For the true challenge of a lifetime, join us to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our trek to the “roof of Africa” in Tanzania follows a less traveled route that offers spectacular beauty, highly experienced guides, and maximum acclimatization time.

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 Hikers at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro  Mount Kilimanjaro. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Hiking through a forest of giant groundsel on the Mt. Kilimanjaro trek  One of the camps set up for the evening  Hiking toward Mt. Kilimanjaro  Taking a break from climbing  The Southern Ice Fields with shadow of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru in the distance  Hikers in front of Arrow Glacier, excited to summit the next day  Hikers take a photo with one of Mt. Kilimanjaro's large glaciers  Sunrise on Mt. Kilimanjaro  The summit sign

Climbing Kilimanjaro

12 days from $6,445

For the true challenge of a lifetime, join us to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our trek to the “roof of Africa” in Tanzania follows a less traveled route that offers spectacular beauty, highly experienced guides, and maximum acclimatization time.

or Call 833-254-6678

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Save $250 per person on our 2020 departures – Book by November 15, 2019*!

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Overview

For the true challenge of a lifetime, join us to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our trek to the “roof of Africa” in Tanzania follows a less-traveled Lemosho route, which offers spectacular beauty and maximum acclimatization time. MTS Sobek was the first U.S. company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro nearly 40 years ago, and the highly experienced guides and this well-paced itinerary have resulted in the highest summit success rate in the business—nearly 98%! (Level 5/Hikes of 5 to 14 hours, altitude up to 19,340 feet. See our Activity Level Description on the Tour Details tab for more information.)

Highlights Include

  • The Climb: Hike from an equatorial montane forest through magnificent alpine scenery, gazing at Kili’s southern glaciers. Then, after a few days of strenuous hiking, start your ascent to Uhuru Peak very early in the morning to arrive near the crater rim at sunrise.
  • Acclimatization: On this itinerary hikers spend a full day and two nights acclimatizing at a private camp at 6,400 feet on the slopes of Mt. Meru. Then, traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, the group camps for two nights at 9,000-11,000 feet, followed by three nights at 14,000-16,000 feet and one night at 18,500 feet for full acclimatization prior to ascending to the peak at 19,340 feet.
  • Expedition Leaders: Your highly qualified and trained local expedition leaders are all Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and NOLS trained. These are the same leaders who organize WFR training courses in Tanzania and run the first aid and rescue training courses for the national parks. Special additional staff training ensures that they are the most experienced and prepared leaders on the mountain. This expedition also has one of the highest guide-to-client ratios, plus ample porter and cooking staff to support the expedition.
  • Small Group Feature: With a small group of no more than 18 people, you'll quickly develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your Adventure Guide and fellow active travelers—resulting in an interesting and enjoyable trip that is also more flexible!

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. and travel to Arusha, Tanzania.

Day 2 — Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Your trip leader will meet you upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer with you to your deluxe camp situated at the base of Mount Meru. Along the way, you’ll spotlight for nocturnal wildlife. The camp is at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, which aids in acclimatization for your upcoming climb. Hot showers and cold drinks await you! Tonight you will camp at Mount Meru Private Tented Camp

Day 3 — Mount Meru

Today you’ll recuperate from your long flight, check your equipment, and have a thorough climbing briefing. Following the briefing, you will set off on a warm-up hike along the forested slopes of Mount Meru, a 14,900-foot volcano. Meru’s eruption occurred some 250,000 years ago, and great forests of African cedar and podocarpus have since grown up to cover its crater and slopes.

On your hike, you have the chance to see colobus monkeys, bushbuck and duiker, buffalo, giraffe, and perhaps elephant or even the elusive leopard. The forest bird life is excellent and includes touracos, hornbills, and parrots. Weather permitting, you can enjoy the sunset from a small hill beside camp and watch the alpenglow descend on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Return to camp this evening for dinner. Hiking 4.5 miles, 4-6 hours, 2,200 feet ascent. Tonight, the group will be camping at Mount Meru Private Tented Camp. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Montane Forest

Drive approximately one hour to the Kilimanjaro National Park forest edge. From there, walk through the undisturbed forest to your camp for the night. With luck you will be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephant and other forest wildlife during your walk. Hiking 6-8 hours, 5.5 miles, 2,500 feet ascent. Tonight, you will camp at Forest Camp - 9,000 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Shira Plateau - West Side

Take your time walking through the forest in hopes of spotting some of the plentiful game and bird life. The day's hike will take you up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zone. You will see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones. Hiking 5-7 hours, 6.5 miles, 1,950 feet ascent. You will be camping at Shira Camp -11,300 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Shira Plateau to Moir Camp

Your hike today will be about 4 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.

Hiking 5-7 hours, 6.5 miles, 1,950 feet ascent. Tonight, camp at Moir Camp - 13,900 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Lava Tower

Today you will hike to our camp just under Lava Tower, a 300-foot-high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of the mountain. This will be your first introduction to the alpine zone, with the only plant life being the hardiest of grasses and lichens. You will have a spectacular view of our final ascent route up the Western Breach. Hiking 4-6 hours, 3.5 miles, 2,300 feet ascent. Tonight, you will be camping at Lava Tower - 14,300 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Arrow Glacier

With the Western Breach ascent route in full view, you will spend two hours climbing to the base of the route where you will camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help your acclimatization and improve your performance the following day. Hiking 3-4 hours, 1 mile, 800 feet ascent. Tonight, you will rest at Arrow Glacier Camp - 16,000 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Crater Camp

Wind your 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 the journey's 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. Hiking 7-9 hours, 2 miles, 2,500 feet ascent. Tonight, you will be sleeping in Crater Camp - 18,500 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Summit and Descend to Mweka Camp

Today, make your way to the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet. You will start your summit attempt 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. Take a moment to appreciate your accomplishment and enjoy sweeping views from Uhuru Peak as you stand on the “Roof of Africa.” You will then begin the long descent back to Barafu Hut where you will stop for a break before continuing down to Mweka Hut. Your camp staff will be waiting with a full dinner and warm drinks. Hiking 8-10 hours, 8 miles, 930 feet ascent, 8,840 feet descent. Tonight, you will be sleeping in Mweka Hut - 10,500 feet. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Descend to Arusha

A final descent brings you down to Mweka Gate where your team will have prepared another scrumptious lunch. After saying farewell to your mountain team, your transfer vehicles will be waiting to transport you to your hotel near Arusha for dinner and a hot shower. Enjoy a well-earned rest before transferring to the airport for evening departures. Hiking 3-5 hours, 4 miles, 3,500 feet decent. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Arrive to the U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)