The highest free-standing mountain in the world

Kilimanjaro

The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro, is perhaps one of the best-known mountains in the world. It is the easiest of the Seven Summits and definitely the most romantic!

Kilimanjaro is like an island, standing tall and sentinel surrounded by the hot, dry plains of Tanzania. An expedition to climb the world's highest free-standing mountain is a veritable smorgasbord of African culture and scenery, providing a fabulous excuse to visit this wild continent.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 9 or 13 days
Elevation 5,895M / 19,340FT
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Glaciers on the summit of Kilimanjaro

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Arriving into Barranco Camp on Kili - Suze Kelly

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Very special plant life up high on Kilimanjaro - Suze Kelly

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View a range of African wildlife on our safari - Dean Staples

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Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro - Rene Schwaller

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Shira Cave Camp on Kilimanjaro - Suze Kelly

From Jul 01 to Jul 13, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Jul 15 to Jul 27, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Aug 19 to Aug 31, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Sep 09 to Sep 21, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Dec 09 to Dec 21, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Dec 16 to Dec 28, 2018
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Jan 06 to Jan 18, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Jan 20 to Feb 01, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Feb 10 to Feb 22, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Jun 30 to Jul 12, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Jul 14 to Jul 26, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
From Aug 18 to Aug 30, 2019
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
$6,990 USD $
Climb Only: $4,740 USD $
  • Overview

    • Travel, climb and enjoy a safari, all in only two weeks!
    • Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits
    • Also one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, comprised of the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents
    • Veteran Kilimanjaro guides
    • Top-notch accommodation and services, we pride ourselves on it!


    Climbers have long been attracted to the highest point in Africa (and highest freestanding mountain in the world) - Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro - which can be reached by several easy to moderate routes. Adventure Consultants offer a variety of exciting ways to climb Kilimanjaro to satisfy your preferred approach.

    Kilimanjaro amazes all with its widely contrasting vegetation; from tropical rainforest to high arid moorlands, watched over by towering cliffs and glaciers. We ascend through the tree line into a wild volcanic moorland landscape with the high summit dome overhead. Each night is spent in tents that are set up by our local staff, enjoying wholesome meals served in our dining tent.

    Any visit to Africa must include a Safari and our 4 day/3 night Safari tour takes in some of the world’s most unique game reserves such as the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high-altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    Kilimanjaro has been a favourite of ours and as it is often the first foray into the mountains for many, so you can rest-assured of full support from your dedicated client liaison as you prepare for the trek including informative reference notes and reading material to get you as best prepared for your adventure, as you can be. Through our local agent, we employ strong leaders and support staff, who are certified guides as well as being medically trained, so are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. Many of our local Tanzanian guides have at least 100 summits under their belts.

    We also provide nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable facilities, reliable communications systems and any necessary back-up and available support that may be required to ensure the best experience and opportunity of summit success for which we are proud of.

    Adventure Consultants and our local agency are pleased to support the all-important Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Program (KPAP), who have been instrumental in changing and maintaining practices to ensure fair porter treatment. This includes fair wages, ethical treatment as well as suitable clothing and equipment.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants Tanzanian qualified mountain guide and local staff
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Comprehensive reference notes - information package to aid trip planning and equipment
    • Hotel in Arusha within expedition dates, based on shared rooms (single room supplement available for extra fee) including dinner and breakfast (day 1, 2 on climb and day 9 if on safari).
    • All lodging and food while on the trek / climb (also on optional Safari)
    • Group climbing equipment, all meals and snacks, tents and fuel in Kilimanjaro region
    • Transport to and from the National Park
    • Porters, drivers, park fees and climbing permits


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry Visa for Tanzanian and/or Kenya
    • Airport transfers – typically US$95 - $120 for a Landcruiser vehicle which can be shared between team members arriving/departing at similar times
    • Lunches in Arusha
    • Travel insurance including trip cancellation and medical evacuation or any rescue costs
    • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
    • International round trip travel costs into and out of Tanzania and/or Kenya.
    • Extra Hotel nights if departing day after trip finishes rather than evening of same day (ie. evening of day 9 on climb or evening of day 13 if doing safari)
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts etc
    • International travel vaccinations
    • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
    • Bottled beverages
    • Tips and Gratuity (members to contribute $150 to $350 each to tip pool for local staff, we will advise you of amounts depending on final group size)

    Account Details

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), plus a 3% credit card payment fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.
    An additional non-refundable deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place, if joining the safari.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the expedition start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical, personal or other reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

    Our Kilimanjaro Expedition is also available as a climb only option, omitting the optional safari. The Climb Only package is 9 days and costs US$4740.

