimanjaro Climb -Machame Route 6 Days 5 Nights

We recently had an awesome 6 days Kilimanjaro trek using the Machame route with Migration Vnture Africa with our SUPER guide! He knew the mountain like the back of his hand.. His charm and energy infused my girlfriend and I, though we struggle a bit on the summit night. These guys really know their stuff and take it seriously additionally they have the right equipment for the mountain. At no time did we feel in danger, everything was well taken care of from the great food, warm, snuggly, clean tents, drinking water, sanitizers and a mobile toilet just for the two of us. Thank you very much Amos and your team for making the seemingly impossible, POSSIBLE!
  • 5% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Mount Kilimanjaro  climbing via Marangu Route 8 days Tanzania (all accommodation and transport are included) Tour

Mount Kilimanjaro climbing via Marangu Route 8 days Tanzania (all accommodation and transport are included)

spider tours and safaris are an excellent company and they put together and excellent experience for us. Our guide (innocent), and porters were all wonderful. They gave us a fantastic experience and a successful summit. They were patient and accommodated all our needs including diet, pace and equipment. Meals were great and we had a team just for our group of 4. innocent quickly figured out what we needed and made sure we made it to the top and back down with a smile on his face the entire time. A truly enjoyable experience.
  • Book With Flexibility This operator allows you to rebook your dates or tours with them for free, waiving change fees.

What people love about Fully Guided Tours in Mount Kilimanjaro

I and my other three friends did the Marangu 5 day trek. Frank met us and helped to ensure we had the correct equipment prior to beginning (tip-bring rain pants!). We were able to chat with our guide Noel as well and he gave us an overview of the five days. We each had three porters with a cook and two guides so our party had fifty total. Noel and Emmanuel (guides) were absolutely amazing. They really cared that we made it to the summit and ensured we had everything we needed (to include Noel making sure we got the nice cabins every night)! The food was more than five stars (lots of carbs, rice, noodles and veggies)-Muddy was an amazing Cook. Summit morning was awesome (for me), my sister had a little trouble but Noel and Emmanuel took such good care of her to make sure she reached the top. Lastly, Frank was able to hook us up with a few hours at a hotel to let us shower prior to our flight (we forgot about that). Overall. Steppe Dogs adventures is definitely the way to go!!!
I cannot say enough good things about this company. From the initial planning to the transfer back to the airport, Almighty Kilimanjaro Travel was amazing. As you plan your trek with them, they are available to answer all questions, incredibly organized and flexible with changes. Everything was on time and exactly as planned.all the rental gear is there, you can leave behind valuables and large bags for no additional charge (they are very meticulous about caring for your valuables, I was not concerned at all). Basically, everything can be accomplished at the hotel, it makes it very seamless and easy. The room are good, breakfast is included and the property is well taken care of. . The service they provided for the trek exceeded expectations. We had 6 guides and 34 porters for 10 of us. The equipment was in good shape and top of the line. The porter's equipment was also good quality. (Some of the budget companies do not take care of their porters). The food they provided was outstanding. Pancakes and eggs for breakfast, soup and chicken or beef dishes with rice, vegetables and fruit for lunch and dinner. Many condiments, peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, etc. Hot tea and even popcorn as an appetizer. They had no problem catering to special diets and that food was amazing as well. We ate in a large tent at one big table with regular chairs, a table cloth, and plates and silverware, very civil. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and perceptive. They were very proactive about trying to keep us healthy. They watched everyone pretty closely and offered assistance if they saw you starting to struggle. We were briefed everyday on what to expect for the following day. They took the time to answer all questions and always asked for input on our plan. Everyday we are woken up with hot tea brought to the tent, nice touch. Half way though some of the day hikes they would set up a tea and biscuit table in the middle of the trail where we would stop to take a break, that was a nice touch as well. Summit night is incredibly strenuous. These are the guides that you want to assist you. They will carry your pack if need be, motivate you the whole way up and down and basically take care of you any way that they can. Almighty kilimanjaro had four other groups of 30 people that started the same day as us, EVERYONE SUMMITED, all 40 people. That was impressive. We added on a four day safari and that service was top notch as well. The accommodations that they booked for us were really unbelievable, very nice. The vehicle was comfortable with Wi-Fi available and a refrigerator. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Couple of recommendations. Rent the private toilet. This is a game changer. Getting up in the middle of the night and having it right there was very convenient and the public ones were usually a hole in the ground, far from the camp. Bring snacks, bars, trail mix, etc. You don't need a thermos, some sites I read say to have one, not necessary. 4 in our group took Diamox, 6 did not, everyone summited, it's a personal choice. On a final note, I wrote an email with a couple of suggestions, and received an immediate response directly from the owner of Almighty Kilimanjaro. Their customer service is bar none! This group really cares about their guests and you will be in the best hands.

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Ultimate Kilimanjaro has an impressive clientele and an equally impressive reputation for quality. They have also been featured in various books, newspapers, documentaries and international magazines (GQ, CNN and Esquire to name a few).

With their phenomenal website and blog (the best Kilimanjaro site in our opinion), superb guides, quality service and reasonable prices, the operator attracts many clients.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro claims to guide over 1,000 climbers per year, and their heavy presence on the mountain seems to confirm that, proving them to be the most popular outfitter of our featured companies. Solid company with extensive credentials comparable to much more expensive operators, but at a great price. 

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $3,299 (2024)

2. Peak Planet : $$

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Peak Planet is one of the few specialist companies with a long track record of organizing high-quality Mount Kilimanjaro climbs. We have been setting the standard for climbing Kilimanjaro since 2008. Through the years, we have elevated and perfected our service to be exceptional in all areas.

Consistently recognized as one of the best operators on Kilimanjaro, we have the passion and the capabilities to make your dreams come true. To sum it up, we have better guides, better equipment, and better meals than our competitors. We operate on a higher level of safety and are more environmentally and socially responsible. And we do it all for less money. We hope that you will dig deep and note what we offer and what our customers say about us. We believe that you will see what we already know — Peak Planet is the best Kilimanjaro outfitter on the mountain. 

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Peak Planet is a favorite among Kilimanjaro climbers due to their affordable prices, friendly guides and comprehensive safety regimen. The company has a close relationship with KPAP, so you can be assured that your staff are treated well.

Peak Planet guides receive advanced medical training equivalent to or better than the higher priced companies on this list. Also included are daily health checks with monitoring of pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, as well as personal oxygen systems and emergency helicopter evacuation.

With a 99.8% client satisfaction rate, Peak Planet comes highly recommended. Clients rave about their talented guides, excellent service and fair prices.   

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $3,079 (2024)

3.  Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience : $$$

Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience (SENE) is a Tanzania-based company, owned and operated by Simon Mtuy. Simon’s leadership skills translate naturally to SENE expeditions. As a licensed Kilimanjaro guide, he has made more than 300 ascents of the mountain. Simon is dedicated to the safety and well being of his clients.

SENE is run almost entirely by native Tanzanians, ensuring that all profits stay in the country. We utilize the skills and expertise of East Africans to support and develop the local economy.

SENE is the smallest of our featured Kilimanjaro companies. The outfitter is also the least well known, despite being founded by perhaps the most famous owner – Simon Mtuy. Simon is the former record holder for the fastest climb of Kilimanjaro ( 9 hours 21 minutes round-trip). SENE has a reputation for exemplary treatment of its porters and is beloved by its crew and clients alike. One unique aspect of SENE is that they are one of the few wholly owned Tanzanian companies that are members of KPAP. Additionally, SENE’s clients stay at cottages on Simon’s family farm cottages.

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $4,190 (2024)

4.  Summits Africa : $$$

Summits Africa was created through the combined experience and vision of over 50 dedicated Kilimanjaro and trekking specialists from senior managers to porters. Most of the Summits Africa team have been working together since 2001 shaping the way we do business and that makes for a very dedicated and close knit team. 

