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, we have 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 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 offer professional and personable Open Expeditions allowing you to join a group of like-minded team members. We strive to create a welcoming team atmosphere and an environment where everyone can achieve their aims. We also offer the option of leading Private Expedition groups.
“I am still on such a high! From start to finish the trek was absolutely amazing & everything was well planned & organised providing the ultimate life-changing experience! There was great support before, during and after the trek. Jon Gupta’s knowledge and experiences of the mountain put any fears at ease” Fiona Sommerville
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a truly special experience. At the park gate we’ll enter into pristine rainforest and during the trek we’ll pass through shrub, desert and alpine environments. Over our 7 day route we’ll gradually gain altitude, acclimatising to our new surroundings and enjoying 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.
Mountain Expeditions employ a small number of the UK’s most experienced High Altitude Expedition Leaders and we will always send a UK Expedition Leader to facilitate your expedition. All of our leaders are chosen on their individual merits which we base on their mix of vast mountain experience, interpersonal skills and of course, qualifications.
The truth behind organising and leading worldwide expeditions is that you need an excellent local in-country agent to work with who shares your ethos of delivering outstanding expeditions. We believe that a combined leadership team built of a UK Expedition Leader and a highly experienced local guide is the strongest and most successful way to deliver our Kilimanjaro expeditions.
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 will be with the team throughout the entire expedition. 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 borrow good footwear and the kit & equipment they need to use whilst working with our groups.
“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
On big mountains like Kilimanjaro we don’t believe leading Open Expedition teams of 20+ members is good practice and it certainly doesn’t offer a very personable experience! All our Open Expedition teams are capped at 12 resulting in a close knit, high guide ratio experience.
With over 30+ expeditions on Kilimanjaro we have an impressive 98% summit success rate. We believe this is because of our combination of smaller teams, higher guide ratios and using the most experienced High Altitude Expedition Leaders. This combination has shown time and time again that this is the safest 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 lost luggage to catch up with us and time for your Expedition Leader to do a full kit and medical check before a relaxed expedition briefing with a cold Kilimanjaro beer! It also allows time for the team to get to know each other a little before we set off up Kilimanjaro together.
On the 7 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.
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.
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 use our favourite lodges & hotels before and after the trek and ensure that camplife is as comfortable as possible on the mountain. Refer to the FAQs tab on this page for more details.
Live Trip Status: When our trips are ‘Available‘ it means they are live & taking bookings. Once we’ve met the minimum numbers to confirm the trip, the status changes to ‘Confirmed‘ which is your green light to go ahead & book your flights & insurance. Once all the places are booked the trip will show as ‘Full‘.