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 at night
Day 02: Full day in Moshi
Day 03: Full day in Moshi
Day 04: Londorossi Gate / Mti Mkubuwa
Day 05: Mti Mkubwa / Shira 1 Camp
Day 06: Shira 1 Camp / Shira 2 Camp
Day 07: Shira 2 Camp / Lava Tower
Day 08: Acclimatization Day (This is very important!)
Day 09: Lava Tower / Arrow Glacier
Day 10: Arrow Glacier / Uhuru Peak / Mweka Camp
Day 11: Mweka Camp / Moshi
Day 12: Departure for safari or flight home

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.

The Spark

How I Moved Mountians

Reported by: Embark Adventurer

Today I have arrived back in New York City after 36 hours and 5 airplane rides from Zanzibar, Tanzania. I have needed a bit of time to reflect on the overwhelming experience that was climbing the world’s tallest freestanding mountain with 96 of the most amazing individuals I have ever met in my life. We were only a team of 15 American climbers raising money for the MMRF but collectively we were a huge extended family with all of the guides and porters of Tanzania who pushed, fed, cared for, and advised us along the way.

On summit night, I kept walking….All 225 pounds of this 41 year old female body who had trained endlessly, often three times a day for over a year and fought to beat this mountain and had climbed for days already in the rain and cold. I blocked out the doubts that had been haunting me from the beginning about my weight and bad knees and why none of the clothes at REI fit my body as if I was meant to fail. I would NOT be beaten by this challenge. I embraced the strength of my father and his fight with cancer and dementia, I reminded myself of the reasons I was there. I summoned the cheers and enthusiasm of my friends back home. I thought of my teammates who were in the fight against Multiple Myeloma and were pushing forward at that very moment. But in the end, I eventually found myself sobbing in the dark…weak, physically broken and emotionally ravaged with shame.

I did not reach the peak. Due to exhaustion, I had to turn back at 18,00ft at 4:00am in the dark, in 30-50mph winds, at approximately -10 degrees F. I did not reach Stella Point. I did not get the proud photo in front of the sign that I had imagined for so long. My legs were finished climbing and so was my spirit. I was broken. I did my best at Barafu Camp to greet the team members who had summited with a smile and a hug upon their return. I smiled through my disappointment and cheered for my new extended family. One by one they came down with stories of fear and hardship amidst their summiting success, often carried or supported physically by guides and porters.

And then I realized that as I indulged in my own self loathing, I was watching cancer patients and caretakers walk down that mountain and arrive saying. “that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

My perspective changed immediately. I realized that I reached the summit the moment I took the first step to be a part of Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma. I didn’t need to be the fastest or the best. I just needed to be the spark and watch the flame ignite on its own.

If these heroes who have been though stem cell transplants and chemo are saying this is the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their life, that means we are winning the battle. We are giving cancer a back seat. We are making life with and after cancer happen in technicolor, surround sound, and THX. WE ARE LIVING PROOF and WE ARE MOVING MOUNTAINS thanks to so many individuals who donate to this critical research through the MMRF. And these individuals, like you can be a part of this movement.

All you need is spark.

Thank you to the MMRF, Cure, and Takeda for their generous support and helping a small flame become a wildfire.

Thanks to Embark for building the world’s most amazing support team of guides and porters and for caring enough to be a part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

All my love to my new chosen family: Team Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma. May our whispers carry through the wind to become rebel yells.

Journey to

Tibet

Reported by: Embark Adventurer

One of my defining moments on my Tibetan journey, which remains indelible in my heart, is when I cried at 17,000 feet because the scenery was so utterly magnificent that nothing else in the world mattered. I will never forget Embark’s mantra in life: “Be curious.” We were walking around a Tibetan village and Donovan stopped and helped the locals dig a ditch just because he was curious about what they were doing. Humanity and curiosity can transcend cultural differences and language barriers. Donovan inspired me with his humanity, kindness, selflessness, and friendship. I cannot wait to book my next adventure through him.

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