  • Trip Notes

    KilimanjaroThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Kilimanjaro Expeditions.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following links:

    Kilimanjaro Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 qualified Tanzanian guide with local assistant guides and a maximum size of 12 members.

    Note: If there are just two or three of you, please enquire for pricing. We can arrange departures on dates to suit groups of all sizes.

    Our Guides

    The expedition guides on our Kilimanjaro ascents are local Tanzanian guides who originate from the regions surrounding the mountain. They are very experienced guides with multiple ascents of Kilimanjaro (ie 100+ times) and are specifically trained in guiding techniques. Each guide holds guiding certifications, are KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Parks) certified and hold wilderness medical qualifications. Our group of guides have all been personally selected due to their personal attributes as they are both courteous and caring whilst being good leaders.

    Staff

    Each expedition has a cook, waiter, camp manager and a group of porters to carry the loads required for your trip. The cook is trained in ‘Western-style’ cooking and hygiene techniques to ensure your health and wellbeing during your ascent. On top of that, the food we provide is excellent! The number of porters on your trip is dependent on the size of the group. Adventure Consultants is a supporting member of the Porter Protection Society, a group that oversees the welfare of porters around the world. This ensures the porters are well clothed, fed and accommodated during the expedition. There are some operators who will exploit their porters and deny them these necessities in order to offer cheaper pricing on their trips.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Tiffany ShervellTiffany Shervell, Client Liaison

    Tiffany has worked with Adventure Consultants since 2005 and is our Office Manager and Marketing Assistant. She has a passion for travel and adventure that has seen her work and travel throughout the world, including visiting Tanzania with AC.


     AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    With reduced air pressure at higher altitudes, there is less available oxygen. The result of this is a lower level of performance. Being generally fit and healthy is paramount to doing well at altitude. Training should focus on developing cardiovascular capability. Being overweight places more stress on your system so ensure that you are not putting yourself at a disadvantage before you start.

    It is recommended that you focus on cardiovascular training as the cardiovascular system is constantly stressed at altitude whether trekking or at rest. Hill hiking, mountain biking and swimming are beneficial.

    During aerobic training it is helpful to monitor your heart rate to ensure you are training your cardiovascular system. This can be achieved by using a heart rate monitor or by manually measuring heart rate during exertion. A basic formula is 220 – Age = Heart Rate (HR) maximum. Operating at 70-85% of your HR max will ensure you are exercising to enhance cardiovascular fitness.

    There is no training for trekking like trekking. Sport specific training will ensure your ligaments and tendons are conditioned for the stresses of the expedition so get out, in your trekking boots, as much as possible.

    Be careful not to over-train just prior to the trip as you will need all your reserves and you don’t want to ‘peak’ too early. For further professional advice, personalised coaching options and specific training plans designed for trekking and mountaineering see our Fitness Training Programs page.

    What You Carry

    While on the mountain you will simply carry your daypack containing water, snacks, camera, jacket, waterproof layers, headlamp and extra warm clothes. You have a baggage allowance of 15kg which will be carried for you by porters. This weight is strictly adhered to, so please ensure that you pack carefully. Your guide will assist with your gear preparation prior to the trek so you can make your final selection on clothing at that stage.

    Food

    The food on our Kilimanjaro climbs is exceptionally good - we place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Accommodation

    Lying in the foothills of Mt Meru, this picturesque country estate combines old-world charm, personalised service and a warm African welcome; hence Rivertrees Country Estate is the favoured property for Adventure Consultants guests prior to/after their Kilimanjaro climb and safari.

    Conveniently located 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and halfway to Arusha, the estate is set amongst 10 acres of forest next to the Usa River; giving you peace and quiet away from the hustle of the city hotels and offering a fabulous location from which to base your adventures.

    The private cottages are located on the river and have every amenity needed, as well as an outdoor rain shower, river deck and wood burning fireplace. The original farmhouse has four ensuite bedrooms, each with its own entrance as well as access to the common living rooms and is large enough to accommodate 10 people. This is a great for families and groups.

