Trekking up Kilimanjaro is a truly special experience and (quite possibly) our favourite mountain to lead teams on! Mountain Expeditions has lead 40+ expeditions to Kilimanjaro with a phenomenal 98% success rate, he has also set 2 record breaking speed ascents on the mountain! We know this mountain very well but more importantly we know how to run an amazing once in a lifetime expedition here too!
With unprecedented support from Jon and Mountain Expeditions and our superb local team, excellent logistics and plenty of singing and dancing along the way, Kilimanjaro is an experience you’ll never forget!
Mountain Expeditions offers a professional and personable approach allowing you to create your own group of like-minded team members. We strive to create a welcoming team atmosphere and an environment where everyone can achieve their aims.
“Very organised but also flexible, Jon and the Mountain Expeditions team and the local porters were professional and helpful. We were very well looked after throughout the whole trip – amazing experience!” Lisa Chandika (PwC | Manager)
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a truly special experience. At the park gate you enter pristine rainforest and during the trek you pass through shrub, desert and alpine environments! Over our 7 day route we’ll gradually gain altitude, acclimatise to our new surroundings and enjoy incredible views across the African plains. With unprecedented support from Mountain Expeditions and our local team, excellent logistics and plenty of singing and dancing along the way, Kilimanjaro is an experience you’ll never forget!
Mountain Expeditions are expedition specialists and Kilimanjaro is where it all started for us! We love organising and delivering expeditions to ‘Kili’ and do so with a friendly and supportive approach. We understand that joining any of our expeditions is a big deal, so we try and make sure everything is perfect from start to finish. In 2019 we celebrated 10 years of leading teams on Kili with our 30th summit!
Jon has organised and guided on over 100+ high-altitude expeditions including Everest (4 times!), K2 and 37 times on Kili – to read more please go here.
With all our expeditions we partner with the very best local in-country agencies who share our ethos of delivering outstanding expeditions. We believe that a combined leadership team built of UK Expedition Leaders and highly experienced local guides is the strongest and most successful way to deliver our Kilimanjaro expeditions. Our guides will be with the team throughout the entire expedition and additional local guides will be used during your summit attempt. Mountain Expeditions are trying to set new standards on Kilimanjaro by ensuring that the local crew working with our groups are properly kitted out and well looked after on the mountain – we offer them the chance to use good footwear and the kit and equipment they need to use whilst working with our groups.
With over 40+ expeditions on Kilimanjaro we have an impressive 98% summit success rate. We believe this is because of our attentive approach, higher guide ratios and using experienced High Altitude Expedition Leaders. This combination has proved time and time again to be the safest and most successful approach whilst on the mountain.
Our itinerary has been chosen to make this trip the very best we believe it can be. We include an entire preparation day in Moshi which allows time for people to rest after a long flight, time for any luggage delayed in transit to catch up with us and time for your Expedition Leaders to do a full kit and medical check before a relaxed expedition briefing with a cold Kilimanjaro beer! It also allows time for the the team to get to know each other a little before we set off up Kilimanjaro together.
On the 7 day Machame Route there are ‘climb high sleep low’ days, 2 shorter half days before your summit attempt and of course – some big days! Overall it offers the best acclimatisation profile of any 7 day route on Kilimanjaro.
The truth behind organising and leading worldwide expeditions is that you need an excellent local in-country agent to work with. Over the years Mountain Expeditions have developed a long standing relationship with our local crew in Tanzania and the added value of our friendly and efficient local staff never goes unnoticed – we know it makes a big difference to your experience. Our local team are a huge part of your Kilimanjaro experience and it makes all the difference on the mountain.
“If ethical travel is what you’re looking for in a company, then look no further than Mountain Expeditions. The guides and porters were so much a part of the team that you could tell it was like a big happy family” – Marcus Samperi
There are many reasons people choose to climb big mountains and many reasons why you might choose to trek up Kilimanjaro. What we can tell you is that choosing Kilimanjaro offers you a realistic opportunity to summit a big mountain without any altitude experience. Please refer to the Suitability tab for more details.
Many of our expeditions start and finish in a bustling city in a really nice hotel or lodge. Maybe it’s first and last impressions that count or perhaps we just enjoy having nice accommodation when starting and finishing a trip, but it’s what we do! On Kilimanjaro we are using our favourite lodge (Weru Weru River Lodge) before and after the trek and ensure that camp life is as comfortable as possible on the mountain. FYI – We can safely leave things here whilst we are on the mountain. Refer to the FAQs tab for more details.
PLEASE NOTE – the dates listed below are NOT confirmed, they are only examples. This trip will run in January 2025, however exact dates are to be confirmed. Please continue to book on and secure your place as normal.
1. Visa – Apply for your E-Visa online – here.
You can also obtain your via on arrival. To do this you will need US $50 cash and a pen.
2. Visit GP or specialist Travel Clinic (eg, Nomad Travel) to discuss Vaccinations, Malaria and Diamox.
FitForTravel is a good website for information, and MedEx have a free booklet which is excellent MedEx Altitude Booklet
3. Tips – obtain US $250 for Tips
Please ensure you bring US$250 cash with you, ideally in small denominations. More on this in the FAQs.
4. Travel Insurance – It is your responsibility and mandatory to have specialist trekking, rescue, medical and repatriation insurance to cover the dates, areas and activities involved. A policy that includes cancellation insurance at point of booking may help you recoup costs if you were to incur cancellations charges. Please ensure that your insurance covers you for trekking at altitude to 5895m.
5. Hire kit – If you require any hire kit, such as a down jacket, please let Jon know. Mountain Expeditions has a limited supply and additional kit can be hired in Moshi. The Kit List is here.
If you have any questions about the above please WhatsApp Jon on 07845150940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org