Kilimanjaro Summit Trek - Lemosho Route -

10 days, 9 nights
Visit : Moshi, Big Tree Camp, Shira I Camp, Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Millennium Camp

Africa's highest peak, a dormant volcano with three cones, and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth - Kilimanjaro is truly one of Mother Nature's many wonders. To scale this magnificent mountain, we will follow the Lemosho Trail. Known for its beautiful and steady ascent, this track allows for better acclimatisation every day. The trail starts off in the lush rainforest, ...

Africa's highest peak, a dormant volcano with three cones, and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth - Kilimanjaro is truly one of Mother Nature's many wonders. To scale this magnificent mountain, we will follow the Lemosho Trail. Known for its beautiful and steady ascent, this track allows for better acclimatisation every day. The trail starts off in the lush rainforest, but this soon turns to shrubs and bushes. Nearer the peak, there's barren scree all around, which melts into icy glaciers. On this journey to the Uhuru Peak, which sits in a bed of snow at 5,895 metres above mean sea level, there are several chances to slow down and admire the gorgeous scenery all around. Slowly but surely our bodies will get used to the thinning air and the cooler climates, and at the end of the week, we will emerge on the other side, victorious, and with spectacular memories.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • Trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro isn't a decision that should be taken lightly. The days will be long and the air will be thin. There are patches of tricky terrain along the trail to the peak, which is almost 6,000 metres above mean sea level, so only experienced trekkers should consider signing up for this adrenaline pumping adventure.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Scale the Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro
  • Walk across the Shira Plateau accompanied by stunning mountain vistas
  • Challenge your body and mind while climbing the Great Barranco Wall
  • Admire gorgeous views from Lava Tower and Stella Point
Start of Tour

Moshi

End of Tour

Shira I Camp

  • Day 1Arrive Moshi
    • Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. A representative will be waiting at the arrivals lounge of the Kilimanjaro International Airport to lead you towards the transport that's been arranged. The journey to Moshi will take around two hours, and after the check in formalities are completed, there's a little free time to unwind and relax. There will be a briefing with the guide, following which it's important to check that you have all the necessary equipment and gear required for the trek. If not, the evening is free for any last minute trips to the shops or an equipment rental store.
      After a fairly relaxed first day, it's important to get a good night's rest.

    • Meals - None (meals on your own).
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  • Day 2Moshi - Big Tree Camp
    • Wake up early to enjoy a stunning African sunrise. After relishing sweeping views of the towering mountains and watching the sun slowly creep out from behind the peaks, it's time to pack up and leave the hotel. The smooth roads eventually become a little bumpy as we head towards the Lemosho Gate, which is located on the western slope of Mount Kilimanjaro, at a height of 2,385 metres above sea level. There's a small registration process that needs to be completed before starting the trek through the Lemosho Glades forest. The narrow track allows us to maintain a gentle pace - great for a first day of climbing. Today's trail is around 7 kilometres long, but the altitude gain is barely 400 metres. The steady climb ends at the Big Tree Camp. With the tents pitched for tonight, spend some time looking up at the stars and marvelling at the beauty of Mother Nature.

      Trekking Distance: 7 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 3Big Tree Camp - Shira I Camp
    • We have got an intense day of climbing ahead, so it's best to start early. There's a lot of ground to cover, but thankfully not all of it is uphill. The first leg of the journey is quite challenging with a pretty steep ascent. It starts under forest cover, with the sun's rays filtering through the leaves, but soon the trees will shrink into bushes and shrubs. The stop for today is at the Shira I Camp, which is roughly 3,500 metres above sea level.

      Trekking Distance: 8.5 kilometres

       

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 4Shira I Camp - Shira II Camp
    • Today the Shira Plateau lies ahead of us. You have to cross this plateau to get to the Shira II Camp. The journey is fairly flat, and the most fabulous views of Mount Kibo will accompany us all through. The grassy plateau has more than a few unusual volcanic rock formations scattered through its length and breadth, making for some interesting stops along the way. As the sun starts to get lower in the sky, we will arrive at Shira II and pitch our tents for the night.

      Trekking Distance: 8 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 5Shira II Camp - Barranco Camp
    • There are some gentle ascents and descents in today's journey, making it all the more exciting. Should lady luck choose to favour us, we will rise to a clear morning and absolutely splendid views of the peak. The first part of the ascent is pretty gentle. The scenery will start to change as the green grasslands blend into rugged, barren lands. During the easy climb, there will be more than enough opportunities to stop and take in the stunning Kilimanjaro peak in front and the rugged outline of Mount Meru behind.