    Facilities include massage treatments, river walks, bird watching, Lake Duluti canoeing, a coffee or village tour or simply, relaxing by the pool. We recommend enjoying the gourmet country cuisine using the fresh produce grown in the lodge gardens and served from the popular restaurant.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your Kilimanjaro Trek, there are several superb properties in the Arusha area. We profile our favourite selection on our Hotel Upgrades page.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Adventure Consultants will supply all group gear (e.g. tents, tables and chairs, stoves, utensils etc) whilst expedition members are to provide their own personal clothing, day pack, duffel bag, footwear and sleeping bag. An equipment list will be provided to expedition members upon confirmation of your participation.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive Tanzania, Transfer to Arusha, stay at the Rivertrees Country Inn.
    2 Relax, sort gear and explore Arusha, Stay at the Rivertrees Country Inn.
    3 Drive to the Machame Gate, stay at Machame Camp (3,000m)
    4 Trek to Shira Plateau, stay at Shira Cave Camp (3,840m)
    5 Trek to Barranco Camp (3,900m)
    6 Trek to Karanga Camp (4,200m) via the Barranco Wall
    7 Trek to Barafu Camp (4,600m)
    8 SUMMIT DAY: Climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) begins at midnight, descend and stay at Millennium Camp (3,800m)
    9 Trek to Mweka Gate, transport to the airport or extra night at the hotel.

    Those continuing on the safari will be transported to Arusha and the hotel, where a shower and a real bed await!

    Day  
    10

    Fly from Arusha to the Serengeti Seronera Airport, arriving by late morning. Picnic lunch upon arrival then an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. Overnight at deluxe tented camp.

    11

    Full day exploring the Serengeti National Park. Stay overnight at deluxe tented camp, discuss doing an optional night game drive with your guide.

    12

    Drive to Ngorongoro Crater with a game drive en route and visit the Olduvai Museum. Afternoon game drive on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, maximum 6 hours allowed. Stay overnight at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse.

    13 A relaxing morning before returning to Arusha in the afternoon and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for an afternoon or evening departure flight.

    PLEASE NOTE: Other safari options can be arranged at any length or level of service for groups and individuals. Have your friends and family join you for the safari after the Kilimanjaro climb. See our Safari Page for more details.

    We climb Kilimanjaro via the picturesque Machame Route which allows spectacular views of the peak and the surrounding countryside. We ascend through the tree line into a wild volcanic moorland landscape with the high summit dome overhead.

    Each night is spent in tents that are set up by our local staff, enjoying wholesome meals served in our dining tent. We depart the top camp for the summit soon after midnight to allow us time to reach the peak before the afternoon clouds roll in. The route follows rocky trails to the crater rim where we are rewarded with views of the remnant glaciers. It’s not too far from here to the summit itself where you can relish the views from the highest point in Africa! Like most dormant volcanoes, the slopes of Kilimanjaro are mostly of reasonably low angle with occasional steeper sections, none of which are more famous than the Breach Wall - a towering cliff of snow and ice descending dramatically from the summit slopes.

    Our route of ascent is via the Machame Route, which is incredibly varied in its topography and plant life. Each day we ascend through the various climatic zones, each with unique and different views and highlights. What is initially lush rainforest, thins to become alpine heather that allows views to the surrounding scenery and the upper mountain that is often bathed in a soft glow in the warm morning and evening light. Then we enter the alpine moorland with a cornucopia of weird and exotic plants. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on your arrival into Barranco Camp, home to a large stand of Senecio Kilimanjari, a tree whose form appears to have been the brainchild of Dr. Seuss!

    The upper mountain features varied volcanic terrain that in places have a tortured appearance, the result of heated lava explosions and resultant flows that have long since cooled. But it is the summit day that amazes most. Remnant glaciers are scattered around the summit crater looking like giant icebergs after the tide has gone. Close to the top of the mountain, the route takes you close to some of the summit glaciers that glisten in the morning light. Soft hues massage the sky as dawn highlights the layers in the stratosphere. It is a view to behold as you take those final steps to the summit – the goal barely tangible up to that point – yet finally achieved. The reality and significance of the moment is unique to each and every one of us and becomes a moment that is your own to hold on to forever.

    The climb itself is little more than trekking on well-formed tracks and the camps are at sites established by the Tanzanian National Park Service. At each camp there are Rangers in residence, usually living in small huts.

