Mt Kilimanjaro Trek

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why.

Our Kilimanjaro trek is designed to give the very best chance of reaching the summit, without sacrificing time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife. You will also gain an insight into the natural history and cultures of the environments and peoples we meet along the way.

Our African guides and staff are all experts on the mountains and we enjoy an excellent relationship with them. In line with our business values, we only work with operators whose practices are based on ethical business principles to ensure that significant benefits from our visits remain with local people. Our operator in Tanzania works on a fair-traded policy employing only qualified local staff, to which they pay above average rates. In addition, there is no compromise on vehicles, park fees, equipment and services.

Trekkers arriving from low level to climb Kilimanjaro often suffer from altitude sickness if they do not acclimatise properly (lack of fitness is rarely a big problem). For this reason, we use the Machame Route. It’s longer than the Marangu ascent and therefore means 2 more days on the mountain, however it’s less crowded, a less taxing climb, much more scenic and, based on our records of the last 5 years, you have a better than 96% chance of making the summit.

Of course extra time means it’s a little more expensive, but we think it’s worth it. Why would you go all this way to suffer altitude sickness and not summit?

Price: AUD8500 per person

Duration: 15 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 3 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 4 / Training/Preparation 4

Country Visited: Tanzania

Trip Start: Arusha

Trip Ends: Arusha

Destination: Mt Kilimanjaro

Trip Route: Arusha – Kilimanjaro Trek – Serengeti – Arusha

Trip Style: Guided Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking

Max. Altitude: 5895 m

Activity Per Day: Approximately 5-8 hr walking with one 13-15 hour summit day

Day 01 Arrive JRO: TAB. Transfer to Arusha for overnight. Ahadi Lodge (Dinner)
Day 02 Resting day in Arusha. Ahadi Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 03 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Machame Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Shira Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 05 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Barranco Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 06 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Karanga Valley Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 07 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Barafu Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 08 Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route. Mweka Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 09 After descent transfer back to Arusha, arriving early to mid  afternoon. Ahadi Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 To Lake Manyara for game drives. On our way we also visit the  Esilalei Maasai Village. To the Crater Highlands for overnight. Rhotia Valley (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 To Ngorongoro Crater floor for game drives. Back to the Crater  Highlands for overnight. Rhotia Valley (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 To Serengeti for game drives. Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Serengeti game drives. Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Transfer to Airstrip for flight back to Arusha. Transfer to accommodation for overnight. Ahadi Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Timely transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight beyond.

Day 01 Arrive in Arusha 

Transfer from airport to hotel.

Overnight at AHADI LODGE
Dinner included

Day 02 Arusha

Relaxation day in Arusha. Take a dala dala (taxi) or shuttle to Grand Central Station, check out the open air markets, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Don’t miss the Masai Market and get your bargaining skills ready!

Overnight at AHADI LODGE
Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 03  Arusha – Macham

Hike: 8.2 km | 1840m-3022m | 5-6 hours
From Arusha drive to the Machame Park gate, then a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,182m and 5-6 hours walking.

Overnight at MACHAME CAMP
Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04 Machame — Shira

Hike: 5 km | 3022m-3830m | 5-6 hours

Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. There may be herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 808m and 5-6 hours walking.

Overnight at SHIRA CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05 Shira – Barranco

Hike: 10.4 km | 3830m-3900m | 7-8 hours

From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing Western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,900m. 7-8 hours walking and only 70m total ascent – but having climbed higher and dropping back down assists acclimatisation.

Overnight at BARRANCO CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06 Barranco — Karanga

Hike: 5.1km | 3900m-4100m | 3-4 hours

Up the steep Barranco Wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley. This is a short walking day, around 3 hours, and again you climb about 300m but drop back down again to around 4,100m. There’s an optional further acclimatisation hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers.

Overnight at KARANGA VALLEY CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07 Karanga – Barafu

Hike: 3.5km | 4100m-4330m | 3-4 hours

Up to a new camp about 100m above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,330m. Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak, and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours with a 230m height gain, and time for a good rest in the afternoon immediately before the hard summit day.