      The alpine desert trail continues to Lava Tower, a truly beautiful spot to stop and enjoy lunch. At 4,527 metres above sea level, it will be the high point on today's journey. The air's much thinner here, but before it can start to affect us, we will begin the descent towards the Barranco Camp. The campsite is nestled in a quiet valley and is one of the most picturesque stops on the route. Once the camp is all set up for the night, we will watch the sun slowly fall below the Barranco Wall, which shall be conquered tomorrow.

      Trekking Distance: 10 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 6Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
    • At the break of dawn, it's time to begin yet another marvellous journey. The first barrier that needs to be overcome is the 300-metre-high Barranco Wall. The climb doesn't require any technical knowledge, but it is long and tiring. It's a good idea to start as early as possible so that by the time the sun is high in the sky, we have got the worst part of today's journey done and dusted. It takes a little over an hour to tackle the wall, and at the top, we will be rewarded by a magnificent view of Kibo.

      The next part of today's trek is across undulating terrain on the south eastern flank of Mount Kibo. The Karanga Camp isn't too far from here and after passing by a few pockets of lush greenery, we will arrive at the campsite.

      If we are largely unaffected by the high altitude and thin air, it's possible to use the afternoon for an acclimatisation trek. The campsite is at 3,963 metres, so it's advisable to try and reach 4,200 metres before returning in the evening to relax all those weary muscles.

      Trekking Distance: 5.5 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 7Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp
    • The high altitude may cause a few problems on today's trail, so it's a good idea to take things slow. The climb to Barafu Camp is pretty steep, forcing us to work harder to scale the scree slopes. By early afternoon, we will arrive in the campsite and get settled in. It's important to stay warm and hydrated at this point. After an early dinner, try and catch up on some much needed sleep because the walk to the summit will begin in the dead of the night.

      Trekking Distance: 3 kilometres

       

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 8Barafu Camp - Millennium Camp
    • The trek to the peak starts at midnight. The trail starts off steep and leads us to the summit glaciers. Although the climb isn't too long, there's a considerable altitude change. There are a number of switchbacks along the route and the scree is a bit loose, so it's important to tackle the road ahead with patience. The first checkpoint for today is Stella Point, which is on the crater rim at an altitude of 5,739 metres. Watch in amazement as the sun starts to peek out from behind the ice cliffs and peaks all around - it's a truly breathtaking scene.

      Post a short break, it's time to continue towards the summit. This leg of the journey will be much easier than the road to the rim. It takes a little less than an hour to reach Uhuru. Stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment. You have scaled Kilimanjaro and reached a height of 5,895 metres - no easy feat!

      After enjoying the view from the top of Africa, we will retrace our steps to Stella Point and then Barafu Camp for a delicious breakfast spread. Once the tents and all the gears are packed up, it's time to descend to Millennium Camp for some well-deserved rest after a long and exhilarating day.

      Trekking Distance: 13.4 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 9Millennium Camp - Moshi
    • There's just one day left on the mountain, and the path ahead is fairly simple. Under the green cover of the rainforest, a gentle trail leads to the Mweka Gate. Here, there are a few formalities that need to be completed before the certificates are handed out declaring that we have scaled the mountain! Then it's all aboard the awaiting vehicles for the journey back to the Moshi lodge. It's time to relax with a lovely warm shower and perhaps a chilled beer or two. Tonight, let's celebrate our great achievement and enjoy one final night in Africa.

      Trekking Distance: 12.1 kilometres

    • Meals - Breakfast.
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  • Day 10Depart Moshi
    • It's a bittersweet morning in the lodge. We will break bread with our newfound friends for the last time before bidding our fellow climbers adieu. Depending on flight timings, you may have a chance to explore the quaint town in the morning and buy a few souvenirs for your loved ones back home. As we board our planes for the journey home, we will enjoy one last look at Kilimanjaro.
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    • Meals - Breakfast.
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Inclusions

  • 2 night's accommodation in Moshi at a local lodge.
  • 7 night's accommodation in tents during the trek.
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary. All meals during the trek and only breakfast in Moshi.
  • Park fees, camping fees and rescue fees.
  • Government fees and local government taxes.
  • Professional English speaking guides, cooks and porters, fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO).
  • 3 season mountain tents, -29C extreme limit sleeping bags, double layered sleeping mats, Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek, Oxygen Canister 1.8 L.
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude treks and adventure sports.

