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Lemosho Climb
June 25 – July 4, 2020
September 10 – September 19, 2020
January 7 – January 16, 2021

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9-10 days in Tanzania
Trekking Grade: Advanced

 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

At 19,341 feet, the ice-capped roof of Mount Kilimanjaro towers high above the African plains. It is an awe-inspiring sight. As the least technical of the famed Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro is an excellent objective for aspiring climbers chasing their first major summit and for trekkers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Mountain Gurus has an approximately 98% success rate on Kilimanjaro. We take great pride in our ability to offer safe and exciting climbs to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain.

We offer our guests a choice of three different routes to the “Roof of Africa.” Our 9-day expeditions follow the Machame Route to Uhuru Peak, also known as Kibo’s Summit. This is widely considered the most scenic route on the mountain as it traverses from the Shira Plateau Western Breach and Lava Tower to the Barranco Wall under the mountain’s impressive southern glaciers.

Climbers may also choose to approach the summit over the course of 10 days on the Lemosho Route, which allows for an additional night of acclimatization while crossing the vast Shira Plateau before connecting with the Machame Route.

Finally, we offer 8-day itineraries on the less-traveled, but equally scenic and pristine, Rongai Route. The Rongai is considered one of the most direct and least difficult routes on the mountain and may be ascended more quickly.

Our guides are trained professionals and our mountain services are simply fantastic. We are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) because we are committed to paying our porters fair and ethical wages and equipping them with proper gear. Our climbing itineraries may be extended with magnificent safaris to the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, famous for their abundant wildlife and unforgettable landscapes.

Lemosho Climb • 8 Days • 7 Nights on the mountain

The Lemosho Climb is the premium route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It sees less traffic than other routes and offers an incredibly beautiful and pristine wilderness journey including a crossing of the Shira Plateau World Heritage Site. This itinerary features a longer, slower ascent, giving our bodies more time to acclimatize. As such, we have an exceptionally high success rate on this route. Ninety-eight percent of our climbers reach the summit.

Machame Climb • 7 Days • 6 Nights on the mountain

The Machame climb is a more direct route, ideal for aspiring mountaineers whose schedules permit them to spend no more than six nights on the mountain. On this route, we are able to ascend and descend the same trail on summit day, eliminating the need to sleep in the summit crater and lessening the total number of nights we must devote to acclimatization. The Machame Route passes through five distinct ecological zones and some of the most scenic areas on the mountain, including a traverse under the huge hanging glaciers of Kilimanjaro’s steep southern flank.

Rongai Climb • 6 Days • 5 Nights on the mountain

The Rongai Route is considered one of Kilimanjaro’s easiest routes. It routinely sees high success rates, in part because it is relatively short. The route begins on the north side of Kilimanjaro just south of the Kenyan border, traverses the summit, then descends the mountain’s southern flank via the Marangu Trail. It is an excellent way for climbers to see fresh terrain throughout their expedition and experience more of the mountain’s rugged beauty. The Rongai is one of Kilimanjaro’s least traveled routes. It may also be climbed via a 7-day variation to allow more time for acclimatization.

Ngorongoro Safari • 3 Days

Our Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions may be extended by three days to visit three different wildlife parks in the Ngorongoro Highlands in and around the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide basin home to a huge variety of wildlife. We visit Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park. Learn more about our safaris

Serengeti Safari • 5 Days

Or extend your Kilimanjaro expedition by five days to visit the legendary Serengeti after your safari at Ngorongoro. On this itinerary, you’ll enjoy the most outstanding safaris in all of Africa, where countless wildebeest stampede through the ladnscape where mankind began. You’ll discover amazing wildlife and enjoy luxury lodges and tented camps in the national parks of northern Tanzania. Learn more about our safaris

Why trek Kilimanjaro with Mountain Gurus?