Overnight at BARAFU CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08 Barafu – Summit – Mweka

Hike: 17.4 km | 4330m-5895m-3075m | 13-15 hours

A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise – another 40 mins and you’re at the highest point on the continent, usually in warm sunshine. We return on the Mweka descent route. Walking time 7 hours and 1,300m ascent to the summit, 6-8 hours and 2,800m descent to our camp in a clearing amongst the giant heather at Mweka. This is a long and hard day – you’ll feel tired but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve done it.

Overnight at MWEKA CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09 Mweka – Arusha

Hike: 8.8km | 3075m-1645m | 3-4 hours A 4-5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka Gate to collect our certificates and meet our vehicle. Return to Arusha, arriving early to mid afternoon.

Overnight at AHADI LODGE
Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 10 Arusha – Lake Manyara

We transfer into Lake Manyara for morning game drive and lunch, a classic safari pic-nic, and enjoy our final glimpse of the great wilds of the Northern Tanzania. Lake Manyara offers an insight into the Great Rift Valley system and the adaptation of many herd animals and magnificent bird life. We continue Esilalei Maasai Village to explore the area and our school project. In the late afternoon, we zig zag our way up the Rift Valley Escarpment and onto the crater highlands for overnight.

Overnight at THE MANOR AT NGORONGORO
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro

Short drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is collapsed volca-no – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Tonight we are staying on the crater rim, it is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge.

Overnight at NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 Ngorongoro – Serengeti

We depart after breakfast to the endless plains of the Serengeti, via exploration of the Ndutu area. Upon entering the Serengeti, we are able to game drive all the way to our special camp area. The camp option is recommended to suit the sea-son of travel.

Overnight at SERENGETI PIONEER CAMP or SERENGETI BUSHTOPS
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 Serengeti

We enjoy further exploration of the endless plains. The habitats are natural and we can game drive with a picnic lunch to explore further afield. There are resident cats and herd animals for us to observe.

Overnight at SERENGETI PIONEER CAMP or SERENGETI BUSHTOPS
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 Serengeti

We depart after breakfast to the airstrip for our flight back to Arusha.

Overnight at AHADI LODGE
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15 Depart

Transfer to airport for departure

Breakfast Included

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimise its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Departs 20 January 2019

This trip can only be organised upon your request should the schedule departure date not suit. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts.

Please contact us for further information.

Cost Includes

All transport – 4WD Land Rovers or safari vehicles
Accommodation as detailed – 3 person tents shared by two people when camping
Camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
Services of guides and porters
All National Park entrance and camp site fees
All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals
Donations and payments to local community project

Cost Does not Include

International flights
Travel and personal accident insurance
Visa, passport
Vaccinations, medicines
Tips
Personal expenditure including drinks
Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
Any additional services requested
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

You do not need to be super fit for this trek but you should get out for a few weekends on some longish hikes before the trip – or, jog for three or four kilometres a couple of times a week to get a basic level of fitness. That will enable you to enjoy the trek much more.

Trekkers arriving from low level to climb Kilimanjaro often suffer from altitude sickness if they do not acclimatise properly (lack of fitness is rarely a big problem). Therefore, on Kilimanjaro we use the Machame Route. It’s longer than the Marangu ascent and therefore means 2 more days on the mountain (and more expense), but it’s less crowded, an easier climb and much more scenic. Over the past years – more than 96% of our clients have made it all the way on different Routes (mainly Machame), including a 72 year old woman!

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, your itinerary includes return Airport Transfers from/to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. After collecting your luggage at the baggage reclaim hall you will pass through customs and exit the hall. This is where our guide will wait for you – look for a sign with your groups name on it.

What type of accommodation can I expect in Arusha, during the trek and on the safari?

You will stay in comfortable hotels, lodges, luxury permanent or mobile camps, or camping tents throughout your trip. Available accommodation ranges from budget camping to luxury lodges and tented camps.

