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Mount Kilimanjaro • Serengeti Safari

Guided ascents of the Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes

Details

Length:

9 days in Tanzania

Trekking Season:

Year round

Trekking Grade:

Cost

$3400 - $5200

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Mountain Gurus offers fixed date departures on Mount Kilimanjaro from December-March and June-October primarily on the Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes. Although we often operate small group private climbs throughout the year on various routes. Please inquire for details. Then follow the climb with a classic three-day or five-day wildlife safari in Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti NP.

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Expedition Overview

Seven Summits - Mountain GurusMount Kilimanjaro – Rising high above the Africa plain with its snow capped summit is truly an awe-inspiring adventure. Celebrated as the “The roof of Africa“ and the least technical climb of the seven summits – makes Kilimanjaro an ideal first expedition for aspiring climbers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Mountain Gurus takes great pleasure in offering a safe and exciting climb of the mountain. The Machame route to Uhuru Peak, also known as Kibo’s summit, is considered by many climbers the most scenic route on the mountain. The route traverses from the Shira Plateau Western breach and Lava Tower to the Barranco Wall and under the mountains southern glaciers. We also offer climbs on the less traveled, yet scenic and pristine Rongai and Lemosho routes. Our guides are highly trained professionals and our mountain services are simply fantastic. After the climb we enjoy a magnificent safari in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, known for their abundance of wildlife and unforgettable landscape. We are also members of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Which means we believe in paying our porters a fair and ethical wage with proper gear. Watch video of our recent climb!

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Why Trek Kilimanjaro with Mountain Gurus?

Mountain Gurus has been leading trips to East Africa’s Tanzania since 2001. We know Kilimanjaro and we know what makes a safe, successful and enjoyable trek. Honestly, we offer one of the best values on the mountain. Our local Tanzania guides are friendly, knowledgeable and have vast experience leading first rate trips using the finest camps, healthy food preparation and top-notch porter staff. Our climb provides amble time for acclimatization and yields a very high success rate on the mountain. The food, attention to hygiene, 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 basic first aid. We carry emergency oxygen and O2 sat meter on every climb. The trek is also “fully supported” which means you only carry a small trekking backpack with your essential day gear while our friendly porter staff carries all your overnight gear. Our Mountain Gurus experienced trek planners will make sure you have the right gear, best training and your prepared for every aspect of the journey.

Trek Highlights “Mountain Gurus style”

View slideshow from our Kilimanjaro “New Year’s 2016” Climb

• Guided climb of Kilimanjaro on the Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes
• Our trek allows amble 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 food and hygienically prepared meals
• Fully supported trek includes porter service
• Scheduled airport transfers
• Emergency oxygen and O2 sat meter
• Orientation and gear check on Arusha rest day
• English speaking trekking guides
• Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure

Experience the Mountain Gurus difference. The best services on the mountain.

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Your choice of three amazing routes on Kilimanjaro!

Mountain Gurus offers climbs on the Machame, Rongai, and Lemosho routes.

Machame Climb • 7 days • 6 nights on the mountain

The Machame climb is a more direct and ideal route for aspiring climbers who only have six nights to spend on the mountain. The route has the advantage of an alpine ascent, ascending and descending the same trail on summit day. This eliminates the need to sleep in the summit crater, lessening the total number of nights needed for acclimatization. The Machame route passes through five environmental zones and is among the most scenic areas found on the mountain, traversing under the huge hanging glaciers of Kili’s steep southern flank. We are also able to offer a 5 night, 6 day option on the Machame route for groups with strong hiking and acclimatization skills.

Rongai Climb • 6 days • 5 nights on the mountain

The Rongai Route is considered as one of the easiest routes with a high success rate. The route starts on the north side of Mt. Kilimanjaro just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The route is a very scenic and pristine and can also be climbed in 7 days using an alternate route variation for greater acclimatization. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, giving the climbers an opportunity to see the mountain from many view points.

Lemosho Climb • Western Breach • 8 days • 7 nights on the mountain

The Lemosho climb otherwise known as the Shira Western Breach route makes for an incredibly beautiful and pristine wilderness journey, plus being significantly less travelled makes it the premium route on the mountain. Our Shira itinerary is one of the most successful treks on Mount Kilimanjaro with 98% of the climbers reaching the summit. One of the best features of the route is the longer, slower ascent which gives the body more time to acclimatize to the altitude gradually thus greatly increaseing the success rate. The route also has the added benefit of traveling across the Shira Plateau World Heritage Site. We also offer the option of sleeping at the crater camp on some climbs. There is also another exciting option of doing the Lemosho Machame combined route as an 8 day climb for better acclimatization.

