You’ve dreamed of adventure and searched for the perfect expedition to remember forever…and this is it! A very special, specifically designed, once in a life time journey.
Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable personal triumph that’s coveted by hikers worldwide. No other mountain can compare to Africa’s highest. The incredible nature and ultimate views lead to the consistent belief that Kilimanjaro is the one climb never to be missed.
Our Kilimanjaro adventure experience also provides an optional wildlife safari on our last day in Tanzania.
About the Journey
Kilimanjaro stretches 5,895 meters above sea level. The mountain is located in Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania and the goal for the expedition is the highest peak called Uhuru Peak.
On this journey, we will climb the Machame Route, also known as the Whiskey Route. It’s a most scenic and beautiful route, offering a moderate pitch for good acclimation. We will start at Machame Gate, which is located in the southern base of the mountain, featuring a lush, fertile rainforest. The route goes from savannah and tropical rainforest, up to alpine deserts, across glaciers to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
It takes time to climb Kilimanjaro, mainly because the body needs to acclimatize to the high altitude. Therefore, an important part of a successful ascent of the summit, is not to rush up to high altitude. In Swahili, the recipe is called “Pole Pole” – which means take it slowly. Most people usually manage to reach the top, when they get enough time to get used to the altitude. Together we will walk mindfully.
We will sleep in tents, which are carried up the mountains by porters. The African says, the key to the success of the Machame route is it’s topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, to better acclimate the body. Therefore, seven days and six nights are recommended for altitude acclimatization scheduling.
We’ll be well taken care of by our African expert team who are friendly and knowledgeable. They will be leading us to the top and sharing insights about the region along the way. Our leading guide, Livingstone is well educated and certificated with over 25 years of experience leading groups in Kilimanjaro. The porters will carry our duffelbags and camping equipments, and the chefs will feed us with excellent food during our expedition.
This Kilimanjaro adventure is a collaboration between international travel producer and tour leader, Maria Soderholm and native Tanzanian, Josh Brighton, founder of the adventure based tour company in Arusha. This trip is not only about reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, but it is also about coming together for a cause too. By purchases this trip, 6% will go to assisting The Street Children in Tanzania with basic needs, education and care for the lives of Street Children.
Join us as we walk in the footprints of famed explorers and mountaineers on our way to the top of Africa’s peak.
Review from a former Kilimanjaro climber together with the guide, Livingstone
I climbed Kilimanjaro in January 2018. A fantastic trip with many experiences. My pleasant guide Livingstone guided me safely and shared his knowledge of the mountain and its surroundings. The entire crew was accommodating and the service level was very high!
I am so grateful that I got to make this trip.
Ann Ledin, Luleå, Sweden
Wildlife Safari Tour
On our last day in Tanzania, we are going on an exciting Wildlife Safari Tour to Tarangire National Park with expert safari guides in a 4×4 land cruiser. Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. They can often be seen cooling peacefully in the shade of age-old giant African Baobab trees and using their massive feet to dig holes in the sand in search of water, or holding off predators who are sometimes tempted to bring down a calf.
The park is also home to large carnivores: lions and cheetahs lounging in the shade; the deceptively sleepy leopard observing its surroundings from a perch high up in a tree; hyenas ever in search of food. Here, you will also find giraffes, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, mongooses and even rare gerenuks, an East African antelope with a long neck, often browsing on tall bushes by standing on its hind legs.
June 13, Day 1
Arrive in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro International Airport
Your trip begins with an arrival flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport. We provide a private group transfer to a lodge in Arusha town (1,20 h from the airport).
Hotel: Tumaini Cottage Lodge
Note: The group transportation departure the Kilimanjaro International Airport in the evening.
June 14, Day 2
Preparation day. Recover from your flight, light hike and rest.
Our local tour guide, Livingstone, will brief us on our upcoming trek and do an equipment check to ensure necessary mountain gear has been covered. This day is also set aside for renting any missing gear and to relax. We will enjoy a nice dinner at the hotel that evening.
Important note: Sort your mountain gear into two packs. Leave anything unnecessary in safe storage at the hotel. Your daily needs fit into a medium day backpack, including personal documents and money, camera, personal medical kit and supplies, to which you will add water. Pack no more than 15 kilos (33 lbs) for your porter to carry. This will include sleeping bag and ground mat, and warm clothing for the higher mountain zones.
June 15, Day 3
Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we have a one hour drive from Arusha to Machame gate, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb. The initial segment of the route passes through the magnificent, dense rainforest. This area is less traversed through, so some over growth can be seen in places and it often gets wet and muddy. During the day, you will have climbed 1200 meters over a few kilometers in five to seven hours as an introduction to your Kilimanjaro mountain expedition. Your porters and cook had gone on ahead to set up tents at Machame Camp and prepare a cooked dinner in a mess tent, with chairs and tables for your arrival.