You will stay at the Ahadi Lodge (http://ahadi-lodge.com) during your stay in Arusha.

During the Kilimanjaro trek you will sleep in 3 person tents shared by two people. The space for the third person will be used to store your own luggage during the night. If required, you can also sleep as single person in the tent (SRS applies).

For the Safari you will stay at the Rhotia Valley (http://www.rhotiavalley.com/) and the Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (http://www.nasikiacamps.com/camps-&-lodges/nasikia-mobile-migration-camp-bologonja.html)

Can I have a single supplement in Arusha and the safari?

Yes, you will need to pay the single room supplement in order to be provided with a single room during your stay in Arusha, on Kilimanjaro and on Safari.

What sort of food can I expect?

For camping/trekking options – All meals during the trek will be prepared on stoves or open fires by our own cook. It is important to remember that Tanzania is a developing country, and that certain items are sometimes unavailable. Food will be straight forward but plentiful, a mixture of African and English style dishes. Lunches will usually be sandwiches, piece of chicken, fruit and snacks (or the like). The food will be more than adequate but if you have a favourite snack to eat in between meals while walking, you can bring your own. Useful items to bring include dried fruit, trail-mix, etc. Remember it can be hot on some days, and chocolate can melt. (Local chocolate has a higher melting point.) Although not necessary, some people find that glucose sweets or favourite high-energy candy bars are helpful (and comforting) for the summit days on the mountains.

Please have a look below at a typical Menu on a 7-day Safari or Kilimanjaro Trek:

