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Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour

Lemosho Crater Route

Over 90% of our guests make the summit!

Climb Africa’s highest and most storied summit, 19,340 Mt. Kilimanjaro. After the climb, safari through the legendary game country of the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater!

Day 1. Arrive Tanzania, Mbahe Cottages - 6000’ (private baths)

Welcome to Africa! We’re met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, Tanzania and transfer to the village of Mbahe on the shoulders of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Set in lush forest at 6,000 feet, Mbahe and the surrounding villages are home to the Chagga people and have been the gateway to Kilimanjaro for over 100 years.

Mbahe is also the home of the owner of our local climbing outfitter, Simon Mtuy, one of the most renowned climbers on the mountain. He is an expert mountaineer with an encyclopedic knowledge of Kilimanjaro who has made over 250 successful ascents. Simon also holds the world’s record for a climb and descent of Kilimanjaro in an unbelievable 9 hours!

Simon and his staff do their utmost to maximize our chances of reaching the summit. Our 9-day climb provides plenty of time for acclimatization and groups are equipped with supplemental oxygen and Gamow bag for the treatment of altitude sickness. On the climb we are supported by an average of 4-5 support staff for every guest and under their expert leadership over 90% of our guests reach Kili’s summit at 19,340’. Our climbing outfitter is a member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project that insures and promotes the proper treatment of all support staff members.

Also, as part of our climb, we become guests of Simon’s entire village adding an unforgettable cultural dimension to our safari. Beyond an incredible climbing and wildlife adventure, you have the rare opportunity to interact with the village as a member of the community, not just a tourist. Dancing, singing and language exchange are all part of our experience and create a fascinating cross-cultural encounter. 

At Mbahe we stay in traditionally styled cottages made with local materials. All rooms have private bath, hot showers and a small porch. Electricity is available but also bring a reading light and/or flashlight for supplemental light in the evenings. All rooms have views of the nearby forest and are surrounded by fruit, vegetable and coffee gardens. Enjoy a refreshing swim below the waterfall of the Moonjo River which runs through the farm.

  • Airport to Mbahe approx. 2 hours with a 10 minute walk to the cottages

Day 2. Exploring Mbahe, Mbahe Cottages

Today we recover from our flights and acclimatize for our coming climb. You will have a guided conditioning walk through Mbahe village and Simon’s family farm. You may also wish to take a refreshing dip in the mountain fed river. This afternoon we check our equipment and get an orientation on our climb.

Day 3. West Kilimanjaro, Simba Farm - 5800’

We leave early this morning for the 3 hour drive to Simba Farm, a 3,500 acre farm at the edge of Kilimanjaro National Park surrounded by forest. We warm-up for our climb with a 3 hour hike to a beautiful forest gorge before returning to Simba Farm for the evening where we overnight at the guesthouse with beautiful views of Mt. Meru. 

Day 4. Big Tree Camp - 9000'

This morning we drive to the Londorossi Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park at about 6800’ where we meet the rest of our climbing crew and start our climb.

Today we travel through a forest bursting with life. Sycamore figs and palms festooned with hanging mosses and huge camphorwood trees soar as much as 130 feet into the air. Colobus and blue monkeys and a variety of antelopes inhabit the forest and signs of elephant, buffalo and leopard may also be seen.

On arrival at camp, our staff greets us with a special welcome that includes warm drinks and a delicious meal. All camp gear is carried by our crew, we carry only our day packs. All meals are prepared by the crew and served in a dining tent complete with tables and folding chairs.

  • 4 hours, 2200’ elevation gain. 3.8 miles

Day 5. Shira I Camp - 11,300’

Today we climb to the west side of the Shira Plateau where the ancient lava flows that helped build Kilimanjaro are still visible. Our hike takes us to the clear, cool landscape of heather characteristic of Kili’s heath zone. The grasses that abound here are vital for safeguarding the soil and conserving the fleeting moisture. They also harbor all kinds of everlasting flowers from the leathery-leaved, artichoke-like Protea to the red-hot poker, a tall plant with striking red or yellow tubular blossoms.