Adventure International is a premier adventure travel specialist, offering a full range of travel services to the world’s most magnificent locations. Our authenticity and expertise comes from our extensive background as guides, trip leaders, and managers. We have over a decade of experience running safe and professional adventure trips into remote wilderness areas and the world´s highest peaks.

Summits Africa is a high end luxury operator that acts as the ground handler for many international adventure travel companies who repackage their trips. Their service and equipment is top notch, and it has to be when dealing with clients who may have paid upwards of $6,000 for a spot on one of their group climbs (price through REI Adventures). However, you can make trip arrangements at a much more palatable price, but still quite high, through Adventure International, their U.S. affiliate company. Summits Africa does not take direct bookings.

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $5,600 (2024)

5. Tusker Trail : $$$$

With the credentials “Born and raised in Africa”, Eddie Frank has been leading Kilimanjaro climbs for the past  38 years. His vision for his company, Tusker Trail, took root back in Africa in his early teens, when he dreamed of leading expeditions.  50  climbs of Kilimanjaro later, he succeeded – step by step – establishing Tusker’s reputation as the top climbing outfit on the mountain.  Tusker Trail enjoys “World Class” status among an elite cadre of high altitude medical doctors and professionals.

Tusker Trail is the most established company on this list. As one of the original Kilimanjaro companies, Tusker Trail has been a leader in the industry for quite some time. Tusker boasts to have the best trained guides when it comes to safety. From our perspective, their guides may very well receive the most medical training and be armed with the most safety equipment of all Kilimanjaro companies. Tusker guides carry oxygen, a portable altitude chamber, and an evacuation stretcher on every climb.    

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $6,340 (2024)

6. Thomson Safaris : $$$$

We’ve been sending travelers to Tanzania for over 30 years, we’ve trekked every route on the mountain (and stayed in every single hut, lodge, and campsite there is), and all of your Thomson trip planners have successfully summited Kilimanjaro. We eat, sleep, and breathe Kilimanjaro, and we can say with confidence: no one knows the mountain better. We help you with everything from route-specific personal training programs to renting or buying your gear. That’s why we have a 98% summit success rate, and hundreds of happy trekkers singing our praises.

Though Thomson Safaris began and grew as primarily a safari company more than 30 years ago, they are now equally as proficient in running excellent Kilimanjaro climbs. Hands down, Thomson is the most expensive operator on the mountain, with some trips costing nearly $8,000.   But these prices don’t seem to turn off clients as the company receives steady business year after year. The MTV celebrity climb, Summit on the Summit, was handled by Thomson Safaris. Thomson’s crew is very visible on the mountain, as they are the only company that outfits its porters with (bright orange) all-weather uniforms.

Lemosho 8 day group climb: $6,590 (2024)

Summary of the Best Kilimanjaro Operators (as an Insider)

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When searching for a guide company, it is very difficult for the average person to discern the top performers and the inferior operators. Any company can craft a professional looking website, produce a nice video and only publish biased reviews.

There are many known companies that have bad reputations in the industry, but conversely have an overwhelming number of glowing reviews on Trip Advisor. This is what makes choosing a Kilimanjaro guide company so hard.

To truly assess the quality of a company, it takes industry knowledge.

I am a former Kilimanjaro guide who worked on the mountain for about three years with one of the top operators. I assisted on treks with other operators. I had a friends who worked in some capacity in the industry – as guides, as part of the mountain crew or in sales and administrative roles. So it’s safe to say that during my tenure in Tanzania, I learned a lot about the many Kilimanjaro operators – as an insider .

The outfitters on the above list are all well known and respected in the industry. These companies are truly regarded as the very best Kilimanjaro operators in the world.

However, we believe that Ultimate Kilimanjaro is at the top of the class.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro is highly experienced, highly reputable company with a strong presence on the mountain. They have guided more than 15,000 people to the summit, which is no easy task. They have established their name as the #1 guide service on Kilimanjaro by offering great service at a reasonable price. And this is precisely why we recommend them over the others. The value they offer is superb.

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Africa’s tallest peak creates an instantly recognisable silhouette.

Rising from the acacia forests and scrublands at the border of Kenya and Tanzania . At 5,896m, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain can seem imposing, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach. Our Kilimanjaro tours are made to suit your experience and fitness levels, getting you to the summit with the best team possible. The climb will be challenging! But when you sit at the summit with the sprawling savanna far below, you realise the simple truth: it was all worth it. 

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Despite being longer and more arduous than the Marangu and Rongai trails, the Machame route has emerged in recent years as a popular choice for trekkers. The 40 kilometre trail passes through cloud forests and moorland zones to the glaciated precipices of Kibo’s south face. Unlike the Marangu and Rongai routes, trekkers descend via the Mweka route – a steep but scenic path through dry mountain desert and lowland forest.

A trail that winds along the north-eastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, Rongai offers up a different side to Africa’s most famous mountain. The route attracts a lower number of climbers than Marangu and Machame, which means the wilderness feels particularly pristine. Fewer people mean there’s a greater chance of seeing wildlife on the Rongai trail than on the other routes. This route also approaches Mount Kilimanjaro through rural heartlands, allowing trekkers to see Chagga village life.

This five-day climb is the most popular and direct of the Kilimanjaro routes, passing through vast grasslands, giant cacti fields and alpine meadows set against dramatic mountain peaks. It’s also the only route where camping is not needed, with trekkers sleeping in huts dotted along the way. The 35 kilometre uphill walk is well maintained and the views from the summit are striking. As the Marangu route is shorter, the period to acclimatise is also shortened and this has an impact on the trail's overall success rate. 

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Our Kilimanjaro trek leaders have been voted among the best Intrepid Group leaders in the world and we have a leading reputation within the travel industry.

All our guides and trek leaders have been trained by independent, UK-based medical specialists and are proficient in first aid. They also carry oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.

Our staff live and work in the Mount Kilimanjaro area, which means revenue from all our treks benefit the local economy.

There’s no hidden costs or ‘catches’ in our prices. All tours include sleeping bags, sleeping mat, camping and safety equipment, emergency oxygen and porterage of 1 bag (up to 15kgs). We also include Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fees, climbing fees, camping and hut fees, and insurance for rescue services (just in case!)

Each of our treks begin with a briefing from our experienced English-speaking guide. On the road we operate on a 2:1 principle – that means we have one guide for every two climbers. Your crew will also be joined by dedicated cooks and porters.

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Are there age restrictions for trekking Mount Kilimanjaro?

The regulations for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro specify a minimum age of 10 years, with no maximum age, however all Intrepid travellers are required to be over 15 years old.

While there is no maximum age for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, it is important to remember that the climb is strenuous and presents health risks, especially to people in high risk categories.

Serious consideration should be given to anyone under the age of 18 and over the age of 60.

Will the altitude affect me?

The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is above 5,800m. At this altitude it’s common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects – regardless of your age, gender or fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Everyone will adapt to the altitude and thinning air differently. This is why we always try to keep the ascent slow and steady, to allow your body to acclimatise and make your journey to the summit easier.

Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor.

What will I eat?

To reach the summit you’re going to need the right fuel, which is why our cooks will be providing delicious and nutritious meals throughout your trek.

Our porters carry all the equipment and supplies we need and you’ll be treated to some local dishes.

We can accommodate food allergies and dietary requests but please tell us when you book.

It’s also a good idea to bring your own extra comfort snacks from home to keep your energy levels up during more difficult sections of the trail.

What will I drink?

While on the trek, your guides will boil and cool 3 litres of water for you per day. This will ensure the water is safe to drink and you stay hydrated on the trek.

We recommend you pack 3 x 1 litre refillable water bottles. Please note disposable plastic containers are not allowed on the mountain.

Where will I sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro?

Your accommodation will vary depending on the route you choose.