  Breakfast Picnic Lunch Dinner
Day 1 / Mango packet juice
Chicken and Cheese Sandwiches for non-vegetarian OR pancakes
Tomato or egg Sandwiches for vegetarian.
Deep fried cold Chicken (non-veg) or Vegetable cutlet for vegetarians
Boiled egg
Snacks: Potato crisp, Chocolate bar, Biscuits
1-2 Fruits in season
Soup: Cream of mushroom soup
Main course: Bolognese sauce
Vegetable burger pattie for vegetarians
Accompanied with: cheese spaghetti, Onion fried snow peas and buttered carrot/peas
Dessert: Fruit cuts
Tea or Coffee.
Day 2 Assorted Fruit plate
Cereal with milk
Oat porridge.
Squash juice (pineapple flavor)
Plain omelet eggs, sausages and baked beans, Pancakes, breakfast potatoes and Toast.
Tea, coffee, chocolate
Soup: Brown onion soup
Main course: Breaded fish fillets for non-veg
And vegetable burger for vegetarians
Accompanied with: Buttered parsley potatoes. Kales and carrot fingers
Dessert: Fruit salad
Tea or coffee.
Soup: Cream of leak onion soup
Main course: Stir fried beef in gravy for non-veg
And vegetable Spring rolls for vegetarians
Accompanied with: Roast potatoes, Buttered greens and onion fried spinach.
Dessert: Banana fritters in custard Tea and coffee.
Day 3 Assorted Fruits plate
Squash juice (orange flavor)
Muesli natural cereal with milk
French toast, breakfast potato, Sausage, scrambled egg and Toast.
Tea, coffee, chocolate
Apple packet Juice
Cheese/tomato and Ham sandwiches for non-veg
Cucumber and lettuce sandwich for vegetarians
Beef Burger for non-veg and Vegetable Burger for vegetarians
Scotch egg for non-veg and vegetable Samosa for vegetarian.
Snacks: Potato crisp, Chocolate bars, cake
1-2 Fruits in season
Soup: Cream of tomato
Main course: Steak in pepper sauce for Non-veg and Brown beans stew for vegetarian
Accompanied with: Chapati, Risi bisi Rice, Aubergine in garlic sauce (egg plant), tossed cauliflower and onion fried French beans.
Dessert: English Trifle and banana fritters (both with custard)
Coffee or tea.
Day 4 Early morning coffee or tea with Madazi and biscuits
Full breakfast
Fresh Mango juice and Fruit platter
Muesli natural cereal with milk and millet porridge
Vegetable/cheese omelet, Ngwachi (sweet potatoes), baked beans, salami and toast
Tea coffee or drinking chocolate
Passion packet Juice
Cold boiled mutton and ham slices for non-veg
Carrot/pea & macaroni salad for all
Vegetable spring rolls for vegetarians
Snacks: Arrow Root Crisps, Buttered bans, Chocolate bars, Biscuits
1-2 Fruits in season
Soup: Butternut cream soup
Main course: Onion fried chicken for non-veg
Vegetable pie for vegetarians
Accompanied with: mixed vegetable masala, green gram stew, mashed potato and onion fried kales and steamed cauliflower.
Dessert: Orange caramel and assorted fruit cuts.
Tea or coffee.
Day 5 Pineapple flavor squash
Assorted Fruit
Cereal and oat porridge
Mushroom on toast, fried egg, Bacon, Pancakes, Nduma (arrow roots) and toast.
Tea, Coffee or drinking chocolate
Soup: Mixed vegetable soup
Main course: Fish Ala Orly for non-veg
Cowpeas sauce for vegetarians
Accompanied with: Lyonnaisse potatoes, cooked mixed vegetables and spicy Githeri (mixed of soft corn, bean and peas),
Dessert: Banana in warm mocca sauce
Soup: Cream of carrot soup
Main course: Beef zingara in coconut sauce for non veg
Or rice/green lentils for vegetarians
Accompanied with: Parsley Potatoes, Irio (mashed soft maize/beans/greens & potatoes), Fried French beans and steamed cabbage
Dessert: Glazed pineapple with honey sauce.
Day 6 Orange flavored squash
Fruit plate
Muesli natural cereal with milk and millet porridge
Scrambled egg on toast, Sausage, Sweet Potatoes, Arrow Roots Spring rolls
Tea, chocolate, or coffee
Pineapple Juice
Cheese sandwiches for non-veg
And Egg /tomato and mixed vegetable sandwich for vegetarians
Chicken for non-veg and Vegetable pie for vegetarians.
Snacks: Potato crisps, cake, Chocolate bars, Biscuits
1-2 Fruits in season.
Vegetable soup
Grilled Goat, beef and chicken for non-vegetarians
And grilled banana and vegetable balls for vegetarians
Accompanied with: Brown bean sauce, Matoke (bananas and potato stew), ugali (maize meal bread), carrot peas sauce and sukuma wiki (kales).
Dessert: Fruit salads
Day 7 Assorted Fruit plate
Cereal with milk
Oat porridge.
Squash juice (pineapple flavor)
Plain omelet or eggs, baked beans, Pancakes, breakfast potatoes and Toast.
Tea, coffee, chocolate
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Traditional Tanzanian Food: Staple foods found throughout Tanzania include ugali (maizemeal), chapati (thick naan-like bread), kachumbari (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper salad), nyama choma (barbecued meat- goat, chicken, beef) and mchicha (green vegetable stew). Dishes specific to Northern Tanzania include ndizi nyama (banana beef stew) and mahindi maharage (maize and bean stew). If you would like to try Tanzanian food, let us know prior to your climb or camping safari and we’ll include some local dishes on your menu.

What is the best season for this trekking?

The driest month to climb Kilimanjaro is September. However, it is also one of the coldest and busiest. Because Kilimanjaro is such a large mountain, it has its own weather pattern and it often rains on Kilimanjaro when it is not raining elsewhere. You should prepare for rain and have your rain gear with you at all times while on the mountain.

Late March through late May represents the period of long rains in Tanzania. This is usually not an ideal time to plan a safari or a trek because of the potential for sudden downpours. July through October is Tanzania’s dry season and also the high season for tourism. Tanzania’s short rains occur from late October through mid December. This is a low season for tourism in Tanzania. December through March is Tanzania’s “summer” and many tourists visit during late December and January for optimal game viewing and trekking.

What is the weather and temperature like?