We climb to our campsite on the rim of the Shira Plateau with dramatic views of Kili’s Kibo summit and glaciers.

  • 6 hours, 2300’ elevation gain, 4.7 miles

Day 6. Shira II Camp - 12,700’

Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. This evening’s camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau and the views of Kibo become even more expansive.

We now enter Kili’s moorland zone. Characteristic of this region are Kili’s iconic senecios and lobelias. Senecios, also known as groundsels, have thick, weathered stems capped by cabbage-like rosettes of tough leaves. Two giant groundsels common here, Senecio kilimanjari and S. cottonii, are found nowhere else in the world. Like the senecios, the endemic lobelia Lobelia deckenii, closes its rosette of leaves at night to protect against frost.

Large birds of prey like the crowned eagle and the lammergeyer are often seen overhead and a lucky few might catch a glimpse of elands, duikers and even elephants.

  • 5 hours, 1400’ elevation gain, 5.3 miles

Days 7. Lava Tower Camp - 15,100’

Today we hike to our camp just under Lava Tower. This is our first taste of Kili’s alpine desert zone where the only plant life is the heartiest grasses and lichens. The views here are stunning, both out over the undulating savannah far below and up toward Kili's twin summits, Kibo and Mawenzi. We also do a 2 hour round trip acclimatization scramble up Lava Tower before returning to camp for the night.

Blinding glare, high evaporation, and wide daily changes in temperature characterize this area, which can drop to freezing at night and soar to over 90°F during the day. Water is scarce, and the zone's thin soils retain little of what does materialize. The kinds of plants that can withstand such harsh conditions run to tough tussock grasses and the curious moss ball, which envelops nodules of soil and rolls about with the breeze.

  • 5 hours, 2400’ elevation gain, 4.3 miles

Day 8 Lava Tower Camp - 15,100’

Today is an acclimatization day with hikes to higher elevations around camp.

Day 9 Arrow Glacier Camp - 16,100’

With our Western Breach ascent route in full view, we climb to the base of the route and make a camp near fast retreating Arrow Glacier. Today we have plenty of time to rest and take in the awesome alpine scenery.

  • 2 hours, 1000’ elevation gain, 1.8 miles

Day 10 Crater Camp - 18,500

We are up early for a 5:00 a.m. start up the Western Breach. The trail is steep with sections of rock scree and large boulders that require scrambling. But with the expert help of our guides, and the days of conditioning and acclimatization on the mountain, the challenge only adds to the exhilaration of the climb.

This afternoon we arrive to an arctic moonscape at the crater’s rim. Our camp is set in soft sand near the indigo streaked Furtwangler Glacier. Here we are in Kili’s summit zone, a piece of the arctic in the heart of equatorial Africa. The oxygen level is roughly half that found at sea level and the thin atmosphere offers little protection against the sun’s fierce rays. Animals of any sort are few in this zone, though in 1926 the frozen

carcass of a leopard was discovered near here and in 1962 five African hunting dogs followed a group of climbers right to the summit!

  • 7 hours, 2400’ elevation gain, 3.2 miles

Day 11. Summit Day - 19,340’/ Millennium Camp 12,500’

After an early breakfast we make our final push to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Kibo’s highest point, Uhuru Peak, at 19,340 feet. We summit early with spectacular views in all directions. Congratulations, you’ve made it to the top of Africa!

Tea and snacks are served and after a short stay we descend 3 hours to Barafu Camp for lunch and rest. Then we continue downhill another 3 hours to Millennium Camp. At 12,500’ the camp is over 6800 feet below the summit. The descent is long and trekking poles are recommended to ease the stress on joints and muscles.

Tonight we enjoy a hearty meal, share our experiences of the climb, and sleep the sleep of the just – just plain tired!

