PRICE

$3650

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Machame Climb
September 16 – September 24, 2018
December 23 – December 31, 2018
January 13 – January 21, 2019
February 17 – February 25, 2019
June 16 – June 24, 2019

Rongai Climb
September 29 – October 8, 2019
Lead Guide: Dennis Broadwell
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DETAILS

9 days in Tanzania
Trekking Grade: Advanced

 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet – 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, has an approximately 98% success rate. We take great pride 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 route. Our Rongai trek is led by an experienced American mountain guide and offers a quicker ascent of the mountain. The Rongai is considered one of the most direct and least difficult routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Our guides are trained professionals and our mountain services are simply fantastic. 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. After the climb we enjoy a magnificent safari in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, known for their abundance of wildlife and unforgettable landscape.

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.

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.

Ngorongoro Safari • 3 Days

Our Mount Kilimanjaro climb continues the adventure with this classic and unforgettable three day safari. You’ll visit three remarkable wildlife parks including Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park. The Ngorongoro Highlands offers a spectacular twelve-mile-wide crater with a huge variety of wildlife. Learn more about our safaris

Serengeti Safari • 5 Days

The 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

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. 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.

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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 travel adventure the experience of a lifetime. Deciding that you want to trek Kilimanjaro is just step one – choosing your companions or deciding to go it alone is step two – and then figuring out who you can trust to get you there and back safely the critical next step. Mountain Gurus takes care of all the arrangements from hotels to equipment, meals on the trek, and professional guides. This leaves you the freedom to enjoy the experience while we take care of the details.

Why climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

What inspires you to climb mountains? Is it to commune with nature, to conquer fear, to challenge yourself or simply because it is there and you can? Are you on your way to conquering all the world’s Seven Summits or is this a bucket list adventure for you?

No matter why you trek, Kilimanjaro is worth the trip. Africa’s tallest mountain kisses the sky at 19,340 feet. The monolith is a conglomerate of three dormant stratovolcanoes – Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo. The latter is the tallest of the three and the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – other peaks in the Seven Summits are part of mountain ranges, but this beauty rises out of the desert like a lone siren. Kilimanjaro is also unique among the Seven Summits because of the diverse geography that surrounds it.

What can I expect on my Kilimanjaro adventure?

Your adventure will take you from bushlands to rainforest and then into the heath and heather moors. Once past the lush heat of the lower regions, you will experience the chill of the alpine desert as you stand 16,000 feet above the plains of Africa. We then climb to the glacial summit. You will see more geographic, flora, and animal diversity on this trek than any other summit adventure.

It is a rich and diverse experience unlike any other. Wildlife flourishes in the bushlands and rainforest from monkeys to birds and even the notorious honey badger. The creatures will give you a wide berth, but keen eyes and binoculars will let you enjoy the wildlife from a safe distance.

How challenging of a climb is Mount Kilimanjaro?

The first known summit to the roof of Africa was made in 1889. Since then, untold thousands have attempted it. Another aspect of Kilimanjaro that make it unique among the Seven Summits is that it is a non-technical climb. So, while it is a formidable trek, it is one of the most accessible of the world’s great peaks. It is an adventure that takes you from walking, hiking, and rugged climbing. The climb requires physical stamina and endurance but is attainable by anyone in good physical condition.

This makes Kilimanjaro the perfect first expedition for aspiring climbers and an awe-inspiring adventure for even the most seasoned trekker. Even though a non-technical climb, between one-third and one-half of all trekkers that attempt Kilimanjaro will fail to summit. This is where your choice of guide services can make all the difference in the world.

You do not want to travel half a world away only to fail to summit. This can make or break your trip and leave you with great memories – or great regrets. One of the key factors in achieving your goal of standing atop this breathtaking peak will be the experience and expertise of your guide and the trekking company you choose.

What does my Mount Kilimanjaro adventure include?

Mountain Gurus treks to Mount Kilimanjaro throughout the year. You can choose to spend five or six nights on the mountain based on your preference of the slower or more accelerated climb. You can also opt for two additional nights on nearby Mount Meru in advance pre-acclimatize.