Exclusions

  • Cost of your round trip airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges for Tanzania.
  • Any transportation to/from Moshi at the start/end of the trip. Your tour starts ex Moshi.
  • Optional activities.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Any personal equipment like shoes and jackets.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Moshi 2,40,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

The idea of camping in Africa can be a daunting one. For those not accustomed to 'roughing it' for a few days we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served and the washing up is done by the staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first time campers who may be worried about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping, we are exposed to the elements and whilst there are times when the weather is fine and temperatures are pleasant, there may be days when it is foggy, rainy and cool. In certain locations there may also be a number of bugs. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience which will allow you to get up close to the beautiful nature that Africa has to offer. All camping equipments (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) are supplied. We supply canvas dome tents with built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses are also available which are approximately 4 cm thick, warm and comfortable.

While on the mountain (7 nights), we provide full service alpine camping at designated communal campsites. Your porters will be carrying your tents which they will pitch for you at these sites. The campsites are fairly basic, and exposed to the elements. They will neither have electricity, nor shower facilities. Toilet facilities are basic long drop latrines, which could become dirty at times (especially when it is raining), as many other hikers share the same facilities. Your crew will prepare basins of warm water for washing daily. All meals on the mountain will be prepared for you by your group's cook. The tents are two person dome tents which are assembled by the porters. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also provided, which are warm and comfortable.

Drinking water: On day 2, you should bring bottled water from the hotel for your first day's hike. Beyond that, purified (filtered) mountain water will be provided to you for the duration of the hike.

Barafu Camp: The night before your summit attempt, on day 5, you will be staying at a high altitude camp where there are no water facilities. Your porters will carry water up to the camp for cooking, bathing and drinking.

This trek is not for the faint-hearted and the camp sites on Mt. Kilimanjaro are basic. However, many come out of their camping experience on the world's largest free-standing mountain not only gratified, but ultimately rejuvenated by such an experience of a lifetime.

Please note, if you need to alter the itinerary for any reason (e.g. travel delay or illness or in the event of having to descend from your climb early due to altitude sickness, injury or exhaustion), any unscheduled meals or nights spent in a location other than the tour itinerary will be at your own expense.

The start/end hotel has a number of services and facilities available as follows: internet, laundry, gear hire, luggage storage, telephone services, TV lounge, swimming pool, outdoor dining area and a shuttle service to/from Moshi as the hotel is located just a few kilometres from the centre of town.

Things to Carry

    • Flashlight/torch (headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Money belt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket

    Available on rent:
    • Balaclava (USD 6)
    • Day pack (USD 12)
    • Duffel bag (USD 6)
    • Fleece pants (USD 6)
    • Fleece top/sweater (USD 5)
    • Gaiters (USD 8)
    • Gloves (USD 6)
    • Rain jacket or poncho (USD 12)
    • Scarf (USD 6)
    • Sleeping bag ((-25 to -35°C) USD 40; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader)
    • Sunglasses (USD 8)
    • Thermal underwear (USD 5)
    • Walking poles (USD 12 for two poles)
    • Warm hat (USD 6)
    • Windproof rain pants (USD 12)
    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (with photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (with photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (with photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    Kilimanjaro - Other:
    • Electrolytes (powder or tablets, optional)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medication (consult with your doctor about options to manage altitude sickness)
    • Moisturizer/lip balm
    • Pee bottle and/or Shewee (you can use these items to avoid having to leave the tent at night)
    • Sunblock
    • Toilet paper
    • Wet wipes (recommended)
    Kilimanjaro - Technical Clothing:
    • Waterproof lightweight hiking boots (required)
    • Windproof rain jacket (required) (a breathable jacket, with a hood is recommended)
    • Balaclava (optional)
    • Fleece jacket or warm layer
    • Fleece pants
    • Gaiters (optional)
    • Hat (A hat with a brim is recommended)
    • Hiking pants (convertible/zip-off and quick dry recommended)
    • Insulated Jacket
    • Light gloves
    • Lightweight wicking shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt for hiking (2 moisture-wicking shirts, and 1 breathable shirt recommended)
    • Quick-dry socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Shorts (optional)
    • Short sleeve t-shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking
    • Slip-on sandals or shoes (optional extra shoes to wear around camp)
    • Thermal underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Warm gloves (waterproof recommended)
    • Warm hat
    • Waterproof pants (pants with a side zipper recommended)
    Kilimanjaro - Technical Gear:
    • Day pack (30-35 L - can be rented in location)
    • Dry bag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Duffle bag (50-90 L - can be rented in location)
    • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season (sleeping bags can be rented for approximately 40 USD for the duration of the tour; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader. Purchasing sleeping bags in Arusha might be more difficult to source.)
    • Walking poles (highly recommended)
    Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.
    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, not larger than 30 cm (height) x 30 cm (width) x 60 cm (length), maximum 15 kg, plus a day pack (5 kg).
    Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    This includes all meals while trekking on the mountain, along with breakfast back in Moshi on final day after your hike. All meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. Shopping for food will be done before the trip departs. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at camp, while lunches will be packed to have en route while trekking. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. We believe that providing more than enough food while on such a trek is of the utmost importance and as such you can be ensured that your cook and crew will provide enough quality food for you. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