  • 8 hours, 840’ elevation gain/ 6840’ loss, 6 miles

Day 12 Mweka Gate - 5400’, Mbahe Cottages

Our final day on the mountain we descend to Mweka Gate. The hike is steep and can be slippery, again trekking poles come in handy. At Mweka Gate, we say goodbye to our mountain crew and enjoy a picnic lunch. We then drive back to Mbahe for hot showers and a celebration dinner with the whole crew.

  • 5 hours, 7100’ elevation loss, 7.7 miles

Day 13. Mbahe Cottages

Those going on safari will leave in the morning after breakfast (unless taking an extra rest day at the cottages). Those going home can rest and enjoy such activities as nature walks, swimming, visiting with the locals, drumming, sampling homemade banana beer or a shopping excursion to Moshi Town prior to transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

  • Mbahe to airport approx. 2 hours

Climb Details

Trip Length: 13 days/ 12 nights. Alternate climbing routes available. Call us for the details at 1-800-488-8483.
2013 Dates: Current fixed departures: October 1-13, October 24-November 5, December 20-January 1, 2014
Custom dates also available.
2014 Dates: Current fixed departures: January 1-13, January 8-20, January 23-February 4, February 4-16, February 22-March 6, June 21-July 3, July 2-14, July 14-26, August 6-18, August 14-26, August 23-September 4, September 19-October 1, September 25-October 7, October 13-25, November 7-19, December 4-16, December 21-January 2, 2015
Custom dates also available.
Price: $4275 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $450
Trip Rating: Challenging
Activities: Hiking (10 days), cultural immersion (3 days)
Sleeping Bag & Pad Rentals (optional): $40/bag, $20/pad, $60 for both. We advise bringing your own sleeping bag and pad to get the comfort level that you desire.  We do have high quality Mountain Hardwear brand "Lamina" sleeping bags and Therm-a-Rest brand "Ridgerest SOlite" sleeping pads.  The bags go down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  When renting a bag, we recommend that you bring a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth and comfort. 

Trekking Poles Rental (optional): $12

Group Size: Minimum 2
Gateway City: Arusha, Tanzania

Meeting Time & Place: Kilimanjaro International Airport at the time of your arrival. Pick up also possible at Moshi Town.

Trip Conclusion: Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your return flight. Drop off also possible at Moshi Town.

Trip Fees Include: Lodging, meals (breakfast Day 2 – dinner Day 13 including drinking water, coffee, tea) and activities as described above, park fees, guides and support staff, ground transportation including transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, camping equipment except sleeping bags and pads (bags should be rated to 0 degrees F).

Trip Fees Exclude: Airfare, travel insurance, visa and passport expenses, immunization expenses, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, miscellaneous hotel expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), optional tours, services not specified in the above itinerary, pre/post-trip lodging, sleeping bags and pads, gratuities for guides and porters, personal items such as film, batteries, souvenirs, unscheduled meals and snacks.

Itinerary Changes: While the information presented above describes the trip's planned route, activities, transfers, accommodations, etc. the actual itinerary may vary. The sometimes unreliable nature of travel in Africa, changes in cost, transportation, weather, lodging availability, trail conditions and other considerations can affect this tour and we reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to these circumstances.

Extend Your Adventure with a Wildlife Safari!

Safari Summary: Discover a timeless Africa of endless acacia-dotted plains where the natural cycle of birth, life, and death continues untouched by the hand of humans. Experience your own personal journey as you explore the most stunning safari parks that Tanzania, the premier African safari destination, has to offer. With a diverse array of habitats and ecosystems, these reserves incorporate the complete spectrum of East African wildlife. See it all in an unhurried manner, discussing each day’s activities with your expert SENE guide, who tailors the day to your preferences. At night enjoy exemplary safari lodges, relaxing in comfort with a cool drink around the fire while the sounds of the African night surround you. Rise early and watch the sun break the horizon as the savannah comes to life, or sleep in and wake to a sumptuous breakfast and leisurely drive to a hidden game viewing spot chosen by your experienced guide. Each day offers new and unforgettable encounters with the splendors of Tanzania.
Trips scheduled on request any time of year. Best months for game viewing are January through March and July through November.