On the Machame and Rongai route you’ll be camping out under the stars with a full-service camping experience.

You don’t need to bring anything except your enthusiasm. Our two-person tents are ideal for expedition trips and feature a flysheet made from ripstop nylon, anti-mosquito netting, reflective guy ropes and a 3000mm waterhead, ensuring you stay warm and dry even in difficult conditions.

If you choose to trek the Marangu route you’ll enjoy basic but comfortable accommodation in wooden A-frame huts with single beds and simple mattresses.

Due to limited accommodation on the mountain, you may need to share a hut with non-Intrepid passengers and/or members of the opposite sex.

These sleeping huts are not equipped with facilities however there are seperate bathroom huts containing shared toilets and washing facilities.

What if I’ve never trekked before?

Although no mountaineering experience is required, a good level of physical fitness is necessary. You’ll need to be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day.

The distances may not be long but the altitude makes it harder than your average uphill hike.

We recommend increasing your aerobic exercise in the months leading up to the climb, such as by walking, running or climbing stairs.

There is plenty of time available each day to get between huts or camping sites so there is no need to rush, in fact the slower you go the more time your body has to adapt and the more you’ll enjoy the experience.

What should I pack for Mount Kilimanjaro?

Although a guide will always accompany you on the trail, you are unlikely to see your porter (as they are very fast!) except at the huts or the camps. Therefore it is important you carefully pack a smaller day pack you carry yourself. Anything you need during the course of the day should be in your day pack including, most importantly, something warm and something waterproof. 

From 2019 your maximum gear allowance is 9 kg. At the welcome meeting you will be provided with a duffel/kit bag to transfer your hiking luggage into. This waterproof bag minimises the weight your porter needs to carry and allows you to store excess luggage at the hotel.

Light clothing is generally sufficient until you reach the 3-4000 metre altitude range provided you always have something warm and waterproof in your daypack. Beyond these altitudes, even if the mornings are glorious, you must always be ready for dramatic changes in the weather, including snow storms. You must have clothing with you in your daypack adequate to the conditions. Please ensure your day pack is large enough to carry these clothes, your lunch box, 3 litres of water and any other items such as camera equipment. Warm clothing is important for the final ascent. The ascents are done at night and this is when the coldest temperatures are experienced. You must be prepared for temperatures of minus 25 degrees celsius. As a rule you should wear two pairs of socks, two-three layers on the legs and four-five layers on top. A balaclava or neck gaiter and woolly hat are necessary to keep the head warm, while gloves and sunglasses are also needed.

Note: the bag the porter carries for you should not exceed 9 kg. If bags are too heavy items may have to be removed or the climber may choose to hire an additional porter.


• Anorak/parka with hood (waterproof) x 1

• Down jacket x 1

• Sweater/fleece x 1

• Thermal top x 2

• T-shirts x 3, long sleeve shirts x 2-3

• Waterproof trousers or ski pants x 1

• Warm trousers x 2

• Hiking shorts/trousers x 1

• Long thermal pants x 1

• Thermal underwear

• Socks thin and thick x 6

• Hiking boots

• Comfortable closed shoes (for around camp)

• Mittens and ski gloves

• Balaclava and woollen hat

• Sunglasses

• Day pack, approximately 30 litres

• Refillable water bottles - 3 x 1 litre (note plastic containers are not allowed on the mountain)

• Good quality, super-warm 4-season sleeping bag (these can be borrowed from our local operator in Tanzania but this service is on a request basis only - please book your bag at time of booking)

• Thermarest or trekking roll mat. (not required on Marangu route)

• Small first aid kit

• Headache tablets

• Imodium (loperamide)

• Climbers may like to consult their physicians about azetazolomide (Diamox), a drug that many find mitigates the ill effects of altitude, headache, diarrhoea & vomiting.

• Hand towel

• Wet wipes

• Toiletries

• Head torch and flashlight with spare batteries (needed for summit night)

• Sunblock and high SPF lip balm

• Camera, film, extra batteries - you will not be able to recharge on the mountain but can at the Kibo Hotel before and after the climb.


Additional hiking equipment can be hired in Marangu. However, on a trek such at this, tried and tested equipment purchased from home may be more comfortable and of a better fit. If you do require any gear, please speak to your leader at the welcome meeting on Day One. Below is a list of some of the equipment available and the rough rental costs.

• Sleeping bag - Free (must be requested through your booking agent prior to departure)

• Thermarest/trekking roll mat - AUD31 (not required on Marangu route)

• Trekking poles – AUD15

• Waterproof trekking boots - AUD46

• Gaiters - AUD15

• 30 litre day pack - AUD31

• Ski sunglasses/Sun goggles - AUD15

• Waterprooj jackets/hooded parkas - AUD23

• Warm fleece sweater - AUD15

• Light hiking trousers and shorts - AUD15 each

• Warm hiking trousers - AUD23

• Trekking t-shirts/long-sleeved shirts - AUD15 each

• Mittens/ski gloves/scarf/sun hat - AUD15 each

• Balaclava/ski mask- AUD8

When is the best time to visit Mount Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro's location near the equator is a great advantage, with very little seasonal variation in climbing conditions.

The rainy seasons from March to May and November to December may make the track a little slippery.

Generally speaking, January, February and September are considered the best times to climb the mountain.

What will the weather be like at Mount Kilimanjaro?

Part of what makes Kilimanjaro so unique is the diversity of ecosystems and micro-climates on its slopes. This same benefit is what makes predicting conditions a challenge.

You should trek expecting everything from tropical rainforests to sub-zero landscapes. The weather is prone to shift without warning and it is best to be prepared for all possibilities.

What are the toilet facilities like at Mount Kilimanjaro?

In a word? Improving. Until recently the toilet facilities left much to be desired but thankfully the park authorities have started to tackle the problem.

Some state-of-the-art eco-toilets have now been built at the major campsites.

There is the option to arrange a toilet tent for the entire trip. Please speak to your booking agent about the cost of this service.

What is the average success rate for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

The success of each climb is dependent on a number of varying factors, such as the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro and the age and fitness of each trekker. With that said we have achieved a success rate of 75% to Uhuru Peak across our three climbing routes.

Do your mountain guides carry first aid kits?

Yes. We carry multiple, comprehensive first aid kits and our mountain guides are fully trained on their use. All of our mountain guides are first-aid qualified.

Are your mountain guides trained to recognise symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

Absolutely! Intrepid have invested in the highest standards of training of any operator on Kilimanjaro. This includes advanced altitude training delivered by a UK doctor and altitude research specialist. One of the key elements of this is training on the Lake Louise altitude assessment system, which allows our mountain guides to effectively monitor clients constantly whilst on Kilimanjaro and assess if they are suffering from AMS and, if so, how severe that AMS is. We also train them on how to respond in the case of a moderate or severe case of altitude sickness – which will always mean organising for the affected client to descend immediately. During your briefing on the first evening of your trip, your mountain guide will talk to you about symptoms of AMS and how to recognise them.

Do you carry medicines for altitude?

Yes – there are two key, potentially life-saving drugs that our teams carry on the mountain. These are Dexamethasone and Nifedipine and they used to treat cerebral and pulmonary oedema, which are the two potentially life-threatening complications of severe AMS. Our mountain guides are fully trained on the use of these drugs for altitude related illnesses.

Please note that we do not carry Diamox on our Kilimanjaro treks. The reason for this is that, although medical research suggests that Diamox can be very effective in aiding acclimatisation to altitude, it has been proven to be far less effective at treating severe AMS. You may wish to talk to your doctor prior to travelling about being prescribed Diamox to assist acclimatisation while you climb Kilimanjaro.

Will oxygen be available?

We carry medical oxygen – and when a group has four passengers or more, this will mean multiple cylinders will be distributed among the team of mountain guides to ensure that oxygen is always quickly available in the case of an emergency. The oxygen that we carry is strictly for emergency use only – and cannot be used by clients to assist in climbing or summiting.