    Each day we climb for 4-8 hours between camps. Our final summit day begins in the early hours of the morning to reveal a magnificent sunrise and panoramic wonder from the summit. The climb to the summit is strenuous due to the altitude and is a long way, but it is appropriate for people who have a sense of adventure and want to see the warm glow of the dawn spread across the African plains!

    Highly qualified local guides, porters and cooks will accompany the group allowing you to enjoy the experience and focus on the climb.

    No trip to Africa is complete without experiencing a Safari and as Tanzania has some of the most incredible animal populations on the continent, we highly recommend that after the climb you sit back and enjoy the Safari experience!

  • African Safaris

    No visit to Africa is complete without a classic African Safari Experience! At Adventure Consultants, we have selected safari options that cater to everyone and cover some of Tanzania's most spectacular wildlife habitats. Our safaris explore the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater World Heritage Area and Lake Manyara National Park.

    The park is divided up into three areas with the Serengeti plains to the south, where the wildebeest breed from December to May; as well as zebra, gazelle, impala, buffalo also reside in large numbers during the wet season. The Western Corridor is home to the Grumeti River and the infamous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkeys and hippos. The annual migration passes through this region from May to July. The Northern Serengeti area is covered by open woodlands and hills, and this area is best to see elephant, giraffe, dik-dik and the migration between July to August, and in November.

    Safari Dean Staples EleSerengeti National Park

    Serengeti means 'Endless Plains' in Maasai, it is one of Tanzania’s most famous parks and is well known for the 'Big Five' - Maasai lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, black rhinoceros and the African buffalo. It covers a huge area of nearly 14,750 square kilometres of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest and woodlands. This park borders with Kenya to the north, where it continues as the Maasai Mara National Reserve and to the south-east is the Ngorongoro Crater, the Grumeti/Ikorongo Game Reserves to the west and to the east/northeast, the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these make up the larger Serengeti Ecosystem.

    MG 6938Ngorongoro Crater

    The world’s largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera at 600 metres deep, 20kms across and covering an area of 300 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime wonder to behold. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife and allows human occupation at the same time. Originally named by the Maasai as El-Nkoronkoro (‘Gift of Life’), the crater is home to the Maasai community.

    Some 25,000 large animals call the crater home including the endangered black rhino (current population of around 25), the Cape buffalo, hippo’s, wildebeest, Maasai lions, Grants zebra, over 500 species of birds, eland and gazelles. The annual migrations also pass through the crater, seeing 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra and 470,000 gazelles moving south into the area in December and north in June.

    Hippo and Heron Lake Manyara Gibbs FarmLake Manyara National Park (Luxury or Private Safari Only)

    Lake Manyara is renowned for the flamingos that inhabit the edge of the lake, along with more than 400 other species of birds - a literal bird-watching paradise, with visitors to the park expecting to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day. Leopards, Maasai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Maasai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals also inhabit this park with many able to be seen throughout the year.

    Standard Safari Option

    Following the Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya climb, we head off on our 4-day safari which explores two of the best National Parks that Tanzania has to offer. We travel from Arusha on a small regional safari flight, which takes us into the heart of the Serengeti and it is here that you are met by your dedicated guide/driver. We explore the parks in a private Landcruiser.

    Throughout the safari, we stay at a deluxe tented camp in the Serengeti National Park, getting us back to nature and from here; we then travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we stay at a wonderful hotel located near the crater rim in Karatu. 

    P1020894Luxury Safari Option

    Our 5 day Luxury Safari is everything you imagine and more. Not only do we spend time exploring three of Tanzania's spectacular National Parks, but we also stay in the area's most renowned and luxurious accommodations. Our safari begins with an early morning flight from Arusha to the Manyara Airstrip, home to strikingly diverse Lake Manyara National Park. Our safari tour commences soon after landing as our driver/guide takes us deep into Lake Manyara Park where we enjoy a luxurious picnic lunch in the wilderness before making our way to Gibbs Farm, the luxurious coffee plantation where we will stay for two nights.

    The following day is spent exploring Africa's 'Garden of Eden' the Ngorongoro Crater, an area teeming with wildlife. Then it is time to move deeper into the Serengeti and we fly to the luxury tented Serengeti Migration Camp to explore different areas depending on the seasonal movement of the wildebeest population. 