We are proud partner company of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. When you climb with us, you can be sure that your porters are well taken care of. We voluntarily participate with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the treatment of our porters. Mountain Gurus believes in socially responsible guiding. Unlike most outfitters who employ local African staff with limited climbing and medical skills at low wages, Mountain Gurus provides training and a livable wage to all our Tanzanian staff.

Mountain Gurus has been leading trips to East Africa and Tanzania since 2001. We know Kilimanjaro and we know how to provide safe, successful and enjoyable treks. We offer some of the best values on the mountain. Our local Tanzanian guides are friendly, knowledgeable and have vast experience leading first-rate trips using the finest camps, nutritious food preparation and top-notch porter staff. Our itineraries provide ample time for acclimatization and yield very high success rates on the mountain.

Our climbs are “fully supported,” which means you carry only a light trekking pack with your essential day gear, while our friendly porters will carry all of your overnight gear. We pay close attention to hygienic food preparation and water purification and our customer safety is simply excellent. Unlike other companies, we only use high quality Mountain Hardwear 4-season mountaineering tents and dome style dining tents. We provide full back dining chairs and a private toilet tent for your comfort. Our guide staff is trained in altitude illness awareness and wilderness first aid. We carry emergency oxygen and O2 saturation meters on every climb. Our friendly, experienced office staff will ensure you arrive in Africa with the right gear and the proper training for every aspect of your journey.

Experience the Mountain Gurus difference. Our services are among the best on the mountain.

The Mount Kilimanjaro trek!

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned trekker, a journey to Mount Kilimanjaro is an awe-inspiring adventure. Trekking in Africa is different from any other Seven Summits experience because of the diversity of geography you will experience and the wild animals you will encounter as you climb to the Roof of Africa.

Mountain Gurus is ready to make your expedition the experience of a lifetime. When planning an ascent of Kilimanjaro, it is critical that you choose an outfitter who can get you to the summit and back safely. At Mountain Gurus, we take pride in handling all of your arrangements from professional guides, to hotels, to equipment and meals while trekking. You’ll be free to enjoy the experience of a lifetime while we handle the details.

Why climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

What inspires you to climb mountains? Do you want to commune with nature, conquer your fears, challenge yourself or simply explore your planet? Have you set out to scale the Seven Summits?

No matter why you climb, Kilimanjaro is an exceptional destination. Africa’s most famous summit kisses the sky at 19,340 feet and is the planet’s tallest freestanding mountain. While other peaks in the Seven Summits are part of larger mountain ranges, Kilimanjaro stands alone. It is a collection of three dormant stratovolcanoes: Mawenzi, Shira, and the tallest point, Kibo. The flanks of Kilimanjaro host exceptional ecological diversity, and unlike any other Seven Summits expedition, your Kilimanjaro climb can be paired with a safari among the beautiful wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti.

What can I expect on my Kilimanjaro adventure?

Your adventure will take you from savannah to rainforest to high-altitude heath and heather moors set beneath the glaciers that hang from Kilimanjaro’s summit. On this fully supported trek, you’ll never have to carry more than a light daypack as you climb from the warm African lowlands into the chill of the alpine desert 16,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. On this summit climb, you’ll see a greater diversity of flora, fauna and geology than on any other Seven Summits expedition.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a rich and diverse experience, and you can expect the finest services throughout your journey. Whether they’re adapting the itinerary to allow sufficient time for acclimatization or ensuring that your meals and drinks are healthful and hygienic, our professional guides and expedition staff will put your safety and enjoyment first and foremost. At Mountain Gurus, we take pride in our ability to provide safe and successful ascents to the Roof of Africa. View a slideshow from our Mount Kilimanjaro climb

How challenging is a Mount Kilimanjaro climb?

The first known ascent of Kilimanjaro occurred in 1889. Since then, untold thousands have attempted to repeat it and many have succeeded. Kilimanjaro is one of the most accessible of the world’s great peaks. This is a formidable trek, but anyone with strong physical fitness, solid endurance and a positive attitude can reach the summit. It is an excellent and awe-inspiring objective for everyone from beginner climbers to the most seasoned trekkers.