Follow the climb with a world class wildlife safari!

Mountain Gurus offers classic safaris in Tanzania’s amazing wildlife parks. Visit our safari page

Ngorongoro Safari • 3 days

Our Kilimanjaro climb continues the adventure with this classic and unforgettable three day safari. You’ll visit three remarkable National wildlife parks including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire.

Serengeti Safari • 5 days

Tented-serengeti-wildlife-campThe legendary Serengeti… the Ngorongoro Crater… a million stampeding wildebeest… an ancient land where mankind began. Combine an ascent of Kilimanjaro with one of the most outstanding safaris in all of Africa. You’ll discover amazing wildlife and enjoy luxury lodges and tented camps within Northern Tanzanian’s National Parks. Learn more about our safaris

Arusha Safari • 1 day

Spend a day in Arusha National Park. The park offers a rich variety of wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog and monkey’s along with spectacular landscapes and stunning views of Mount Meru.

Mount Meru • 2 nights on the mountain

Pre-acclimatize for Mount Kilimanjaro on nearby Mount Meru. As the second highest peak in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa, Mount Meru stands at 14,977ft. The mountain is located within Arusha National Park. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater.

Custom safaris & Zanzibar vacation planning

Why not consider having your family and friends join you on safari following the climb? From luxury lodges and camps, to walking safaris and budget accommodations, Mountain Gurus can plan the prefect getaway in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Otherwise head to the Indian Ocean and enjoy Zanzibar’s white sand beaches or the more remote island of Pemba. Visit our safari planning page for more information


“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… We thank 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. 2014 Rick K”

“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.” 2011 Kate D

“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!” 2013 Carlos N

“Hey Dennis, we made it back to Arusha and all of us made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!!! I can not 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!!!!” 2014 Rachel P

“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 knowledgable man on the mountain, who has been leading treks for 30 years. Overall, an unforgettable experience. It was exhausting, but worth every minute.” 2014 Sara C

Climb Itineraries


Flight Schedule: USA – Amsterdam (AMS) – Kilimanjaro, Arusha (JRO)
Expedition begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania


Kilimanjaro Climb • 7 day Machame Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Arrive late evening. Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 • Arusha
Enjoy the day relaxing. There will be an afternoon briefing at the lodge with the trip guide and a full equipment check. (B)

Day 3 • Machame Camp • 9,000ft • 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. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Above East Shira Plateau • 12,300ft • day 2 on the mountain
Our hike today will be about five hours. We ascend the Machame route climbing above the old Shira Hut. Camp will be in the upper heath zone. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Barranco Camp • 13,000ft • day 3 on the mountain 
A hike of about six hours will take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then back down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley. The views of the Great Breach Wall are better from this camp than anywhere on the mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Karanga Valley • 13,000ft • day 4 on the mountain
Our three hour hike today climbs out of the Barranco Valley and ascends to over 14,000 feet. We then traverse under the glaciers of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before we descend into Karanga Valley for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Barafu Camp • 15,500ft • day 5 on the mountain
As we continue our traverse from Karanga Valley we will have close-up views of the mountain’s Southern Glaciers. We will traverse for a couple of hours before we begin our 1,600 foot ascent to Barafu Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Day • Kilimanjaro • 19,340ft • day 6 on the mountain
We will start our ascent to the summit very early in the morning while it is still dark. This will allow us to be near the crater rim as the morning sun is rising. After taking in the view from the summit known as Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent back to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut (10,500ft). (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Arusha • Depart or Safari • day 7 on the mountain
A final morning’s descent of 4,500 feet brings us to the road. We will have lunch and transfer to the lodge for showers and re-packing. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you are going on safari, you will continue on from the hotel on day 10. (B, L)


Kilimanjaro Climb • 6 day Rongai Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Arrive late evening. Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 • Arusha
Enjoy the day relaxing. There will be an afternoon briefing at the lodge with the trip guide and a full equipment check. (B)

Day 3 • Nale Moru (1950 m/6400 ft) • First Cave Campsite (2650 m/8700 ft)
Walking distance: 6.5 km/4 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude gain: 700 m/2300 ft