    Private Safari Option

    Choose a safari that suits your own preferences and timeframe with our Private Safari option. Flexible accommodation options, safari locations and duration are possible. Child-friendly safari options are available for those wanting to bring their family along to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Contact our team to learn more.

    Standard Safari Accommodation

    Kati Kati camp 2Kati Kati Tented Camp

    The Kati Kati Tented Camp is located in the central Serengeti, strategically positioned to cover the vast plains. Enjoy the well-appointed dining tent, where meals are served and return to a sundowner drink by the campfire. Ensuite tents with a shower, hand basin and flush toilet, plus solar lighting.

    ngorongoro Farmhouse restaurant 2Ngorongoro Farmhouse

    The Ngorongoro Farmhouse is located only 5kms from the Lolduare Gate, this exclusive lodge is located on a 500-acre coffee farm offering the perfect location to spend your final safari night. Reminiscent of the ‘old days’ of Africa, the lodge offers comfortable accommodation in their ensuite rooms and facilities include a swimming pool, the internet and an enviable location in Karatu. The main building houses the lounge, restaurant and a large viewing deck, taking in the views of Oldeani Volcano.

    Luxury Safari Accommodation

    Gibbs Farm verandah viewGibbs Farm

    Being one of the first ever guesthouses in Northern Tanzania, Gibbs Farm offers charming accommodation that is surrounded by lush gardens and a working coffee farm. Enjoy an authentic experience as you soak up the history and tradition while relaxing in your individually crafted room which offers amenities that one would expect as well as indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace, private verandah. 

    Serengeti Migration CampSerengeti Migration Camp

    Located near the Grumeti River and hidden among the rocky outcrops, the Serengeti Migration Camp offers luxury elevated tents giving you a 360-degree view from your own private verandah. The tents provide an ensuite shower, flushing toilet, electronic safe and are well furnished for your comfort.

    The main tent compromises as a lounge, restaurant, viewing platform and a swimming pool to cool off in after a day out on safari.

  • Add Ons

    Kilimanjaro Luxury Trip
    Kilimanjaro Luxury TrekWe are specialists in providing luxury trek options on Kilimanjaro and safaris. Our Luxury Trek option is led by experienced Western mountain guides who have considerable Himalayan experience including ascents to the summit of Mount Everest.

    Before and after the climb, we stay in 5-star hotel accommodation on a large coffee plantation offering the best in African architecture, ambience and service. You can elect to include large 'stand up' sleeping tents on the mountain with comfortable camp beds, heated dining tent, bottled mineral water, showers and additional guide staff for your group. While this is too much for seasoned mountaineers we have found that those who are new to the mountains enjoy the additional creature comforts.

    And for those who want to experience the true wonders of Africa, you can treat yourself after the climb to a Safari in the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Ngorongoro National Game Parks. Here you can reward yourself for your efforts on the mountain with a luxury tented safari that is a truly unique African experience and not to be missed.

    With the Luxury Services option, you can add additional services onto your expedition as follows.

    • Senior Guide (a friendly and experienced guide with considerable experience)
    • Heated dining tent (instead of no heating)
    • Personal sleeping tent (instead of shared)
    • Stand up tent with camp bed (instead of ‘mountain’ tent)
    • Luxury lounge tent
    • Bottled water (instead of treated water)
    • Shower tent (instead of no shower)
    • Solar charging kits with USB connections
    • Extra days for longer acclimatisation timeframes
    • Additional portable toilets (instead of ‘fixed’ public toilets)
    • Additional porter support (over the standard 15kg per person)
    • Additional local guides (for personal support)
    • Safari options catered to your timeframe and requirements


    Click here to view our Luxury Trek Trip Notes online or download a PDF here:

    Kilimanjaro Luxury Expedition

    Arusha is the gateway to Kilimanjaro and the Tanzanian National Parks, and all that East Africa has to offer. There is a huge variety of properties in and around Arusha, and after many years of operating in the region we have discovered some of it's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the accommodation providers, so as to keep this aligned with our high standards.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek, there are several superb properties in the Arusha area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    Legendary Lodge ExteriorLegendary Lodge

    • Set in a fabulous location in tropical gardens on a working coffee farm on the western side of Arusha and only 5 minutes from the Arusha Regional Airport.
    • Colonial style cottage rates are all inclusive (house wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks, laundry and internet) including breakfast and dinner.
    • Spacious grounds providing privacy, so this is perfect for honeymooners as well as families.
    • Flexibility of meal times and tailored to guest requirements.
    • Facilities available including a large swimming pool, gym, spa and yoga.
    • The Friedken Conservation Fund which supports and donates to wildlife and land conservation, as well as supporting neighboring communities that the property borders.