    Please note: Bottled water (both before and after the trek) is at your own expense, however, during the Kilimanjaro trek you will be provided with drinking water. This water is collected from fresh mountain streams and then purified with tablets by your guides who will replenish your empty bottles/thermos flasks on a daily basis. For peace of mind, you are welcome to add your own chlorine or iodine tablets instead, if you are uncomfortable drinking the water provided.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: INDIAN MEALS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TOUR.

  • Clothes to Carry

    • Flashlight/torch (headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Money belt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket

  • Equipment Checklist

    Available on rent:
    • Balaclava (USD 6)
    • Day pack (USD 12)
    • Duffel bag (USD 6)
    • Fleece pants (USD 6)
    • Fleece top/sweater (USD 5)
    • Gaiters (USD 8)
    • Gloves (USD 6)
    • Rain jacket or poncho (USD 12)
    • Scarf (USD 6)
    • Sleeping bag ((-25 to -35°C) USD 40; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader)
    • Sunglasses (USD 8)
    • Thermal underwear (USD 5)
    • Walking poles (USD 12 for two poles)
    • Warm hat (USD 6)
    • Windproof rain pants (USD 12)
    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (with photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (with photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (with photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    Kilimanjaro - Other:
    • Electrolytes (powder or tablets, optional)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medication (consult with your doctor about options to manage altitude sickness)
    • Moisturizer/lip balm
    • Pee bottle and/or Shewee (you can use these items to avoid having to leave the tent at night)
    • Sunblock
    • Toilet paper
    • Wet wipes (recommended)
    Kilimanjaro - Technical Clothing:
    • Waterproof lightweight hiking boots (required)
    • Windproof rain jacket (required) (a breathable jacket, with a hood is recommended)
    • Balaclava (optional)
    • Fleece jacket or warm layer
    • Fleece pants
    • Gaiters (optional)
    • Hat (A hat with a brim is recommended)
    • Hiking pants (convertible/zip-off and quick dry recommended)
    • Insulated Jacket
    • Light gloves
    • Lightweight wicking shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt for hiking (2 moisture-wicking shirts, and 1 breathable shirt recommended)
    • Quick-dry socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Shorts (optional)
    • Short sleeve t-shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking
    • Slip-on sandals or shoes (optional extra shoes to wear around camp)
    • Thermal underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Warm gloves (waterproof recommended)
    • Warm hat
    • Waterproof pants (pants with a side zipper recommended)
    Kilimanjaro - Technical Gear:
    • Day pack (30-35 L - can be rented in location)
    • Dry bag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Duffle bag (50-90 L - can be rented in location)
    • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season (sleeping bags can be rented for approximately 40 USD for the duration of the tour; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader. Purchasing sleeping bags in Arusha might be more difficult to source.)
    • Walking poles (highly recommended)
    Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.
    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, not larger than 30 cm (height) x 30 cm (width) x 60 cm (length), maximum 15 kg, plus a day pack (5 kg).
    Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.

  • Our Crew

    For your hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be lead by an experienced certified mountain guide. To round out the team, you will be joined by an assistant guide (for groups of more than one person), a cook, and a team of porters.
    Your guide has been trained in mountain guiding skills, first aid and emergency response, flora and fauna, and group management. All guides are licensed by KINAPA, the National Park Authority. Your cook is an experienced cook who will prepare a variety of nutritious and hearty meals. As a general rule, each hiker will be accompanied by 2 porters, who assist in carrying both your bag and the team's gear (tents, food, etc). Please note English is often the 3rd or 4th language of the Tanzanians in the area of Mt. Kilimanjaro, therefore your guide will speak a basic English.
    The porter will carry a maximum of 15 kg of your belongings and 5 kg of personal gear. All our porters will carry a maximum of 20 kg and there is a strict weigh in by the Kilimanjaro Park authority.