Safari Itinerary







Tarangire National Park

Meet your SENE guide with a fully-equipped 4WD safari vehicle and head directly out to the Maasai Steppe, home to the many spectacular wildlife parks of Tanzania. Your first destination is picturesque Tarangire National Park, known for its magnificent baobab trees. This 2,600 square kilometer gem is often overlooked on the standard tourist routes but is known for its wild landscapes, resident elephants, large prides of lion, leopards, the rare fringe-eared oryx, excellent year-round bird-watching, and the last remaining pack of wild dogs in northern Tanzania. During the dry season Tarangire can rival the Serengeti for its density of zebra, wildebeest, and other ungulate herds. Enjoy game-viewing before lunch at your lodge and then a longer afternoon game drive until dusk.
The Tarangire Safari Lodge (private baths / )

sits on a bluff overlooking the Tarangire River, the park’s only permanent water source and a popular destination for elephant, buffalo, and other grazing herds. Accommodations are in bungalows and permanent luxury tents set up along the ridge. The lodge offers excellent buffet meals, a full bar, and swimming pool.

Tarangire Safari Lodge


Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

Early morning game drive before breakfast to experience Tarangire as it comes to life. After breakfast continue game viewing as you enter beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions and soda lake full of hippo and tinted pink with huge flocks of flamingoes. As we approach the park, the Rift Valley Escarpment looms on the horizon - forming a spectacular backdrop to the lake. In the park’s varied environments of groundwater forest, acacia woodland, and grassy flatland you can easily observe at close range giraffe, zebra, buffalo, large troops of baboons, monkeys, and more. Manyara also boasts a profusion of more than 380 bird species. As the sun sets, ascend the Rift Valley to your overnight accommodations.
Tloma Lodge (private baths/ 011-255-767-333-223 is a small, exclusive lodge consisting of 20 cottages situated within the Ngorongoro Highlands Area and serving delicious safari meals. Its brilliant positioning on the raised shoulder of a valley offers breathtaking views over a coffee plantation and onto the eastern wall of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge boasts a swimming pool set amongst lush tropical gardens and optional activities that include guided walks through the trails of the Conservation Area to local waterfalls, an escorted cultural walk in which you are introduced to the Wairak culture and traditions, or a half or full body massage (additional fees may apply).

Tloma Lodge


Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Lake Ndutu Serengeti

Stretch your legs with a guided two hour light morning hike through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area forest - teeming with bird life and unique flora - to a majestic waterfall and elephant caves (so-called because the deep recesses in the valley wall are created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil).
After lunch at the lodge depart for Lake Ndutu and a game drive deep into the southern plains of the legendary Serengeti. The Serengeti is arguably the most famous wildlife area in the world. It’s pure numbers are staggering: about 4 million animals reside within its ecosystem, including a million and a half wildebeest, a quarter million zebra, a half million gazelle, and tens of thousands of the their predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, crocodile, etc.). The Serengeti is also the site of one of the most magnificent events of the natural world - the migration of more than a million wildebeest in a cyclical process that occurs in different stages and areas throughout the year. In addition, the vast area offers breathtaking scenery unto itself: Scattered throughout the southeastern short grass plains are kopjes, geologic wonders comprised of exposed gneiss and granite shaped by the wind and temperature fluctuations.
From late December through March the migration is concentrated around Lake Ndutu, within the short grass plains of the Serengeti ecosystem, but located within the boundaries of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As calving begins the herds of wildebeest and other ungulates are immense, and predator activity is intense with this concentration of prey. At other times of year the resident animals of the southern Serengeti - elephant, giraffe, impala, every kind of cat, and a profusion of birds - converge around Ndutu's waterholes and marshes.
Accommodations are at the Ndutu Safari Lodge (private baths / 011-255-27-250-2829), situated beside the soda lake and set in a beautiful acacia woodland. Ndutu consists of a main lodge with a full bar and dining room and detached modern stone cottages. The lodge offers a superb base from which to explore the range of habitats that lies within easy reach, including swamps, woodlands, soda lakes, and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains.

