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Summit Kilimanjaro

Trip Length 10 days

From $5,295

  • Climb Kilimanjaro with the summiting experts—we have a 98% summiting rate, the highest on the mountain
  • Take our exclusive trek along the little-used Great Barranco Valley/Western Breach, the most scenic route on the mountain, made famous by the IMAX film Kilimanjaro
  • Get an extra full day to acclimatize at the mountain’s highest-elevation camp at Arrow Glacier

Our trek to the “roof of Africa” in Tanzania combines smart scheduling with spectacular beauty, following a famous but rarely used variation route that offers maximum acclimatization time. MTS was the first U.S. company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro nearly 40 years ago, and our highly experienced guides and well-paced itinerary have given us the highest summiting success rate in the business—nearly 98%! Beginning in the rainforest at 6,400 feet, we’ll climb through magnificent alpine scenery, gazing at the mountain’s southern glaciers from the hauntingly beautiful Great Barranco Valley, made famous by the IMAX film Kilimanjaro (but not featured on any other operator’s itinerary). We’ll get an extra day to acclimatize and spend a night in the inner crater, giving us a chance to explore Kili's glaciers. Then it’s on to the summit at 19,340 feet—every adventurer’s dream come true.

 

Why Climb Kilimanjaro with MTS?

Mountain Travel Sobek was the first company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro in 1974 and, since then, we've become the leader in Kilimanjaro climbs. Our extensive experience ensures that our guests are accompanied by the best guides in the business, giving us the best summiting success rate on the mountain. Highlights of climbing Kilimanjaro with MTS include:

Highly qualified and trained guides. All of our leaders are Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and NOLS trained. And our leaders don’t just take the training courses, they lead them! MTS organizes all WFR training courses in Tanzania and our leaders run the first aid and rescue training courses for the National Parks. Special additional staff training ensures that our leaders are truly the most experienced and prepared on the mountain. We also have one of the highest guide-to-client ratios, plus ample porter and cooking staff to support our expedition.

Emergency equipment. Each guide has either an HF radio or satellite phone, plus cell phones, hyperbaric chamber and supplemental oxygen. Additionally we bring along a pulse oxymeter (used to measure the oxygen level in the blood), which we use two to three times a day, and a stethoscope for checking lungs for issues. 

Acclimatization knowledge. On MTS's Summit Kilimanjaro, guests spend a full day and two nights acclimatizing at our private camp at 6,500 feet on the slopes of Mt. Meru in the equatorial montane forest. The group also spends a day and night acclimatizing and resting at Arrow Glacier (16,000 feet), prior to summiting. Rushing can exacerbate altitude sickness and we know how to set up guests for success.

Nourishing meals. You’ll enjoy wonderful meals throughout the trip. For example, one of our dinners might include pumpkin soup, sausages and baked beans, vegetable salad, and a fruit cake with creme caramel! We can accommodate almost all diets, including vegetarian and gluten free diets.

Environmental awareness. We are dedicated to low-impact tourism, which means adhering to the principles of Leave No Trace and using 100% solar-powered camps. We recycle and re-use as many waste items as possible, and always ensure that our trash is exited from the mountain. Our purchasing policies promote local businesses and we buy local, wherever possible, to reduce transport carbon emissions.

Ethical Employment. Ethical employment standards are very important to us and our team works very hard to ensure those standards are being met. We are board members on the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), and we are very involved in the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a body that focuses on improving the working conditions of porters on Kilimanjaro (and in Nepal).

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha National Park

Welcome to Tanzania! Your Mountain Travel Sobek Trip Leader will greet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and, once everyone in the group has arrived, we'll transfer together to our private camp at the base of Mount Meru. Hot showers, cold drinks, and a delicious buffet dinner await the group upon arrival. After the long journey, this is a perfect time to relax—and get acquainted with your guide and fellow travelers.

Mount Meru is a stratovolcano, located about 40 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Half of the mountain was blown away 250,000 years ago by a violent volcanic explosion, giving birth to beautiful sweeping African cedar and podocarpus forests that now cover the slopes and crater of this beautiful mountain. We'll enjoy this enchanting setting for two nights as we sleep in our private camp, high above Arusha (where most other groups stay before their climb). Camping at a lofty altitude of 6,000 feet enables us to start acclimatizing before hitting the trail, which contributes to our summitting success rate.

