Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

For people like us, to gaze at a mountain is to wish to climb it. And Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the great views — and opportunities — in the world of mountaineering. Although it is very high, a great challenge and capped with glaciers, it is also approachable to the novice. And in the hands of Embark and our experienced guides, you will have the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience: safe, thrilling, and once in a lifetime.

A sign points the way on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A camp site on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A tent and a hiker in orange admiring the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Hikers in the Dendrosenecio kilimanjari woodlands.
Dendrosenecio kilimanjari trees in the fog.

Highlights

  • Hike the less traveled, remote Lemosho Route up Africa’s highest mountain
  • Experience a remarkable crew of guides and porters, rated as some of the best on Kilimanjaro
  • Sleep near the summit in the highest camp on Kilimanjaro
  • Climb with a company that specializes in the Western Breach, Lemosho Route and Crater Camp

Description

As you trek above the clouds and into the shimmering snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro along this remote, secluded Lemosho Route, you steal breathtaking glimpses of the base of volcanic cone and Kibo Peak’s south-facing glaciers. At 19,341 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the world’s gentlest high summits, and its awe-inspiring views are maximum reward. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as the “Everyman’s Everest,” is one of the great adventures in the world.

Opting for the road less traveled (fewer than 10 percent of people climb Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho), Embark offers a climber’s dream combination: a high success rate with very low traffic. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with Embark means enjoying a high ratio of guides to clients with expert climbing expedition gear on a summit that can be climbed by an adventurous person in fit shape.

At Embark, our philosophy is that you aren’t climbing this mountain to march among hordes of people; you want to have a true climbing experience, culminating with a summit experience followed by a safe return.

Itinerary Summary

Day 01: Arrive in Tanzania
Day 02: Full da in town of Moshi
Day 03: Begin Climb! Hike Londorossi Gate / Mti Mkubuwa
Day 04: Hike Mti Mkubwa / Shira 1 Camp
Day 05: Hike Shira 1 Camp / Shira 2 Camp
Day 06: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp
Day 07: Hike Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Day 08: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Day 09: Hike Kilimanjaro Summit to Mweka Camp
Day 10: Hike Mweka Camp to Park Gate
Day 11: Departure for wildlife safari or flight home. Safari Njema!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I travel with Embark?

We are a team that lives and breathes travel; we know what our clients want, and as such we see them as travelers, not tourists. We have organized hundreds of adventures around the world, focusing on destinations we know and understand.

Many companies provide region-standard trips; Embark goes above and beyond. We organize unique itineraries along the roads less traveled, designing adventures that allow our travelers to be pioneers and explore the depth of any given destination.

What is being on Kilimanjaro like?

Climbing Kilimanjaro involves long, arduous travel and the ascent of a mountain peak. Guides and porters will assist with almost all group gear, as well as in setting up camp and preparing meals. Each day you just carry what you need for that day.


How hard is it?

While we believe that anyone in good physical condition can climb Kilimanjaro, this trip is strenuous. While travel always entails some level of adventure and challenge, when we say “strenuous” we mean there will be long, difficult hikes; occasional significant physical barriers such as climbing; sleeping outside; and the chance of falling or some other injury. To complete this trip, especially with any enjoyment, one must be in peak physical shape.


What do we eat?

You’ll be served three meals per day, with plentiful portions. Specialty diets such as vegetarian or gluten-free are available on request. Breakfast will include things like eggs, meat, toast, oatmeal, dry cereal, juice, milk, and coffee or tea. Lunch, often boxed, will typically include a sandwich, chicken, fruit, a chocolate bar and juice. Dinner might be soup; potatoes, rice, or pasta; chicken or beef; vegetables; and milk, and coffee or tea.

Not included are snacks for the trail, such as bars, trail mix, and electrolyte drink mixes. If you like to hike with these, bring them!

Do I need a visa?

All visitors to Tanzania must have a visa, and there are two ways to obtain a tourist visa. You can get one ahead of time, but we recommend you simply get one on arrival at JRO Airport. The cost is $100, and it is cash-only. Further details can be found online at tanzaniaembassy-us.org.

What is the sleeping arrangement?

Typically we sleep two to a three-person tent, leaving you room to store your gear in the vestibule or tent. If you would like to sleep solo, this can be arranged, but we will need some notice.

What is included in the trip cost?

Your cost includes transportation, lodging, guide and porter fees, and most meals. While on the climb, all your meals are included, although you might want to bring some snacks that you like to have during the day. Before and after the climb you will have some time (and meals) on your own in town. Also not included in the cost is your airfare, souvenirs, and tips for the guides and porters.

How far ahead should I plan my trip?

You want to commit to this trip at least six months ahead of time. It takes a lot of preparation, both logistical and physical. Beginning at this point, you should be booking your airplane tickets and planning your training regimen.

What’s the best time of year for weather?

The warmest, driest months for climbing Kilimanjaro are January, February and March. February is typically the best month to be guaranteed beautiful weather. Another dry season is from late June through October. The later you come during these months, the better your chance of having really good weather. In July and August, it’s the busy season, so expect many more people on the mountain. It’s also very cold at night during this period but warm during the day. If you want quieter times, but still good weather, consider coming from the middle of September into October.

With all the advice given, these are only recommendations and generalizations. Mountains are known to have crazy weather systems that can change dramatically each day.

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