Distance covered: 10.8km/6.5 mi
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals: BLD (breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the meals will be in the mountains)
June 16, Day 4
Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)
The route will lead us through the rainforest up to Shira Plateau which requires a steep ascent. After reaching the plateau, you’ll enjoy an all round rewarding view of the mountain with Mt Meru in the distance rising above the Arusha Town.
Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
June 17, Day 5
Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)
Trekking on high moorland, the landscape will change the entire character of the trek. We’ll get to traverse the southwest side of Mount Kilimanjaro and pass underneath the Lava Tower and then the final section of the Western Breach. After crossing these two points, we’ll reach the camp. The entire day will be spent at an altitude of up to 4600 meters, but we have still followed the mountaineering etiquette of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.
Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
Approx. time taken: 8 hrs
June 18, Day 6
Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)
We’ll begin the day by descending into the start of Great Barranco, which is a huge ravine. We’ll then exit the Great Barranco Wall steeply that get divided from the south-eastern slopes of Kibo. The climb is over a rock, but not technical, rather long and tiring. We’ll pass underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head towards the Karanga Valley. Then from the Karanga Valley, the climb will be steeper up until Karanga Camp which will be our night’s camp at 3,963 meters. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
June 19, Day 7
Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our trek to Barafu camp at 4640m. We’ll have to climb across a desolated scree of slopes which has no vegetation, but very interesting formations. It’s going to be a tough, steep walk and the high altitude increases the difficulty level. After arriving at the camp, we’ll have our lunch and spend the afternoon resting and preparing for the long night and the next day. It’s important that you keep yourself warm and hydrated. After having an early dinner, we’ll get some good sleep and wake up between 11pm and midnight to resume our climb to the summit.
Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
Approx. time taken: 3 hours
June 20, Day 8
Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)
Around midnight we are gearing up with headlights to start the last part of trekking up to the peak. We’ll walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. Going through heavy scree for 4 to 5 hours, gaining incredible height over a short span of time. We’ll be making it to the Stella Point at 5,739 meters before the first ray of sun hits us. The view from the top is spectacular. The ice cliffs within the crater area surround us and the views of jagged Mawenzi peak and area beyond are simply breathtaking. Trekking for another hour will get us to the summit of Uhuru Peak located at an elevation of 5,895 meters. Of course, we will want to take the obligatory photos before descending down to Stella Point, then further to Barafu Camp through heavy scree slopes and track. After having breakfast at Barafu, you’ll head down to Millennium Camp where you’ll have your well-earned rest
Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
June 21, Day 9
Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)
A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met with our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome hot shower. We will celebrate our accomplishment with a nice dinner.
Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
June 22, Day 10
Safari Day Trip
Today we check out early to go on a Wildlife Safari Tour together with experienced safari guides in safari land cruiser, where we will experience the wildlife in it’s nature. Late in the afternoon/early evening, we are transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.
*There is an option if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania and fly to Zanzibar Islands, just let Maria know and she will coordinate this together with Josh.
$3550 (in shared room/tent)
Group transportation to and from Kilimanjaro Airport, day 1 and day 10
Accommodation: 3 nights at a hotel in Arusha. Day 1, 2 and 9
Tent, 6 nights
Day 1, Arrival day, dinner at the hotel
Day 2, BLD
Day 3, Breakfast (lunch and dinner will be in the mountains)
Day 4, BLD
Day 5, BLD
Day 6, BLD
Day 7, BLD
Day 8, BLD
Day 9, BL, and dinner at the hotel
Day 10 Safari and Departure day, Breakfast and Lunch
Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro gate
Fees of certified private guides
Fees of private porterage services by a team of dedicated mountain porters
Fees of private mountain chef offering delicious high altitude cuisine – full board meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Ample bottled water and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
Hot water for washing
Camping equipment, tent, pillow and sleeping bag. If you prefer to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, please let me know ahead so the porters don’t need to carry double.
Fair wages as decided by Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
Emergency first-aid kit
Safari Day Trip
Game Driving in our Custom built 4×4 safari land cruiser
Current Government Park fees.
Tips provided to the mountain crew (guides, porters, helpers)
Drinks ordered at your hotel before and after the climb
Yellow fever Vaccination
*We reserve for any changes and price adjustments outside our control.
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We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you.
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All prices are per person in USD. All bookings include a deposit that is 30% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.
(The price is based on a shared room/tent)
1st deposit: (30%) due upon reservation – non refundable: $1,065
2nd deposit and final payment by April 13, 2020: $2,485
Added fee for a single hotel room: $50/night
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