Ndutu Safari Lodge


Lake Ndutu Serengeti

Your guide, a trained expert in East African wildlife and ecology, will explore with you the vast Ndutu area in search of the best game-viewing opportunities, dependent on the daily migration patterns. You may take a pre-dawn game drive and another drive at dusk – the times of the day at which the animals are most active – with a rest at camp for lunch. Or, take a full day drive with a picnic lunch to explore a greater range of the southern Serengeti ecosystem.

Ndutu Safari Lodge


Lake Ndutu Serengeti
Olduvai Gorge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Continue your exploration of the Lake Ndutu area in the morning. After lunch we return eastward, rising up from the dry plains of the Serengeti to the cooler and verdant Ngorongoro Highlands. Stop along the way to tour Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s archeological discoveries of early human ancestors dating back 1.8 million years. The site consists of a small but comprehensive museum on the rim of the gorge and the opportunity to descend into the gorge to visit some of the dig sites. Also visit a nearby Maasai homestead, where you will meet these regal tribesmen known for their beaded jewelry, dramatic dancing, and steadfastness to their indigenous culture.
Perched at 7,500 feet above sea level on the premier spot on the rim above the vast game-filled Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge private baths / 011-255- 27-254-4595) provides a unique and unforgettable safari experience. The Lodge is elegantly built from local stone and wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings. Each of its 80 rooms commands a breathtaking uninterrupted view over the crater within an atmosphere of serene elegance. The lodge restaurant combines the high standards of international cuisine and service with exquisite exotic touches of local lifestyle, and the stunning Rhino Lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail while admiring the vast African land and sky.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge


Ngorongoro Crater
Kilimanjaro International Airport

Today we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as “Africa’s Eden.” Ngorongoro was an active volcano that collapsed, leaving a caldera 10 miles in diameter; the views from the crater rim are breathtaking and wildlife abounds inside. We descend 2,500 feet into the crater to explore this paradise of abundant and diverse wildlife. Here you can observe the rare and elusive black rhino and admire the old bull elephants who come there to “retire” and enjoy the sweet swamp grasses; prides of lion are easily spotted throughout. A trip into Ngorongoro Crater is an experience not to be missed. Day game drive and picnic lunch in the crater.
In the afternoon return to Arusha Town, the bustling commercial capital of northern Tanzania, where you may shop for curios and artwork. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the fine lodges on the verdant outskirts of Arusha prior to transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport and your flight home.


Safari Details
Price: $2725 per person (minimum of two required to operate the tour)
Single Supplement: $375

• All activities, meals, and accommodations as indicated

• All road transfers within Tanzania

• Services of a professional English-speaking guide trained in East African wildlife and ecology

• Unlimited mileage on game drives in fully-equipped 4WD safari vehicle with pop-top

• Bottled drinking water in vehicle

Does not include:

Cold beverages and alcohol; activities on safari and at lodges that require additional charges; gratuities to trip leaders, guides, drivers, crew, or other staff; international airfare; airport departure taxes; additional accommodations made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; and any expenses of a personal nature.

Please Note: Prices are subject to change and availability is not guaranteed until a signed application and deposit are received, at which time accommodations are booked and a final itinerary prepared. Modifications to the itinerary may result in a change in price.