Do you carry Gamow bags or PACs?

No. Gamow bags and PACs are two types of portable hyperbaric chambers, which are sometimes used for sufferers of severe AMS. What makes Kilimanjaro relatively unique is that it is a "rapid ascent mountain" – meaning altitude gain happens extremely quickly. Logically, therefore, Kilimanjaro is also a "rapid descent mountain" and our policy is that in the case of severe AMS, our mountain guides will immediately evacuate the patient down the mountain, usually with the assistance of porters to carry the person affected. Often, a descent of just a few hundred metres will be enough to make a difference. Gamow bags and PACs are more effective in other parts of the world where rapid descent on foot is not possible. Also, a gammow bag takes a little while to inflate – which on Kilimanjaro is valuable time lost when an evacuation down the mountain could already have commenced.

How do your mountain guides communicate on Kilimanjaro?

Mobile phone coverage on the mountain is improving – but it's still patchy in many areas. For this reason, Intrepid mountain guides carry short wave radios to allow for communication in the case of an emergency.

How do you ensure your porters are well looked after?

Unfortunately there is a problem in the trekking industry with some service providers taking advantage of porters, compromising staff safety in order to minimise costs. Our Tanzanian Destination Management Company (DMC) was established in 2014 with the purpose of ensuring Intrepid stood at the forefront of responsible tourism practices on Mount Kilimanjaro. We're proud to say that we're an official partner of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) and its Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This means all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters on the mountain. You can read more about KPAP's good work at the bottom of this page.

Who is your local operator in Tanzania?

All Intrepid Kilimanjaro climbs are operated by Intrepid Guerba Tanzania Limited, which is a fully owned Intrepid company based in northern Tanzania.

Are Intrepid trips accessible for travellers with disabilities?

We are committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. We do our best to help you see the world, regardless of physical or mental limitations. 

We are always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

8 Best Kilimanjaro Tour Companies

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8 Best Kilimanjaro Tour Companies 2023 – 2024: Trekking Operators Reviewed

Hiking up the dormant volcano, Kilimanjaro, is an experience that many recommend. It is the easiest of the seven summits, but still difficult considering it is Africa’s tallest peak at 5,895 meters.

While this is the easiest of the seven summits, it still gets more difficult at night and still requires you to be in great physical condition. The first step in researching how to climb the mountain is by locating a tour company that can assist you with your climb.

Best Kilimanjaro Tour Operators & Companies List and Ratings 

1. climbing kilimanjaro.

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They are so popular due to specializing in hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro, unlike many other companies. This allows them to assist you fully from start to finish, and you know they are professionals.

Best Kilimanjaro Guides

Our top recommendation for a Best Kilimanjaro Guides is Climbing Kilimanjaro; they send more teams up Kilimanjaro than any other operator in Tanzania, making them #1 in experience. Not only do they prioritize client safety, but also have the resources to perform helicopter evacuations incase of  emergency.

Climbing Kilimanjaro has highly experienced and licensed Mountain guides. They are known for their high client satisfaction and summit success rate. They provide tips even before you arrive to let you know what to expect and bring.

They believe that a quality guide is key to making it to the summit. Almost a third of climbers don’t make it up the mountain if they don’t have an experienced guide, which is why Climbing Kilimanjaro only provides you with the best.

This company is focused on keeping you safe and providing the best equipment for your trip. This includes tents, meals, water, and even toilet tents. All of their equipment is made specifically for the mountain experience and will provide comfort, knowing that it was arranged by professionals.

They also provide many safety features for your hike. This includes Certified Wilderness First Responders being at the ready. To properly check your health, they will take daily pulse and oxygen saturation monitoring. Emergency oxygen and medical kits are provided as well.

Along with providing equipment, their website has a list of what you should pack. Along with this, they provide many different tips on how to prepare for your climb.

The Premier Kilimanjaro Outfitter was formed upon the following motto: Focus on safety, be flexible, treat everyone fairly, and have fun! Climbing Kilimanjaro hold 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor:

Tour Packages

Climbing Kilimanjaro offers seven different tour options, varying from six to nine-day trips. On their website, they provide detailed information on each route and what to expect. The best feature outside of the itinerary is the review section for each route. This allows you to see what other clients thought of that route.

The first night of all tours allows you to get acclimated in the foothills of Mount Meru, the second-highest peak in Tanzania. You will get to stay in Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, which has many amenities that you can enjoy.

Machame Route

The route costs $2,790 with various dates available and lasts for seven days. This is one of the most scenic routes on the mountain with a variety of different zones. This includes lush rainforest and arctic zones.

Marangu Route 

This route is six days long and costs $2,670 for one person. This route comes up to the mountain from the southeast and takes you across six different ecological zones.

Rongai Route 

The Rongai Route is a seven-day trek that costs $2,850. This is the only northern route with a view of Kenya and Amboseli Park. You will go through six ecological zones during this hike.

Northern Circuit Route

This is the only nine-day route, at the cost of $3,280. This is a newer route that is quickly gaining popularity with clients. It has a beautiful view throughout the trip with various zones as well.

 Lemosho Route 

There is a seven and eight-day option for this route. The seven-day costs $2,850, while the eight-day $2,980. From day two, the itinerary does differ, so make sure to view which one you may prefer. The Lemosho Route is known for being the most scenic of all the options.

Climb Mount Meru 

Along with expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro, they also have the option to climb Mount Meru. These treks usually last three or four days and give you the feel of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on a smaller scale. For three days, it costs $950 per person, and it’s $1,050 for the four-day option.

2. Tanzania Expeditions


They offer many tips and tricks on their  website  on how to best make it up the mountain and how to prepare prior to your hike.

The equipment provided varies depending on the tour package you choose. So you will need to make sure to review this information, so you know what you need to bring. They do provide you with a thorough  list  with recommendations for what you should bring.

Tanzania Expeditions does offer eight different tour packages. Specifically, each package takes you through a route that can take from 6 to 7 days long. It is recommended to take an extra day where you can get acclimated during your climb.

Their website provides a highly detailed itinerary for each route and a list of what each one includes.

Tanzania Expeditions Holds is one of the best reviewed Kilimanjaro tour company, holding 5/5 ratings on Trip Advisor :

Lemosho Route 

  • Six-day: $2,229 one person
  • Seven-day: $3,500 one person

Machame Route 

  • Six-day: $2,100 one person
  • Six-day: $2,590 one person

Umbwe Route 

  • Six-day: $2,790 one person

3. Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience


They do provide all accommodations and meals within the fee. This means all camping and dining equipment is covered, other than sleeping bags and pads. You will also need to bring your own hiking equipment.

All of their routes begin with a stay in the foothills of Kilimanjaro on  My family farm.  The routes from six to ten days long.

Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Expereince Holds  5/5 rating on TripAdvisor:

Lemosho Crater

  • Nine-day: $4,640 per person

Lemosho Route

  • Eight-day: $3,990 per person
  • Seven-day: $3,635 per person

Rongai Route

  • Seven-day: $3,545 per person

Northern Circuit with Crater

  • Ten-day: $4,995 per person
  • Six-day: $3,175 per person

4. Tusker Trails


Tusker Kilimanjaro Guides

All of their Kilimanjaro guides have comprehensive medical training and experience hiking up the mountain. Tusker Trails also makes sure that there are plenty of guides per group, usually ranging from two to six guides per group.

They have a list of their guides on their website, along with their experience. The least experienced having been a guide for ten years, and the most experienced at 20 years.

Tusker Trails Holds  5/5 rating on TripAdvisor:

Tusker has four different routes available, each with amazing views. They also have recommended lengths for each route so you can best acclimate to the mountain. Each route has a designated camping site along with meals and tents provided.

