Thank you for visiting Ultimate Kilimanjaro® – The #1 Guide Service on Mount Kilimanjaro.
For over 15 years, we have provided the highest quality Kilimanjaro hikes at a reasonable cost. Our expert guides, quality standards and focus on safety have made us the top choice for thousands of happy customers from all over the world.
We are one of the largest and most reputable operators on Mount Kilimanjaro, leading over 150 climbs per year and guiding more than 1,000 people annually. Our clients have included celebrities, film makers, senators, ambassadors, authors and journalists. All agree, you won’t find a better Kilimanjaro outfitter.
Book your trip today for the Ultimate Kilimanjaro® experience!
THE #1 GUIDE SERVICE ON KILIMANJARO
- Hand selected, licensed local guides
- Decades of climbing experience
- Certified Wilderness First Responders
- Over 15,000 clients led to the summit
- Follow all KPAP porter welfare guidelines
- Rugged, 4-season Mountain Hardwear tents
- Warm Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags
- Hot meals from fresh, local ingredients
- Clean water treated with Water Guard
- Emergency oxygen included on all climbs
- Skilled in treatment of altitude sickness
- Perform twice daily health checks
- Monitor oxygen saturation & heart rate
- Trained in first aid & mountain rescue
- Emergency oxygen included on all climbs
- “Great experience!”
- “Very well planned & organized”
- “Excellent service all around”
- “A solid company”
- “Highly recommended!”
- U.S. and foreign newspapers
- International magazines
- Best selling books
- Award winning films
- and more…
can i CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
“Yes, you can!”
Every year, over 30,000 people just like you come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a place of myth and folklore. Formed about 750,000 years ago from volcanic eruptions, it rose to a towering height of 19,340 feet (5,985 meters). And with its location near the equator, the mountain defies logic with its shining crown of ice.
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness, determination, and the right guide to help you along the way.
People from all walks of life, from a 7 year old child to an 89 year old woman, have successfully summited. But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead.
Rest assured, you will find the answers to all your questions here – at Ultimate Kilimanjaro®.
WHY CLIMB WITH ULTIMATE KILIMANJARO?
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is an authoritative expert in the industry.
During our 15+ years in operation, we have gained a reputation for excellence in the field among our peers and our clients.
We have been featured in best selling books, award winning documentaries, television shows, international magazines and newspapers. We have successfully guided the world record holder for the oldest person (an 89 year old woman), a disabled war veteran (with a prosthetic leg above the knee), and a United States Senator to the summit.
Our clients rave about us in reviews and testimonials, and they happily refer us to their friends and family. Thousands of people have stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with us. Won’t you join us on the Roof of Africa?
We invite you to explore our site for the most complete and accurate information on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
HOW TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
1. How do I choose a good Kilimanjaro company?
There are hundreds of companies who service the mountain, but only a handful can be considered reputable. Look for an established company with experienced and competent guides who practice high safety standards. Look for an operator that has proven expertise, successfully serving a wide range of clients spanning many years. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has guided more than 15,000 clients to the summit since we began more than 15 years ago. We are the Kilimanjaro specialists. And we’re still going strong. <<read more>>
2. How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?
Do not select a company strictly based on price! Price should be only one component in your overall decision. Prices vary significantly between operators, however high prices and low prices should both be viewed with caution. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® offers high quality climbs at reasonable rates. At our price levels, we can satisfy all park fees, pay real wages to staff, supply good food and equipment, while still providing great service to our clients, equal or better than climbs costing much more. <<read more>>
3. When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
The best months to climb Kilimanjaro tend to be the warmest and driest months – January, February, and September. June, July, August and October are also good months. However, temperatures and weather are unpredictable, and can change drastically based on the time of day and altitude. For most people, it’s best to avoid the long rainy season, from the end of March to early June, and the short rainy season, from November through the beginning of December. <<read more>>
4. Which is the best route for climbing Kilimanjaro?
Each route has different characteristics that may or may not appeal to you. Consider the difficulty, scenery and crowds when you select your route. Other factors that should be considered are your age, fitness level, medical conditions, backpacking and hiking experience, experience at high altitude, degree of motivation, and any other special considerations. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® recommends the Northern Circuit, Lemosho, Machame and Rongai routes. Which is best depends on your specific situation. <<read more>>
5. How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
The more days that you spend on the mountain, the higher your chances of reaching the summit. Statistics show that each additional day you spend acclimatizing increases your probability of success. Therefore we strongly recommend that you do not book the minimum number of days. Odds are you will experience altitude sickness, won’t enjoy your hike, and won’t reach the top. Seven or more days is highly recommended for a safe and successful climb. Our 8 and 9 day routes are the most popular. <<read more>>
6.What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. The trek from base to summit crosses several distinct climate zones, each with different temperatures, humidity, and precipitation levels. On the lower slopes, the average temperature is around 70-80F and decreases as you gain elevation. At the top, night time temperatures can range between 20 to -20F.<<read more>>
7. What gear do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Our comprehensive gear list contains everything you need to tackle the mountain’s varied terrain and weather. It includes technical clothing such as a waterproof jacket, insulated jacket and base layers as well as equipment such as a backpack and sleeping bag. Note that you will only carry a small daypack with you while you hike between camps. The remainder of your gear is transported by our support crew. No need to carry heavy packs! <<read more>>