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General Information

What Type of Weather Should I Expect? On Kilimanjaro the climate varies dramatically with altitude, the higher on the mountain the colder it becomes. The summit area of Kilimanjaro has spectacular permanent glaciers and you can count on sub-freezing temperatures and wind throughout the year. Visit for additional information.
Kilimanjaro can be climbed any month of the year but the best months are generally January through early March and the end of June through October. January, February and March are the warmest months with clear evenings and mornings, though clouds can build during the afternoons and bring rain or snow showers. The main rainy season begins the end of March and lasts to mid June when temperatures are warm but clouds can block visibility and drop snow on the summit and rain on the lower slopes. The long dry season starts in late June and in July and August the weather is clear but cool. It grows steadily warmer through September and October with clear days and often a belt of mist hanging at the moorland zone (11,000'-13,000') leaving the summit poking through the clouds. Short rains return in November and last into December when afternoon thunderstorms are common. However, by evening clouds usually vanish leaving clear nights and mornings.
Game viewing on safari is rewarding throughout the year but is generally best in Tarangire and Lake Manyara August through October. The Serengeti is excellent during the January to March calving season and the wildebeest migration moves through the park November to August. Game viewing is always good in Ngorongoro because the animals are largely resident and do not migrate. For more information about Tanzania’s National Parks visit
How Difficult Is This Trip Like ... Really? Kilimanjaro is a serious mountain and training prior to the trip is essential. However, most healthy people in good physical condition can successfully reach the summit. It requires no climbing using ropes, crampons, ice axes, etc. but does have some sections of easy rock scrambling where you will need to use your hands. The pace of the climb is set to ensure the best chance for a successful ascent and includes time for acclimatization. Supplemental oxygen and a Gamow bag are carried with each climbing group. During the climb the mountain crew carries everything except gear needed for the day (water, layers, snacks, etc.) which you carry in a daypack.

Tour Operator: The World Outdoors operates this tour in conjunction with a local Tanzanian tour company with years of experience guiding climbs on Kilimanjaro and safaris in Tanzania.

Emergency Contact Information: Our office in Boulder, Colorado is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time 1-800-488-8483. For emergencies outside of our normal business hours call Bill Marriner at 720-289-0460, Sherry Marriner at 303-915-9660, Darcie Carr at 303-595-8561 or Eric Wagner at 303-324-7795.

Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience: Their U.S. office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Their Tanzania office is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time (+7 hrs U.S. EST).  The U.S. office can be reached from in North America at 1-866-417-7661 or 612-605-1543. The Tanzania office can be reached at: From the U.S. 011-255-272-753-233; from another country outside Tanzania +255-272-753-233; from within Tanzania 0-272-753-233. Mobile phones: +255-754-480-190 / +255-754-580-724 / +255-715-580-724.

The + means you must add the prefix for an international call for the country you are calling from. For example, 011 is the prefix for an international call from the U.S.  255 is the Tanzania country code. When calling within Tanzania, drop +255 and add 0 at the beginning of the number.

Accommodations: The lodging described in the itinerary above is not guaranteed. We reserve the right to make lodging changes based on availability, cost and other requirements.

  • Mbahe Cottages – Traditionally styled brick cottages made with all local materials. All rooms have private baths with hot showers and a small porch. Electricity is available on a limited basis, bring a reading light for the evenings. All rooms have views of the nearby forest and are surrounded by fruit, vegetable and coffee gardens.

  • Simba Farm Guesthouse – Near the main farm house, the guesthouse has a pretty garden-edged veranda with a view of Mt. Meru. It has 6 bedrooms with a mix of double and twin beds and 2 bathrooms with hot water. Electricity available on a limited basis.

  • Kilimanjaro Camping - All camping gear is provided except sleeping bags and pads. These can be rented from for $40/bag and $20/pad, $50 for both. Please bring your own bag liners for added warmth. Staff transports camping gear and prepares all meals. Dinners and breakfasts served in a dining tent with tables and folding chairs. Showers and alcoholic beverages are not available on the climb. Hot water is available for sponge baths. Portable toilets with biodegradable bags; privacy tent.