  • Arrival Information

    Kilimanjaro International airport is approximately 40 km, or 40 minutes, from Moshi. Arrival transfer from the airport and back at the end of the trip is included. Look for a board with your name mentioned on it.

  • Medical facilities Available

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicines on the trip, for headaches, diarrhoea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any mountain above 6000 meters deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 3500 metres (8000 ft). The human body is quite capable of adapting to a wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point in this trip. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Our crew is widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

  • Luggage Info

    We recommend using a backpack for your convenience or a medium-sized duffel bag if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 minutes).

  • Books to Read

    In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall chronicles the author's adventures with wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist, humanitarian and conservationist who set up a chimpanzee reserve in Tanzania.
    Mr. Myombekere and His Wife Bugonoka, Son Ntulanalwo and Daughter Bulihwali by Aniceti Kitereza is a love story depicting the history of the Kerewe through three generations.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on this trip begins with breakfast at 7 AM. We aim to leave for the next camp by 8:30 AM and arrive at the campsite by 4:30 PM, if not earlier.

  • Approximate Group Size

    5 to 8 persons.

  • Money to carry

    Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

    Money Exchange
    The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH).

    Shillings can be obtained locally by changing foreign currency or by using ATMs (where available) which will dispense local currency. Your CEO will inform you where you can change money throughout the tour and approximately how much money you will need.

    The easiest foreign currency to exchange for locally for any of the local currencies is the USD; however the British Pound and Euro may also be exchanged as well. Please note that due to past problems with forgery, USD notes that are older than year 2006 are not accepted in Africa.

    Large note (USD 50, USD 100 etc) can be difficult to change in some places, but will gain you the best exchange rate.

    If you plan to rely on cash, please bring foreign currency (Euro, Pound and USD) with you, as it is often expensive to buy these currencies locally. And in more rural areas, it is often not likely.

    If you plan to buy your visas at borders, you will need to bring USD cash to pay for these visas. Please note you cannot use the local currency or any other currency to buy these visas. They must be purchased in USD.

    Please do not bring Travellers' cheques to Africa. They are difficult if not impossible to exchange in many places.

    Visa/Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. It is harder to find machines Mastercard/Cirrus cards. We highly recommend that if you hold a Mastercard, you obtain a Visa card prior to departure and travel with both. This is also useful should something unforeseen happen to one of your cards during your travels.

    While there are many ATMs in the major centres, there is no guarantee that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Africa. Check with your bank.

    Credit cards can be used in major cities and towns only but please do not rely on them as a method of payment because they are generally not widely accepted. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. The majority of our optional activities can also be paid by credit card. Your CEO will advise on these.

    Please note that in many areas there may be occasional power-outages, where there will be no electricity for hours at a time. In addition, ATMs outside of larger centres often run out of cash or can be out of order unexpectedly. These factors could affect your ability to access money from ATMs. As such, please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money.

    A combination of foreign currency and debit/credit cards for cash advances is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

    For extra expenses at your hotel, cash or visa card are the only accepted form of payment. Please note however, there will be extra charges for using your credit card. As a result of this it is preferable to settle all expenses in cash.

    Emergency Fund
    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD 200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Tipping

    Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek.

    Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. It is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the communities that you visit.

    Your group will be assigned a CEO/Lead Guide, and a group of porters. The number of porters designated to your group will depend on the amount of baggage and equipment that is taken on the trek; this typically works out to 2-3 porters per traveller, but this number will be confirmed by Kilimanjaro National Park rangers at the gate once all baggage is checked.

    It is best to present your crew with the group's tip upon completion of your climb, during the last meal on the mountain. Tips should be placed in a group envelope and a member of the climbing team can hand the envelope directly to the Lead Guide. It is encouraged to announce the amount in front of the group to ensure each crew member knows the total amount.

    A tipping guideline to determine this amount is 10% of the total cost of their trek towards tips, per person. So if you paid USD 2000 for your trek, you should pay USD 200 collectively for your crew. (If there were only one or two of you, it is customary to pay slightly more than 10%). A realistic amount for a trip of 5-7 days length would be between 150-200 USD per climber for tips.

    If paying each crew member individually, you can use the following chart as a guideline.

    (Amounts in USD or local equivalent)

    Per Chief Guide: USD 10-15 per day
    Per Assistant Guide: USD 8-10 per day
    Per Cook: USD 7-10 per day
    Per Porter: USD 5-8 per day