Nonetheless, between one-third and one-half of all those who attempt Kilimanjaro fail to reach the summit. That is why it is critical to choose the right guide service. At Mountain Gurus we are proud of our 98 percent success rate on Kilimanjaro’s most beautiful routes.

What does my Mount Kilimanjaro adventure include?

Mountain Gurus proudly offers fully supported expeditions to the Roof of Africa. On your expeditions, you can expect professional guides; itineraries that allow ample time for acclimatization while allowing you to trek at your own pace; three nights in the luxury Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha; a spacious, comfortable dining tent and 4-season sleeping tents while on the mountain; full-backed dining chairs and private toilet tent; healthful fresh meals prepared by professional mountain cooks; porter service; scheduled airport transfers; emergency oxygen and O2 saturation meter and all other group expedition equipment.

Our trekking guides are fluent in English and versed in wilderness first aid with an emphasis on recognizing and treating altitude illness. Our friendly office staff will help you prepare for your adventure. After descending from the mountain, most climbers choose to enjoy a safari in the Ngorongoro Region or the awe-inspiring Serengeti on the plains of the Great Rift Valley.

At Mountain Gurus we plan our expeditions with our climbers’ needs in mind, but we also respect the customs and traditions of our host countries. We strive to minimize our environmental impact, ensuring that you gain many memories and leave only footprints.

Lemosho Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Day 2 • Arusha
Day 3 • Big Tree Camp • 9,200 ft
Day 4 • Shira 1 Camp • 11,500 ft
Day 5 • Moir Camp • 13,500 ft
Day 6 • Barranco Camp • 13,000 ft
Day 7 • Karanga Valley • 13,000 ft
Day 8 • Kosovo High Camp • 15,980 ft
Day 9 • Summit Kilimanjaro • 19,340 ft
Day 10 • Arusha • Depart or Safari

Machame Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Day 2 • Arusha
Day 3 • Machame Camp • 9,000 ft
Day 4 • Above East Shira Plateau • 12,300 ft
Day 5 • Barranco Camp • 13,000 ft
Day 6 • Karanga Valley • 13,000 ft
Day 7 • Barafu Camp • 15,500 ft
Day 8 • Summit Kilimanjaro • 19,340 ft
Day 9 • Arusha • Depart or Safari

Rongai Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Day 2 • Arusha
Day 3 • First Cave Campsite • 8700 ft
Day 4 • Kikelewa Caves • 11810 ft
Day 5 • Mawenzi Tarn • 14210 ft
Day 6 • Kibo Huts • 15420 ft
Day 7 • Summit Kilimanjaro • 19,340 ft
Day 8 • Arusha • Depart or Safari

Ngorongoro Safari

Day 10 • Lake Manyara
Day 11 • Ngorongoro Crater
Day 12 • Tarangire • Depart

Trek Highlights

  • Guided climb of Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho, Machame or Rongai routes
  • Our trek allows ample time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace
  • 3 nights Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha includes breakfast (5 star)
  • Spacious quality dining tent and 4-season sleeping tents on the mountain
  • Full-back dining chairs and private toilet tent
  • Healthy fresh prepared meals
  • Fully supported trek includes porter service
  • Scheduled airport transfers
  • Emergency oxygen and O2 sat meter
  • Orientation on Arusha rest day
  • English speaking trekking guides
  • Friendly MG office staff will help you prepare for your adventure

“A great experience begins with a long series of good decisions. The Mountain Gurus Team know how to make great decisions. We’ve enjoyed successful trips up Shuksan and now Kilimanjaro, looking forward to the next adventure with the team.”, ~ Eric P, 2018

“Memories to last a lifetime & photos that don’t convey even a fraction of the challenge, the beauty, the wonder and the awe of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and viewing animals of Tanazania. This was an incredible adventure that Jennifer, Carrie and I dreamed up years ago and Dennis from Mountain Gurus helped make a reality. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums, Greg Y 2016

