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Tanzania Climb Kilimanjaro

A Bucket-List Climb of Africa's Highest Peak

 

Summit mighty Kilimanjaro on this dream mountain adventure! 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 reaching the top of Kilimanjaro - we have a 98% summit success rate!

  • Hike & 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:

Arusha, Tanzania

Depart:

Arusha, Tanzania

Price: from $5,995

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

17 yrs

Activity:

Level 5

Climbing Kilimanjaro requires sustained periods of up to 15 hours of strenuous hiking at high altitude. You must be in excellent physical and mental condition. Previous experience and a signed Physician Certificate is required.
Learn more here.

  • Welcome to Tanzania

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Itikoni Camp

    Nestled at the base of Mount Meru in Arusha National Park, our deluxe camp offers luxury-style canvas tents with wooden beds, linens, comforters, pillows, and en-suite toilets, and separate shower tents. Day hikes from camp lead to enchanting forests and waterfalls. Guests savor delicious meals in the dining tent or relax in the cozy library lounge with a wood-burning stove.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike the Forested Slopes of Mount Meru

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Deluxe Camp-Itikoni Camp

    Nestled at the base of Mount Meru in Arusha National Park, our deluxe camp offers luxury-style canvas tents with wooden beds, linens, comforters, pillows, and en-suite toilets, and separate shower tents. Day hikes from camp lead to enchanting forests and waterfalls. Guests savor delicious meals in the dining tent or relax in the cozy library lounge with a wood-burning stove.

    Activity: 1-2 hours/2 miles optional hiking with 2,000' elevation gain; camp at 6,000'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek through a Montane Cloud Forest to Machame Camp

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 4,000' elevation gain; camp at 10,000'

    Transportation: 2-hour scenic transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Shira Plateau at 12,650'

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 5 hours/3 miles hiking with 2,650' elevation gain; camp at 12,650'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head East to the Stunning Lava Tower

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,650' elevation gain and 1,300' loss; camp at 13,000'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Machame Route for Arrow Glacier Camp

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 6 hours/3 miles hiking with 2,300' elevation gain; camp at 15,300'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Acclimatize at Arrow Glacier Camp

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: Hiking optional for acclimatization; camp at 15,300'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to Crater Camp

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 6-8 hours/2.5 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation gain; camp at 18,300'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Summit the Top of Uhuru Peak

    Day 9

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Kilimanjaro

    Guests on the epic Kilimanjaro summit bid sleep in comfortable four-season Mountain Hardwear dome tents, sleeping up to two guests. Delicious hearty meals are served in the custom-designed mess tent. 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.

    Activity: 8 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,060' gain and 9,140' loss; camp at 10,200'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bid farewell to Kilimanjaro

    Day 10

    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 5-day post-climb wildlife safari!

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 4,800' elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private transfer to hotel; 1-hour private transfer to airport

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tanzania Climb Kilimanjaro

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was the first company to lead commercial treks climbing Kilimanjaro in 1974 and is the leader in hiking Kilimanjaro.

Reason #02

MT Sobek boasts highly qualified guides with emergency equipment and a 98% summiting rate - the highest on the mountain!

Reason #03

Besides nourishing meals, expect a full day and two nights of acclimatizing at our private camp at 6,000 feet.

Meet your guides

Elias Msemo

Elias Msemo

Elias Msemo is a keen outdoorsman who fell in love with the natural beauty of Tanzania at an early age. In addition to being an accomplished climber, he is also a graduate of wildlife studies at the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania. Upon his graduation, he decided to pursue a career as a mountain guide and has led over 100 climbs of Kilimanjaro across his 20-year career. Elias currently resides in Arusha with his family and is very much looking forward to hosting you in Tanzania.

Noel Mbwambo

Noel Mbwambo

Noel-or "Mchili" as he is known-was born at Pare Mountain in the Kilimanjaro region. He first started climbing in 1988 when he attempted the first summit of Mount Meru and has been guiding for 17 years. In addition to being an accomplished climber and caring guide, Noel is a graduate of wildlife studies and is passionate about sharing Tanzania's amazing wildlife. Recently he has enjoyed leading immersive walking safaris with the Hadzabe in Eyasi and Maasai in Ngorongoro, and his goal is to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for every guest.

Wines Temu

Wines Temu

Wines was born and raised in the Kilimanjaro region, at the base of Mountain Kilimanjaro, and studied wildlife in colleges in Arusha (Tanzania) and Kampala (Uganda). He has been guiding Kilimanjaro adventures for 9 years and has led/assisted over 200 summit bids. Wines brings a wealth of knowledge, both about Tanzanian wildlife and local history, and speaks multiple languages such as Chaga, Maasai, Kiswahili, English, French and a little Chinese. Wines is a fun and friendly guide, who is well-loved for his organization and communication skills, and he enjoys helping guests of all ages to fulfill their dream of climbing Kilimanjaro. He is also a marathon runner with a 3-hour best!

Activities

Hiking 6 to 8 hours daily through spellbinding landscapes of lush rainforests, rocky ridges, and incredible flora and fauna.

Lodging

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.

Climate

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.

FAQ

Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

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.

What qualifications do the guides have?

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.

Do we carry our own luggage on the trip? If not, what is the weight the porters carry?

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.

Do I have to be extremely fit to take part in this trek?

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.

After my Kilimanjaro climb, can I add a Tanzania Safari?

Yes, after the climb, celebrate your efforts with a classic luxury camping safari in the iconic Ngorongoro Crater and the legendary Serengeti plains.

Is the water on the climb safe to drink?

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.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! We make a contribution to the Carbon Tanzania fund for every guest that travels on this trip. Carbon Tanzania helps protect forests to reduce carbon emissions and preserve wildlife by working with local communities and governments. Over a million acres of forest was protected in 2019 with the help of Carbon Tanzania, which has helped store over a million tons of carbon to date!

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Additional costs

  • $400 Single Supplement
  • $1,700 National Park Fees

Special Offer

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with groups of 5 or more

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome and farewell dinners
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $400 Single Supplement
  • $1,700 National Park Fees

Special Offer

Save $500 per person on select departures
with groups of 5 or more

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome and farewell dinners
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $400 Single Supplement
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Special Offer

Save $500 per person on select departures
with groups of 5 or more

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome and farewell dinners
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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