(No hiking; Camp at 6,000')

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 2: Volcanic Mount Meru

After a restful night in our spacious tents, we'll enjoy a hot breakfast with views of the spectacular landscape at sunrise. The guides will check our equipment and hold an informative briefing session to make sure that everyone is prepared for the days to come. We'll then set out on a warm-up hike on the forested slopes of Mount Meru. We may spot colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants, along with many of this region’s diverse bird species, including touracos, hornbills, and parrots. As the day winds down, we'll take in the sunset from a small hill beside camp, watching the alpenglow descend upon the colossal slopes of Kilimanjaro in the distance.

(Hiking optional at 6,000' to 8,000' elevation; Camp at 6,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 3: Montane cloud trek to Machame Camp

Start the day with a scenic drive to the Machame Route trailhead, on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro. After our group passes through the Kilimanjaro National Park gates, we'll hit the trail at about 6,400 feet and begin our trek through a beautiful montane cloud forest to the camp near the Machame Hut (10,000 feet)—stopping for a delicious and hearty buffet lunch en route. Enjoy a tropical hiking experience as we climb over roots and through giant fern forests with tangled vines and a variety of wildlife. Conditions in this area can be muddy, so be prepared to wear your gaiters. When we reach camp, a hot dinner spread in our cozy custom dining tent awaits!

(Hiking: 8 miles, 6-7 hours, at 6,400' to 10,000' elevation / 4,000' gain; Camp at 10,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 4: Ascend to Shira Camp

This morning we'll embark on a short but strenuous 3-mile hike through a variety of ecosystems including forests of twisted heather bushes, giant groundsel trees, low grasses, moorland lobelias, and black obsidian rock. We'll end above the Shira Plateau (12,650 feet) at a magnificent vantage point of the vast sweeping East African plains, with Mount Meru beckoning in the distance. Portions of today’s hike are somewhat steep, and we'll walk slowly and enjoy the views as we pace ourselves on the trail. When we arrive at camp, we'll get our first view of Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach. Savor another delicious meal as the sun sets.

(Hiking: 3 miles, 5 hours, 10,000' to 12,650' elevation / 2,650' gain; Camp at 12,650')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 5: Barranco Camp to the Lava Tower

Trekking east towards Kibo Massif, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak crater, we'll transcend a ridge and head towards a spectacular rocky outcrop: the Lava Tower. Piercing up from the mountain and over 15,000 feet into the sky, this formation is a dramatic natural wonder. Our trail is scattered with rocks and boulders as we climb up to 14,300 feet before descending into the Barranco Valley. The valley is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the mountain, with its spectacular views of Kibo’s face, the Western Breach, and Kilimanjaro’s southern glaciers, and was the subject of the popular IMAX film Kilimanjaro. The Barranco Valley is filled with hundreds of spectacular giant senecio, groundsel, and lobelia plants. The unique outcroppings combined with the trail’s stunning views make for some of the most majestic scenery on the continent. Tonight we'll sleep at a lower elevation than our highest point today, helping us to acclimatize.

(Hiking: 6 miles, 6 hours, 10,000' to 14,300' elevation / 1,650' gain and 1,300' loss; Camp at 13,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Depart from Machame Route to Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we divert from the Machame Route and begin the trek toward the Western Breach. On a path less traveled, we'll climb through scree and over rocky ridges, and face stunning views of the Breach Wall and the Breach Icicle. As we climb closer to our campsite at Arrow Glacier, the entirety of the Shira plateau beckons below.

(Hiking: 3 miles, 6 hours, 13,000’ to 15,300’ elevation / 2,300’ gain; Camp at 15,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 7: Acclimatize at Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we'll slow our pace, acclimatize, and rest our minds and bodies as we prepare for the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Enjoy an optional acclimatization hike or a leisurely hangout around camp while you take in the surroundings and enjoy hot cups of tea or coffee.

(Hiking optional; Camp at 15,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 8: Climb to Crater Camp

We'll put ourselves to the test today as we ascend 3,000 feet to the Great Western Breach, an imposing, steep wall of rock leading to the edge of Kibo’s crater. Shortly after reaching the top of the breach wall, we'll arrive at Crater Camp at an altitude of 18,300 feet. This high altitude is hard on the body, but our efforts are rewarded with magical scenery before us! Towering glaciers, moving leisurely and transforming the rocky landscape, dominate the surroundings.