“Mountain Gurus … wthank you for your assistance in planning our Kilimanjaro trip, we all had a fantastic time and are very grateful for the experience. The team supporting us were fabulous, the guides looked after us incredibly well and …we enjoyed getting to know them. As we climbed, we came to appreciate how important their advice was to our prospects of reaching the summit, yet they still made the journey to the top enjoyable and informative. Coming into the camp each day to a song from the porters was an unforgettable experience, and we are grateful for how comfortable they made the trip for us. Certainly from what we saw of the other tour groups, we always felt like we were in the hands of the best, and this helped to make the experience truly unforgettable.” ~ Rick K, 2014

This trip was beyond my wildest dreams! Africa is absolutely an incredible and unique place to be. Climbing Kilimanjaro was an awesome and challenging adventure. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to test their limits, be challenged and have a wonderful time doing so.” Kate D, 2011

Hey Dennis, we made it back to Arusha and all of us made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!!! I cannot tell you what an amazing experience you and Julius our guide put together. We will be writing more once we get back to faster computers but so far this has been the most perfect trip and honeymoon so thank you!!!!” Rachel P, 2014

“This trip far exceeded my expectations in every regard. I had no idea that the food and services would be Five Star. If you are looking for a great customized adventure use Mountain Gurus. Simply the best!” ~ Carlos N, 2013

What an amazing trip. We have no experience with mountain trekking, but MG made the trip a breeze from start to finish. The office in the U.S. was easy to work with, literally spent hours talking us through the trip, and even spoke with our guide while we were on the mountain (yes Tanzanian cell phones worked on the mountain!). Once we got there, we never had to worry about transportation, which was a relief. The trek itself was unbelievable. Our guide was by far the most knowledgeable man on the mountain, who has been leading treks for 30 years. Overall, an unforgettable experience. It was exhausting, but worth every minute.” ~ Sara C, 2014

ITINERARY

Lemosho Route

Trek begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha

Arrive late evening at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (JRO). Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha

Day 2 • Arusha

Today we relax in Arusha. In the afternoon we gather for an orientation and gear check at our lodge with our guide.

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 3 • Big Tree Camp • 9,200 feet • day 1 on the mountain

We enjoy breakfast at our hotel in Arusha, then drive approximately two hours through the countryside to the Londorossi Gate on the west side of Kilimanjaro. From there, we walk three hours through peaceful forest to our camp for the night. With luck, we will catch sight of Colobus monkeys and signs of elephants and other forest wildlife as we walk to camp.

Vertical Ascent Driving and Trekking: 5,600 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Big Tree
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • West Shira Plateau • 11,500 feet • day 2 on the mountain

If we take our time as we walk through the forest today, we will be more likely to spot some of the abundant birds and animals that live on the flanks of Kilimanjaro. As we hike, we watch the vegetation change as we ascend through the Montane and Hagenia forest zones

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,300 feet
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Shira 1
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5 • East Shira Plateau • 13,500 feet • day 3 on the mountain

Today we will hike for about four hours across the Shira Plateau, a World Heritage Site, and then one hour up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. We camp in the upper heath zone with a spectacular view of the Western Breach.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,000 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Moir Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Barranco Camp • 13,000 feet • day 4 on the mountain 

A hike of about six hours take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley. From there, we enjoy some of the best possible views of the Great Breach Wall.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 500 feet
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Barranco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Karanga Valley • 13,250 feet • day 5 on the mountain

Today we climb out of the Barranco Valley and ascend above 14,000 feet. We then traverse under the glaciers on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before descending into Karanga Valley for the night.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1000 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Karanga
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Kosovo High Camp • 15,980 feet • day 6 on the mountain

We continue our traverse from the Karanga Valley with close-up views of the Kilimanjaro’s Southern Glaciers. After walking for about two hours, we ascend 2,000 feet to Kosovo Camp.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,750 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Kosovo Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Summit Day • Mount Kilimanjaro • 19,340 feet • day 7 on the mountain