8. How do I train to climb Kilimanjaro?
It is very hard to gauge the mental and physical strength needed to climb Kilimanjaro. If you’ve spoken to those who have successfully or unsuccessfully climbed it, you’d get a wide range of accounts. The truth is, like any other activity, some people excel at it and some people struggle. We recommend a minimum of two months of physical training – more if you are out of shape, less if you are already an avid hiker. The best exercise is doing day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (~1,500 ft), while carrying a 20 lb. pack. Endurance is key, so focus on long sessions at a slow pace. <<read more>>
9. Is climbing Kilimanjaro dangerous?
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has robust safety systems in place to minimize the dangers of high altitude trekking. Our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders. We perform health checks twice per day to monitor oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. Additionally the Lake Louise Scoring System helps us determine whether climbers have altitude sickness and if so, its severity. Bottled oxygen is carried on every climb as a precaution and added safety measure. We can even initiate helicopter rescue if necessary. Your health and well being is our first priority and we take that responsibility very seriously. <<read more>>
10. Why are some company’s prices so low?
There is a fair share of budget operators who offer cheap climbs. These poorly run companies use low prices as their only way to attract clients. There is simply no way for these operators to provide satisfactory services without skimping on necessary expenditures that affect the quality of your climb. Budget operators engage in appalling practices such as paying porters less than minimum wage or not at all, feeding porters only once or twice a day, forcing porters to carry loads greater than the weight limit, allowing porters to hike Kilimanjaro with insufficient clothing and providing poor shelters for porters to sleep in. Never climb with a budget operator. <<read more>>
OUR MOST FAMOUS CLIMBS
89 Year Old Breaks World Record with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
We would like to congratulate Anne Lorimor for becoming the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest person to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.
This was not Anne’s first time setting a record on the mountain. In 2015, Anne was the oldest woman to successfully climb Kilimanjaro when she made the journey at age 85. However, her record was lost when an 86 year old female overtook it later that year.
Anne returned to Tanzania at age 89 to not only re-claim her title as the oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro, but to also become the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro as well.
Anne summited on July 18, 2019 on the Rongai route along with her adventurous companions and the Ultimate Kilimanjaro® team. We are humbled and honored to be a part of her life’s journey.
The Heroes Project and Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Team up for Operation Kilimanjaro
We are honored to be partnered with The Heroes Project, a non profit organization that supports climbing programs for wounded veterans by putting them on some of the highest summits around the world. The Heroes Project and Ultimate Kilimanjaro® led injured veteran Julian Torres to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
GQ writer Davy Rothbart accompanied the team on the expedition and subsequently wrote a story of the climb entitled Mount Impossible: How a Disabled Veteran Conquered Kilimanjaro.
The expedition, called Operation Kilimanjaro, put the team at the top of Kilimanjaro on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. CNN interviewed Julian live from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
First Holocaust Survivor Climbs Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
A big congratulations to Nat Shaffir on being the first Holocaust Survivor to climb Kilimanjaro.
When Nat was only six years old, he and his family were forced into a Jewish ghetto in Iasi, Romania. There he lived with his mother and sisters while his father was transferred to a distant labor camp. Nat was reunited with his father when Russian soldiers liberated Iasi in 1945.
Nat now lives in the United States, where he is an avid runner. He runs six days a week and has completed 12 marathons.
Nat climbed Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho route and reached the top on August 27, 2019. He hopes he can inspire others to conquer their personal mountains.
U.S. Congresswomen Kyrsten Sinema Summits with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Congratulations to Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sinema climbed with Ultimate Kilimanjaro® on the 8 day Lemosho route and summited on Christmas morning.
Below is her tweet and testimonial:
“What an incredible trip! I enjoyed superb views, delicious food, and good company. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is a great company to hire for this amazing experience!” — Kyrsten Sinema, United States Representative
The U.S. Representative from Arizona is a marathon runner and completed an Ironman Triathlon earlier in the year, which included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile cycling ride and a 26.2 mile run. Now she adds climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to her list of achievements.
Television Host and Model Asha Leo Summits with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
In October 2015, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® successfully guided Asha Leo to the summit of Kilimanjaro. She completed the eight day climb on the Lemosho Route.