(Hiking: 2½ miles, 6 to 8 hours, 15,300' to 18,300’ elevation / 3,000’ gain; Camp at 18,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 9: Summit Day

This morning we'll ascend with the rising sun for our final, 2-hour push to 19,341 feet—the top of Uhuru Peak! In climbing the Machame–Western Breach route, we enjoy a significantly later start to the day than other trekkers on the mountain (we start from a higher camp, while the vast majority of travelers begin climbing at midnight and even earlier the night before!). We also bypass waiting in line on the summit’s doorstep, and instead enjoy our unforgettable moment of achievement and excitement away from the crowds in peaceful solitude. The rewards of seeing the summit crater glaciers and surreal views of the African plains nearly three miles below you are well worth the effort!

After the summit photo and mutual congratulations (by around 9am), we'll continue our trek, descending over 9,000 feet on a lengthy trail that's steep at the start. We'll hike along the crater rim before our trail converges briefly with the Barafu Route as we make our way onto the Mweka Route. Our hiking poles will help support us today! On our way down, we'll stop for lunch and a short rest at Barafu (15,000 feet). Our last night on Kilimanjaro will be at Mweka Camp, nestled within a lush forest. Tomorrow we will head back to civilization with full hearts, tired legs, and the prospect of hot showers only a few hours away.

(Hiking: 8 miles, over 8 hours, 10,200' to 18,300’ elevation / 1,060’ gain and 9,140’ loss; Camp at 10,200’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 10: Bid farewell to Kilimanjaro

Our last day of hiking takes us through the rainforest along a sometimes muddy trail as we descend the final 3,700 feet to the Mweka Gate. Here our vehicles await and transfer us to Moivaro Lodge. After checking into our day rooms—and taking the opportunity to rest, enjoy hot showers, and reflect on the rewarding experience of the last nine days—we'll enjoy a final celebratory dinner and receive our climb certificates. Bid farewell to your fellow climbers in the early evening and head to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for homeward-bound flights.

(Hiking: 5½ miles, 5 to 6 hours, 5,400' to 10,200’ elevation / 4,800’ loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Moivaro Lodge

Jan 27, 2018 - Feb 05, 2018 Guaranteed Departure

Feb 24, 2018 - Mar 05, 2018

Jun 16 - 25, 2018

Jul 14 - 23, 2018

Aug 18 - 27, 2018

Sep 15 - 24, 2018

Dec 15 - 24, 2018

pricing

2018 Rates, per person
$5,295 (4-16 members)
$1,700 park fees
$500 single supplement

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MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro — Kilimanjaro

Guests on our epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents. We sleep a maximum of two guests per tent, though each is roomy enough for three—allowing space to spread out when sharing. Our custom-designed mess tent gives our guests the chance to enjoy delicious and hearty meals together, while sharing stories of the day in comfort and away from the elements. To help maintain clean standards on the mountain, we also bring our own chemical toilet tents. Each camp (Machame, Shira, Barranco, Arrow Glacier, Crater, and Mweka) commands exceptional views of rugged plateaus or verdant valleys, often amidst afro-alpine scenery well above cloud level.

MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp — Arusha

Our exclusive acclimatization camp sits at 6,500 feet and is nestled at the base of Mount Meru in the heart of Arusha National Park. The camp features luxury-style canvas tents, complete with wooden beds, linens, down comforters, pillows, and an en-suite toilet and shower tent. Feast on wonderful food prepared in the bush kitchen and enjoy the atmosphere of the dining tent or our cozy lounge tent, with its wood-burning stove and small library. Day hikes from camp will lead you to enchanting forests, lovely waterfalls, and mountain views—with chances to see resident colobus monkeys, red duiker, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and flamingos along the way. Two nights here means our travelers can acclimatize better, receive a full gear and equipment check, and stretch their legs on a warm up hike after long hours in plans before the Kilimanjaro climb.

Moivaro Lodge — Arusha

At the charming Moivaro Lodge you'll find a relaxing and atmospheric retreat, surrounded by an impressive array of flora and fauna. The rooms are spacious thatched brick cottages set in a lovely tropical garden, and feature a private veranda, fireplace, and en-suite bathroom. The lodge's staff will ensure that you are looked after in this unique environment, helping you to prepare for your safaris and assuring peace upon your return in the evening. Enjoy the beautiful East African scenery and vistas of Mount Meru from the comfortable porch, or perhaps to laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

"I read good things about Mountain Travel Sobek’s safety precautions and long experience on the route...scaling the breach was the high point of the trip. Utter euphoria! I think you all have this trip down to a science and would encourage friends to go with you for that reason." Damien Brouillard

