10 days off work
Up to 12 people
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Hotel · Campsite
All you need to tackle the summit is a reasonable level of fitness and a good helping of determination.
Stand on the highest point of an entire continent - the stuff an adventurer’s dreams are made of
Take the popular Machame route to the summit and a backdrop of endless scenic vistas
Embark on a 3-day game safari and see elephants, rhinos and lions in their raw and natural habitat
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— Megan, July 2022
The only way to really describe this adventure is ‘once in a lifetime’. From airport pick up, to the hotels and of course the trek itself, everything was so well organised and smooth. We all reached the summit, and found the guides knowledge on dealing with altitude to be outstanding. The safari was incredible, and the amount of animals we saw was absolutely mindblowing
— Peter, August 2022
This was one unforgettable holiday from start to finish! Where do I begin? Tanzania is a wonderful country with such beautiful people, scenery and wildlife. The trek up Kilimanjaro - whilst not easy - was made all the more manageable due to a supportive team of porters and guides for whom nothing was too much trouble. I really must praise our guides, Stephen and Ferrida, for everything they did - they were EXCELLENT! Summit night was tough - be prepared to be sleep-deprived and to feel the effects of the high altitude - this is normal. However, it is all worth it for the truly magical views that await you on Uhuru Peak. The food provided throughout was delicious - a real credit to the cook who is essentially preparing meals on the side of a mountain. Top tips: bring LOTS of layers, a WARM down jacket, the warmest sleeping bag you can find, a hot water bottle (what a treat when it's cold on a night!), plenty of sunscreen and lip balm, painkillers, and make you drink LOTS! The safari part of the trip was also unforgettable. We were treated to so many sightings of animals in the wild across three days and three national parks. Our driver/guide - Josephad - was simply a wealth of knowledge on the wildlife and a real gentleman when it came to ensuring we were comfortable. If you're looking for the holiday of a lifetime, this is it!
— Amy, August 2022
The trip was incredible from start to finish; our local guides (Stephen, Farida and Josephad) were amazing!! The food, accommodation and level of service far exceeded anything I could have expected. Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro with the support of our guides was a feeling I can’t even describe- truly a once in a lifetime experience! I wouldn’t have made it to the top if it weren’t for Stephen’s support and energy. The safari days were also amazing, Josephad has the eyes of a hawk and was able to ensure we saw lots of animals as we drove through the beautiful scenery! Honestly cannot fault the experience at all, thank you so much to the local teams for making this experience so memorable!
— Ann, February 2022
Amazing trip. Expedition to the roof of Africa was a go despite Covid travel restrictions. According to the pedometer app we covered a lot more distance than suggested but beautiful part of the world. Do pack so as to keep kit dry and wear runners/lighter walking shoes on day 1. The #trek2kili team were amazing. Cheerful, supportive, private loo and brilliant food. A special thanks to Stephen and Hussein our guides. Couldn't have done it without them. If you're not the hill walking type I'd still advise to get the safari in, which I tagged in three days of after the climb. The big 5 so close up were fantastic. My pics didn't do it any justice. Off to plan the next big adventure now!
— Kristen, February 2022
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an experience like no other. We had an incredible team to help us up the mountain and there was no shortage of great food, including loads of vegan options. The safari was the icing on top, rounding out a trip-of-a-lifetime visit to Tanzania.
— Sophie, December 2021
The Kilimanjaro trek was incredible! So beautiful, so challenging. Our guides, Roger and Stephen, were brilliant - so caring, experienced and dedicated. Great chat as well! The trek is as described, and summit day is difficult. But so worth it. Meals were delicious and the whole team took great care of us. My advice to others - SPF50 on your lips everyday, pack your stuff in daypack and main bag in waterproof bags, and hydration! As per other review, tipping was awkward. You have to give each person an individual tip. Take small notes (10s and 20s), and ask in advance from Iza the appropriate split per role. On safari, the wildlife and scenery were incredible. The accommodation is sensational. High quality service, food, room and facilities.