    Arusha Coffee Lodge exteriorArusha Coffee Lodge

    • Set in one of Arusha’s largest coffee plantations on the western side of the city, very close to the Arusha Regional Airport.
    • 30 Plantation Houses (including 12 suites) set amongst the plantation offering privacy.
    • The variety of restaurants on offer – from the menu created by the executive chef at the Bacchus restaurant, the 3 Degrees South all day/night bistro, the garden buffet and for those that want to head out for the day, easily arranged picnic lunches.

    Machweo Wellness Retreat GroundsMachweo Wellness Retreat

    • Owner operated by the Janssen’s family, who support the Baraa Primary School offering free education to 1500 children in collaboration with the iThemba Foundation.
    • Located just outside of Arusha and set in tranquil gardens, including a floodlit swimming pool.
    • Awe-inspiring food by chef, Axel who has perfected his art in several Michelin Star restaurants.

    Onsea House RoomOnsea House

    • The most luxurious bed and breakfast in Arusha, which is owned and operated by the Janssen’s family.
    • Set in beautiful landscaped gardens with panoramic views over the Maasai steppe and with unrivalled views of Mt Meru.
    • Only a short drive from the Arusha town Centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
    • The floodlit swimming pool and lawn bar which is the perfect place to relax in style.
    • Onsea House in conjunction with the iThemba Foundation supporting the Baraa Primary School, giving free education to over 1500 children.

    Siringit LoungeSiringit Private Villa

    • 15 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and located in the KiliGolf Estate.
    • Boutique and exclusive private villa, that comes complete with a cook, butler and housekeeping staff.
    • Enjoy gastronomic meals made from locally sourced produce.

    Coffee GCAre you arriving early or departing late? If so, we can recommend some fantastic day trips that are achievable within an easy drive from Arusha. Options range from a cultural visit to Longido and the Maasai women's market, coffee tours, a day safari to Arusha or Tarangire National Parks, or a visit to the Snake Museum.

    Zanzibar 1There is no better way than to spend time in Tanzania than with a visit to the tropical island of Zanzibar, located on the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The island has a huge variety of accommodation options as well as properties to stay at and for any advice, please contact your Client Liaison.



    A few points to consider when travelling to Zanzibar are:

    • The location that you would like to stay at, take the tide into consideration.
    • Our favourite beaches include Matemwe, Kizimkazi, Fumba, Nungwi and Mafia Island.
    • Spend time exploring Stone Town - a World Heritage Site.
    • Early bookings are hugely advantageous at any time of year, but especially during the busy season of Christmas and New Year when hotels have a nightly minimum booking requirement of 5-7 days.

    Kenya aqs cheetah 2Given its extremely close location to Arusha and its fascinating contrasts, why not take the time to explore the wonders of Kenya. Include Kenya’s oldest and largest National Park; Tsavo East which borders the Tsavo West Park which offers a variety of habitats and Amboseli Park, known for its elephant population and Maasai communities. Perhaps an escape to the central highlands or to one of Kenya’s tropical beaches is appealing, or join our 7 day Kenyan Safari option – it is easy to arrange your preferred side trip and contact your client liaison if interested in exploring this further.

    Shouldering a heavy burden can be debilitating at higher elevations and sap crucial energy levels right when you need it. This option of an extra porter is available on any of our Kilimanjaro departures and enables you to climb without a heavy pack.

    If you're looking to complete the Seven Summits or would like to climb two contrasting mountains in different parts of the world in one trip, then our Kili - Elbrus Combos are ideal. The combos begin with the easier Kilimanjaro Expedition, then move across to join up with our one of our Elbrus expeditions.

    Dates and expedition details are as follows; please call or email our office for more details.