Your trip will be during the East African dry seasons. Rain is still possible during these periods but it’s usually no more than an afternoon thunder shower. Air temperatures during the day in the lowlands and foothills are around 20 – 30C (we often walk in shorts and T-shirts) although evenings can be chilly. Conditions in the mountains are comparable to good days in Europe in summer, i.e. we usually have a glorious warm sunny morning, with an overcast afternoon, occasional rain or mist, then a beautiful sunset and a clear star-lit night. Some nights higher up, however, can be well below freezing (as low as -10°C on Kilimanjaro) and with adverse conditions the weather can be like the Lakes in winter at any time. Strong winds on the summits can make the temperatures feel even colder. Clothing, therefore, needs to be adaptable, ranging from shorts and T-shirts through to waterproof jackets and (thermal underwear for the mountains!). See the kit list for more details.

I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?

We cater all types of diets. Just let us know in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Our Safari & Mountain Guides/Team were all born in the Kilimanjaro region and therefore possess knowledge of the National Parks and Mountains that cannot be taught. We have a very high success rate on the Machame, Rongai and Shira routes on Kilimanjaro and continue to receive praise for our professionalism throughout all our itineraries. Our Chefs are all college-trained and understand the art of creating delicious cuisine with limited resources while adhering to the ‘laws of hygiene’. All guides MUST HAVE a trekking license and they have to have biennial medical evacuation training to be able to retain their guide licenses.

All of our Safari Guides have at least five years of experience and have taken several language and wildlife courses.

We are also a member of TATO and we operate a fair-traded policy where we employ only qualified local staff (and pay them well above average rates) and do not compromise on vehicles, park fees, equipment and services.

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

A first aid kit is carried on our treks, but you should carry your own first aid stuff if you have special personal requirements. Furthermore, there is a ranger post at each camp. There are no daily medical checks done per each person but as soon as the team realises that something might not be OK with you, you will be aided.

We do automatically enrol our clients as a member of the First Air Responder, based out of Arusha Airport, as a plan in the unfortunate situation of requiring an aero-medical evacuation. If you are over 70yrs or older you have to pay a supplement of US $50 per person. The membership can be taken for up to eight weeks in duration (depending on your itinerary with us). This membership allows for air rescue transportation to medical facilities in the event of an emergency. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE IN ANYWAY and a health insurance is not included in our quotes.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

All our vehicles have British style “three square pin sockets” into which you can plug any battery charger as long as you have that British 3 pin plug – or adaptor. This allow you to charge your camera batteries or laptop right in the car.

Most lodges have outlets so you will be able to recharge batteries. However, many of the lodges are run on generators, the electrical current is not as strong as traditional electrical currents. Some lodges turn off their generators at midnight. Keep in mind Tanzania uses 240v electricity and you will need to bring necessary converters and plug adaptors. Try to take as few electrical powered tools as possible.

There is no electricity on Kilimanjaro – only some solar power for emergency which can be used by rangers in post for communications.

Can I use credit cards during my trek?

You will not need your credit cards during the trek as there are no shops on Kilimanjaro.

However, you can withdraw Tanzanian shillings using a Visa/MasterCard in Arusha, Moshi, Karatu, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Many restaurants/hotels still do not accept credit cards, and the ones that do usually charge a commission of at least 3-5%. Please call your credit card company before you leave for Tanzania to notify them of your travel plans. Some companies will put a block on your card if you try to use it at a Tanzanian ATM. There is a withdrawal limit of 400,000/- per transaction (approx US$280) at ATMs but you can withdraw several times according to your personal limit with your own bank. Plan ahead if you have something in particular that you need to pay for.