— James, February 2020
It was an amazing experience from the trek to safari! The team: guide, cook, waiter, pilot and porters were brilliant. Highlights making the summit, Tarangire and Ngorongoro crater were beautiful and something that will stay with me for a very long time. One thing you would change: The giving of tips at their office after the trek did feel awkward and may do with being revised but apart from that it was an awesome trip!
— Chris, October 2019
The whole team who looked after me on this trip - from emails with Azizi beforehand, through to Geofrey and Chidi (my guides for the trek and safari respectively) - were fantastic: welcoming, friendly, supportive and really enthusiastic! The trek was hard, I expected that, but it was so very much worth it. Geofrey's enthusiasm, humour and support ensured I made it to the summit safely.
Local, certified trekking and safari guides
6 nights camping, 3 nights in a hotel and 2 nights in a farmhouse-hotel
Munch on tasty food throughout
To and from the airport and everything in-between
Fair and sustainable wages paid to all the cooks and porters
All permits, taxes and licenses
Flights to and from the meeting point
Tips for your guides
Anytime on Day 1
Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi or Kilimanjaro Airport
Anytime on Day 12
Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Alternatively, if you’re already in Tanzania, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point upon request (not included). Your adventure ends with another overnight stay at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi. From here you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania or ask your host to arrange a private airport transfer for any flight departing that day. The airport transfer takes around 2 hours.
There are frequent flights to Kilimanjaro (JRO) from major airports across the UK and Europe.
Hotel · Twin share
Day 2 – Day 7
Campsite · Twin tent
Day 8 – Day 10
Hotel · Twin share
Hotel · Twin share
What is the food like?
Throughout your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals. Breakfast will usually be some combination of fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs, bread, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch will be a mix of vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwich options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and bread. Dinner, meanwhile, will usually consist of soup, bread, salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, curry, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad and fruit with custard. On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits, and when you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting as a reward all your hard work. If you have any special dietary requests, let your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them. Vegan and vegetarian diet can be fully accommodated.
What is the accommodation like?
You'll spend your first and last nights in a twin-share room at the Kili Wonder Hotel just 4km from Moshi Town and 40km from the airport. This 4-star boutique hotel has an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy an international breakfast and an a la carte dinner, or if you prefer something a little more casual, there’s also the 4th-floor Summit Bar which offers pizza and flame-grilled BBQ alongside stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Rooms are modern and comfortable with en-suite bathroom and free WiFi.
The Machame Route
During the trek, you will camp at a number of sites along the Machame route in a twin-share tent. Cooking and camping equipment will be provided.
You’ll stay in a twin-share room at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse, a quaint hotel with hand-plaited thatched rooftops, ample verandas and colonial interiors. There is a lounge and an on-site restaurant which serves buffet-style meals prepared with fresh vegetables from the farm’s gardens. The hotel has 52 chalet-style rooms with rustic décor, en-suite bathroom and a balcony with incredible views.
There is the option to upgrade to a private room or tent during the hike part of this trip (nights 1-8) if you would like to do so - see Optional Extras for pricing. It is not possible for a solo room on nights 9-11.
Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your accommodation at the Kili Wonder Hotel where your guide will be waiting for you. After a briefing and equipment check, you can retire for an early night ready for tomorrow’s adventure.
5-6hrs · 11.2km · 1220m up
Take a 45-minute drive through the mountain village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate where your ascent will begin. Hike through the rainforest and along windy trails and learn about the local wildlife. Have your gaiters and trekking poles at the ready as the trail can be muddy and slippery at the lower elevations. Reach your campsite, settle in and enjoy your first night on the trek.
4-5hrs · 4.8km · 335m up
Leave the rainforest behind you and take the ascending path through the valley and along a steep rocky ridge. From here, the route turns west into a river gorge which you will follow all the way up to Shira Camp (3847m). Drop off your daypack and climb the slope above camp for a clear view over the surrounding plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you next.
5-6hrs · 9.6km · 150m up
Spend the day acclimatising as you explore the Shira Plateau. Continue east towards Kibo’s glaciered peak, then south-east towards the lava tower known as the Sharks Tooth (4650m) and then descend slightly to your overnight camp at Barranco ready for dinner and a good night’s rest.
