Our guided Kilimanjaro trek is a wonderful experience for climbers of all abilities. Africa offers such diverse options for travel, but climbing to its pinnacle is our personal favorite way to experience the continent. We cut no corners to help you have a the experience of a lifetime as you revel in the rich culture, spectacular views, and encounters with local wildlife while we take care of the details. Enjoy the Kilimanjaro climb with the leadership of our highly trained Mountain Trip guides and additional support from our local staff of guides and porters. Add a safari to your trip to round out your experience and see some of Africa’s most majestic and unique animals up close.
There are many different routes you can choose to get to the top of Kilimanjaro, and over the years we’ve done most of them. We are happy to set up a Kilimanjaro climb on any of the routes, but our favorite is the Lemosho to the Western Breach. This route is a bit steeper than the others, but with our guides and support it’s great route for most climbers. The Western Breach is by far the least crowded route and provides a better acclimatization program than other routes.
The trek begins at the Lemosho trailhead and ascends through beautiful a rainforest where Colobus and Blue Monkeys laugh at us from the trees. We’ll exit the forest on Day 2 and Kilimanjaro will begin to dominate our view. As we ascend the mountain, we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the lowlands and increasing solitude as most climbers continue around other routes. We’ll leave for the summit from High Camp at the remnants of Arrow Glacier at 16,200 feet, ascend through the Western Breach, and be up on the crater rim to enjoy the sunrise!
We are happy to add a safari to any Kilimanjaro trek! Options range from three to nine days, visiting Tarangire National Park, the N’Gorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, and/or the Serengeti. Inquire for details about adding on a custom luxury safari. If you haven’t been to Africa, you should really consider the safari and game drive as a mandatory part of your Kilimanjaro experience.
Mountain Trip offers a seven-day trek itinerary, designed to allow climbers a bit more time to acclimatize, which makes the summit push much more enjoyable than shorter trips, and also gives us plenty of time to revel in the magnificent scenery of Africa. You’ll find shorter trips offered by other outfitters, but we firmly believe building a base of acclimatization makes for a much better experience.
Please note: For the 2022 climbing season, Mountain Trip requires that all climbers be fully vaccinated prior to departing for their expedition. A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to two weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of Janssen vaccine. (May 25, 2021 CDC Guidelines)