Marangu Route

  • Nine-days: $2,980
  • Ten-days: $4,530
  • Twelve-days: $5,480

Tusker Spiral Route

  • Fourteen-days: $6,570

Tusker has even pioneered a new route, Tusker Spiral Route. This route will start from the north and go through a spiral shape to go around the entire peak. This is also a longer trip that allows you to acclimatize easily.

5. XPATS International Travel

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Like most other companies, they do provide campgrounds, tents, and meals. They also provide a highly detailed  list  of what you should bring and how you should plan on packing your bags based on your itinerary. They even have a downloadable link for packing tips and a checklist.

Thomson Safaris has ten different options for your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. They vary from scheduled routes to private or custom routes. They vary from four to ten-day routes. Each route has a detailed itinerary along with what accommodations you should expect.

Western Approach

  • Nine-day: $5,990 per person

Grand Traverse

  • Ten-day: $8,490 per person

Umbwe Route

  • Six-day: $4,690 per person
  • Seven-day: $3,990 per person

The private routes are:

Northern Circuit

  • Ten-day: $8,490

The rest of the routes require you to contact them directly as the length and price varies depending on your request. 

  • Seven to ten-day trek
  • Four to six-day trek
  • Six to seven-day trek

The last route they have available is the Design Your Own route. You will be allowed to customize any route that you would like; all you will need to do is contact them to go over your specifications. This includes dates and how many people will be going on the trek with you.

7. Kandoo Adventures

Kandoo Adventures provides safety, meals, quality guides, and many other features in a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. They provide tips and other advice on how to best prepare for your trek. They also have expert travel consultants listed and ready to answer any questions you may have about your trip.

Kandoo does provide certain equipment for camping, but you will need to bring your own hiking gear. They have a list provided of gear they highly recommend, especially when considering how difficult the climb will be.

On their website, they have tips for the best time to climb and what you should expect. They provide a brief description of each of the routes they have available, along with recommendations depending on your needs. Specifically, they give information on which routes are best during certain times of the year.

They have four different routes that they highly recommend:

  • Seven-day: $2,925 per person
  • Eight-day: $3,245 per person
  • Nine-day: $3,635 per person

Kandoo also offers other routes or even routes with added benefits:

Machame Climb and Safari 

  • Eleven-day: $3,895 per person
  • Seven days on the Machame route before switching over to the safari

Lemosho Climb and Safari

  • Eleven-day: $4,675 per person
  • Seven days on the Lemosho route before switching to four days in the safari

Machame Route and Crater Camp

  • We will need to contact them for prices.
  • Allows for extra time to explore the summit and crater
  • Six-day: $2,335 per person

Kandoo also offers a trek climb up Mount Meru. Many prefer Mount Meru since it is at a lower elevation compared to Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a three to a four-day trip that is a perfect option if you just got off safari. To enquire about prices, you will need to contact Kandoo Adventures directly.

8. Team Kilimanjaro

Team Kilimanjaro is a family-run company that specializes strictly in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Since they are specialized, they have offers that other companies may not have. For example, they offer different levels of hiking. This can vary from a VIP trip to a one for someone who is a hard-core adventurer.

They offer a wide variety of tips for climbing the mountain on their website. Along with this, they give you recommendations on how to prepare for your climb.

Each team has a chief guide with a team to assist a group of climbers. They have a wide variety of guides available and have a page dedicated to their founders. Their two founders both have or do still hold records for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro the fastest.

Team Kilimanjaro has a list of items that you should have for your expedition. They have gear available in their shop that you can look through. They even provide a Kilimanjaro Kit that you can rent out. It has many of the main items you will need while climbing that you can look through.

They offer six different routes to hike up with a variety of lengths. They offer the pros and cons of each route so you can find the best one for you and have good advice from people with a lot of experience hiking up the mountain.

They offer a wide variety of prices, depending on the length you would like to stay for. Along with this, each price varies depending on the level you would like to be on.

  • Superlite, nine-day: $2,561 per person
  • Lite, nine-day: $3,385 per person
  • Advantage, nine-day: $3,951 per person
  • Superlite, nine-day: $2,595 per person
  • Lite, nine-day: $3,449 per person
  • Advantage, nine-day: $3,978 per person
  • Superlite, nine-day: $2,718 per person
  • Lite, nine-day: $3,575 per person
  • Advantage, nine-day: $4,112 per person
  • Superlite, nine-day: $2,579 per person
  • Lite, nine-day: $3,436 per person
  • Advantage, nine-day: $3,973 per person
  • Superlite, nine-day: $2,648 per person
  • Lite, nine-day: $3,505 per person
  • Advantage, nine-day: $4,042 per person

Shira Route

There is one more level called Excel that is slightly more expensive because it includes a stay in the crater. The advantage is the most popular package as it includes a high level of support during your climb.

Lite and Superlite are both levels that have less assistance and fewer quality amenities that the other packages offer. These are only recommended to experienced climbers or highly athletic individuals.

Final Thoughts

While the routes throughout each company may seem similar or repeat, there are many other things to consider. This includes the overall price, but also what may be included in the trip. While they all provide campsites, there may be other amenities that one offers that the others do not.

Another factor to consider is the overall experience they have with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You may want to find a company that specializes in climbing the mountain, or just look somewhere that has highly skilled and Best Kilimanjaro guides.

No matter what, you will need to know what is on your priority list to know which company may be best suited to you.

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Summiting Kilimanjaro is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for most travelers. To make it to the top, you’ll have to put in long hours of training, spend thousands of dollars, and take a lot of vacation time. It’s not a journey you can (or should) attempt alone, and it would be heartbreaking to travel all that way and not reach your goal. That’s why choosing the right tour company to climb Kilimanjaro is the most important part of your trip.

Mount Kilimanjaro seen from a distance over the African savanna

All companies featured on this list are approved partners with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), which monitors the treatment of porters on the mountain to ensure that they are paid fairly, do not carry excessively heavy loads, and are provided with comfortable accommodations and three meals a day during the trek.

Wildland Trekking

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Wildland Trekking aims to get guests away from the crowds on Kilimanjaro’s slopes, and starts their trips on the Rongai Route before merging with the more popular Marangu Route. Wildland’s 10-day journey includes plenty of time for acclimatization, which is crucial for hiking at high altitudes. 

As Wildland says, “It takes a team, not an individual to reach the summit of Africa,” and the company truly values and invests in its porters. 

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Exodus Travels

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Exodus Travels offers trips on two different routes on Kilimanjaro, the scenic Rongai Route and the slightly longer Lemosho Route. (Pick the Lemosho Route for the best chance of success—Exodus Travels has a 96 percent summit rate on this trail). 

Spend summit night under a full moon by choosing one of Exodus’ full moon departure trips, or opt for a woman-powered trek with an all-female crew trip.

Abercrombie & Kent

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Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) boasts an incredibly high summit rate, with 97 percent of clients making it to the top. (The average success rate on Kilimanjaro is 60-70 percent.)

The secret to A&K’s success lies in its preparation. Every climb will feature first-rate safety and emergency equipment (including oxygen and a portable altitude chamber), proper nutrition in the form of fresh food, and comfortable campsites complete with private toilets. 

Every A&K guide on its Kilimanjaro trips are certified Wilderness First Responders—and most have completed over 200 summits. 

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Every year, MT Sobek operates an annual Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid training in Tanzania to ensure their guides are prepared for anything on the mountain. 

When you are focused on the summit, you might forget to consider the scenery along the way. Fortunately, MT Sobek has done the research for you, and follows a unique trail over the Machame Route, through the Great Barranco Valley, and over the Western Breach for some of the most beautiful views on the mountain. This path also allows for plenty of time to acclimatize (including spending the night in Kibo’s crater before making the summit push), contributing to the company’s 98 percent success rate. 

Intrepid Travel

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Not a fan of camping? Sign up for Intrepid Travel’s Marangu Route trip , which overnights in mountain huts along the way instead of tents. Machame Route treks are also available, as are trips that combine Kilimanjaro with a relaxing safari. 