    Kilimanjaro #4 July 1 - 13, followed by Elbrus #1, July 16 - 29, 2018
    Kilimanjaro #5 July 15 - 27, followed by Elbrus #2, July 30 - August 10, 2018

    We offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as the support of Tanzanian guides, cooks and porters who work together on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate enough to work with many private Kilimanjaro groups over the years with exceptional results.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed out a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail, if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • The Climb

      Why do you choose such a different route compared to other companies?
      Historically Kilimanjaro sees more traffic on certain routes and less on others. We try to combine a bit of a longer route on the way up to assist you in acclimatising and enjoying the very scenic terrain, then link up with a more direct descent to facilitate the return to town and the start of your safari. Porters also seem to like the combination, as it gives them a bit more work, yet is an easy and straightforward way to come off the mountain. Contact our office for route details.

      What is the best time of the year to go?
      Kilimanjaro is large enough to have its own weather system, so the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. The rainy months are April to mid-June and November with the most popular months to go are in later June to September, and then from mid-January to mid-March.

      How hard is it really?
      Contrary to what most people believe, Kilimanjaro is not just a “hike”. You need to be comfortable carrying a backpack, have a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness and enjoy sleeping in a tent! Summit day can be very long and cold, but very rewarding especially when the sun comes up!

    • Safari

      There is so much to choose from safari wise after my climb, can you offer me some options?
      You are right, there is A LOT to choose from and seeing as your trip may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we want to make sure you see everything you want to. There are plenty of lodges to choose from and the properties that we visit come from extensive research. Our staff often spend time visiting and exploring the newer lodges to secure some of the best choices out there. We feel that our selections are top quality and offer some of the best from the variety to choose from. Contact our office for specific details for our safari lodges.

      If I go on safari, does my guide continue on to the safari with me? If not, who leads the safari?
      Your local mountain guide will not continue on the safari, but you will be passed onto one of our excellent local safari guides that will escort you on your safari and return you back to your tented camp/lodge at the end of each day.

      What are the accommodations like on the safari?
      World class. We stay in tented camps that have actual running water, electricity and outdoor showers. When we stay in lodges, there are huge sitting rooms with picture windows to watch the sunsets from. Food is second to none with the properties serving excellent cuisine!

      What are the days like on safari?
      Typically you can expect 4-7 hours in a Landcruiser, stopping frequently for photos and to watch the amazing wildlife in their daily routine. You will arrive at your tented camp where a welcome drink is usually served, followed by free time in which to freshen up before sundowner drinks and dinner. After a sumptuous breakfast at the start of the next day, you start all over again.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      Typically we stay at 4 star hotels in Arusha. Each year, we are constantly trying to make sure that the hotels we choose maintain the level of customer service and quality to align with AC standards. Contact our office for further details.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?
      When in Arusha and on safari, the hotels/lodges are priced on a twin-share basis and on the mountain; two team members will share a tent. There is the option of a single room and mountain tent supplement, please contact our office for details.

      On one of our Luxury Kilimanjaro Expeditions, the facilites are world class. We stay in tented camps that have actual running water, electricity and outdoor showers. When we stay in lodges, there are huge sitting rooms with picture windows to watch the sunsets from. Food is second to none with the properties serving excellent cuisine!

      Our chefs are very well known on the mountain for being able to produce fresh salads, fried chicken, tasty soups and toasted sandwiches halfway up the mountain! Our menu is varied and tasty. Make sure you let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements, as we can cater for almost anything.

    • Travel

      What time should I arrive and where do I meet my guides?
      Please plan to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will also clear Tanzanian customs. Typically we will arrange an airport transfer to bring you to the hotel. Prior to your trip, our office will send you a final details letter including hotel details, information on your guide, details on when and where you will meet your guides, as well as other pertinent last minute information.

      What if I arrive early or depart late?
      We ask that you try to arrive on time, so early is great! The reason for this is so that your bags have a chance to catch you if for some reason, they are delayed and you arrive later than the group. If you do arrive early, we will be happy to help you with your hotel arrangements and additional transfers. The same goes for departing later, contact the office for details.

      Are there any entry or visa requirements?
      Please do check this with your travel agent prior to travelling. For some nationalities, it is required that you have your Tanzanian visa issued prior to arrival and for others, this can be issued on arrival.

      I would like to also visit Zanzibar after my climb, is this possible?
      Of course it is and we highly recommend it! From the spice market in Stone Town to the coastlines of the island; the 45-minute flight from Arusha transports you to one of the great gems of Africa. We can arrange your schedule to either go out after a safari or head out to the island straight after your climb. Our office is more than happy to provide advice on this magnificent holiday location.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      What kind of food do you have on the mountain?
      Our chefs are very well known on the mountain for being able to produce fresh salads, fried chicken, tasty soups and toasted sandwiches halfway up the mountain! Our menu is varied and tasty. Make sure you let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements, as we can cater for almost anything.

