Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa. The distinctive, snow-capped dome which rises almost 5000m above the plains can be climbed without ropes or technical climbing experience.
Nevertheless, this is a demanding trek at extreme altitude. Summit day is particularly tough; however to reach the peak and view the African sunrise is an immense achievement and worthy of the effort!
We will give you plenty of support and advice as you prepare for your adventure. We also include an acclimatisation day to give you the best chance of reaching the summit.
We spend 7 days on the mountain; hiking via the Machame route through rainforest, open forest, moorland and alpine desert before finally tackling the spectacular glacial summit. Our experienced crew of local porters and guides will carry all equipment and set up camp each evening.
NEED MORE ADVENTURE? Complete your African adventure with a safari to see the Big Five in their natural habitat or a relaxing beach escape in Zanzibar or a visit to the inspirational School of St Jude’s, or Ugandan Gorilla safari
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro & go on safari
Although Kilimanjaro can be climbed year round, we prefer to climb during the cooler, dryer months of August & September. This also happens to be an ideal time to go on safari.
What to expect
Expect to be challenged! You will hike for 6 to 7 hours (up to 18km) per day over terrain which varies from rough tracks to scree slopes. Summit day entails a 13 to 15 hour hike at extreme altitude making this trek highly strenuous.
Your group will be led by an experienced leader who is attentive and supportive. Our mountain crew will set up camp each evening and prepare all meals. They will also support you when the going gets tough.
Expect fine, clear skies and sunny weather, but do be prepared for both rain and cool evenings. The temperature drops as we ascend the mountain with sub-zero temperatures at the summit (up to 20 degrees below zero).
Expect success! Prepare well and surprise yourself with what you can achieve!
Get fit, get equipped, get going!
We will assist you with all aspects of your preparation during the 6 months prior to departure.You will receive an information pack and monthly emails and phone calls to discuss your progress. And of course you can contact us any time if you have questions about any aspect of the trek.
The fitter you are the more you will enjoy this trek. Our fitness partners can help you with your training programme to give you the edge you will need.
If you have not exercised regularly for many years you will need up to a year to prepare, possibly longer. If you are already fit your training period need only be three to five months if you are prepared to work hard. Six months is ample time for most people
Lending a hand
A highlight of our trip is visiting the inspirational School of St Jude which is transforming the lives of Tanzania's poorest children.