Intrepid Travel operates with a strict ratio of one guide for every two clients. 

Ultimate Kilimanjaro

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Ultimate Kilimanjaro helped Anne Lorimor become the oldest person in the world to climb Kilimanjaro—so the odds are good that they can help you reach the top as well. 

The company has been leading trips up the mountain for over 15 years and leads over 150 climbs annually.

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Pristine Trails Adventures & Safaris

Signs on Mount Kilimanjaro (left) and tents pitched in front of Mount Kilimanjaro (right)

Pristine Trails Adventures & Safaris is locally-owned. Owner Edward Lyimo was born and raised in Tanzania and worked at another tour company before deciding to start his own operation. Under the “Pristine Promise” all guides have extensive experience (and are Wilderness First Responder certified). Guides and cooks are re-trained each year during the low season. 

Guests will sleep in roomy Mountain Hardwear tents during the trek, atop local-made sleeping mats that will increase their comfort levels. 

World Expeditions

Hiking group climbing Kilimanjaro (left), woman pointing to the summit sign on Mount Kilimanjaro and smiling (top right), and hiking group viewed at a distance (bottom right)

Leave Kilimanjaro better than you found it on a trip with World Expeditions . This eco-minded company asks its guests to pick up 10 pieces of litter each day of the trek, helping to keep the mountain pristine. 

World Expeditions has been offering Kilimanjaro treks for over 25 years, and is one of just a few companies that offer trips up the less-crowded Shira Route and Northern Circuit. 

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G Adventures

Multiple views of a hiking group summiting Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro trips are expensive, but budget-minded travelers can find some good deals with G Adventures . G Adventures hikes are a little more basic than the others on this list (you won’t find private toilet tents on these expeditions.) However, G Adventures’ summit rates are still very high, varying from 90 percent to 96 percent depending on the route.

There are lots of Kilimanjaro trips to choose from with G Adventures, including tours that combine Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Zanzibar.  

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, East Africa, is the highest mountain in Africa with an elevation of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters). It is the largest free-standing mountain in the world and is one of the seven summits.

Its snow-capped peak towers above the surrounding Savannah’s and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park, which is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna. While it is a dormant volcano, it still serves as an important source of inspiration for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. More information about Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5895 meters); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5149 m); and Shira 13,000 feet (3962 m). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago, when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant and could erupt again.

The last major eruption has been dated to 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was recorded just 200 years ago. Kilimanjaro has 2.2 square kilometres (0.85 sq mi) of glacial ice and is losing it quickly due to climate change. The glaciers have shrunk 82% since 1912 and declined 33% since 1989. It might be ice free within 20 years, dramatically affecting local drinking water and crop irrigation.

Who Can Climb Kilimanjaro? Anyone from children over the age of 10 to older generations in their 60s and 70s! All you need is determination and the will to get to the summit. The real challenge with climbing Kilimanjaro is the altitude and the rate of ascent. Don’t worry we will be with you every step of the way!

Our Kilimanjaro Guides are highly skilled professionals and are a key component to your success.

Join the thousands of climbers who have stood on the Mount Kilimanjaro Summit Guided by Our Kilimanjaro Trek Expert Team. Climb Kili with the Best Kilimanjaro Tour Operator.

Kilimanjaro climb guide company : We are a premier Kilimanjaro trekking Tours company with decades of combined experience on the mountain, we specialize in Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We run our own trekking operations, staffed with expert mountain guides, and do not act as a booking agent for other companies. We will give you comprehensive advice on packing, fitness, expected weather and trail conditions, and be by your side every step of the way – all the way to the Summit of Kilimanjaro! We will also bring you to the airport after the adventure of a lifetime.

Hiking Kilimanjaro Routes

There are Seven main Mount Kilimanjaro routes which lead to the summit, Uhuru Peak , one of which starts on the Northern side of the mountain and the rest on the Southern side. The routes are Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe.

Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro takes between five to nine days in order to reach the Kilimanjaro Summit and then descend to the finishing point. The more days spent on the mountain the more likely you will summit successfully because you will become more acclimated to the altitude.

When is the best time to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mountain weather can be unpredictable, and the best time for a Kilimanjaro Hike is during the dry seasons: December to early March and June to October. We don’t climb during the height of the rainy season, for safety reasons.


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Why Book with Us?

We run our own climbs for the best experience

In order to give you the very best chance of summiting we operate every aspect of your climb: that means fantastic guides, great equipment and lots of nourishing food.

Tailor made treks for individuals and groups

The whole of your trip can be tailor made to your requirement: your choice of routes, length of trek and dates in a custom made trip.

Great value all-inclusive climbs

Private airport collection, hotels before and after the trek, park fees, guides and porters and all your accommodation and food on the trek. All you need for a great climb.

Excellent safety procedures

Safety is the highest priority on all our Kilimanjaro climbs with detailed risk assessments and excellent guides who are all trained in first aid and altitude sickness prevention.

Highest Kilimanjaro Summit Success Record

Our Consultants team, expert guides and trip leaders are highly accomplished professionals, who know Mount Kilimanjaro like the back of their hands and are the key to the success of every one of our trips. We pride ourselves on having excellent staff and dedicated team leaders – that`s why we are so popular and have a very high summit success rate!

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Will the altitude affect us.

The air at the summit contains about half of the breathable oxygen most of us are used to at sea level. Everyone will handle the high altitude and thinner air differently and to varying degrees, which is why we try to keep the ascent slow and steady. The more time you give yourself to acclimatize, the easier your attempt at the summit will be.

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You’ll need energy to make that push to the top, and our camp cooks make certain that there’s plenty of healthy, quality food on hand. Our team of porters carries the equipment and supplies (including fresh produce), and meals consist of local and international cuisine. Our cooks can accommodate special requests, but please let us know when you book.

What are the conditions like?

As the highest peak in Africa (and the tallest freestanding mountain in the entire world), Kili is home to a variety of ecosystems and microclimataes. Everything from tropical forests to subzero alpine environments await up here, and the weather can switch from pleasant to inclement at a moment’s notice, so come prepared for anything.

Where will we sleep?

On all routes excluding the Marangu Route, we offer full-service camping. Apart from a sleeping bag and pillow (which can be rented), you don’t need to bring anything else. Your three-season tent, complete with built-in vestibule and mesh insect netting, will be pitched for you, and we’ll provide you with a 4cm-thick (1.6 in) mattress free of charge.

On the Marangu Route, you’ll stay in wooden A-frame huts with single beds and simple mattresses. Space on the mountain is limited, so prepare for the possibility of sharing your hut with non-G Adventures trekkers and/or members of the opposite sex. All huts are equipped with shared toilets and washing facilities.

I’ve never trekked before. Is that a problem?

While Kili is no cakewalk, it’s a perfectly achievable hike for healthy travellers with a moderate degree of physical fitness. That said, we do recommend that you do some advance training. The best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk wherever you can in the weeks leading up to your departure in order to build up your stamina and climbing muscles. (A stair-climber at the gym is a good alternative if you don’t have any mountains at the ready.) Start training six months out. With a little preparation, you should get to the top without much trouble.

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The Ultimate Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The view of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania from a nearby National park

Hiking Kilimanjaro is something atop the list of many travelers’ bucket lists. Each year, the iconic mountain attracts thousands who spend days attempting to reach her snowy summit.

Since I’ve never hiked the mountain, I’ve invited my community manager, Chris, to share his tips and advice to help you save money and boost your chances of reaching “the Roof of Africa.”

Standing on top of Kilimanjaro at sunrise was one of the most amazing feelings I’ve ever had. After a week of struggle — including hiking over 17 hours in a single day — I had made it to the frigid summit. For a few moments, I was the highest person on the entire continent. That was a truly magical feeling.

Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the travel world. It’s one of those activities — like Everest base camp, Machu Picchu , or the Camino — that attracts a certain kind of traveler. The kind who wants a challenge, who wants to push themselves, to test themselves.

While hiking Kilimanjaro has become more tourist-friendly over the years, it’s still a serious challenge. People still get hurt — and die — on the mountain every single year. Only 45–65% of people who start the hike make it to the top.

However, with a little planning and preparation, you can greatly increase your chances of reaching “the Roof of Africa.” Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your trip:  

People hiking along one of the many routes up Mount Kilimanjaro

Here’s an overview of the main routes:

Marangu : This is “the Coca-Cola route,” named after the fact that there are huts along the way where you can sleep and buy things — like a cold Coke. It actually has a low success rate, however, as people underestimate the challenge and opt to rush to the top in five days instead of taking more time to acclimatize.

Machame : This is the most popular route. When done in seven days, it has a success rate of over 60%, hence its popularity. It’s called “the whiskey” route,” hinting at the fact that it’s a more serious challenge than the Coca-Cola route.

Rongai : This is the easiest route on Kilimanjaro. It’s a bit less scenic and more expensive (there aren’t as many budget operators here), but it’s the only route that approaches from the north. It’s also much less busy.

Shira : This route jumps into some high-altitude gains early on before joining the Machame route. It’s challenging and more expensive, since you start in the west before linking up with the main route.

Lemosho : This is the most beautiful route up the mountain, which is why I chose it. It offers lots of variety and plenty of challenge. It’s one of the more expensive routes, however.

Umbwe : This route is really only for experienced climbers looking for an extreme challenge. It’s a lot of scrambling and climbing as opposed to regular hiking.

Regardless of what route you take, I would suggest nothing less than seven days. Don’t rush this trip. Although it will cost more money, the slower you go, the better your body adapts to the altitude, which is the #1 thing you can do to drastically increase your chances of success.  

The snowy path near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

I suggest going for a more middle-of-the-road company for two reasons:

First, they will have more qualified guides, so you can learn more during your hike. These companies also usually pay their porters fairly, so you can be confident your team is taken care of.

Second, you’ll know that the company isn’t cutting corners. There is a lot of competition for Kilimanjaro treks, so you know if one company is just too cheap to be true that they are likely skimping on something. Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, don’t be cheap.

Prices range from $1,000 to over $5,000 USD per person. I wouldn’t book with any company charging less than $2,000 USD (I paid around $2,200 for my trip, before tipping — see more on that below), as anything under that is going to be bare-bones.

Remember, people get seriously injured on this mountain every year, and around 10 are killed. Don’t cut corners! Pay for a reputable company with good reviews. Not only will you enjoy your trip more but you’ll feel more comfortable and be safer.  

Finding a Tour Company

A tent on the ground near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa

But there are tons of companies available. How do you decide which to go with?

Here are a few tips:

1. Read reviews – Once you’ve narrowed down your choices based on your budget, look for a company that has positive reviews. While online reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt, they will help you establish a first impression. Keep an eye out for details about the gear and food provided.

2. Ask about their client/porter ratio – How many other travelers will you be going with? And how many porters/guides/assistant guides will be included? You don’t want to be stuck in a huge group where you don’t get personalized attention if you have questions or concerns.

3. What is their success rate? – What is the company’s success rate for the route you’re looking at? While they can’t control the weather, they can do everything in their power to get their clients to the top.

4. Are they a responsible company? – The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project has a list of tour operators that meet their standards for responsible and ethical travel. Book with a company on this list to ensure that your porters are fairly treated. I didn’t know about this list before I went, and it’s one of my biggest regrets about the trip.

5. Pick a company with included accommodation – Most companies include a free hotel stay for the night before your trek and for the night after (as well as pick-up and drop-off). Make sure you choose a company that offers this, so you can get a decent night’s sleep before your hike and enjoy a real bed after your strenuous time on the mountain.

Intrepid Travel and G Adventures are two companies I would recommend. They meet KPAP’s guidelines and offer a variety of treks with qualified local guides. Start your search with them.  

A Note on Tipping Your Guides

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At the end of your trip, usually while you’re still on the mountain, you’ll need to tip your team. This has to be done in the local currency — which means you’ll need to get all that cash before you hike and carry it with you on the trek.

You’ll be tipping a specific amount per day to each porter, a bit more to the cook, and then a bit more to the guides. Breakdowns usually look something like this:

  • Main guide – $20 USD per day
  • Assistant guide – $15 USD per day
  • Cook – $12 USD per day
  • Toilet engineer – $5-10 USD per day
  • Waiter – $5-10 USD per day
  • Porters – $5-10 USD per day (each)

What I read online beforehand stated that a 15% tip is customary. So, if you paid $2,500 USD for your trip than you’d tip at least $330 USD to the team. When I asked my guide about this, he said a normal tip was closer to $1,000 USD…which is almost a 50% tip.

As you can imagine, things can get awkward if someone is expecting $1,000 USD and you give them an envelope with just $400 USD — and most teams will open the envelope while you’re standing right there in front of them. It can get a little uncomfortable.

Obviously, your porters deserve to be paid fairly. They are doing incredibly challenging work. If you can afford a generous tip, they 100% deserve it. For minimum tipping guidelines, I encourage you to follow the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project’s guidelines .  

13 Tips for Hiking Kilimanjaro

Sunset over Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa

2. Train in advance Every route on Kilimanjaro will offer its own challenges. In order to meet — and overcome — those challenges, you need to make sure you’re physically fit. While most days on the trail are relatively easy, you do a lot of elevation gains, and the last day can involve upwards of 17 hours of hiking in a 24-hour period. I’m not saying you need to be jacked, but you do want to make sure you can handle a week of walking uphill.

3. Prepare for a mental battle Kilimanjaro is just as much of a mental battle as it is physical one. While the final day is incredibly physically challenging, it’s also a mental marathon. Hiking for up to 17 hours, in freezing temperatures, in the pitch black, while also battling the altitude and the weather? That’s a recipe for disaster unless you can keep your mental fortitude.

4. Bring altitude medication The altitude really does impact everyone differently. I saw people less than an hour from the summit who turned back because of it. I highly recommend you bring and take altitude medication just in case. I found it super helpful. Your doctor can give you an overview of your options and their side effects, but I took Diamox and didn’t really suffer any altitude sickness at all. However, the side effect was that I had to pee constantly (which can be inconvenient for women).

5. Bring a water filter Your porter team will make sure you have water during your hike. It’s collected from different areas on the mountain, boiled, and then served to you. Since the water is boiled, it’s perfectly safe. However, it never hurts to be extra safe. Bring a filter like LifeStraw or SteriPen to ensure that your water is free from bacteria. Better safe than sorry!

6. Book a company that includes gear If you’re an avid hiker, chances are you have all the gear you need. However, bringing it with you to Tanzania is likely more hassle than it’s worth — especially when you consider that you need cold-weather gear for summit night, which takes up a lot of space. For that reason, make sure you book a company that has all the gear you need: hiking poles, winter hiking gear for the summit, sleeping bags, gaiters — the list goes on. Most companies include gear, but it’s always a good idea to double-check.

7. Bring snacks! This one is super important for your mental well-being. While the cooks on the mountain are incredibly gifted, I encourage you to bring snacks, so you have a pick-me-up to look forward to. I brought several bags of cookies and candies, so I had a sugar boost during the day for, as well as something for camp. Just make sure you save a bunch for summit night because that’s when you’ll need it most.

8. Pay extra for a toilet Most companies will charge extra for a portable toilet that will accompany you (it’s just a small travel toilet in a narrow tent so you have some privacy). It’s incredibly basic but absolutely worth every penny. The few toilets in the various camps are disgusting, so having your own private toilet tent is a worthwhile expense.