We start our summit ascent well before dawn. This will allow us to be near the crater rim as the morning sun is rising. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s highest point, we begin the long descent to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut (10,500 feet) where we spend the night.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 3,340 feet
Trekking Time: 7-10 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Mweka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)


Day 10 • Arusha • Depart or Safari • day 8 on the mountain

This morning, we descend a final 4,500 feet to the road, where we eat lunch and drive to our lodge to shower and re-pack. We transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, or continue on an unforgettable three-day safari.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 4,500 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

ITINERARY

Machame Route

Trek begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha

Arrive late evening at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (JRO). Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha

Day 2 • Arusha

Today we relax in Arusha. In the afternoon we gather for an orientation and gear check at our lodge with our guide.

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 3 • Machame Camp • 9,000 feet • day 1 on the mountain

From the Machame Park Gate we start our hike through the Montane Forest. It will take us about six hours to reach our camp on the upper forest edge.

Vertical Ascent Trekking and Driving: 5,400 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Machame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Above East Shira Plateau • 12,300 feet • day 2 on the mountain

Today we hike for about five hours, following the Machame Route above the old Shira Hut. We camp in the upper heath zone.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 3,300 feet
Trekking Time: 5 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at East Shira
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Barranco Camp • 13,000 feet • day 3 on the mountain 

A hike of about six hours take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley. From there, we enjoy some of the best possible views of the Great Breach Wall.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1700 feet
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Barranco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Karanga Valley • 13,250 feet • day 4 on the mountain

Today we climb out of the Barranco Valley and ascend above 14,000 feet. We then traverse under the glaciers on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before descending into Karanga Valley for the night.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1000 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Karanga
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Barafu Camp • 15,250 feet • day 5 on the mountain

As we continue our traverse from Karanga Valley, we enjoy close-up views of the mountain’s Southern Glaciers. We traverse for a couple of hours and then ascend 1,600 feet to Barafu Hut.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,000 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Barafu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Day • Mount Kilimanjaro • 19,340 feet • day 6 on the mountain

We start our summit ascent well before dawn. This will allow us to be near the crater rim as the morning sun is rising. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s highest point, we begin the long descent to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut (10,500 ft) where we spend the night.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 4,100 feet
Trekking Time: 7-10 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Mweka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Arusha • Depart or Safari • day 7 on the mountain

This morning, we descend a final 4,500 feet to the road, where we eat lunch and drive to our lodge to shower and re-pack. We transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, or continue on an unforgettable three-day safari.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 4,500 feet
Trekking Time: 3 hours

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

ITINERARY

Rongai Route

Trek begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha

Arrive late evening at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (JRO). Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Accommodations: Lake Duluti Lodge in Arusha

Day 2 • Arusha

Today we relax in Arusha. In the afternoon we gather for an orientation and gear check at our lodge with our guide.

Accommodations: Lake Duluti Lodge in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner (B, D)

Day 3 • Nale Moru • 6400 feet • First Cave Campsite • 8700 feet

After breakfast, we take a five-hour drive through villages and coffee plantations to the forest village of Nale Muru, where we register with the Kilimanjaro Park Office while our guides and porters prepare our equipment. Our trek begins through fields of maize and potatoes and then enters pine forest, which gradually thins as we approach Simba Camp near the First Cave. Our camp tonight sits at the edge of the moorland zone with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya. We move into our tents and warm drinks and hot wash water while our cooks prepare dinner.

Walking distance: 6.5 km/4 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude gain: 700 m/2300 feet

Accommodations: Tented Camp at First Cave
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • First Cave Campsite • Kikelewa Caves • 11810 feet

After breakfast, we set out through high-elevation moors on a path that rises gradually toward our campsite near Kikelewa Cave. Along the way, we enjoy terrific views of Kibo Summit and our first glimpse of the icefields on the eastern crater rim. As we approach Second Cave, the small shrubs of the moorland became thinner and we branch off on a less-travelled path toward Mawenzi. After trekking 10 km, we enter a cozy valley filled with giant Senecios plants near Kikelewa Cave. We settle in for the night.

Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
Walking time: 7 hours
Altitude gain: 950 m/3110 feet

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Kikelewa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Kikelewa Caves • Mawenzi Tarn • 14210 feet

Today is a relatively short day. After breakfast, we ascend steep, grassy slopes to a beautiful 360-degree view of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding landscape. As we continue higher, the vegetation dwindles and we enter semi-desert terrain. Soon, we arrive at our camp at Mawenzi Tarn beneath the soaring peaks of Mawenzi. We relax and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the area.

Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude gain: 730 m/2400 feet

Afternoon acclimatization walk to about 14,760 feet

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Mawenzi Tarn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Mawenzi Tarn • Kibo Huts • 15420 feet

Today we rise early to ensure that we arrive in camp with time to rest for our summit bid tomorrow. After breakfast, we hike across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo through terrain that resembles a lunar desert until we arrive at the Kibo Huts, just below the Kibo Crater Wall. We camp here, where our trail merges with the Marangu Route, which we’ll follow to the summit tomorrow. We pack for our summit push then go to bed early.

Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude gain: 370 m/1215 feet

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Kibo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Summit attempt via Gilman’s Point • 18,700 feet to Uhuru Peak • 19340 feet

We wake at about midnight and follow steep switchbacks to Gilman’s Point on the rim of Kilimanjaro’s summit crater at 18,640 feet. If our timing is right, we watch the sunrise here, with the plains of Africa spread out beneath us. As light filters into the crater, we gain our first view of Kilimanjaro’s glaciers. We follow the crater rim to the true summit, Uhuru Peak, where we celebrate and take photos. Then we descend back to the Kibo Hut, eat lunch, and continue down to the Horombo Huts, where we’ll spend the night.

Walking distance: 5 km/3.1 miles ascent + 15 km/9.3 miles descent
Walking time: 6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5 hours down (the overall walking time may vary from 10 – 16 hours)
Altitude gain: 1000 m/ 3280 feet (Gilman’s Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2195 m/7200 feet

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Horombo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Horombo Huts • Marangu Gate

We descend through moorland to the Mandara Huts for lunch. Then we hike through rainforest, reaching the park entrance by mid-afternoon. A two-hour drive takes us back to our hotel in Arusha.

Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1840 m/6040 feet

Accommodations: Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (B, L)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

SAFARIS

Ngorongoro Safari • 3 Days

The Mount Kilimanjaro expedition continues with a safari.

Day 1 • Lake Manyara

We climb into a safari Land Cruiser and drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara through the Tema Hills past herds of cattle and goats tended by the Maasai people. We enjoy a wildlife drive at Lake Manyara National Park and then lunch at Bandas. In the afternoon, we take another wildlife drive then continue to the Ngorongoro Highlands, where we check into a safari lodge overlooking the crater.

Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 2 • Ngorongoro Crater

From the lodge we begin a 2,000-foot descent into Ngorongoro Crater. Inside the crater, we will see a huge variety of wildlife close up. We spend half the day in the crater, with a stop for a picnic lunch midday. With luck, we will see rhinoceros. We then drive to Tarangire National Park known for its baobab trees, where we enjoy dinner and overnight in the park.

Accommodations: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Tarangire

We set out on an early morning game drive for a chance to see predatory wildlife. We return to the lodge for breakfast, then embark on another game drive in Tarangire National Park. We return and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (B, L)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
 

Serengeti Safari • 5 Days

The Mount Kilimanjaro expedition continues with a safari.

Day 1 • Lake Manyara

We drive from Arusha directly to Lake Manyara, where we enjoy a picnic lunch and game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Drive to Ngorongoro Highlands. Overnight at a safari lodge overlooking the crater.

Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 2 • Ngorongoro Crater

From the lodge, we drive 20 minutes then begin the 2,000-foot descent into Ngorongoro Crater. Inside the crater we will see a huge variety of wildlife close-up. After lunch, we leave the crater highlands and drop onto the famous Serengeti Plains. Our camp will be situated in an ideal location for maximum game viewing. Overnight at safari lodge or luxury tented camp.

Accommodations: Safari Lodge or Luxury Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

**From December to May we camp in the Southern Serengeti often near vast herds of wildebeest during their annual migration. From June to November our camp is usually located in the Central Serengeti where the resident herds are attracted to year-round water at the Seronera River.**

Day 3 • Serengeti National Park

A second day will give us plenty of time to further explore the vast plains and wildlife of the Serengeti. We enjoy lunch in camp, or travel with a picnic lunch and spend the entire day in the wild. Overnight at safari lodge or luxury tented camp.

Accommodations: Safari Lodge or Luxury Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Tarangire National Park

Morning game drive and picnic lunch. Drive to Tarangire National Park for an evening game drive and overnight at lodge.

Accommodations: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Option of stopping at Olduvai Gorge and Masai Village, additional entry fees required.

Day 5 • Arusha • Depart

Depart on an early morning game drive for a chance to view predatory wildlife. We return to the lodge for breakfast, and continue our game drive in Tarangire National Park. We return and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (B, L)

Serengeti Flight:
Mountain Gurus recommends flying one-way to the Serengeti to minimize round-trip driving time. This itinerary may be reversed when flying one-way.

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
 

DETAILS

Price

Lemosho Climb
Climb Only: $3795
Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $5,795

Ngorongoro Safari
$1,995

Serengeti Safari
$2,995

Serengeti one-way flight: $300 per person

Rates are quoted based on double/twin sharing bed & breakfast basis at the Mount Meru Hotel while in Arusha and double sharing tent accommodations on the mountain. Full board double/twin sharing accommodations while at safari lodges and luxury tented camps. Single supplement and additional airport transfers fees apply.

Deposit and Payments

  • $700.00 deposit includes a $500.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
  • Balance due 120 days prior to start date.
  • The balance can be paid by check, wire transfer, or by credit card with a surcharge of 3.0%

Price Includes

  • Kilimanjaro and safari park fees
  • Scheduled land transportation in Tanzania
  • Hotels in Arusha
  • Tented accommodations
  • Dining tents, full dining chairs and private toilet tent
  • Scheduled meals in Arusha and during the trek
  • Professional trekking guide
  • Scheduled porter service based on the itinerary
  • Baggage transport (limited to 15kg / 33lbs)
  • All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Visa fees
  • Non-scheduled airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Personal gear
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room (hotels only) and porterage supplement $300
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool or synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: Two synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Two cotton shirts for camps.
  • Medium Weight Top: A synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
  • Insulated Jacket: 700+ fill down.
  • Poncho: Quick and handy protection for body and backpack

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Heavyweight Gloves: Insulated glove or mitten with GORE-TEX© or waterproof outer.

Lower Body

  • Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: One pair of GORE-TEX© pants. Full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your hardshell pants without removing your boots.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
  • Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.

Footwear

  • Trekking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.
  • Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: Comfortable footwear for camps.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 20ᵒ Fahrenheit).
  • Sleeping Pads: A full-length closed-cell foam pad and inflatable pad.

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 30-liter pack with good support, adequate to carry personal gear.
  • Duffel: One large duffel for transporting gear via porters
  • Liner Bags: Two large plastic contractor bags.

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1-liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Travel wallet for passport, cash and travel documents
  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Casual travel clothes
  • Personal snacks: We recommend a mix of sweet and salty whole foods (nuts, dried fruit, dried meat) and energy foods such as Gu, Clif Bars and Shot Blocks
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Hand sanitzer (several small bottles)
  • Small soap
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Toothbrush / paste
  • Nail trimmers
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Camera
  • Altitude watch
  • Small personal first-aid kit including:
    • Diamox / acetalzolamide: 125 mg
    • NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen
    • Antibiotics: such as Azithromyacin for upper respiratory, Ciproflaxin for gastrointestinal
    • Melatonin
    • Antacids
    • Cold and flu meds
    • Blister kit
    • Bandaid
    • Wound closure strips
    • Triple antibiotic ointment
    • Scissors
    • Any personal prescription meds or asthma meds

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania

Visa/Entry Information:
A passport and visa are required for travel to Tanzania. American citizens should obtain a visa prior to arriving in Tanzania. The fee for a tourist visa is $100 for 12 month multiple-entry.

