Summit every adventurers's dream come true - the mighty Kilimanjaro. Follow MT Sobek's highly experienced guides up a less-traveled route with a 98% summiting success rate. Journey along the forested slopes of Mount Meru, home to colobus monkeys, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants. Marvel at Great Barranco Valley's otherworldly senecio, groundsel, and lobelia plants and witness the stunning Lava Tower, a rocky outcrop piercing up over 15,000 feet into the sky. Magical sunsets and glacier vistas await at our campsites en route to the "roof of Africa" at 19,340 feet.
Experience the unforgettable moment of summiting Kilimanjaro away from the crowds
Trek up a famous yet less-traveled route designed for optimal mountain acclimatization
Witness otherworldly flora and dazzling landscapes of the Great Barranco Valley
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and meet with MT Sobek trip leaders to transfer to camp at the foot of Mount Meru, a stratovolcano roughly 40 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Relax and acclimatize at 6,000 feet (a key factor in our summitting success rate), and meet fellow travelers before hitting the trail.
Rise and shine for a hot breakfast at sunrise. After an in-depth briefing session, set off for an optional warm-up hike on the forested slopes of Mount Meru. Look out for colobus monkeys, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants and notice the region's diverse bird species that include touracos, hornbills, and parrots. Unwind to the alpenglow descending on the majestic slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
Kick the day off with a scenic drive to the Machame Route trailhead on Kilimanjaro's southeastern slope. Pass Kilimanjaro National Park gates and start the beautiful montane cloud forest trek to the camp near the Machame Hut (10,000'). En route, pause for a hearty buffet lunch and continue the tropical climb over roots and through tangled vines of the giant fern forest. Warm up to a hot dinner at MT Sobek Camp's cozy dining tent.
After breakfast, begin a short but arduous 3-mile hike through twisted heather bush forests, giant groundsel trees, low grasses, moorland lobelias, and black obsidian rock. End at Shira Plateau at 12,650', a stunning viewpoint onto the sweeping East African plains and Mount Meru in the distance. At the camp, revel in the first views of Kilimanjaro's Western Breach.
Trek east towards Kibo Massif, Kilimanjaro's highest peak crater. Make your way towards the stunning rocky outcrop, Lava Tower, piercing up from the mountain over 15,000' into the sky. Rocks and boulders line the path towards Barranco Valley at 14,300', filled with hundreds of giant senecio, groundsel, and lobelia plants. Take in the jaw-dropping views of this valley, looking out over Kibo's face, the Western Breach, and Kilimanjaro's southern glaciers. The camp is at a lower elevation than the highest point of the day, to assist with adaptation.
Today you change the course from Machame Route towards the Western Breach on a path less traveled. Climb over rocky ridges and face stunning views of the Breach Wall and the Breach Icicle. En route up to the camp at Arrow Glacier, the entirety of the Shira Plateau beckons below.
Time to slow the pace, acclimatize, and rest the body and mind for the final push to Kilimanjaro's summit. Go for an optional acclimatization hike or a leisurely hangout around camp over hot cups of tea and breathtaking scenery.
Today ascend 3,000 feet to the Great Western Breach, a steep rock wall leading to the edge of Kibo's crater. Arrive at the MTS Crater Camp at 18,300 feet and bask in the magical scenery of towering glaciers moving leisurely across the rocky landscape.
Today comes the unforgettable moment of success: making the final, 2-hour push to 19,341' - the top of Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak. Rejoice in surreal views of summit crater glaciers and African plains and join in for a group summit photo. Around 9am, start descending over 9,000 feet. Rest during lunch at Barafu (15,000 feet) and end the last night at Mweka Camp, nestled within a lush forest.
Finish off the last 3,700 feet down the rainforest trail to the Mweka Gate for transfer to the Moivaro Lodge. Relax, enjoy hot showers, and let the rewarding experience of the spectacular journey sink in. Receive your climb certificate at the final celebratory dinner and bid farewell to fellow climbers, then head to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for homeward-bound flights. Those who prefer can join our optional 4-day post-climb wildlife safari!
MT Sobek was the first company to lead commercial treks up Kilimanjaro in 1974 and is the leader in Kilimanjaro climbs.
Mountain Travel Sobek boasts highly qualified guides with emergency equipment and a 98% summiting rate - the highest on the mountain!
Besides nourishing meals, expect a full day and two nights of acclimatizing at our private camp at 6,000 feet.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking 6 to 8 hours daily through spellbinding landscapes of lush rainforests, rocky ridges, and incredible flora and fauna.
Well-equipped high-altitude camps featuring four-season dome tents, as well as overnights at a deluxe acclimatization camp and thatched cottages amidst tropical gardens.
You'll experience the pleasantly warm and dry climate of the plains and savannas. There can be passing showers, drizzle, or no rain at all at any time of year.
Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen, you need a visa to enter Tanzania. You may obtain your Tanzania visa in advance OR upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. The current fee for a visa is $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa.
Our leaders undergo extensive training to provide the safest Kilimanjaro climbs. Every year we operate an annual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training in Arusha, Tanzania. A Porters Association also selects the porters; they will carry an identification card allowing them to carry your belongings, and assist you up the mountain.
You will not be responsible to carry your luggage up Kilimanjaro. The porters can carry approximately 30lbs of your luggage; the rest can be stored safely at our office in Arusha. You will only be responsible to carry your day pack with the essential and personal items you need to have with you at all times.
Yes, train at altitude or at least test your abilities at altitude. The very best way to prepare for climbing to high altitude is to climb to high altitude! Although this is difficult for most people, remember that the higher the altitude and the longer the hikes, the better. This also allows you to get used to your backpack and boots.
Yes, after the climb, celebrate your efforts with a classic luxury camping safari in the iconic Ngorongoro Crater and the legendary Serengeti plains.
Yes, it is really important that you stay hydrated while at altitude for better acclimatization. All your drinking water is filted with a Katydyne water filter.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"Utter euphoria! I think you have this trip down to a science."
MT Sobek Guest, Summit Kilimanjaro
"Through MT Sobek, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and took a safari through Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. I cannot say enough good things about this group! I felt like I was in great hands during every second of the journey."
MT Sobek Guest, Summit Kilimanjaro