Aqua-Firma operates privately guided and group treks along all routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai. Our treks up Kilimanjaro are designed to provide an intimate experience of these mountains, paced according to you, with a local expert leader whose knowledge of the mountain, 1st Aid and emergency procedures will keep you safe; whilst their knowledge of wildlife, birdlife, plants and cultures of Tanzania will help you to enjoy more of this stunning mountain than just the magnificent views you can hope for.
Our Privately Guided Kilimanjaro Treks provide:
- 1st Aid Qualified Guides
- Mountains + Nature
- Larger tents
- Excellent mountain catering
- Your own private flushable toilets
- Mobile camp beds
- Comfortable bedding
- Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
- Fair wages for your team
- Tree planting to help local conservation
Visible from nearly 100km away and covering an area of nearly 4000km², the huge and ominous cone of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) demands respect. A dormant volcano, last known to have erupted about 300 years ago, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain. It is also the World's highest free standing peak, towering 5 vertical kilometres above the friendly local town of Moshi nestled in mountain's shadow.
Kilimanjaro, or Kili as it is affectionately known, is not only a climb to consider for the achievement of reaching the continent's highest peak and watching the sun rise over the clouds from the 'roof of Africa', but it also offers the opportunity to hike through a fascinating range of Tanzania's climates and ecological zones. On most routes to the summit, you will pass through a zone of misty and extravagant cloud forest, home to primates such as black colobus and blue monkeys, antelopes and even leopards. Passing this zone the trees thin to be replaced by strange Afro-Alpine grassland, inhabited by the otherworldly forms of giant groundsels and lobelia. Above this level it becomes difficult for plants to survive, and from around 4600m you enter an alpine desert zone of rock and almost lunar desolation. Although the 'Snows of Kilimanjaro' are retreating steadily, for the time being Africa's summit is still crowned by permanent glaciers.
Kilimanjaro is one of highest mountains in the world that you can 'walk' up without any technical mountaineering ability - but due to the extreme possibility of altitude sickness and huge climatic change from tropical lowlands, it should be climbed with an experienced team of supporting guides, cooks and porters. Your trek should also allow for steady acclimatisation*. Equipped with such a team, Aqua-Firma can offer Kilimanjaro on popular routes such as the Machame Mweka route or less used routes such as Lemosho and Rongai.
See the Itinerary tab for our description of the main Kilimanjaro Climbing routes offered by Aqua-Firma; and don't hesitate to Contact Us to discuss this challenging adventure with one of our Tanzania experts.
*All privately guided itineraries that we offer can be extended to make acclimatisation longer.
A Note on Climbing Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro is often considered to be an 'easy' mountain to climb due to it's non-technical nature. This leads many people to underestimate its challenges. Good acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness is essential - the longer you spend at altitude the better your chances of reaching the 'roof of Africa'. At the summit of Kilimanjaro there's only about 50% of the oxygen in the air that exists at sea level (or Moshi 5000 meters below)!
Good fitness levels and preparation are also essential - you should be ready to walk 7-8 hours a day. The final summit ascent is always the most challenging and involves around 17 hours of walking up to summit and back to camp.
If you can spare the time, we recommend an additional 3 to 4 day climb of the beautiful and wildlife rich peak of Mt Meru (4566m). This is an excellent acclimatization climb and fantastic experience in its own right. To discuss this in greater depth please call us to speak with an experienced Tanzania mountain guide.
Extending your time in Tanzania
Aqua-Firma operates wildlife, marine life and adventure safaris throughout Tanzania; so whilst climbing Kilimanjaro might be your primary aim, speak to us for information about small group and privately guided Great Migration Safaris; our annual expert-led Whale Shark Research experiences; scuba diving with marine biologists; and tailor made safaris to every corner of the country.
Please contact us for exact Small Group prices and departure dates
- All accommodation
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- 3 Season mountain tents
- -29oC Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags*
- Double layered Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National
Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
- 2- way shared airport transfers (if arriving and departing on standard arrival
and departure days)
- Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter*
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent*
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities for your mountain crew
*Privately guided trips only