Trek to the Summit of Africa’s Highest Mountain

Why Climb Kilimanjaro with WT?

Important Note:
Wilderness Travel does not summit Kili from Barafu (15,311'), as most other companies do! The bleak and crowded Barafu campsite is packed tent-to-tent with climbers who begin their 9-hour summit day at midnight, climbing through the dark on a crowded path. Our Lemosho-Crater Camp Route avoids this by camping at Crater Camp (18,500'), beside the spectacular glaciers at Kili’s crater rim at 18,500 feet, making our summit climb short—just 800 feet! Check out Choosing the Best Route for more details.

Overview

We’ve perfected the climb to the celebrated “snows of Kilimanjaro” on the stunning Lemosho-Crater Camp Route, a beautiful, uncrowded trail on Kili’s remote southwest flanks. With seven days on the ascent for maximum acclimatization, you’ll have the best chance of “peak” success—plus a short climb to the summit to view the sunrise (not the grueling 9-hour climb in the dark required on other routes!). Our camps have the finest amenities on the mountain, and for extra security we always carry oxygen and a Gamow bag. Our legendary, highly skilled guides and crew make this an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Arusha National Park / Acclimatization

Enjoy a game drive en route to our private camp at 6,500 feet in Arusha National Park. Our acclimatization hike offers a chance to see bushbuck, giraffe, a host of avian life, and the unique black-and-white colobus monkeys of the park.

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Days 3-11
Kilimanjaro / Lemosho-Crater Camp Route / Summit Day

From the Lemosho trailhead, trek through forests, heath, and moorland zones to the rim of the Shira Plateau, an immense crater and World Heritage Site with glorious views of Kili’s glaciated southern face. Ascend through the alpine desert zone to Crater Camp (18,500'), an extraordinary spot by the Furtwangler Glacier (an optional hike brings you right to the rim of Kili’s inner crater). From camp, your summit climb is short and dramatic (just 840 feet!), bringing you to Uhuru Peak (19,340'). On a clear day, the sunrise views are surreal, with the vast African plains spread beneath your feet. A quick descent along the Mweka Route brings you back to our lodge for a well-deserved shower and victory celebration with your fellow trekkers. Depart in the evening of Day 11, or join our post-climb safari extensions.

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Highlights

Highlights

Climb the best route to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain!
Vital extra days for maximum acclimatization, uncrowded trails, no retracing of steps
Sunrise on the summit of Africa, unique alpine flora (5 eco-zones!), camp by the glaciers on Kili’s crater rim
Led by the most experienced guides with specialized high altitude training
Porter gratuities included

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5395  
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 8 nights mountain camps, 2 nights private acclimatization camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Physically demanding 9-day trek to 19,340 feet, difficult terrain including scree (loose rock) and snow, extreme altitudes

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