  • Climb Kilimanjaro with the summiting experts—we have a 98% summiting rate, the highest on the mountain
  • Take our exclusive trek along the little-used Great Barranco Valley/Western Breach, the most scenic route on the mountain, made famous by the IMAX film Kilimanjaro
  • Get an extra full day to acclimatize at the mountain’s highest-elevation camp at Arrow Glacier

Our trek to the “roof of Africa” in Tanzania combines smart scheduling with spectacular beauty, following a famous but rarely used variation route that offers maximum acclimatization time. MTS was the first U.S. company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro nearly 40 years ago, and our highly experienced guides and well-paced itinerary have given us the highest summiting success rate in the business—nearly 98%! Beginning in the rainforest at 6,400 feet, we’ll climb through magnificent alpine scenery, gazing at the mountain’s southern glaciers from the hauntingly beautiful Great Barranco Valley, made famous by the IMAX film Kilimanjaro (but not featured on any other operator’s itinerary). We’ll get an extra day to acclimatize and spend a night in the inner crater, giving us a chance to explore Kili's glaciers. Then it’s on to the summit at 19,340 feet—every adventurer’s dream come true.

 

Why Climb Kilimanjaro with MTS?

Mountain Travel Sobek was the first company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro in 1974 and, since then, we've become the leader in Kilimanjaro climbs. Our extensive experience ensures that our guests are accompanied by the best guides in the business, giving us the best summiting success rate on the mountain. Highlights of climbing Kilimanjaro with MTS include:

Highly qualified and trained guides. All of our leaders are Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and NOLS trained. And our leaders don’t just take the training courses, they lead them! MTS organizes all WFR training courses in Tanzania and our leaders run the first aid and rescue training courses for the National Parks. Special additional staff training ensures that our leaders are truly the most experienced and prepared on the mountain. We also have one of the highest guide-to-client ratios, plus ample porter and cooking staff to support our expedition.

Emergency equipment. Each guide has either an HF radio or satellite phone, plus cell phones, hyperbaric chamber and supplemental oxygen. Additionally we bring along a pulse oxymeter (used to measure the oxygen level in the blood), which we use two to three times a day, and a stethoscope for checking lungs for issues. 

Acclimatization knowledge. On MTS's Summit Kilimanjaro, guests spend a full day and two nights acclimatizing at our private camp at 6,500 feet on the slopes of Mt. Meru in the equatorial montane forest. The group also spends a day and night acclimatizing and resting at Arrow Glacier (16,000 feet), prior to summiting. Rushing can exacerbate altitude sickness and we know how to set up guests for success.

Nourishing meals. You’ll enjoy wonderful meals throughout the trip. For example, one of our dinners might include pumpkin soup, sausages and baked beans, vegetable salad, and a fruit cake with creme caramel! We can accommodate almost all diets, including vegetarian and gluten free diets.

Environmental awareness. We are dedicated to low-impact tourism, which means adhering to the principles of Leave No Trace and using 100% solar-powered camps. We recycle and re-use as many waste items as possible, and always ensure that our trash is exited from the mountain. Our purchasing policies promote local businesses and we buy local, wherever possible, to reduce transport carbon emissions.

Ethical Employment. Ethical employment standards are very important to us and our team works very hard to ensure those standards are being met. We are board members on the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), and we are very involved in the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a body that focuses on improving the working conditions of porters on Kilimanjaro (and in Nepal).

reviews

"I read good things about Mountain Travel Sobek’s safety precautions and long experience on the route...scaling the breach was the high point of the trip. Utter euphoria! I think you all have this trip down to a science and would encourage friends to go with you for that reason." Damien Brouillard

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha National Park

Welcome to Tanzania! Your Mountain Travel Sobek Trip Leader will greet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and, once everyone in the group has arrived, we'll transfer together to our private camp at the base of Mount Meru. Hot showers, cold drinks, and a delicious buffet dinner await the group upon arrival. After the long journey, this is a perfect time to relax—and get acquainted with your guide and fellow travelers.

Mount Meru is a stratovolcano, located about 40 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Half of the mountain was blown away 250,000 years ago by a violent volcanic explosion, giving birth to beautiful sweeping African cedar and podocarpus forests that now cover the slopes and crater of this beautiful mountain. We'll enjoy this enchanting setting for two nights as we sleep in our private camp, high above Arusha (where most other groups stay before their climb). Camping at a lofty altitude of 6,000 feet enables us to start acclimatizing before hitting the trail, which contributes to our summitting success rate.