4-5hrs · 5.6km
Another important acclimatisation and contingency day to boost your chances of summit success. After breakfast, follow a steep ridge to the base of the Barranco Wall. This is a challenge both physically and mentally as the wall appears higher than its 257m and slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top (most hikers find it easier than anticipated - so fear not!). At the top, look out over the Heim Glacier and then wind up and down the Karanga Valley to reach your base for the night.
2-3hrs · 3.5km · 700m up
Follow a short but steep trail through alpine forest and ever-thinning air to Barafu Camp – your last stop before summit day. 'Barafu' means ice in Swahili and this camp is located on a rocky and exposed ridge. Have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning and get some sleep. Nearly there!
10-13hrs · 17.7km · 1195m up · 2805m down
Set off at 02:00 and begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek. Ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, followed by a snowy ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m) - the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment. After a rest and photographs, descend over terrain forged by volcanic ash to Mweka Camp.
Back to Moshi
3-4hrs · 9.6km · 1410m down
Continue your descent to the Mweka Park Gate. The weather here will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles handy. When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate before driving back to your hotel in Moshi where you can enjoy a hot shower and celebrate the end of the first part of your adventure.
Lake Manyara National park
Travel to the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park and the start of the second part of your adventure - visiting three of Tanzania's top five wildlife hotspots on a spectacular game safari. This impressive park is one of Tanzania's most dramatically located wildlife areas, home to a shallow soda lake that covers two-thirds of the entire park and a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, tree-climbing lions and large flocks of flamingos. After a mesmerizing day, head to the Hotel Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge where you’ll enjoy dinner and a good night's sleep.
Descend 600m into the Ngorongoro Crater - one of the most densely populated wildlife areas in Africa and home to approximately 25,000 large mammals, including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Supported by year-round water and food, this area is packed with game animals, including herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, warthog, hippo and elephants, as well as their predators such as lions, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs. Enjoy lunch in the crater and then make your way back to the hotel and another relaxing evening.
Tarangire National Park
Travel into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. Covering 2,850sq. miles, Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, famous for the diversity of its wildlife. The area around you will be hilly but keep your eyes peeled as you’re likely to see large herds of elephants wandering through the long grass, as well as tree-climbing pythons in the massive baobabs. The Tarangire National Park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx and a few Ashy Starlings. Leave this wonderful park behind and return to Moshi for a final farewell dinner with your team.
Time to head home
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast to mark the end of a remarkable trip and then head back to the airport or continue your adventure in Tanzania.
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What do I need to bring?
- Waterproof Jacket - breathable with hood
- Weather rated insulated jacket - synthetic or down
- Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
- Long sleeve shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
- Short sleeve shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
- Waterproof Pants - breathable
- Hiking Pants - convertible to shorts recommended (2)
- Fleece Pants
- Shorts (optional)
- Long Underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended (2)
- Underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended
- Sports Bra (women)
- Hiking Boots - warm, waterproof, broken-in with spare laces
- Gym Shoes - to wear at camp (optional)
- Socks - thick, wool or synthetic (3-5)
- Sock Liners - tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (3-5)
- Waterproof gaiters – highly recommended to prevent loose gravel and sand
- Sleeping Bag - warm, four-season rated
- Sleeping Bag Liner - for added warmth (optional)
- Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
- Headlamp, with extra batteries
- Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
- Daypack to carry your personal gear
- Brimmed Hat for sun protection
- Knit Hat for warmth
- Balaclava for face coverage (highly recommended)
- Bandana (optional)
- Warm gloves (waterproof recommended)
- Glove Liners - thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth*
- Sunglasses or Goggles
- Backpack Cover (waterproof)
- Poncho (during the rainy season - optional)
- Water Bottle (Nalgene recommended, must have 2-3 Liters combined)
- Water Bladder Camelback type – note disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain due to National Park regulations
- Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags - various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
- Trip Receipt
- Visa (available upon arrival)
- Insurance Documents
Optional Solo Room & Tent Upgrade Nights 1-8
Payable Before Departure
Optional Solo Room & Tent Upgrade Nights 1-8
… Per Person
Optional Solo Room Upgrade nights 1 & 8 only
Payable Before Departure
Optional Solo Room Upgrade nights 1 & 8 only
… Per Person
We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What's the number?
