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Mt. Kilimanjaro viewed from Amboseli

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb

Overview

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream of many adventurers. It's easy to understand why. Rising to 19,340 feet, "Kili" as it is known, is the highest mountain in Africa.

There are multiple routes up the mountain. We take climbers up the Lemosho Route because it is not only the most beautiful, but it also has the highest success rate. Lemosho was created after some of the other routes and it was designed to provide shorter elevation gains and longer acclimitization times. The advanced design of Lemosho Route, along with our extensive guiding experience, help to ensure that you will reach the summit.

From the time you arrive in Tanzania, your comfort is our highest priority. While it is possible to make the climb in six days, we take seven, and also add a day of rest at each end of the climb. That ensures that you have plenty of time to rest, which is one of the reasons that we have such a high success rate.

You will find the same level of attention to detail in camp. Rather than letting you sleep on the ground, we carry special cots that you are not likely to find elsewhere. Our clients love them so much that we sometimes have trouble getting them out of bed in the morning!

Let us take you up the mountain!

Itinerary

+ Day 1: Welcome to Africa!
+ Day 2: Rest day in Arusha with optional activities
+ Day 3: The journey begins at Londorosi Gate
+ Day 4: Climb to Shira Plateau
+ Day 5: Traverse the Heath zone and begin climbing the Kibo Massif
+ Day 6: Enter the alpine zone and then into the Barranco Valley
+ Day 7: Ascend the Great Barranco Wall and traverse around to Barafu Camp
+ Day 8: Hike to Stella Point and then across the crater
+ Day 9: Ascend to the summit! Begin the descent
+ Day 10: Make the final descent
+ Day 11: Full day of rest in Arusha to recover
+ Day 12: Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Note: On longer days crew will setup kitchen and tent and prepare lunch before proceeding for the 2nd half of the day.

Why go with us

  • Our experience: We have summited Kilimanjaro more than 300 times
  • Our concern for your comfort: We bring sleeping cots and portable toilets and other amenities to make you feel at home
  • Our responsibility: We are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and support other local projects

Questions

When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

Why do you spend eight days to do the climb and descend when others take less?

Do I need to be an expert mountaineer?

Which route is the best?

What equipment do I need?

Why do some companies charge so little?

Can I do a safari add-on?

Trip Leader Peter Lema

Our February 2018 group at the Kili Crater Camp

Lema is an experienced Mt. Kilimanjaro guide and a native Tanzanian of the Meru Tribe. He is unique on Kilimanjaro because he was raised in Africa but lived and traveled in America. He therefore knows both the mountain and the American traveler. He has been guiding for more than 15 years and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro more than 300 times, safely guiding many travelers and crew. Climbers of varying ages (from 10 to 81 years of age) and fitness level have successfully made it to the top of Mt. Kili with Lema. His client climb success rate is close to 100%! Lema personally guides some groups but oversees logistics for all our climbs and safaris.

Pricing

Things to Know

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory for each traveler to purchase and show proof of travel insurance. We recommend Travel Guard.

When calling Travel Guard provide them with our IATA #303681 (Tel: 800.826.1300) or contact us for assistance.

Emergency rescue

In the unlikely event that something happens we do have flying doctors whom we have been working with for many years. Depending on the type of emergency, they are able to fly to the scene and assist or send ambulance with medical professionals.

Additionally, our mountain guides are well trained with many years of climbing experience. Majority have been on Kilimanjaro more than 100 times. Our head guides (trip leaders) are Wilderness First Responders trained through National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and have attended multiple in-house safety trainings which are conducted every end of the season.

Each group goes out with Oxygen cylinder, Hyperberic chamber, Pulse oximeter, First Aid Kit.

Drinking Water

Each group is provided with a commercial type Katadyn water filter and a crew assigned ready to assist whenever someone needs water. Each morning each participant starts out with two liters of filtered water and a refill at lunch-time.

It is advisable to bring water treatment tablets such as Portable aqua tables for those not allergic to iodine or Aquamirra drops for those who don’t like the iodine taste.

Meals

Meals are served fresh buffet style during the hike. All are three course meals. Where appropriate we setup kitchen and prepare food. All meals are freshly prepared. All dietary requests are met (vegan | vegetarian | indian). We accommodate all dietary needs.

Acclimatization

This is an included additional hike. The goal is to gain a little more elevation and to back to camp overnight. This hike is done weather permitting.

Certification

Yes you get a certificate!

There are three levels that are issued depending on the route.

Marangu route

1. Gilman’s point 2. Stella point 3. Uhuru point Lemosho route will take us through the Stella point then Uhuru peak

Satellite radios/phones

Our guides have satellite radios/phones for emergency response. With advancement in technology you will have cell phone connection all the way to the summit. Except in certain heavily forested areas.

Local Guides

All guides are local with extensive experience. Climbers will be debriefed a day before start of hike. Guides are Lake Louise Scoring System certified (LLSS) and are trained by American based Outdoor schools.

Guides are paid according to Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and the Tanzania Park Authority. SM Safaris champions this project.

Pulse Oximeter readings

Pulse reading and oxygen saturation level and other tests will be conducted every evening for every hiker. Doing this allows for hike leader to prepare for evacuation of a hiker if necessary.

Facilities (Bathrooms)

Biodegradable flush toilets are provided.

Wild animals

There are rangers/care takers in camps. It is very rare to see big wild animals during the hike. From time to time you may come across a herd of elephants and cape buffalos. Our guides are trained to steer away from them.

Reservations & Payments

Contact: Maurice Oketch
Simba Marara Safaris
Tel: 877.723.2749 or 661.678.3869
E: Maurice@smsafaris.com