“I didn’t know what it would feel like when I got to the top. That feeling like you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. Amazing trip!” Leo stated.
Asha Leo is a British fashion model and television presenter. She began her career at age 13 by winning the Face of Sugar Magazine model competition. By age 21, she moved to Nevs Model Management where she became an in-demand commercial fashion model working in Milan, Hamburg, New York, Miami, Seattle, Dubai, and Amsterdam.
Throughout her career, Asha landed campaigns with Charles Worthington, Fat Face, Hot Diamonds, Head & Shoulders, Marks & Spencer, Nivea, Pretty Polly, Ri2k, Sears, Seventy, Sonnetti Jeans, Sony Mobile, T Mobile, The Body Shop, and Triumph. She is most known for being a correspondent on NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Featured in Documentary – Tanzania: A Journey Within
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® participated in the making of Tanzania: A Journey Within. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® successfully guided the film’s subjects to the top of Kilimanjaro. The film has won many awards and was released in commercial theaters in 2014.
He’s from a place so old it’s been called the cradle of mankind. She’s led a privileged life in America without hardship or pain.
Together these two unlikely friends embark upon a journey from the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village where children become outcasts and malaria is an ever-present threat.
As Venance and Kristen experience the ancient culture, heart-breaking poverty, and eternal spirituality of Venance’s motherland, the ability of the Tanzanian people to love, dream, and persevere in the face of overwhelming hardship triggers a life-changing transformation in Kristen—one that brings her face to face with her own mortality and will ultimately cause thousands of lives to be saved.
Tanzania: A Journey Within is a dramatic, emotional, and visually stunning odyssey that will challenge and inspire you.
Best Selling Author Writes About Experience with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Tim Ward, best selling author of What the Buddha Never Taught, Savage Breast and Arousing the Goddess, successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®. His first hand account of his journey is available in his book, Zombies on Kilimanjaro, a humorous and thoughtful literary travel narrative.
A father and son climb Mount Kilimanjaro. On the journey to the roof of Africa they traverse the treacherous terrain of fatherhood, divorce, dark secrets and old grudges, and forge an authentic adult relationship. The high-altitude trek takes them through some of the weirdest landscapes on the planet, and the final all-night climb to the frozen summit tests their endurance.
On the way to the top father and son explore how our stories about ourselves can imprison us in the past, and the importance of letting go. The mountain too has a story to tell, a story about climate change and the future of humankind – a future etched all too clearly on Kilimanjaro’s retreating glaciers.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Featured in Documentary Series – Adventures to the Edge
Celebrity filmmaker Sean Davies produced a six part documentary series called Adventures to the Edge.
One episode features his climb on Mount Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, and discusses the changes to the environment on and around the mountain. Other participants on this climb included Hong Kong celebrity models. The team successfully summited, while raising money and awareness about man-made climate change.
Television Host and Producer Rachel Rudwall Climbs with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
In February 2015, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® led Rachel Rudwall to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Rachel is a TV Host, Producer, and EMMY-Nominated Camera Operator who has had countless global adventures, ranging from work as a host for ABC’s FABLife, HLN’s Vacation Chasers, the Travel Channel and Mashable. She has produced top-rated shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men.
Beyond the screen, Rachel writes articles and shoots photography for magazines like AFAR and Forbes, and shares further global inspiration through speaking, keynote addresses, and conference workshops. She gives TEDx Talks and storytelling workshops and creates custom branded and influencer content for companies like BMW and Athleta.
Rachel’s also a SCUBA Diver, Certified Wilderness First Aid and CPR Provider, and a pilot of craft like planes, boats, and jetpacks.
“Kilimanjaro Uncovered” Chronicles Author’s Climb With Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Alexandra Tanbai penned Kilimanjaro Uncovered – An Alternative Path to Bliss in real time during her climb on the Northern Circuit Route with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®. The book provides valuable guidance for those interested in climbing themselves and tells a broader story of a truly life changing experience.
PART I – Preparation: While Alex over-prepared her hike, she found a lack of concise, trustworthy information in other literature like how to select the best tour operator. Kilimanjaro Uncovered provides comprehensive, unbiased guidance how to organize an adventure based on in-depth research and analysis rather than rumors and assumptions.
PART II – Hiking: Alex tells her story with honesty, self-deprecating humor, real passion and a zest for life. In easy-to-read conversational style she bares her heart with descriptions of what it means to feel vulnerable and how strength prevails when one feels most exposed.
All Vegan Group Summits with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
On March 2018, a group of adventurers summited Mount Kilimanjaro on the first all-vegan expedition to Africa’s highest peak.
The group made it to the top using the six day Machame route, a beautiful but challenging path.
The Vegan Kilimanjaro team, consisting of 17 people ranging from 18 years to 70 years old, were powered by delicious 100% plant-based meals prepared by our talented mountain chefs.