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, making our summit climb short—just 840 feet! Check out Choosing the Best Route for more details.


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 altitude acclimatization, you’ll have the best chance of peak success—plus just a short climb to the summit to view the sunrise (not the grueling 9-hour climb in the dark required on other routes!). On our route, we also have the opportunity to hike right to the rim of Kili’s astonishing inner crater, a surreal moonscape. 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 bring experience, camaraderie, and fun to your climb.

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 lush Arusha National Park and an acclimatization hike to look for bushbuck, giraffe, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and a host of avian life.

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

From the Lemosho trailhead, we hike up through fascinating forest, 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. Ascending higher through the alpine desert zone, we reach our Crater Camp (18,500'), an extraordinary spot by the Furtwangler Glacier (an optional hike from this camp brings you right to the rim of Kili’s inner crater). From Crater Camp, our two-hour summit climb is short, bringing us to Uhuru Peak (19,340'), Kili’s summit, the roof of Africa. On a clear day, the sunrise views are surreal, with the vast African plains spread beneath our feet. A descent along the Mweka Route brings us back to our lodge for a well-deserved shower and victory celebration with fellow trekkers. Depart in the evening of Day 11, or join our post-climb safari extension.

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Climb the best route to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain!
Uncrowded trails, no retracing of steps, vital extra days for maximum acclimatization
Sunrise on the summit of Africa, unique alpine flora (five 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


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 8 nights mountain camps, 2 nights private acclimatization camp
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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