Following breakfast, we will drive you from our hotel to the wooded village of Nale Muru. The drive past villages and many coffee plantations will take five hours. When we arrive, our guides and porters will prepare our equipment and supplies while we complete registration with the Kilimanjaro Park Office. We’ll begin your trek through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. Our ascent begins in the forest occupied by various wildlife until the forest become sparser as we reach the Simba Camp which is near the First Cave. The camp sits at the edge of the moorland zone with spectacular views of the plains of Kenya. When we arrive, our camp and tent is already set up by the porters who ran ahead. They will bring you boiled drinking water and washing water in preparation for a prepared dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 First Cave Campsite Kikelewa Caves (3600 m/11810 ft)
Alternate route to Second Cave Campsite
Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
Walking time: 7 hours
Altitude gain: 950 m/3110 ft

After breakfast, we pack up for the day’s trek, which will consist of moorland terrain. The trek to Second Cave is pretty consistent in respect to grade and ascent. Along the way, we will catch some terrific views of Kibo and get our first glimpse of the ice fields on the Eastern crater rim. The small shrubs of the moorland became thinner as we approach the Second Cave and stop for a short rest and have our lunch. At this point, we break off of the beaten path and head east across the moorland on a less-travelled path toward Mawenzi. After trekking 10km, we will enter a cozy valley filled with the giant Senecios plants and the nearby Kikelewa Cave. It is here at the Kikelewa Camp where we will settle in for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Kikelewa Caves • Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m/14210 ft)
Alternate route to Third Cave Campsite
Walking distance: 6 km/3.7 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude gain: 730 m/2400 ft
Afternoon acclimatization walk to about 4500 m/14760 ft

After breakfast and packing, we begin our relatively short hiking day ascending up steep, grassy slopes. Atop the slopes, we will be greeted with a beautiful 360 panoramic view. Continuing on, we leave behind all traces of vegetation as we enter into the semi-desert terrain. It doesn’t take long now to reach the Mawenzi Tarn, which sits beneath the soaring peaks of Mawenzi. We’ll be able to relax and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this area. (B, L, D)

Day 6Mawenzi Tarn • Kibo Huts (4700 m/15420 ft)
Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Altitude gain: 370 m/1215 ft

After an early breakfast and packing our backpacks, we begin our hike by crossing saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo where the terrain resembles that of a lunar desert. We’ll most likely begin our hike early in the morning to ensure we reach the next camp in time to rest sufficiently, eat and hydrate before our summit bid. We will be just below the Kibo crater wall where we will camp in the Kibo Huts. At this point, we will join up with the Marangu Route which we use to hike to the summit. It’s important that we prepare our clothing, water/nutrients and equipment (replace batteries for headlamp and camera) before we lay down early evening and try to catch a few hours of sleep before our summit push.(B, L, D)

Day 7 • Summit attempt via Gilman’s Point (5700 m/18700 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and down to Horombo Huts (3700 m/12200 ft)
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 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft

After eating at midnight and double checking everything for our summit ascent, we depart early morning with the goal of reaching the peak near the same time as sunrise. Our trek will be full of switchbacks, winding you up the steep trail before reaching Gilman’s Point on the rim of the crater (18,640 ft/5,861 m) at sunrise. Here, we’ll finally see the snow-filled crater and its icecaps. Hiking along the crater rim, we will reach Uhuru Peak around mid-morning and officially will be standing on the Roof of Africa! We will have time to take pictures with the world-famous Uhuru Peak sign, but it is important to begin our descent soon in order to allow enough time to rest at the Kibo Huts. Upon reaching back to Kibo, have lunch, grab some much needed rest, pack up, and return to the Horombo Huts. Enjoy some dinner and some well-deserved sleep. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Horombo Huts • Marangu Gate
Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft

Wake up for breakfast as usual, pack, and descend back through the moorland to the Mandara Huts for lunch. Continue our descent through the rainforest, reaching the parkmid-afternoon. A two hour drive and we will be back to our hotel in Arusha. If you are going on safari, you will continue on from the hotel on Day 9. (B, L)


Kilimanjaro Climb • 8 day Lemosho/ Shira Western Breach Climb with Crater Camp

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Arrive late evening. Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 • Arusha
Enjoy the day relaxing. There will be an afternoon briefing at the lodge with the trip guide and a full equipment check. (B)