9. Stay hydrated I drank 4-5 liters of water per day while hiking. I was literally drinking all day every day. You’ll need at least 3L on you during the day, and the rest you can drink in camp. That means you’ll need a 2-3L water bladder and then maybe an extra 1L bottle. Always make sure they are full before you set off for the day — and make sure they are empty by the time you get to camp. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of making it to the top.

10. Break in your footwear If you’re buying new hiking boots for this trip, make sure you break them in. You’ll want at least one month of regular wear in the boots to make sure you don’t get blisters. Over the years, I’ve seen some nasty wounds among travelers who didn’t break in their boots for one hike or another. Don’t make the same mistake!

11. Go slow — and then go even slower I’m a fast walker and a fast hiker, so this was tricky for me, but it’s super important that you take it slowly so you can acclimatize. Your guides will constantly remind you of this —listen to them! On summit night, my speed was half a foot per stride (compared to my usual stride of around three feet). The slower you go, the more likely it is that you will succeed.

12. Double-check your dietary concerns If you have an allergy or special diet, make sure the company knows. And then remind them — multiple times. I informed our company three times that my sister is vegetarian and I am vegan — and we still got meat on day one. Fortunately, we got it all sorted out and had an amazing cook for our trip, but that could have gone sideways very easily. Kili is the last place you want to be lacking calories (or running to the toilet!).

13. Bring extra batteries for your camera After 7+ days of hiking, chances are your phone and camera will be dead. Bring an external charger and/or extra batteries for your camera so that you can be sure to have juice for summit day. You don’t want to get to the top and not be able to snap some photos!  

Hiking Kilimanjaro: Frequently Asked Questions

The view from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

Can you get altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro? The altitude can cause headaches and fatigue, so take it slow and bring altitude medication just to be safe. I took altitude medication and never had any issues. However, I saw numerous people turn back — even someone who was just an hour from the top — because of the altitude. So take it slow, listen to your guide, and bring medication just in case.

How hard is the hike? It’s challenging. Most days aren’t particularly hard, but there are some days that were exhausting. You’ll want to be physically fit.

Personally, I only found summit day challenging. It involved hiking all day, sleeping for a few hours, and then starting for the summit around midnight. You hike in the dark, and it’s incredibly cold (I had five layers on). After 20 minutes on the peak, you head back down, which means you hike upwards of 15-17 hours in a 24-hour period. It’s exhausting but worth it!

Do you need oxygen to hike Kilimanjaro? Nope!

What is the best month to climb? The best times to climb Kilimanjaro are from December to March and from June and October. That’s when it is the driest.

How cold is it at the top? At night, it can get as low as -20°C (-4°F) at the summit. It was frigid when I arrived at the top at sunrise (my water bottle and water bladder were frozen).

Why don’t people succeed in making it to the summit? The main reasons people don’t make it are the weather, altitude sickness, and lack of physical fitness. Make sure you train in advance and bring altitude meds to boost your odds of reaching the summit!

Hiking Kilimanjaro is an amazing, challenging, and rewarding adventure. While it isn’t cheap and does takes some planning (and training), reaching the summit makes it all worthwhile.

By taking the above tips and advice to heart, you’ll not only save money and get more out of your trip, you’ll drastically increase your odds of succeeding on your trek, giving you the opportunity to stand on the roof of Africa and bask in the continents natural beauty.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 5 Days Marangu Route

Known as the "coca-cola" route, the marangu route is a classic trek on mount kilimanjaro. it is the oldest, most well-established route. many favour the marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. it is also the only route that offers sleeping huts with dormitory-style accommodation. there are 60 bunk beds at both mandara and kibo huts, and 120 bunk beds at horombo hut. book your kilimanjaro trek with best kilimanjaro local guide.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 days Lemosho Route

The lemosho route is typically completed in 6 days. this is a great option if you want a longer trek for acclimatization. it connects with the machame route at shira 2 camp. as professional mountain guide this in my preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate, due to the nature of the route itself has beautiful landscape which it allow you to do acclimatization every da through this your body is going to update with the environment aro.

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Maasai Village Visit & Chemka Hot Springs in Tanzania

Come with us and visit a real maasai village. unlike many other maasai villages in the area, which have been built only for tourist purposes, kambi ya chooka is an authentic village founded by local maasai. we start early in the morning and are accompanied by our english-speaking guide. the road takes us through beautiful landscapes: african bushland where we see dried-up river beds, baobab and acacia trees, and sugar cane plantations..

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing in Tanzania Full-Day Trip for Everyonecover image

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing in Tanzania Full-Day Trip for Everyone

You will meet your guide at 07:00 am, drive to the kilimanjaro national park gate (about 1 hour), register and at 8:30 am commence your 1 day kilimanjaro hike for 6-7 hours depends on your pace, at 17:00 drops you at the hotel and say goodbye to your guide., new kilimanjaro private tours.

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Trekking/hiking Mount Kilimanjaro 7 days via Rongai Route

Rongai route it's a trail which is located on the north west of mount kilimanjaro , near to kenya border. it's the one of quite easy hike camping route and also uses for the most trusted climbing 7 days kilimanjaro organizer. trekking/hiking mount kilimanjaro 7 days with assurance of reaching the summit it's also less crowded than other's route which can make a visitor's to enjoy their hiking.

Tanzania Tour Guide - John K.

Experience the Wonders of Tanzania: A 3-Day Safari Adventure

Embark on a thrilling 3-day tanzania safari to tarangire, lake manyara, and ngorongoro crater. witness diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes in the heart of africa's wilderness. book now for an unforgettable adventure.

Tanzania Tour Guide - Jackson  J.

Trekking/Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 8 Day’s via Lemosho Route

Trekking/climbing mt kilimanjaro 8 days via lemosho route which is western route. it will helps to get used to the environment and altitudes. climbing 8 day's via lemosho route will give you certainty of to reach at the top summit of the (uhuru peak) compared with those climber's who takes the short route..

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Trekking/Camping Mount Kilimanjaro 6 Days Via Marangu Route

Marangu route it’s a trail which is located at marangu villages. it’s route is also known as the coca-cola route because it is widely considered to be the easiest route. this is not very accurate as its short time frame does not favor acclimatization. the highlight about the path is mainly its sleeping arrangement, where climbers sleep in huts and the trail has a gradual slope to the peak. the route is almost as scenic as other routes but since the ascent and descent are done on the same path, kilimanjaro tour reviews.

Christina  H.

Christina H.

Day Tour Around Moshi Tanzania

“ Moshi Tour ”

My first day in Moshi and I was looking for a tour of the city. I found Peter online, and booked on a whim. I’m SO glad I did! It was like walking around town with a friend. He showed me everything I wanted to see and beyond. He met me at my hotel, and dropped me off there at the end. I felt safe with him, and like I was among friends in the beautiful Moshi city. Two highlights were the old railway station and Blue Zebra! If you are looking for a tour, definitely take a chance a go with Peter! Also, he’s a Kilimanjaro guide and it was fun to talk to him ahead of time about my big climb!

Christina  H.

Dear Christina, Thanks very much for sharing your experience with Tanzania Local Tour Guide with other travelers. Thank you so much for the right choice you’ve made to select and support our truly local tour Guide in Tanzania as the best tour operator of your lifetime experience adventure in our beautiful country Tanzania, the land of Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti. Was a great moment we had together in my town, Moshi the gateway to our majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. Walking and staying around Moshi town before conquering Mt Kilimanjaro was the best choice. We hope one day you will come back, to visit other attractions available in our lovely country Tanzania. Our guides are excellent knowledge and experience in Kilimanjaro climbing, wildlife animals’ flora, and fauna, not only but also, we are very skillful in geography, history, and culture. We request you recommend our service to your co-workers and friends, Welcome back to Tanzania, we would be so happy to see you again. Your traveling to our country makes our life one more step forward. Many Thanks, Peter.

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