After descending most climbers opt to take a safari. Choose the Ngorongoro Safari or the awe-inspiring Serengeti Safari on the plains on the Great Rift Valley. Once down the mountain, you will enjoy luxury hotel accommodations and a wildlife experience that is like no other.

Mountain Gurus always plans our expeditions with our climbers in mind, but we also respect local customs and traditions of our host country. We minimize our environmental impact so you can take away many memories, but leave only footprints.

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 Day • 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 Day • 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 Machame or Rongai 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 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 prepare you for the 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… 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

“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

“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

“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.” 2014 Sara C

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.

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 • 9,000 ft • 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 • 12,300 ft • 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 • 13,000 ft • 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 • 13,000 ft • 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 • 15,500 ft • 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 • Mount Kilimanjaro • 19,340 ft • 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 (10,500 ft). (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. Or continue on an unforgettable three-day safari. (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.

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 6 • Mawenzi 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

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. (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 climb continues with a safari.

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)

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 climb continues with a safari.

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 • Tarangire 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)

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)

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

Machame Route
Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $5,100 (based on 4 or more)
Climb Only: $3650 (2 or more climbers)

Rongai Route with American Guide
Climb & Ngorongoro Safari: $7,000 (based on 4 or more)
Climb Only: $5200 (4 or more climbers)

Ngorongoro Safari
$1,450 (based on 4 or more), $1,600 (2-3 members)

Serengeti Safari
$2,650 (based on 4 or more), $2,950 (2-3 members)
Serengeti one-way flight: $300 per person

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 apply.

Deposit and Payments

$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure

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/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Neck Gaitor
  • 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.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is 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 rucksack

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: These are to wear in 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 30L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
  • Duffel: One large duffel for transporting gear via porters
  • Liner Bags: One large plastic contractor bags.

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.

Hydration

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

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

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 countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. 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   

The approach trek requires 5-7 hours hiking per day carrying a 20 lbs. pack, utilizing porter support for personal gear. On summit day for Mount Kilimanjaro we will be breathing heavy, moving slowly, and carrying our 20 lbs. summit packs. Being in top physical and mental condition is key to succeeding on this climb.

Prior to the expedition we recommend running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength and stamina for the climb.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek?

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

Who will be guiding the trek?

Our Machame treks are led by an experienced Tanzanian guide with extensive experience leading our trekking teams. They will be accompanied by assistant Tanzania guides and porters. The guides and staff are native to the surrounding area of Kilimanjaro.

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

What are the Kilimanjaro trekking seasons?

The best periods to trek is from December-March and June-October. Tanzania experiences a long rain season from March-May and a short rain season during November.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort.

What is Mountain Gurus summit success rate?

Mountain Gurus, Mount Kilimanjaro climb is highly successful – we usher 98% of our climbers to the summit safely. We customized this trek to take a slightly longer, slower ascent to allow climbers more time to acclimate to altitude which greatly increases your chance of summiting.

The Machame route is considered as one of the most scenic routes on the mountain with a high success rate. The route starts on the south side of Mount Kilimanjaro slightly northwest of Moshi town and is one of the most traveled routes.

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.

Although the trek itself is less steep than others of the Seven Summits, there are still rigors of the climb that guides must be alert for – key among them being altitude issues. Mild concerns from headaches to more serious complications like acute mountain sickness and edemas must be observed for and treated promptly. Our guide staff pride ourselves for recognizing and treating these symptoms before they become more complex.

Mountain Gurus local trek leader has summited the great peak more than 100 times. Our guides and support staff can show you the best of Tanzanian wildlife and culture as you enjoy your adventure. All our guides speak English fluently and are trained in Wilderness First Aid. Consider carefully when choosing among Mount Kilimanjaro trekking outfitters – Mountain Gurus will see you safely to the summit and ensure your adventure is enjoyable, memorable and safe!

Do you have shorter safari options available?

Spend a day on safari. Mountain Gurus offers a one day safari 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.

Do you offer custom or private safari options?

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 private safari planning page for more information