Day 3 • Montane Forest • 9,000ft • day 1 on the mountain
Drive approximately one hour to the Kilimanjaro National Park forest edge. From there we walk about three hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for the night. With luck you will be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephant and other forest wildlife on your walk to camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Shira Plateau West Side • 11,300ft • day 2 on the mountain
Taking our time walking through the forest will help us spot some of the plentiful game and bird life. The day’s hike will take us up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zone. You will see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Shira Plateau East Side • 12,950ft • day 3 on the mountain
Our hike today will be about four hours across the Shira Plateau, a World Heritage Site, and one hour up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Camp will be in the upper heath zone in full view of the Western Breach. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Lava Tower • 14,300ft • day 4 on the mountain
Today we will hike approximately six hours to camp just under Lava Tower, a 300 foot high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of the mountain. This will be our first introduction to the alpine zone, with the only plant life being the hardiest of grasses and lichens. We will have a spectacular view of our final ascent route up the Western Breach. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Arrow Glacier • 16,000ft • day 5 on the mountain
With the Western Breach ascent route in full view we will spend two hours climbing to the base of the route where we will camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance the following day. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Crater Camp • 18,500ft • day 6 on the mountain
We will wind our way up the Western Breach non-technical climbing route for about six hours to the crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. Those who still have the energy on top can explore the inner crater and the ash pit before moving to our highest camp on the crater floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwrangler Glacier with stunning views westward toward Mount Meru and the setting African sun. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Summit Day • Kilimanjaro • 19,340ft • day 7 on the mountain
We will start our ascent to the summit early enough in the morning to be on the summit by 10:00am. This final ascent is only 800 feet and can be undertaken after sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000 foot slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent to Barafu Hut and down to our final camp near Mweka Hut (10,500ft). (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Arusha • Depart or Safari • day 8 on the mountain
A final morning’s descent of 4,500 feet brings us to the road. We will have lunch and transfer to the lodge for showers and re-packing. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you are going on safari, you will continue on from the hotel on day 11. (B, L)


Kilimanjaro Climb • 8 day Lemosho Machame Climb

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Arrive late evening. Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 • Arusha
Enjoy the day relaxing. There will be an afternoon briefing at the lodge with the trip guide and a full equipment check. (B)

Day 3 • Mti Mkubwa Camp • 9,000ft • day 1 on the mountain
After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, we drive approximately two hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. We register with the park at the Londorossi National Park gate, then drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. We start our ascent along the forest trail and reach camp at Lemosho Mti Mkubwa Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Shira Plateau Camp • 11,300ft • day 2 on the mountain
Taking our time walking through the forest will help us spot some of the plentiful game and bird life. The day’s hike will take us up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zone. You will see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones. We now leave the forest behind, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. A full day trekking with slow and steady pace up to Shira Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Shira Plateau Hut • 12,300ft • day 3 on the mountain
Our hike today will be about four hours across the Shira Plateau, a World Heritage Site, and one hour up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Camp will be in the upper heath zone in full view of the Western Breach. We follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. This camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Barranco Camp • 13,000ft • day 4 on the mountain
A hike of about six hours will take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then back down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley. The views of the Great Breach Wall are better from this camp than anywhere on the mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Karanga Valley • 13,000ft • day 5 on the mountain
Our three hour hike today climbs out of the Barranco Valley and ascends to over 14,000 feet. We then traverse under the glaciers of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before we descend into Karanga Valley for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Barafu Camp • 15,500ft • day 6 on the mountain
As we continue our traverse from Karanga Valley we will have close-up views of the mountain’s Southern Glaciers. We will traverse for a couple of hours before we begin our 1,600 foot ascent to Barafu Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Day • Kilimanjaro • 19,340ft • day 7 on the mountain
We will start our ascent to the summit very early in the morning while it is still dark. This will allow us to be near the crater rim as the morning sun is rising. After taking in the view from the summit known as Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent back to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut (10,500ft). (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Arusha • Depart or Safari • day 8 on the mountain
A final morning’s descent of 4,500 feet brings us to the road. We will have lunch and transfer to the lodge for showers and re-packing. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you are going on safari, you will continue on from the hotel on day 10. (B, L)


Kilimanjaro Climb • 8 day Machame Trek with Crater Camp

Day 1 • Arrive Arusha
Arrive late evening. Mountain Gurus representatives will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 • Arusha
Enjoy the day relaxing. There will be an afternoon briefing at the lodge with the trip guide and a full equipment check. (B)