Health & Immunizations:
Vaccinations against cholera and malaria are recommended.

Flight Travel Information:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Arusha, Tanzania

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in-country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the country’s destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if applicable. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Mount Kilimanjaro Fitness & Training

Trekking Grade: Advanced   

While trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you must be able to hike for 5 to 7 hours per day while carrying a 20-pound pack. Porters will carry your overnight gear. On summit day, you will be breathing heavily, moving slowly, and carrying a roughly 20-pound summit pack. You must be in top physical and mental condition to succeed on this climb.

Before the expedition we recommend that you train by running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to develop your strength and stamina.

Here’s a suggested progression of treks before attempting Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Mount Fuji, Machu Picchu, Morocco High Atlas, Everest Base Camp
  • Northwest climb such as Mount Baker (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek?

To climb Mount Kilimanjaro you must be able to hike for 6 to 8 hours per day while carrying a small daypack. Porters will carry all overnight gear and group expedition equipment. On the longest days, you will ascend between 2,000 and 3,000 vertical feet. To fully enjoy this expedition, you should have strong hiking skills and excellent physical fitness.

Who will guide my trek?

Our Machame treks are led by a Tanzanian guide with extensive experience with our trekking teams. Your guide will be assisted by additional Tanzanian guides and porters. Our guides and staff are native to the Kilimanjaro area.

On occasion we offer specialty treks led by an experienced American mountain guide. These climbs typically cost more due to the expense of hiring a Western guide.

What are the Kilimanjaro trekking seasons?

The best periods to trek are December through March and June through October. Tanzania experiences a long rainy season from March to May, and a short rainy season in November.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will carry only the gear you’ll use each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or other group or overnight equipment. For your comfort, your daypack will not weigh more than 15 to 20 pounds.

What is Mountain Gurus' summit success rate?

Our Mount Kilimanjaro climbs sees very high success rates. Over many years, we have led 98% of our climbers to the summit safely. We customize this trek to provide a slightly longer, slower ascent, which allows climbers more time to acclimatize to the altitude, greatly increasing your chance of summiting.

Although the routes we take to the summit of Kilimanjaro are less steep and challenging than climbing routes on the other Seven Summits, our guides must still be alert for other hazards, and altitude is foremost among them. The symptoms of altitude illness can range from mild headaches to more serious issues such Acute Mountain Sickness and edema. These ailments must be recognized and treated promptly. Our guides pride themselves on their ability to recognize and treat altitude ailments before they become serious.

Our local trek leader has summited Kilimanjaro more than 100 times, and our guides and support staff can show you the best of Tanzanian wildlife and culture throughout your adventure. All of our guides speak English fluently and are trained in Wilderness First Aid. Mountain Gurus will see you safely to the summit and ensure your adventure is enjoyable, memorable and safe!

Do you offer shorter safari options?

If you don’t have time for a multiday safari, Mountain Gurus offers a one-day safari in Arusha National Park. This park is home to a rich variety of wildlife including giraffe, water buffalo, zebra, warthogs and monkeys in a spectacular landscape with stunning views of Mount Meru.

Do you offer custom or private safari options?

Why not have your family and friends join you on safari after your climb? From luxury lodges and camps, to walking safaris and budget accommodations, Mountain Gurus can plan a getaway for you on Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Or we can arrange a trip to the Indian Ocean where you’ll enjoy Zanzibar’s white sand beaches or the remote island of Pemba. Visit our private safari planning page for more information