      How heavy will my pack be?
      Typically 15-25 lbs (about 6 to 10kgs). Each day, you will be carrying water, snacks, other essential items and any layers that you will need for the day. Porters will carry the bulk of your equipment and clothing, which will be awaiting your arrival at your camp.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many climbers will be on this expedition?
      Typically we like to keep this trip between 9 and 12 members, but our standard departures can run with a minimum of four people. If you have your own group of four, you can then also pick and choose the dates that best suit you.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Of course! The closer you get to your trip, please contact the office as we are happy to pass on your contact details to the other team members.

      How much should I tip my guide staff?
      Tipping is mandatory on the mountain as your guides, porters and camp staff work very hard whilst on the mountain. Suggested tipping amounts will be indicated in your final details letter which will be sent 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, as this is dependent on your group size and the number of local staff employed.

    • Health & Fitness

      Do I really need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination?
      It all depends on where you are travelling from and through enroute to Tanzania. It is recommended by Adventure Consultants given that this advice changes frequently and you never know what the Tanzanian officials standpoint on any given day will be. Please talk to your doctor prior to travelling.

      What are the skills/prior experiences required for this climb?
      This is one of our beginner trips; therefore the only thing required is to have a thirst for adventure! It helps to be able to carry a light backpack, have a good base level of fitness and have some prior experience sleeping in a tent.

      What is the conditioning level needed for this climb?
      A good general level of fitness is required and being able to walk uphill on uneven ground for extended periods of time is advantageous.

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      After waking up with a pan of warm water and a hot drink delivered to your tent door, we will meet for breakfast around 7am and hit the trail by about 8am, usually pulling into camp in the afternoon by 3 or 4pm.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the climb?
      The local guides carry radios and cell phones, and are in daily contact with our agent's Arusha office. You will find that your own cell phone will have reception for a majority of the expedition, but do double check the cost of your global roaming with your telecommunications supplier. Local SIM cards are easily available for purchase and offer much better reception, so please advise if you would like assistance with arranging one.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions, there is a requirement for each expedition member to have insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the expedition. This should cover you for any costs incurred in the event of any illness, medical emergency or evacuation that occurs while on the expedition as well as trip cancellation, baggage loss, damage or theft, or any other such mishap that may occur.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have confirmed your spot on the trip with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid, but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred

    • Fees & Payments

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
      Usually, members are really excited to purchase local artisan crafts and most of the places that sell such items, don’t take credit cards. There are cash machines in town, but in the villages, cash is king! Most get by with US$400-$800 for gifts and additional expenses.

      What is your cancellation policy? Refund policy?
      Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

      Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit. 
      For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment.
      For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

    • Safety

      Is Africa safe? Is the area around Kilimanjaro safe?
      With any overseas travel, it is important to know your surroundings and the situation on the ground. We work hard with our local outfitters to assure that local situations, if any, are closely monitored to ensure your safety. For years now, the areas on and around the mountain have seen no conflict. In fact, the level of local industry and prosperity is thriving in Arusha! We always suggest that you check with your consulate before travelling to check on any travel advisories.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Facilities were great. For the climb everything was perfect and we were so appreciative for the portable toilet!!! The food was soooo good! All our guides were wonderful, they must be the best! We would absolutely recommend Adventure Consultants to other climbers.
Kilimanjaro Expedition

Bird Family
Canada
Joe and Caroline Rudolph

All excellent!! We both remarked how well the meals were on the mountain, it really is astonishing how excellently the meals were prepared even at high altitude! The meals at the lodges and safari camps we stayed at were all excellent as well. We did not have a bad meal the entire time we were there!
Kilimanjaro Expedition and Safari

Caroline Rudolph
USA
Jumping for joy on the summit

Very cohesive and highly functioning team of guides and carriers which stood out by comparison to others on the mountain. It seems that they are well looked after and happy to work for AC and its local affiliate. This greatly contributes to enhancing the experience for the trekkers. Congrats to all involved at AC for achieving this.
Kilimanjaro, 2016

Arthur Inglis
Australia