Day 3 • Machame Camp • 9,000ft • 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. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Above East Shira Plateau • 12,300ft • day 2 on the mountain
Our hike today will be about five hours. We ascend the Machame route climbing above the old Shira Hut. Camp will be in the upper heath zone. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Barranco Camp • 13,000ft • day 3 on the mountain 
A hike of about six hours will take us up to 14,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then back down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley. The views of the Great Breach Wall are better from this camp than anywhere on the mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Karanga Valley • 13,000ft • day 4 on the mountain
Our three hour hike today climbs out of the Barranco Valley and ascends to over 14,000 feet. We then traverse under the glaciers of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before we descend into Karanga Valley for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Barafu Camp • 15,500ft • day 5 on the mountain
As we continue our traverse from Karanga Valley we will have close-up views of the mountain’s Southern Glaciers. We will traverse for a couple of hours before we begin our 1,600 foot ascent to Barafu Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Summit Day • Kilimanjaro • 19,340ft • day 6 on the mountain
We will start our ascent before sunrise at a slow pace that should bring us to the summit by 1:00pm. After taking in the view from the summit known as Uhuru Peak we will descend to the Crater Camp at 18,500ft. Those who still have the energy on top can explore the inner crater and the ash pit before resting at our highest camp on the crater floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwrangler Glacier with stunning views westward toward Mount Meru and the setting African sun. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Mweka Camp • 10,500ft • day 7 on the mountain
The next morning we will wake early crossing the crater to Sella Point. This will allow us to be near the crater rim during sunrise. We then begin the long descent to Barafu Hut and down to our final camp near Mweka Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Arusha • Depart or Serengeti Safari • day 8 on the mountain
It takes about 3 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 foot descent to the Park Gate and pick-up. We will say goodbye to our mountain staff before heading to the hotel near Arusha. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport are all provided. If you are going on safari, you will continue on from the hotel on day 11. (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 particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Safaris Itineraries

In addition to our three and five day safari options. Mountain Gurus offers custom safari planning. Visit our Serengeti safari planning page to learn more


Ngorongoro Safari • 3 days

Day 1 • Lake Manyara
Drive from Arusha direct to Lake Manyara. You might see the Maasai on the way and Tema Hills. We game drive and lunch at the bandas. After lunch continue with the wildlife drive then drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at safari lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 2 • Ngorongoro Crater
From the lodge we begin the 2000 foot descent into Ngorongoro Crater. Inside the Crater you will see a wide variety of wildlife up close. You can spend the half day in the crater as your picnic lunch will be with you in the vehicle. Then drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Tarangire
Depart for early morning game drive. Then back to the lodge for breakfast and half day game drive in Tarangire. We return and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (B, L)


Serengeti Safari • 5 days

**We recommend flying one-way to the Serengeti. This itinerary may be reversed when flying one-way.**

Day 1 • Lake Manyara
Drive from Arusha direct to Lake Manyara, picnic lunch and game drive. Drive to the highlands of Ngorongoro. Overnight at safari lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 2 • Ngorongoro Crater
From the lodge we drive 20 minutes to begin the 2000 foot descent into Ngorongoro Crater. Inside the Crater you will see a wide variety of wildlife up close. After lunch, we leave the Crater highlands and drop onto the famous Serengeti plains. Your camp will be situated in an ideal location for maximum game viewing. Overnight at safari lodge or luxury tented camp. (B, L, D)

**From December to May you will normally be camped in the Southern Serengeti often near the vast heads of wildebeest during their annual migration. From June to November camp is usually in the Central Serengeti where the resident herds are attracted to the year around water of the Seronera River.**

Day 3 • Serengeti National Park
A second day will give you plenty of time for further exploration of the vast plains. Either have lunch in camp, or travel with a picnic lunch and go out for the entire day. Overnight at safari lodge or luxury tented camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Serengeti and Tarangire National Park
Morning game drive and picnic lunch. Drive to the Tarangire for an evening game drive and overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)

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

Day 5 • Arusha • Depart
Depart for early morning game drive. Then back to the lodge for breakfast and half day game drive in Tarangire. We return and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (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 particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Cost Details

7-day Machame Climb – Land Cost
Price per person: Kilimanjaro Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $5,100 (4 or more)
Climb only: $3650 (2 or more climbers)

6-day Rongai Climb – Land Cost (or 6-day Machame climb)
Price per person: Kilimanjaro Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $4,850 (4 or more)
Climb only: $3400 (2 or more climbers)

8-day Lemosho Climb – Land Cost
Price per person: Kilimanjaro Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $5,350 (4 or more)
Climb only: $3900 (2 or more climbers)
Crater Camp option: $800 per person (4 or more)

