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Kilimanjaro Trek

Highlights

  •   Attempt Africa's highest peak!
  •   World-class hiking with amazing views
  •   Premier camping accommodations
  •   Fresh, local & organic cuisine
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Sing & dance with our crew on the mtn

Description

Join us for an unforgettable hiking adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro! Known as "the Roof of Africa" and towering over its surrounding valleys at an astounding elevation of 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is one of the "7 Summits" of the world!

At Wildland, our approach is to get our guests ‘off the beaten path' for a fuller, more novel experience of the world's wilderness destinations. On this trip we follow the Rongai Route which provides wonderful solitude and exposes our guests to different environments and views of the mountain before merging with the more popular Marangu route. Trekking Kilimanjaro requires no technical ability, just hiking, while the main challenge is the elevation. We have created the ideal 10-day itinerary for optimal acclimatization and a high success rate of reaching the summit.

After our Kilimanjaro hike, we provide the option for an add-on Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. The Wild Africa Safari visits the Maasai, Datoga and Hadzabe tribes and Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania’s famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks.

*Itinerary Note: Wildland Trekking stands alone in providing a complete experience on Kilimanjaro. We have a well-tested acclimatization process to increase your chances of summiting. Your Kilimanjaro itinerary is not just a climb of the mountain but also includes an extra rest day after your travels in Tanzania to experience the local culture. Many companies economize by getting you in and out as quickly as possible, and that is the opposite of the Wildland approach.

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Portered Trek
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Kilimanjaro Airport
10 days
33mi / 53km
$3700 Per Person
$250 Single Supplement
Safari Add-on: $3120

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Today is arrival day. The Wildland team will pick you up from the airport and shuttle you to our hotel for the next 2 nights in the nearby city of Moshi. Here you can rest from your travels by the pool, in your room or at the rooftop viewing area and lounge. If we are lucky the clouds will dissipate and allow us our first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro during sunset. After we enjoy dinner together, your lead guide will conduct a full orientation meeting to review the itinerary specifics, gear & packing details, health considerations and to answer any questions. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water throughout today, as flying and traveling can dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately and we want you to be as ready as possible for our trek up the mountain!

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 3.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Minimal
  • Trekking Duration: ~3 hours
  • Driving Time: 1 hour
  • Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Today, after breakfast at our hotel, we will shuttle to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro to the village of Materuni. Here we will set out on a light hike to an amazing waterfall along the Mware River. Today's hike helps with acclimatization while not being too strenuous after your long travels. Materuni Falls, born from melting ice and snow flowing from the top of the mountain, plunges over 220 feet! At these majestic falls we’ll enjoy a relaxing break, a swim if you like and a nutritious picnic lunch before heading back to the village. Once back at the village, we will visit a coffee plantation and see how they grow famous Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. You will be served a delicious cup of rich and aromatic coffee fresh from the field served by the Chagga people who hold the reputation of being the best farmers of Tanzania. After enjoying this cultural treat, we will head back to the hotel to relax before dinner. Get some rest; tomorrow our expedition begins!

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.1 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 6,397 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 8,500 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

Today is the official start of our expedition to climb Kilimanjaro! We head out on a roughly 3-hour drive to the village of Nale Moru (6,397') where our trek begins. In Nale Moru, after meeting our entire crew and team, we will have a hot lunch. Our porters will get our gear organized and packed for the hike, and after everything is organized and ready we will begin our trek. We start hiking on a path that climbs gently and consistently through the beautiful, temperate forests that drape the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Along the way, we may have opportunities to view some wildlife: Colobus Monkeys are often abundant along with many species of birds, reptiles and gazelles. We continue hiking until we arrive at Simba Camp for the night (8,500 feet). Facing North, we will have stunning views of the plains of Kenya while we enjoy a delicious meal and relaxing evening.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 8,500 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 11,300 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

Waking up on Kilimanjaro with Wildland means getting a hot drink of your choice delivered to your tent and a warm bowl of water to wash your hands and face. What a way to start the day! Then comes a nutritious breakfast to fuel our day's activities. Today we head up the trail and immediately have outstanding views of Kibo Peak and the Eastern Ice Fields sitting on the crater rim. Arriving at our camp by lunch allows us to relax for a bit and give our bodies time to acclimitize before an afternoon walk to higher elevations, which furthers our acclimatization. Everything we do on the mountain is designed to prepare us for our summit bid. This includes non-stop self care, proper acclimitization practices and hiking "pole, pole", translated "slowly, slowly" in Swahili.

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 11,300 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 12,057 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

After our morning drinks and full breakfast, we will pack up to hike towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our hike through the open moorlands continues until we reach a small set of caves created by past historic lava flows. We will briefly explore these caves (optional) before making our last push to camp and our awaiting lunch. Again, arriving to camp for lunch allows time to recuperate and relax before another afternoon acclimatization hike. The views from tonight's camp are spectacular and the sunset not to be missed. As darkness falls the lights in small faroff Kenyan villages dot the landscape below us. Warm dinner and drinks are served before the nightly briefing and health check by your guide.

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 2.3 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 12,057 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 14,114 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

This morning, after breakfast, we depart Kikelewa Cave and ascend to Mawenzi Tarn campsite (14,114 ft.) The hike today is relatively short, and we will make it to camp before lunch once again. After a delicious hot lunch, we will enjoy an acclimatization hike in the surrounding area and take in the amazing views from our incredible vantage point. We will be back at camp with time to wash up before dinner is served.

Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 14,114 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 15,4665 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

This morning we leave camp early with beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks after a full breakfast. Above 14,000 feet, it can be challenging to hike, so we will take our time and begin trekking across the high-altitude desert to our basecamp at Kibo Hut. Upon our arrival at basecamp around mid-day, we will eat lunch and then rest in our tents before an early dinner is served around 6 pm. After dinner, your guides will conduct a final briefing and health check. Then we turn in to get our final rest and sleep before our summit attempt. We will be waking up around 11:30 pm to have some hot drinks and snacks before starting our ascent to the Kilimanjaro summit at Uruhu Peak!

Day 8
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 12,208 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 19,340 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 10-14 hours
  • Accommodations: Premier Camping

As we begin our summit attempt, will only bring what we need. Typically, the sky is clear and is filled with stars. It is a very peaceful time to be on the mountain. We will continue hiking with our goal to reach the edge of the crater, Gillman’s peak and then the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. At the summit we'll snap pictures and soak up the gratification of our achievement. Looking down on the valleys and forests surrounding Kilimanjaro as the sun rises, most hikers feel this is one of the most memorable half-hours of their lives. After having photos at Uhuru peak, we will begin our decent back to basecamp. Upon arrival at basecamp, we will rest and have lunch before beginning our 3-hour (gentle) descent to Horombo camp. NOTE: This is a very long day and most guests are very tired upon reaching basecamp and then walking to Horombo.

Day 9
  • Hiking Mileage: 12.4 miles
  • Lowest Elevation: 6,250 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 12,208 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Today is the last day of our trek on Mount Kilimanjaro and it’s a long hike. We will be descending to where we registered at the Marangu Gate and have a celebratory lunch upon arrival. We stop at the Mandara Huts for a long break before continuing down to the park entrance. For those guests who made the summit of Kilimanjaro or climbed to Gilliman’s point, you will collect your certificates before saying goodbye to your mountain crew.

Tonight, we will stay in Moshi again at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel and have one final celebratory dinner capping off this adventure of a lifetime!

Day 10

For guests only joining our Kilimanjaro Trek, you will be transported back to Kilimanjaro International Airport today. For guests joining our Wild Africa Safari, today is Day 1 of the Safari itinerary, so we will leave early and transfer to our first day's activities.




Optional Add-on Safari

Make the most of your time in Africa with an add-on Safari tour that takes place after your trek to Kilimanjaro (on Day 10)! 6 days in length and all-inclusive, our Safari Add-on tour is an opportunity to experience Africa's amazing wildlife and unique, colorful cultures. Click here to read more about our Add-on Safari Tour!




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • $1,400 per person Kilimanjaro National Park fees (+$765 per person in park fees for Safari add-on)
  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Professional, certified guides who are expert with local knowledge, culture and language, as well as first aid, risk management, wilderness skills and customer service.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip (Lodging Details)
  • All camping gear and supplies (including a dining tent and kitchen tent)
  • Porters to transport all gear, food, and most personal items
  • Professional camp chef(s) & waiter(s)
  • Drinking water and hot water for washing face, hands...etc.
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals for the duration of the tour (dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 10)
  • Professional, certified Wildland Kilimanjaro hiking guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit, satellite phone/radios, and emergency oxygen. *No supplemental oxygen use is permitted on our hikes.
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Tanzania (to Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight (disposable plastic water bottles are prohibited in Kilimanjaro National Park; please have refillable water bottles or hydration bladders to use for the hike)
  • Gratuity for Guide(s) Porters, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers. Specific details are in our trip information packets and comes directly from the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) guidelines on tipping.
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Kilimanjaro hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by a professional chef. Most meals are prepared on the trail by our chef and support staff, and consist of local, organic and fresh produce.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, & pillows
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Tanzanian Visa (Required)

Applicants of Visa are strongly advised to apply for Visa through the Official Tanzania Immigration Services Website (click here) ONLY and NOT through any other links; For additional information you can also use this link to the Tanzania Embassy in the US.


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania) on Day 1 and transport you to the first two nights' hotel, where we'll meet and prepare for our trip. Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides (U.S.-based and local) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip. We also recommend consulting with your physician before traveling abroad.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1-2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather on Kilimanjaro

The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro vary tremendously from hot and exposed to quite cold. The trek from the national park entrance to the summit is the climatic equivalent of traveling from Brazilian rain forests to the Arctic in just a couple days. We will hike through 4 different ecological zones, representing a massive range of temperatures as we ascend toward the summit. Temperatures will be warm in Moshi.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Kilimanjaro are:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Rain Forest
Summit
 
 
January
55°
19°
 
 
February
57°
21°
 
 
June
46°
21°
 
 
July
48°
23°
 
 
August
50°
23°
 
 
September
52°
21°
 
 
October
54°
19°
 

Accommodations

Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

3 nights

This is one of the first 4-star, boutique hotels in Moshi. It provides great, modern ambience and luxury facilities. Only 45 km from Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, it is a perfect home base to prepare for our trek up the mountain.
(A/C, heat, showers)

Peru Premier Camping

Premier Camping

6 nights

Our Kilimanjaro Treks feature premier camping with comfortable sleeping tents, kitchen tents, dedicated chefs, and a team of porters to carry and set up/break down camp each day. We provide all top-of-the-line gear. Our guests regularly rave about the camping accommodations on our Kilimanjaro adventures!

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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