We recommend changing some money to shillings to pay for small items during your trip. Local stores and restaurants charge in shillings, and if you pay in dollars you will pay a higher rate. At souvenir stores in Arusha. US$100 and US$50 dollar noted attract a better exchange rate than US$20, US$10, US$5 and US$1 – however these smaller notes are handy sometimes for buying souvenirs enroute during safari.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

• Tipping in East Africa has been customary since explorers and safari seekers first started travelling there and using the services of local people. Different nationalities have different attitudes to tipping, but we are often asked for advice so we have attempted to provide some idea of what is appropriate. The extract below is taken from the Lonely Planet Guide to Tanzania, Zanzibar & Pemba and covers tipping on the mountain treks. 

“Most guides and porters are honest and hardworking, so you will probably want to give them a tip after your trek. Over the years, some high-rolling trekkers on Kill have tipped very generously, causing the local guys to expect large bonuses at the end of every trek. This situation is understandable. But the porters know that you have just paid anything from US $2,000 to US $5,000 for the trek. Even if you think of yourself as a budget traveller, they will regard you as a wealthy tourist with a lot of spare cash to throw around. So don’t plead poverty, if the service has been good, pay a fair tip. 

As a guideline, a tip could be around 10% of the total bill paid for the trek (or the trekking section of the tour, if it also includes other items such as transport or hotels) divided between the guides and porters. Some guides and porters may imply that official ‘tipping rates’ are set by the park authorities, but this is not true. 

Of course, you can pay more if you’re particularly impressed, and less if you’re not. But explain why you’re doing this – it will help porters and future trekkers if it’s understood that tips are not automatic. Note that any gifts you may leave for guides and porters (old boots, clothing, food, etc.) will not be regarded as part of (or accepted instead of) a hard cash tip.” 

Obviously we’d not like to limit our staff’s chances of receiving better tips for their work if well done, but for a 6 night 7 day Kilimanjaro trek the following figures might be a reasonable bench mark: 

Chief guide and cook US $90-120 each, assistant guides & camp assistants US $70 – $80, porters US $40-50 each. 

As a rough example, with a group of four trekkers on Kilimanjaro there would be a total of 18 staff. This would break down into: 1 chief guide, 2 assist guides, 1 cook, 2 assistants to help with camp chores & cooking, and 12 porters. Most staff of course assist with portering as well. 
So using the above figures the total tip would be around $980 shared between 4 trekkers = $245 per trekker. 18 staff may seem a lot for 4 trekkers and it is indeed higher than on some other company’s treks, but we are committed to not overburdening our crews or stretching their ability to work under reasonable conditions.

As a rough guide for tips on safari you should consider between US$10-20 per client per day. Obviously you can adjust this amount as you see fit and tipping is not obligatory. So, with 4 people on a 7-day safari which has gone well, there might be between USD $280-560 to share.

There may be also a few occasions during the trip when local people who help out or appear at various stops have rendered some small service. Then it may be appropriate to make a small tip of say 2,000 Tanzania Shillings. Your guide will be able to advise on this but you should never tip if you do not want to, nor should you feel you have to yield to any inappropriate pressure from local people you meet along the way.


What opportunities will I have to shower along the trek?

There are no showers on Kilimanjaro – most people bring wet wipes to just wipe themselves down. We can get around 20L per day if you want a shower but you will need to pay a supplement of US $400 due to the additional effort on carrying the cubicle/shower etc. with porters.

Where do we toilet along the trail?

Only in campsites or “bush toilets” along the route. You will need to walk with a small plastic bag in your daypack to take used toilet paper with you. It is not to be left behind on the trail.

There is the possibility of hiring a private toilet if you like. I would highly recommend this as sometimes your sleeping tent is far from bathrooms (depends on how many are in the campsite that night) and when you are busting, you don’t want to walk 5-10 minutes to the toilet – better next to your tent and then you can climb back in and be warm again.

Will there be a place to store items / clothing not required for the trek?

As you will stay in the same hotel in Arusha before and after the trek additional luggage can be stored there. If required, we can also store some additional luggage at our office in town.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag I will need?

A good 4 season bag – temperatures can be minus 10 Celsius at night high on Kilimanjaro. A fleece liner is useful for extra warmth and will upgrade a 3 season bag to a 4 season. Full-length zip allows ventilation on warm nights.