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Kilimanjaro Trek

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 4,200 $ 420 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Attempt to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Africa!
  • Enjoy a world class hike with amazing views
  • Relax in comfortable tents
  • Enjoy fresh, local and organic produce prepared for by our professional chef
  • Learn about the amazing history and cultures of Kilimanjaro and Tanzania
  • Keep an eye out for African wildlife (Eland, Giraffes, primates and reptiles)
  • Add a safari excursion post-trip for a seamless all-around Tanzanian experience

Short Description

Kilimanjaro!!! Join us for an unforgettable hiking adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro! Known as "the Roof of Africa" and towering over its surrounding valleys at an astounding elevation of 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is one of the "7 Summits" of the world! At Wildland, we prefer to get our guests ‘off the beaten path’ for a fuller, more unique experience of the world's amazing wilderness destinations. On this trip we follow the Rongai Route which provides wonderful solitude and exposes our guests to different environments and views of the mountain before merging with the more popular Marangu route. Trekking Kilimanjaro requires no technical ability, just hiking, while the main challenge is the altitude and elevation. We have created the ideal 10-day itinerary to aide our guest’s in acclimatization and a high success rate of reaching the summit of the roof of Africa.

After our Kilimanjaro hike, we provide the option for an add-on Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. The Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour visits the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes and Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania’s famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kilimanjaro
End City Kilimanjaro

Trip Includes

  • $1,400 per person Kilimanjaro National Park fees (+$765 per person in park fees for Safari add-on)
  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip (Lodging Details)
  • Tent accommodations (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag)
  • Porters to ferry gear between camps
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on the last day of the trekking portion of the trip
  • Professional, certified Wildland Kilimanjaro hiking guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

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Itinerary

Wildland Trekking stands alone in providing a complete experience on Kilimanjaro. We have a well-tested acclimatization process to increase your chances of summiting. Your Kilimanjaro trek is not just a climb of the mountain but also includes an extra rest day to experience the local culture. Many companies economize by getting you in and out as quickly as possible, and that is the opposite of the Wildland approach.

Day 1

On our Kilimanjaro Trek, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport in between Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania. It's important that you arrive at airport no later than 3 P.M. We will shuttle you roughly 1.5 hours to the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort (or a comparable hotel), where we will check into the hotel rooms before having our orientation meeting and dinner. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.

NOTE: If you are arriving before Day 1, please coordinate with your guide for pick up. We recommend staying at the Airport Planet Lodge, as it is close to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 2

This morning we will enjoy our first Tanzanian breakfast at the resort before beginning a day of exploring and learning the cultural history of the local people. The main purpose of today is to serve as an acclimatization and rest day. International travel can be draining, and proper rest and rehydration are critical to the success of a Kilimanjaro trekking trip. Our hotel is located at roughly 4,900 feet above sea level, which is a great place to begin acclimatization.

After a thorough sleep-in and breakfast, we will set out on local tours. These can include visiting the Kilasia Waterfall, a local cultural museum, the famous Chagga caves, and going to a local organic coffee and banana farm. Depending on the day of the week, we may even have the chance to visit the Marangu market, which is an unforgettable experience. Lunch and dinner today are at our hotel. Tonight, after dinner, your guides will host the orientation meeting for your Kilimanjaro trek and explain packing and other important information for a successful safe hike!

Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 4.1 miles

Lowest Elevation: 6,397 feet

Highest Elevation: 8,500 feet

Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Today is the official start of our expedition to climb Kilimanjaro! Our first stop will be at the Kilimanjaro National Park's Maragu Gate to sign in for our trek. Subsequently, we head out on a roughly 3-hour drive to the village of Nale Moru (6,397 Ft.) where our trek begins. In Nale Moru, after meeting our entire crew and team, we will have a hot lunch. Our porters will get our gear organized and packed for the hike, and after everything is organized and ready we will begin our trek. We begin hiking on a path that starts to climb gently and consistently through the beautiful, temperate forests that drape the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Along the way, we may have opportunity to view some wildlife: Colobus Monkeys are often abundant along with several species of birds, reptiles and gazelles. We continue hiking until we arrive at Simba Camp for the night (8,500 feet). Facing North, we will have stunning views of the plains of Kenya while we enjoy a fantastic meal and relaxing evening.

Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7.4 miles

Lowest Elevation: 8,500 feet

Highest Elevation: 12,057 feet

Trekking Duration: 8-9 hours

This morning we have a gradual hike up to Second Cave (11,300 ft.) and have lunch upon our arrival. We will soak up amazing views of Kibo Peak on Kilimanjaro and the Eastern Ice Fields sitting on the crater rim. (12,057 ft.). After lunch, we will visit a large cave and pre-historic lava tube, where we can hike and explore if time permits. We will then continue to camp at Kikelewa cave, where we will have snacks and hot drinks before being served an amazing dinner.

Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 2.3 miles

Lowest Elevation: 12,057 feet

Highest Elevation: 14,114 feet

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

This morning we have a wonderful breakfast and depart Kikelewa Cave and ascend until we reach Mawenzi Tarn campsite (14,114 ft.) The hike today is relatively short and we will make it to camp before lunch. After a hot lunch, we will go on an acclimatization hike up the surrounding area. We will be back at camp with time to wash up before dinner is served. Your guides will provide the plan for the next day.

Day 6

Today will serve as a layover and rest day. We will have a sleep in and some light exercise as we hike near Mawenzi Peak. This rest day at this altitude will aide our group in acclimatization for the subsequent summit day. We will eat a hot lunch and big dinner before going to sleep early to prepare for the next day.

Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles

Lowest Elevation: 14,114 feet

Highest Elevation: 15,4665 feet

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

This morning we leave camp with beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. At 14,000 ft. it can be challenging to hike, so we will take our time and begin trekking across the high altitude desert to the campsite at Kibo. Upon arrival at the Kibo around mid-day, we will eat lunch and then rest in our tents before dinner is served around 6 pm. After dinner, we will go to sleep until waking up around 11:30 pm. We will have hot drinks and biscuits before starting our accent up to the Kilimanjaro summit!

Day 8

Hiking Mileage: 10 miles

Lowest Elevation: 12,208 feet

Highest Elevation: 19,340 feet

Trekking Duration: 10-14 hours

As we begin our summit attempt, will only bring what we need. Typically, the sky is clear and is filled with stars. It is a very peaceful time to be on the mountain. We will continue hiking with our goal to reach the edge of the crater, Gillman’s peak and then the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. At the summit we'll snap pictures and soak up the gratification of our achievement. Looking down on the valleys and forests surrounding Kilimanjaro as the sun rises, most hikers feel this is one of the most memorable half-hours of their lives. After having photos at Uhuru peak, we will begin our decent back to basecamp. Upon arrival at basecamp, we will rest and have lunch before beginning our 3-hour (gentle) descent to Horombo camp. NOTE: This is a very long day and most guests are very tired upon reaching basecamp and then walking to Horombo.

Day 9

Hiking Mileage: 12.4 miles

Lowest Elevation: 6,250 feet

Highest Elevation: 12,208 feet

Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours

Today is the last day of our trek on Mount Kilimanjaro and it’s a long hike. We will be descending to where we registered at the Marangu Gate and have a celebratory lunch upon arrival. We stop at the Mandara Huts for a long break before continuing down to the park entrance. For those guests who made the summit of Kilimanjaro or climbed to Gilliman’s point, you can collect your certificates before saying goodbye to our support staff.

For guests only hiking Kilimanjaro (and not joining the safari), you will be at the Weru Weru River Lodge tonight.

For guests moving on to the Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari, tonight we transfer to the Milimani Lodge for dinner and a good night's rest.

Day 10

For guests only doing Kilimanjaro, we will have one last breakfast together and then be transported back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (in which case please book your flight no earlier than 9 A.M.)

For guests joining the Safari, today is Day 1 of the Safari, so we will leave early and transfer to our first day's activities (detailed on the Safari trip page.)

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I cannot say enough great things about Wildland. The staff was SO helpful leading up to our trip. I am the one with a million questions and not once did anyone act frustrated. I spoke to one employee (Shane) on the phone for over 30 minutes. He was so helpful as I was preparing and packing for my trip. Then, things got even better when we lucked up with Dara Kelly as our guide. She was AMAZING! She was knowledgeable, super friendly and quite the chef too! Anything we needed, she was there. After we made it to camp one day, Dara asked and let us decide as a group if we were up for an optional hike out to Plateau Point. We were all in and excited for side hike. I am so thankful for this as it was my favorite part of the entire trip! Dara packed up her backpack and cooked dinner for us out there. It was awesome!! I will definitely book our next hiking trip through Wildland!
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1-2 guides

Guides

Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Cancellation Policy:

The Wildland Trekking Company reserves the right to cancel trips. The Wildland Trekking Company is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, visa fees, medical expenses, etc.).

If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a $50 per person administrative fee.

Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost.

Between 29 and 15 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 75 percent of the trip cost.

Less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Our Inca Trail trip in Peru has a minimum $150 per person cancellation fee - all other terms and conditions apply as usual.

Day Hike Cancellation Policy: 50% refund with 48 hours notice; no refund within 48 hours

Additional Information:

Optional Add-on Safari

Make the most of your time in Africa with an add-on Safari tour that takes place after your trek to Kilimanjaro (on Day 10)! 6 days in length and all-inclusive, our Safari Add-on tour is an opportunity to experience Africa's amazing wildlife and unique, colorful cultures. Click here to read more about our Add-on Safari Tour!

Add-on Rooms

If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 30% service fee.

Meals: What To Expect

This Kilimanjaro hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by a professional chef. Most meals are prepared on the trail by our chef and support staff, and consist of local, organic and fresh produce.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip ID#:

KilTreWil

Trip Excludes

  • Transportation to Tanzania (to Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please see packing list for details.)

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