Meals: A typical breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, oatmeal, toast, sliced cucumber and tomato, apple and orange slices, fresh locally grown coffee, tea (including a variety of herbal teas), and cocoa. Morning trail snacks include candy bars, fruits, nuts, and powdered fruit drinks. Lunches feature bread, cheese, avocado, ham, oranges, peanut butter and jelly, potato chips, snack mix, candy bars, hot drinks and powdered fruit drinks. Afternoon tea offers hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, hot cashews and peanuts. Dinners feature soups made from locally gown vegetables - pumpkin, pea, butternut squash, lentil and mixed vegetables (all soups can be prepared 100% vegan) – cooked vegetables, chicken, fish, brown rice, lentils, couscous, potatoes, fruit and homemade cookies for desert. We handle special diets for vegetarians, vegans, even gluten-free diets. If you have a particular snack type you prefer, bring it along. You may also want to bring a sports drink such as Gatorade. But don’t get carried away! We provide plenty of freshly prepared, nutritious food, snacks and drinks.

What About Drinking Water? Drinking water on the climb is provided by using a Swiss made purification pump, Katadynâ Expedition KFT Purification Filter. We also carry iodine tablets for emergencies. Bottled water is provided on safari along with tea and coffee. Wine, beer and soft drinks can be provided on safari on request at added cost. Alcoholic beverages are not available on the climb.

Are Showers Available On The Climb? During the climb, hot water is available each morning and evening for sponge baths. Hot showers are available before and after the climb.

Visa & Passport Information: A passport and visa is required for American citizens entering Tanzania. Passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. Contact for the most recent travel requirements.
Wildlife Precautions: One of the great attractions of Africa is the abundance and variety of wildlife. However, wild animals can be dangerous. Lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, poisonous snakes and other animals inhabit some of the areas on this tour and must be respected, especially at night. Follow the instructions of your guides and camp staff at all times.
Vaccinations & Health Considerations: A Yellow Fever vaccination is not required for entry into Tanzania if coming from a non Yellow Fever endemic area (including North America). Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers. Travelers’ diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout the region and can contaminate food or water, although every precaution is taken during your tour to minimize this risk. Visit the Center for Disease Control web site at for the most up-to-date information on travel health issues in Tanzania.

Altitude Sickness: Proper acclimatization and intake of food and fluids will minimize the chance of altitude problems. Your guides are trained in recognizing altitude-related symptoms before they become serious and will administer treatment accordingly. The climbing staff carries 682 liter oxygen tanks. Some travelers take prescription medicines to help prevent altitude illnesses. Consult your physician regarding the appropriateness of these medications for you.

Is this trip OK for children? Due to the demands of the climb, the tour is not recommended for children under 13 years of age (although children as young as 10 are allowed to climb Kilimanjaro by the Tanzania National Park Authority).

Before you Leave:

  • If you plan to use your credit card while traveling overseas, call you credit card company to let them know where you are traveling.

  • If you did not get your Tanzania visa prior to departure, you may do so upon entry into the country (US$100 for U.S. passport holders; US$50 for E.U. residents and others).

  • Keep a photocopy of the identification page of your passport in a secure location (and separate from your passport).

  • Pack any items that you cannot be without (i.e. prescriptions, medicine for an upset stomach, sunglasses, etc.) in your carry‐on luggage.

  • Check your luggage all the way to the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania.

  • Drink plenty of water on the airplane to keep well hydrated.

  • Either Simon Mtuy or a SENE representative will meet you at the Kilimanjaro Airport outside of the baggage claim area. Look for the smiling face holding a placard with the SENE logo.

  • Below is emergency contact information for SENE.  Please keep it with you just in case there are delays or flight changes en route.

    Simon Mtuy:                              +255-754-480190 or +255-787-740282
    Francis Moshi (Office Manager):  +255-754-580724 or +255-715-580724 or +255-787-580724
    Office Phone:                             +255-2727-53233

    * Note for calls to Tanzania:   + Indicates that you must include the prefix for an international line; the prefix varies by originating country (011 is the prefix for an international line from a United States phone).  255 Is the Tanzania country code. When calling from within Tanzania drop +255 and prefix the remaining number with 0.

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