Kilimanjaro Trekking Trip

Kilimanjaro

12 Days / Tanzania
Inclusions
training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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3,999.00

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Overview

We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Kilimanjaro expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest mountain standing at 5,896m, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is in fact a huge crater known as Kibo and it is over 2km wide.

Our 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail. This time-frame allows for greater acclimatisation and increases the chance of a successful summit. This route is rich in biodiversity, you will experience both African wildlife and the snow and rock of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting in Barafu camp, we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is a much quieter camp which is 120m higher and cuts an hour off our summit night! This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness. You do not need mountaineering experience to climb Kilimanjaro.

The international guide and doctor work in tandem with our incredible local team of guides and porters to deliver an exhilarating experience each and every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight and will help you reach the top! 

There’s also a ‘free-day’ at the end of your trip where you can get some R&R or go on Safari in Tarangire National Park.

Kilimanjaro Expedition Costs & What’s Included

The total cost of climbing Kilimanjaro is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid two months prior to departure.

Your fees include the following;

  • Return international flights from Dublin to Kilimanjaro (UK flights not included)
  • Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
  • Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
  • Training Weekend
  • Local guides, porters and support staff 
  • All accommodation
  • All meals (except in Arusha where accommodation is based on B&B)
  • A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • National Park fees & local VAT
  • All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
  • Use of state of the art tents and thermarests

Flying from the UK? 

You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange your airport transfers from the airport to our hotel in Arusha.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Tanzania.

    Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.

    arrive
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 4

    Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today's route has stunning views throughout.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) to Millennium Camp (3,832m), 14 hrs trekking.

    Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards, descend to Millennium Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Millennium Camp to Arusha, 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening!

    breakfast
    trek
    transfer
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 10

    Day of leisure.

    Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

    breakfast
    relax
    safari
    hotel
  • Day 11

    Depart Tanzania.

    Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

    breakfast
    relax
    transfer
    plane
    depart
  • Day 12

    Arrive Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

    arrive

Facts

Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometre Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that supports five major ecological zones: rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers.

There are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass Shira on route to the summit, but it is Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Its last eruption was around 200 years ago and today Kibo lies dormant.

In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro.

Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds of them are successful. Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is an American run Tanzanian NGO which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro. KPAP send an investigator on all our Kilimanjaro treks to monitor porter welfare. KPAP investigators report on porter compensation, tips, clothing, food and the weight of their loads. Earth's Edge is a proud partner of KPAP.

Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania, there are two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The "long rains" run from March through May and the "short rains" run from November to mid-December. Outside these times is considered the dry season. It can still rain during the dry season but statistically, it is much drier. This makes January, February and June through to October the best time to climb the mountain.

What you need to climb Kilimanjaro

We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when hiking Kilimanjaro. You can view this packing list here.

How to prepare to climb Kilimanjaro

We have classified Kilimanjaro as a level 5 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness. Although this is not a technical climb, it is very steep in places and you will be gaining height very quickly. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read our information pack, which gives in detail on how you should prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro. You can read this document here.

Available Dates

  • June 5th, 2021 - Jun 16th, 2021
    2 spaces left
  • July 3rd, 2021 - Jul 14th, 2021
    1 space left
  • July 10th, 2021 - Jul 21st, 2021
    Limited availability
  • July 31st, 2021 - Aug 11th, 2021
    Full
  • Aug 21st, 2021 - Sep 1st, 2021
    Good availability
  • Sep 4th, 2021 - Sep 15th, 2021
    Full
  • Sep 11th, 2021 - Sep 22nd, 2021
    Limited availability
  • Oct 2nd, 2021 - Oct 13th, 2021
    Limited availability
  • Oct 9th, 2021 - Oct 20th, 2021
    Limited availability
  • Feb 5th, 2022 - Feb 16th, 2022
    Limited availability
  • Feb 12th, 2022 - Feb 23rd, 2022
    Good availability
  • Feb 19th, 2022 - Mar 2nd, 2022
    Good availability
  • June 11th, 2022 - Jun 22nd, 2022
    Good availability
  • July 2nd, 2022 - Jul 13th, 2022
    Good availability
  • Aug 6th, 2022 - Aug 17th, 2022
    Good availability
  • Sep 3rd, 2022 - Sep 14th, 2022
    Good availability
  • Oct 8th, 2022 - Oct 19th, 2022
    Good availability
Deposit 399.00

3,999.00

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What Our Clients Say

Earth's Edge is an excellent company with which to travel. They provide local expertise and pre-departure support to allow you to travel in confidence and take on significant challenges.

Darren O'Connor. Co. Dublin, Ireland. 

I signed up to do Kilimanjaro based on the reviews I read online and boy - I was not disappointed! Genuinely could not recommend Earth’s Edge highly enough, from months before the trip even happened, until we got home; they created an experience that I don’t think could be equalled. Any more “Once in a Lifetime” trips for me - will definitely be through Earth’s Edge!

Gordon Graham. Newry, Down

A really unforgettable experience on Kilimanjaro! From the moment I signed up, the information, advice, and support I received was second to none. On arriving at the airport, all I needed to worry about was my hike. The planning was like clockwork. The food was amazing, the porters and guides were superhuman, and our excellent group leader Gracjan was always there to offer a hand! An adventure of a lifetime!

Pat Downing. Bandon, Cork

 

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