It works out on average at 504kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.
The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.
But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
- A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.
Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.
Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technical climb and anyone with reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting it as long as they are prepared and determined. The main challenge is the high altitude, therefore a slow pace is recommended when ascending.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Guides have been extensively trained at the Mweka Wildlife centre about the routes, terrain and conditions. With over 10 years experience, they have also been to the summit more than 100 times. Additionally, all of the guides are certified First Aid Responders and CPR trained.
Over the three days on safari, your guides will try their best to find the perfect spot to see the local wildlife in their natural habitat including -
- And while it cannot be guaranteed that all of the above will be spotted, your guide's experience will increase your chances tremendously.
It's possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best climbing months are from December to March and July to October. The best weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are also typically the warmest and driest months.
Thanks to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, the region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather you might expect and instead has dry and wet seasons. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable (to say the least) and rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Daily temperature changes are also unpredictable when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on the altitude.
Yes, your host is one of the pioneers of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are also part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies to implement procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their staff.
Tips are not included in the trip cost, however, we would suggest $200 per guest for the hiking. For the safari: $70 per vehicle, per day for your driver: so $210 in total, split between the total number of people in the vehicle.
These are entirely at your discretion but the norm in Tanzanian culture means there is an expectation to tip for good service.
For every 2 clients you'll be accompanied by 14 supporting staff members: This breaks down as 1 lead guide, 1 Assistant guide, 1 Cook, 1 Waiter, 1 Pilot (toilet porter) and 9 Regular porters who carry any additional equipment.
When you trek in the mountains, there's always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3500m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms of altitude sickness so if any more serious symptoms are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or a rapid descent if needed. All of our trips have been designed with altitude best practice in mind so acclimatisation days have been built in and our experienced guides follow advice to ‘walk high and sleep low’.
There is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kitbag must be no heavier than 20Kg. You will also have a rucksack to hold your basic kit for a days walking. If you wish to bring more than 20kg it is best to arrange another bag and an extra porter charge will apply.
If you need to be taken down to a lower altitude as a matter of urgency, there are two options in place. In most instances, steel-framed, mobile stretchers can be pushed by porters to descend quickly. Most people feel immediate relief at lower altitudes where you will be evaluated and if the guides determine you are well enough, you will wait for your group at a lower camp or be taken to the gate for transfer to Moshi for medical treatment (if necessary). For more serious concerns, through a partnership with Kilimanjaro SAR, emergency helicopters can be deployed within 5 minutes for evacuation, complete with in-flight medical treatment. If you require further medical attention upon landing, you will be taken to their modern, private High Altitude Medical Clinic, designed to tackle Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Please ensure that you have appropriate insurance coverage for trekking with evacuation coverage for up to 6,000 meters above sea level.
No, however, if you would like the peace of mind of a doctor accompanying you, this can be arranged. Please contact your host and book at least 2 months in advance.
Unlike many operators, your host carries oxygen on all climbs and guides perform daily health and pulse oxymeter checks, which measures both your heart rate and the percentage of oxygen in your blood. We want to ensure and monitor your health and safety at all altitudes and your guides are well trained to identify the signs of AMS and resolve them immediately.
A plastic bag ban went into effect across Tanzania from 1st June 2019 and the use, manufacture or importation of plastic bags, including garbage bags and shopping bags, is now illegal and convicted offenders, including tourists, can face heavy fines, imprisonment for up to two years, or both. Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or hand luggage before flying to Tanzania. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should also be removed from plastic bags. Please check your hand luggage before disembarking at entry points and any plastic bags should be left on the plane. Similarly, the transparent zip-lock plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc are also not permitted and should be removed and left on the plane before disembarking.
You can securely leave any excess luggage at your host's base before you set off on the trek.
Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.
Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.
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