(No hiking; Camp at 6,000')

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 2: Volcanic Mount Meru

After a restful night in our spacious tents, we'll enjoy a hot breakfast with views of the spectacular landscape at sunrise. The guides will check our equipment and hold an informative briefing session to make sure that everyone is prepared for the days to come. We'll then set out on a warm-up hike on the forested slopes of Mount Meru. We may spot colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants, along with many of this region’s diverse bird species, including touracos, hornbills, and parrots. As the day winds down, we'll take in the sunset from a small hill beside camp, watching the alpenglow descend upon the colossal slopes of Kilimanjaro in the distance.

(Hiking optional at 6,000' to 8,000' elevation; Camp at 6,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 3: Montane cloud trek to Machame Camp

Start the day with a scenic drive to the Machame Route trailhead, on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro. After our group passes through the Kilimanjaro National Park gates, we'll hit the trail at about 6,400 feet and begin our trek through a beautiful montane cloud forest to the camp near the Machame Hut (10,000 feet)—stopping for a delicious and hearty buffet lunch en route. Enjoy a tropical hiking experience as we climb over roots and through giant fern forests with tangled vines and a variety of wildlife. Conditions in this area can be muddy, so be prepared to wear your gaiters. When we reach camp, a hot dinner spread in our cozy custom dining tent awaits!

(Hiking: 8 miles, 6-7 hours, at 6,400' to 10,000' elevation / 4,000' gain; Camp at 10,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 4: Ascend to Shira Camp

This morning we'll embark on a short but strenuous 3-mile hike through a variety of ecosystems including forests of twisted heather bushes, giant groundsel trees, low grasses, moorland lobelias, and black obsidian rock. We'll end above the Shira Plateau (12,650 feet) at a magnificent vantage point of the vast sweeping East African plains, with Mount Meru beckoning in the distance. Portions of today’s hike are somewhat steep, and we'll walk slowly and enjoy the views as we pace ourselves on the trail. When we arrive at camp, we'll get our first view of Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach. Savor another delicious meal as the sun sets.

(Hiking: 3 miles, 5 hours, 10,000' to 12,650' elevation / 2,650' gain; Camp at 12,650')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 5: Barranco Camp to the Lava Tower

Trekking east towards Kibo Massif, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak crater, we'll transcend a ridge and head towards a spectacular rocky outcrop: the Lava Tower. Piercing up from the mountain and over 15,000 feet into the sky, this formation is a dramatic natural wonder. Our trail is scattered with rocks and boulders as we climb up to 14,300 feet before descending into the Barranco Valley. The valley is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the mountain, with its spectacular views of Kibo’s face, the Western Breach, and Kilimanjaro’s southern glaciers, and was the subject of the popular IMAX film Kilimanjaro. The Barranco Valley is filled with hundreds of spectacular giant senecio, groundsel, and lobelia plants. The unique outcroppings combined with the trail’s stunning views make for some of the most majestic scenery on the continent. Tonight we'll sleep at a lower elevation than our highest point today, helping us to acclimatize.

(Hiking: 6 miles, 6 hours, 10,000' to 14,300' elevation / 1,650' gain and 1,300' loss; Camp at 13,000')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Depart from Machame Route to Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we divert from the Machame Route and begin the trek toward the Western Breach. On a path less traveled, we'll climb through scree and over rocky ridges, and face stunning views of the Breach Wall and the Breach Icicle. As we climb closer to our campsite at Arrow Glacier, the entirety of the Shira plateau beckons below.

(Hiking: 3 miles, 6 hours, 13,000’ to 15,300’ elevation / 2,300’ gain; Camp at 15,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 7: Acclimatize at Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we'll slow our pace, acclimatize, and rest our minds and bodies as we prepare for the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Enjoy an optional acclimatization hike or a leisurely hangout around camp while you take in the surroundings and enjoy hot cups of tea or coffee.

(Hiking optional; Camp at 15,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 8: Climb to Crater Camp

We'll put ourselves to the test today as we ascend 3,000 feet to the Great Western Breach, an imposing, steep wall of rock leading to the edge of Kibo’s crater. Shortly after reaching the top of the breach wall, we'll arrive at Crater Camp at an altitude of 18,300 feet. This high altitude is hard on the body, but our efforts are rewarded with magical scenery before us! Towering glaciers, moving leisurely and transforming the rocky landscape, dominate the surroundings.