6-day Rongai Climb with American Guide Dennis Broadwell – Land Cost
Price per person: Kilimanjaro Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $6,900 (4 or more)
Climb only: $5200 (4 or more climbers), $4900 (6 or more climbers)


5 day Serengeti Safari: $2,650 per person (4 or more), $2,950 (2-3 members)
Serengeti one-way flight: $290 per person

3 day Ngorongoro Safari: $1,450 per person (4 or more), $1,600 (2-3 members)
1 day Arusha Safari: $180 per person (4 or more), $220 (2-3 members)

Single Supplement: $450-$250 climb, $450-$250 safari

Non-scheduled Airport Transfers: $100

*National Park fees are included in the cost of the program

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


Deposit and Payments
$1000 deposit includes non-refundable reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Kilimanjaro and safari park entrance fees
All scheduled land transportation in Tanzania
All hotel and/or day room accommodations during climb and safari
All tented accommodations during climb and safari
Mountain Hardwear dining tents, sleeping tents, full dining chairs and private toilet tent
Scheduled meals in Arusha and during the trek
Professional guide
Porter Service
All group equipment for the trek


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Amsterdam – Arusha (JRO)
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the expedition
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear List


Kilimanjaro Climb

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Bring a high quality pair designed for
mountain use.
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body.
Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each
other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a
sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and
are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Two or Three synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Two or Three cotton shirts
for camps or lodges.
• Hard Shell Rain Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• Down jacket with hood: medium weight, optional but highly recommended
• Poncho: (Optional) Quick and handy protection for body and rucksack.
• Wind Shirt: A nylon wind shell (not waterproof)

Handwear:
• Heavyweight Synthetic gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
• Mitten Shells: One pair to go over your mittens. These are for use against the winds
sometimes encountered in the crater and on the way to the summit.

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Pile/Fleece Pants: One pair that fit loosely and comfortable. These are
essential to be worn over the long underwear bottoms. (full side zips)
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• Trekking Pants or Sport Tights: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on
cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Gaiters: One pair of high gaiters to keep dirt and snow out of boots.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Meduim and Heavyweight Socks: Six pair of synthetic socks to wear for warmth.
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough
to be comfortable with sock. Warm boots required for summit day.
• Sport Sandals: These are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag (rated to minus 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Sleeping Pad: One closed-cell foam pad or an inflatable THERMA-REST© pad.

Packing and Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 cubic inches) comfortable pack
with some support, adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have
a good waist belt. Carry gear between 15 and 20 pounds.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One large size, transporting gear via porters.

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”,
crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water. Or SteriPen.

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Personal Items

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.

Serengeti Safari

Safari dress is casual and your wardrobe does not require any “special purchase“ items. Most people wear shorts and a t-shirt during the day and long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening. If you are particularly sensitive to the sun, wear a loose, long-sleeved cotton shirt during the day. In a few areas, it can get quite chilly at night. It is preferred that your daytime clothing be in neutral colors to blend in with the surroundings.

Safari Clothing:
• Two pairs of sturdy cotton shorts. Bring these in addition to the shorts
you wear on the Kili climb, which will get very dirty.
• Two pairs of lightweight cotton pants
• One skirt or dress slacks for hotel evenings
• Two long-sleeved shirts
• Six short-sleeved shirts
• Socks and undergarments: enough for the duration of the program.
• One warm sweater or fleece jacket
• One lightweight waterproof jacket or parka
• One pair walking shoes or running shoes
• One bandanna
• One pair sport sandals, Tevas, or rubber thongs (great for camp showers)
• One shade hat with wide brim or baseball cap
• One bathing suit (some lodges have pools)

Safari Equipment:
• One duffle bag
• One small padlock to lock suitcase or duffle
• One daypack
• Two wide-mouth plastic water bottle
• Sunscreen
• Flashlight or Head Lamp with spare batteries
• Stuff Sacks
• Pocket knife
• Quick-drying washcloth (towel is provided on safari)
• Binoculars, essential for good wildlife viewing, optional
• Camera, film, and spare batteries, optional
• Paperback reading and writing material (keep weight at a minimum), optional
• Travel clock or watch, optional

Trip Information

International Programs • Tanzania

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Arusha

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: Vaccination against cholera and malaria is recommended.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Amsterdam (AMS) – Kilimanjaro International, Arusha (JRO)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.