Climbing Kilimanjaro is truly special experience. At the park gate you enter into pristine rainforest and during the trek pass through shrub, desert and alpine environments! Over a 7 day route we gradually gain altitude and acclimatise to our new surroundings all the time with incredible views across the african plains. With unprecedented support from Mountain Expeditions and our local team, excellent logistics and plenty of singing and dancing along the way, Kilimanjaro is an experience you’ll never forget!
Kilimanjaro is open to anyone looking for a really fun adventure. Whilst some hill walking and camping experience would be beneficial, previous altitude and mountaineering experience is not required. Kilimanjaro would be ideal for anyone up for an incredible challenge, those with an adventurous spirit, and people with an aptitude for pushing their limits!
If you have your own team we can plan dates and amend itineraries to suit you. We often run 1 off private expeditions to Kilimanjaro tailored exactly to the teams requirements. Just get in touch…
Hundreds of company’s offer Kilimanjaro – so why choose Mountain Expeditions? Jon has lead 14 very successful groups to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, each time with the same local team. He has a unique relationship with his guides, combining a deep mutual trust and respect resulting in a great working relationship. There is no doubt this rubs off on the team setting things up for an outstanding expedition.
We offer a personal and pragmatic approach to expedition life, allowing you to enjoy the experience to the full. This combined with a realistic 7 day mountain itinerary allows for sufficient acclimatisation, giving you the best preparation to reach the summit.
The small things count and Mountain Expeditions appreciates that everyone has different expectations and requirements. For many, this is the first big mountain they have ever climbed and a little nerves and anxiety is perfectly normal. This is where Mountain Expeditions differ – our guides understand this and will be there to assist your ascent and ensure you have the most incredible experience.
Mountain Expeditions is backed by the best local logistics and guide teams in Tanzania. With years of experience working as close knit team our head guides all have over 100+ ascents of Kilimanjaro. They are outstanding on the mountain and understand the needs and requirements of our teams well.
“There is something really special about climbing Kilimanjaro. With the singing and dancing with our porter team, the team camaraderie, the incredible scenery, we’re all in this whirl wind trip of a life time together. Personally, I love Kilimanjaro and I hope I can continue to climb it for many years to come!”
|Date From||Date to (if applicable)||Description|
|03/10/2019||Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport|
|04/10/2019||Build up / prep day|
|05/10/2019||Trek day 1|
|06/10/2019||Trek day 2|
|07/10/2019||Trek day 3|
|08/10/2019||Trek day 4|
|09/10/2019||Trek day 5|
|10/10/2019||Trek day 6 & Summit attempt|
|11/10/2019||Trek day 7 & descend, shower, eat, party!|
What do I eat on the mountain?
The food is really good and plentiful. It is all prepared fresh on the mountain by our fantastic cooks. Generally you can expect 3 hot meals a day, and 3 courses! Any special dietary requirements can easily be catered for – just let us know!
What do I have to carry on a typical day?
Members are expected to carry just a day pack containing items need for that day. Its to your benefit to carry the minimum and enjoy the experience to the full. All other items will be porter for you in your main duffle bag.
Should I take Diamox?
If you are considering Diamox our advice is to do your research first, understand the what it is and how it works – then visit your GP. Websites such as NHS Fit For Travel are very informative.
Is the mountain busy and crowded?
We use the best 7 day mountain route on Kilimanjaro and we go at the very best time of year. Of course there are other people on the mountain but it never feels busy. There are 7 recognised routes, a number of which share the same high camp and route to the summit. Its fun having other teams around but they never impact on the success of our expedition.
What happens if I get ill and need to go down?
If a member needs to go down this can be arranged very quickly and easily. There are a number of options depending on where we are on the mountain (walk, 4×4, stretcher) and with 24/7 radio contact with our agent on the ground you are in safe hands on and off the mountain.
I’m worried about slowing down the team?
Relax! The wonderful thing about Kilimanjaro is that the pace is really slow and steady from the first minute (to help acclimatisation). Our local team are absolutely superb and if you wish to walk slower at your own pace this is fine one our guides will happily walk with you (and this bares no impact on the expedition).
What is the toilet situation?
At camps we have a toilet tent with a private portaloo just for our team. On the trail you can nip behind a tree or a rock, and at various points on the trail there are long-drop toilets available.
Do I need any money on the mountain?
No. There is nothing to spend it on! Everything is included.
Can we do a Safari or Zanzibar before or after the trip?
Yes – this can be easily arranged at any time. Just let us know what you would like to do and we will help advise you.
Jon Gupta & ME Leaders