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Summit Kilimanjaro

Trip Length 10 days

From $4,695

  • 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 at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha National Park

Your trip leader (or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative) will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. Transfer 1½ hours to Arusha National Park, and then another 30 minutes through the park to our deluxe camp situated at the base of Mount Meru, a 14,900-foot volcano. Along the way we’ll spotlight for nocturnal wildlife. The camp is at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, which aids in acclimatization for the Kilimanjaro climb and is a major advantage over staying at an Arusha hotel. Hot showers, cold drinks, and a buffet dinner await us!

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 2: Mount Meru

Today we’ll have a chance to recuperate from the long flight, check our equipment, and have a thorough trip briefing on what to expect on the climb. There will also be time to hike along the forested slopes of Mount Meru, which has a history similar to that of Mount St. Helens in Washington, in that half the mountain was blown away by a violent volcanic explosion. Meru’s eruption occurred some 250,000 years ago, though, and great forests of African cedar and podocarpus have since grown up to cover its crater and slopes. On our hike, we 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, we can enjoy the sunset from a small hill beside camp and watch the alpenglow descend on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

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

Day 3: Begin trek on Kilimanjaro

In the morning, we'll drive 2½ hours to the starting point of the Machame Route, four miles past the village of Machame on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro (the trailhead varies from season to season with weather conditions). We begin hiking at about 6,400 feet and follow a winding trail up through montane cloud forest and into stands of giant heather, to camp near the Machame Hut at 10,000'. The forest can be wet at any time of the year, so we can expect a real tropical experience as we climb over roots and through giant fern forests with tangled vines and creepers. We'll stop for a buffet lunch en route to our first camp. (6-7 hours hiking, 8 miles)

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

Day 4: Shira Camp

Today we climb up to our destination above the Shira Plateau at 12,650'. A steep trail leads out of the giant heather and onto a ridge that commands wide vistas of both the Shira Plateau and the plains to the west. From our camp we are treated to our first breathtaking views of the Western Breach of Kibo. (5 hours hiking, 3 miles)

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

Day 5: Barranco Camp

Trekking east toward the Kibo Massif, we follow a ridge and climb toward the large rock outcrop of Lava Tower (15,100') before veering off and down toward camp. Our destination is the base of the Great Barranco, a steep canyon emerging from Kilimanjaro’s Great Breach Wall, which is filled with hundreds of outlandish giant senecio and lobelia plants. The afro-alpine scenery here is fantastic and the views of the Breach Wall and Kili’s southern glaciers are better than from any other point on the mountain. (The Barranco Valley and its stunning views were a main focus of the Kilimanjaro IMAX© film.) Our camp is at 13,000'. (6 hours hiking, 6 miles)

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

Day 6: Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we leave the normal Machame Route and begin the climb toward the Western Breach ascent route. Rather than traversing farther around the southern slopes of the mountain we ascend up and slightly westward, climbing easy terrain through scree and rocky ridges. The ascent is about 2,300 feet and gives us stunning views of the Western Breach wall and the Breach Icicle. As we near Arrow Glacier and our campsite, the views open toward the west and the entire Shira Plateau lies below us. Camp is near the glacier at about 15,300'. (6 hours hiking, 3 miles)

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

Day 7: Arrow Glacier Camp

Today will be spent mostly resting and rebuilding our strength for the rest of the climb, but there will also be an acclimatization hike along a portion of the next day's ascent route. This will not only get us to a higher elevation for better acclimatization but also give us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the beginning of the longest and most arduous hiking day of the entire climb.

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

Day 8: Crater Camp

All the preparation, acclimatization, and hiking we’ve done to prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb will be put to the test today as we ascend 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 our camp within the crater at an altitude of 18,300'. The high altitude of Crater Camp makes it a physically demanding experience, but the reward is a radical scene of towering glaciers rising from the harsh rock landscape. (6-8 hours hiking, 2½ miles)

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

Day 9: Summit Day!

Rise with the sun for our 1,000-foot summit bid (we should be at the summit by 9:00 a.m.). 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 a short stop for summit photos and mutual congratulations, we descend on the Mweka Route past Barafu, a direct descent of the mountain. After lunch and a short rest at Barafu, we continue to our camp at Mweka (10,200') where a delicious dinner of fresh vegetables, bread, fish or chicken, and dessert await us. (8+ hours hiking; 8 miles)

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

Day 10: End trek

We hike 5½ miles back through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate and transfer to the Moivaro Lodge. Dayrooms will be available for use until the early evening transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flight, arriving home the following day.
 

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Moivaro Lodge

Dec 19 - 28, 2016

Jan 21 - 30, 2017

Mar 17 - 26, 2017

Jun 18 - 27, 2017

Jul 16 - 25, 2017

Aug 20 - 29, 2017

Sep 17 - 26, 2017

Dec 19 - 28, 2017

pricing

2016 Rates, per person

$4,695 (9-16 members)
$5,295 (7-8 members)
$5,895 (3-6 members)
$1,400 park fees
$450 single supplement

2017 Rates, per person

$5,295 (9-16 members)
$5,895 (4-8 members)
$1,400 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.

  • 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).