(Hiking: 2½ miles, 6 to 8 hours, 15,300' to 18,300’ elevation / 3,000’ gain; Camp at 18,300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 9: Summit Day

This morning we'll ascend with the rising sun for our final, 2-hour push to 19,341 feet—the top of Uhuru Peak! In climbing the Machame–Western Breach route, we enjoy a significantly later start to the day than other trekkers on the mountain (we start from a higher camp, while the vast majority of travelers begin climbing at midnight and even earlier the night before!). We also bypass waiting in line on the summit’s doorstep, and instead enjoy our unforgettable moment of achievement and excitement away from the crowds in peaceful solitude. The rewards of seeing the summit crater glaciers and surreal views of the African plains nearly three miles below you are well worth the effort!

After the summit photo and mutual congratulations (by around 9am), we'll continue our trek, descending over 9,000 feet on a lengthy trail that's steep at the start. We'll hike along the crater rim before our trail converges briefly with the Barafu Route as we make our way onto the Mweka Route. Our hiking poles will help support us today! On our way down, we'll stop for lunch and a short rest at Barafu (15,000 feet). Our last night on Kilimanjaro will be at Mweka Camp, nestled within a lush forest. Tomorrow we will head back to civilization with full hearts, tired legs, and the prospect of hot showers only a few hours away.

(Hiking: 8 miles, over 8 hours, 10,200' to 18,300’ elevation / 1,060’ gain and 9,140’ loss; Camp at 10,200’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro

Day 10: Bid farewell to Kilimanjaro

Our last day of hiking takes us through the rainforest along a sometimes muddy trail as we descend the final 3,700 feet to the Mweka Gate. Here our vehicles await and transfer us to Moivaro Lodge. After checking into our day rooms—and taking the opportunity to rest, enjoy hot showers, and reflect on the rewarding experience of the last nine days—we'll enjoy a final celebratory dinner and receive our climb certificates. Bid farewell to your fellow climbers in the early evening and head to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for homeward-bound flights.

(Hiking: 5½ miles, 5 to 6 hours, 5,400' to 10,200’ elevation / 4,800’ loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Moivaro Lodge
lodgings

MTS Camp — Kilimanjaro — Kilimanjaro

Guests on our epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents. We sleep a maximum of two guests per tent, though each is roomy enough for three—allowing space to spread out when sharing. Our custom-designed mess tent gives our guests the chance to enjoy delicious and hearty meals together, while sharing stories of the day in comfort and away from the elements. To help maintain clean standards on the mountain, we also bring our own chemical toilet tents. Each camp (Machame, Shira, Barranco, Arrow Glacier, Crater, and Mweka) commands exceptional views of rugged plateaus or verdant valleys, often amidst afro-alpine scenery well above cloud level.

MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp — Arusha

Our exclusive acclimatization camp sits at 6,500 feet and is nestled at the base of Mount Meru in the heart of Arusha National Park. The camp features luxury-style canvas tents, complete with wooden beds, linens, down comforters, pillows, and an en-suite toilet and shower tent. Feast on wonderful food prepared in the bush kitchen and enjoy the atmosphere of the dining tent or our cozy lounge tent, with its wood-burning stove and small library. Day hikes from camp will lead you to enchanting forests, lovely waterfalls, and mountain views—with chances to see resident colobus monkeys, red duiker, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and flamingos along the way. Two nights here means our travelers can acclimatize better, receive a full gear and equipment check, and stretch their legs on a warm up hike after long hours in plans before the Kilimanjaro climb.

Moivaro Lodge — Arusha

At the charming Moivaro Lodge you'll find a relaxing and atmospheric retreat, surrounded by an impressive array of flora and fauna. The rooms are spacious thatched brick cottages set in a lovely tropical garden, and feature a private veranda, fireplace, and en-suite bathroom. The lodge's staff will ensure that you are looked after in this unique environment, helping you to prepare for your safaris and assuring peace upon your return in the evening. Enjoy the beautiful East African scenery and vistas of Mount Meru from the comfortable porch, or perhaps to laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

Dates and Pricing

Jan 27, 2018 - Feb 05, 2018 Guaranteed Departure

Feb 24, 2018 - Mar 05, 2018

Jun 16 - 25, 2018

Jul 14 - 23, 2018

Aug 18 - 27, 2018

Sep 15 - 24, 2018

Dec 15 - 24, 2018

pricing

2018 Rates, per person
$5,295 (4-16 members)
$1,700 park fees
$500 single supplement

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