Light the Path Expedition
- Distribute life-changing solar lights
- Join students on a walk to school
- Help install solar panels
- Attempt Africa's highest peak
- World-class hiking with amazing views
- Comfortable tents and camps
- Fresh, local & organic cuisine
Wildland Trekking is teaming up with Project Tsehigh and MPOWERD to bring you our Kilimanjaro: Light the Path Expedition! Project Tsehigh is a public charity dedicated to providing clean energy solutions to communities living with limited electricity access. MPOWERD is providing solar lights in their mission to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, clean technology. We are all joining together to bring you an unforgettable hiking vacation with a sustainable and enriching mission of the gift of solar energy and years of electricity access for the students and teachers of the Engaruka Chini primary school in Tanzania. Currently, the community lives without any sustainable electricity access. During the first two days of our expedition, we will work to equip the students and teachers of Engaruka Chini Primary School by installing solar panels and distributing solar lights before our trek begins.
Mount Kilimanjaro is 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, we prefer to get our guests ‘off the beaten path’ for a fuller, more unique experience of the world's amazing 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 altitude and elevation. This itinerary allows the time to aide our guest’s in acclimatization and a high success rate of reaching the summit of the roof of Africa.
Join us in this commitment to an expedition that brings love and LIGHT!
After our Kilimanjaro hikes, we provide the option for an add-on Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. The Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour visits the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes and Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania’s famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks.
Trip Dates & Booking
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We can often customize dates for groups at no extra cost!
On our Kilimanjaro: Light the Path Expedition, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport in between Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania. It's important that you arrive at the airport no later than 3 P.M. We will shuttle you roughly 1.5 hours to the Milimani Lodge, where we will check into the hotel rooms before having our orientation meeting and dinner. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.
NOTE: If you are arriving before Day 1, please coordinate with your guide for pick up. We recommend staying at the Airport Planet Lodge, as it is close to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
This morning we will head to Engaruka to start our time with the Engaruka Chini primary school students, where with the guidance of our partners at Gagdetronix, a local solar installation group, we will spend the first half of the day learning to install solar panels and getting solar lights to the students and staff at the Engaruka Chini primary school. After a prepared lunch by our local chef, we will join the Engaruka students on a walk home from school, providing the opportunity to see the impact these solar lights will make for them at home! We will return for dinner and to our accommodations in Mto wa Mbu at Twiga Lodge for the night.
After breakfast, we return to Engaruka to our solar installation and distribution of solar lights! After lunch, we will say our goodbyes to the students, partners and new friends at the Engaruka Chini primary school and return to Arusha for our night at Milimani Lodge. We may even have time this afternoon to explore some of the local and cultural sites. Tonight, after dinner, your guides will host the orientation meeting for your Kilimanjaro trek and explain packing and other important information for a successful safe hike!
- Hiking Mileage: 4.1 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 6,397 feet
- Highest Elevation: 8,500 feet
- Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours
Today is the official start of our expedition to climb Kilimanjaro! Our first stop will be at the Kilimanjaro National Park's Maragu Gate to sign in for our trek. Subsequently, we head out on a roughly 3-hour drive to the village of Nale Moru (6,397 Ft.) 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 begin hiking on a path that starts to climb gently and consistently through the beautiful, temperate forests that drape the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Along the way, we may have opportunity to view some wildlife: Colobus Monkeys are often abundant along with several 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 fantastic meal and relaxing evening.
- Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 8,500 feet
- Highest Elevation: 12,057 feet
- Trekking Duration: 8-9 hours
This morning we have a gradual hike up to Second Cave (11,300 ft.) and have lunch upon our arrival. We will soak up amazing views of Kibo Peak on Kilimanjaro and the Eastern Ice Fields sitting on the crater rim. (12,057 ft.). After lunch, we will visit a large cave and pre-historic lava tube, where we can hike and explore if time permits. We will then continue to camp at Kikelewa cave, where we will have snacks and hot drinks before being served an amazing dinner.
- Hiking Mileage: 2.3 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 12,057 feet
- Highest Elevation: 14,114 feet
- Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
This morning we have a wonderful breakfast and depart Kikelewa Cave and ascend until we reach Mawenzi Tarn campsite (14,114 ft.) The hike today is relatively short and we will make it to camp before lunch. After a hot lunch, we will go on an acclimatization hike up the surrounding area. We will be back at camp with time to wash up before dinner is served. Your guides will provide the plan for the next day.
Today will serve as a layover and rest day. We will have a sleep in and some light exercise as we hike near Mawenzi Peak. This rest day at this altitude will aide our group in acclimatization for the subsequent summit day. We will eat a hot lunch and big dinner before going to sleep early to prepare for the next day.
- Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 14,114 feet
- Highest Elevation: 15,4665 feet
- Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
This morning we leave camp with beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. At 14,000 ft. it can be challenging to hike, so we will take our time and begin trekking across the high altitude desert to the campsite at Kibo. Upon arrival at the Kibo around mid-day, we will eat lunch and then rest in our tents before dinner is served around 6 pm. After dinner, we will go to sleep until waking up around 11:30 pm. We will have hot drinks and biscuits before starting our accent up to the Kilimanjaro summit!
- Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 12,208 feet
- Highest Elevation: 19,340 feet
- Trekking Duration: 10-14 hours
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.
- Hiking Mileage: 12.4 miles
- Lowest Elevation: 6,250 feet
- Highest Elevation: 12,208 feet
- Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours
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 can collect your certificates before saying goodbye to our support staff.
Tonight we transfer to the Milimani Lodge or Airport Planet Lodge (depending on whether you are doing the Safari or not) for dinner and a good night's rest
For guests only doing Kilimanjaro, after breakfast you will be transported back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (in which case please book your flight no earlier than 9 A.M.) For guests joining the Safari, today is Day 1 of the Safari, so we will leave early and transfer to our first day's activities (detailed on the Safari trip page.)
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!
Add-on Rooms: If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 30% service fee.
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.
- $1,400 per person Kilimanjaro National Park fees
- 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
- 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)
- Tent accommodations (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag)
- Porters to ferry gear between camps
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast the final day
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- 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!
- 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
- Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please see packing list for details.)
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.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Trekking poles
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
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.
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.
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!
To join this trip, guests must have a Tanzanian Visa no later than 2 months before the trip start date. Please visit the Tanzania-U.S. Embassy Website to apply for your visa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.comIf 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.
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.
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 rainforests to the Arctic in just a couple days. Our home base for the first 3 days, at Kilimanjaro Resort, is located at 4,900 feet which is in the second warmest and dryest climatic zone surrounding Kilimanjaro. From there we will hike through 4 different ecological zones, representing a massive range of temperatures as we ascend toward the summit.
The average temperatures and precipitation in Kilimanjaro are:
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A boutique lodge in a perfect location to begin our Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari, this very nice lodge offers unfettered views of Mount Meru, and its lush, forested foothills.
(A/C, heat, showers)
Twiga Lodge & Campsite is located at Mto wa Mbu - a one and a half hour drive from the town of Arusha. Its extensive facilities and beautiful setting has made Twiga a very popular stopover along the route to many Northern Circuit Tourist attractions.
(pool, A/C, heat, showers)