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha National Park

Your trip leader (or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative) will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. Transfer 1½ hours to Arusha National Park, and then another 30 minutes through the park to our deluxe camp situated at the base of Mount Meru, a 14,900-foot volcano. Along the way we’ll spotlight for nocturnal wildlife. The camp is at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, which aids in acclimatization for the Kilimanjaro climb and is a major advantage over staying at an Arusha hotel. Hot showers, cold drinks, and a buffet dinner await us!

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Deluxe Camp — Itikoni Camp

Day 2: Mount Meru

Today we’ll have a chance to recuperate from the long flight, check our equipment, and have a thorough trip briefing on what to expect on the climb. There will also be time to hike along the forested slopes of Mount Meru, which has a history similar to that of Mount St. Helens in Washington, in that half the mountain was blown away by a violent volcanic explosion. Meru’s eruption occurred some 250,000 years ago, though, and great forests of African cedar and podocarpus have since grown up to cover its crater and slopes. On our hike, we 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, we can enjoy the sunset from a small hill beside camp and watch the alpenglow descend on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

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

Day 3: Begin trek on Kilimanjaro

In the morning, we'll drive 2½ hours to the starting point of the Machame Route, four miles past the village of Machame on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro (the trailhead varies from season to season with weather conditions). We begin hiking at about 6,400 feet and follow a winding trail up through montane cloud forest and into stands of giant heather, to camp near the Machame Hut at 10,000'. The forest can be wet at any time of the year, so we can expect a real tropical experience as we climb over roots and through giant fern forests with tangled vines and creepers. We'll stop for a buffet lunch en route to our first camp. (6-7 hours hiking, 8 miles)

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

Day 4: Shira Camp

Today we climb up to our destination above the Shira Plateau at 12,650'. A steep trail leads out of the giant heather and onto a ridge that commands wide vistas of both the Shira Plateau and the plains to the west. From our camp we are treated to our first breathtaking views of the Western Breach of Kibo. (5 hours hiking, 3 miles)

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

Day 5: Barranco Camp

Trekking east toward the Kibo Massif, we follow a ridge and climb toward the large rock outcrop of Lava Tower (15,100') before veering off and down toward camp. Our destination is the base of the Great Barranco, a steep canyon emerging from Kilimanjaro’s Great Breach Wall, which is filled with hundreds of outlandish giant senecio and lobelia plants. The afro-alpine scenery here is fantastic and the views of the Breach Wall and Kili’s southern glaciers are better than from any other point on the mountain. (The Barranco Valley and its stunning views were a main focus of the Kilimanjaro IMAX© film.) Our camp is at 13,000'. (6 hours hiking, 6 miles)

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

Day 6: Arrow Glacier Camp

Today we leave the normal Machame Route and begin the climb toward the Western Breach ascent route. Rather than traversing farther around the southern slopes of the mountain we ascend up and slightly westward, climbing easy terrain through scree and rocky ridges. The ascent is about 2,300 feet and gives us stunning views of the Western Breach wall and the Breach Icicle. As we near Arrow Glacier and our campsite, the views open toward the west and the entire Shira Plateau lies below us. Camp is near the glacier at about 15,300'. (6 hours hiking, 3 miles)

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

Day 7: Arrow Glacier Camp

Today will be spent mostly resting and rebuilding our strength for the rest of the climb, but there will also be an acclimatization hike along a portion of the next day's ascent route. This will not only get us to a higher elevation for better acclimatization but also give us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the beginning of the longest and most arduous hiking day of the entire climb.

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

Day 8: Crater Camp

All the preparation, acclimatization, and hiking we’ve done to prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb will be put to the test today as we ascend 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 our camp within the crater at an altitude of 18,300'. The high altitude of Crater Camp makes it a physically demanding experience, but the reward is a radical scene of towering glaciers rising from the harsh rock landscape. (6-8 hours hiking, 2½ miles)

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

Day 9: Summit Day!

Rise with the sun for our 1,000-foot summit bid (we should be at the summit by 9:00 a.m.). 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 a short stop for summit photos and mutual congratulations, we descend on the Mweka Route past Barafu, a direct descent of the mountain. After lunch and a short rest at Barafu, we continue to our camp at Mweka (10,200') where a delicious dinner of fresh vegetables, bread, fish or chicken, and dessert await us. (8+ hours hiking; 8 miles)

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

Day 10: End trek

We hike 5½ miles back through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate and transfer to the Moivaro Lodge. Dayrooms will be available for use until the early evening transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flight, arriving home the following day.
 

  • 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

Dec 19 - 28, 2016

Jan 21 - 30, 2017

Mar 17 - 26, 2017

Jun 18 - 27, 2017

Jul 16 - 25, 2017

Aug 20 - 29, 2017

Sep 17 - 26, 2017

Dec 19 - 28, 2017

pricing

2016 Rates, per person

$4,695 (9-16 members)
$5,295 (7-8 members)
$5,895 (3-6 members)
$1,400 park fees
$450 single supplement

2017 Rates, per person

$5,295 (9-16 members)
$5,895 (4-8 members)
$1,400 park fees
$500 single supplement

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