Thank you for visiting Ultimate Kilimanjaro - The #1 Guide Service on Mount Kilimanjaro. For over a decade, we have provided the highest quality service 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 lead over 150 climbs per year with more than 1,000 people climbing with us annually. Our clients have included celebrities, film makers, senators, ambassadors, authors and journalists.
About Climbing 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.
Download The Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Guide and see what it's like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with us.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a place of myth and folklore. Located 200 miles (325 km) from the equator, the mountain defies logic with its crown of ice.
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life, from a 7 year old child to an 85 year old man, 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®.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is an authoritative expert in the industry. We have been featured in best selling books, award winning documentaries, television shows, international magazines and newspapers.
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?
|Mount Kilimanjaro Quick Facts|
|Height:||19,340 ft (5,895 m)|
|Size:||60 miles x 40 miles (100 km x 65 km)|
|Location:||Tanzania, near Kenyan border in East Africa|
|Volcanoes:||Kibo, Mawenzi, Shira|
|Ecosystems:||Bushland, Forest, Heath, Alpine, Arctic|
|Nearby Cities:||Moshi, Arusha|
|Nearby Airport:||Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)|
|Tanzania Quick Facts|
|Size:||365,000 sq miles (945,000 sq kms)|
|Religions:||Muslim, Indigenous Beliefs, Christian|
|Languages:||English, Swahili, Arabic|
|Currency:||Tanzanian Shilling (1 USD = 2100 TSh 7/1/16)|
|Time Zone:||GMT + 3 hrs|
|Voltage:||230V, Plugs D&G|
HOW TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
1. How do I choose an operator?
There are hundreds of companies who service the mountain. Selecting an operator can be a daunting task. You want to be sure that your operator staffs experienced, competent guides, who practice high safety standards and treats porters well. You want an operator that has proven expertise, successfully serving a wide range of clients for many years. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has operated more than a decade. Over 1,000 people from all over the world climb with us every year. read more
2. How much does it cost to climb?
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 excellent 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 are the best months?
The best times 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. 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 route should I climb?
The routes each have different characteristics which 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 Northern Circuit, Lemosho, Machame and Rongai. read more
5. How many days are needed?
The more days you spend on the mountain, the better your chances for successfully reaching the summit. Statistics show that each additional day you spend acclimatizing increases your probability of success. We strongly recommend that you do not book the minimum number of days. Chances are you will experience altitude sickness, may not enjoy your climb and might not you reach the top. Seven or more days is highly recommended. read more
6. Should I join a group?
Our group climbs are limited to 12 people and are perfect for solo travelers, pairs or couples who want the company of others. Each group is comprised of climbers from all over the world. A small-party climb is the best way to climb Kilimanjaro because it ensures individualized attention, added flexibility and increased safety. Private climbs are available for parties of any size who want to climb certain route variations and want to be with only friends and family. read more
7. What do I need for the climb?
Follow the gear list and resist the temptation to bring more. You won't need it and it is just extra weight that you or the porters must carry. There are situations where climbers' luggage was lost by their airline and they arrived with no gear whatsoever. So they rented only the essential gear and upon completion of their climb, realized that what they had originally packed was very excessive. Try to limit all of your gear to less than 40 lbs. It can be done. read more
8. How do I train for the climb?
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. Two months of physical training is usually sufficient, doing day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (~1,500 ft) while carrying a 20 lb. pack. read more
9. What about altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is potentially fatal. However, most climbers will get some form of mild acute mountain sickness (AMS) while on the mountain. Your guide will monitor you closely during the duration of you climb. However, you should be aware of the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe AMS, and you must inform your guide of any symptoms immediately. Never try to hide your symptoms in order to continue climbing. There is always the possibility you will not be able to summit due to AMS. read more
10. What safety measures are taken?
Our guides perform health checks twice per day on to monitor oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. Additionally our guides administer the Lake Louise Scoring System (LLSS) to help determine whether climbers have any symptoms of altitude sickness and if so, the severity. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® guides receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses. Bottled oxygen is carried on every climb as a precaution and added safety measure. read more
11. Do you care for your local staff?
Absolutely. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is a strong supporter of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), an independent organization whose mission it is to protect staff from mistreatment on the mountain. Our staff is among the highest paid crews. Our porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the mountain and their clothing sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm. Porter loads are limited to 20 kgs. read more
12. Why are some company's prices so low?
There is a fair share of budget operators who offer cheap climbs. However, these 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 climb with insufficient clothing and providing poor shelters for porters to sleep in. Never climb with a budget operator. read more
13. Can I preacclimatize to altitude?
Yes. Altitude training systems work by simulating the high altitudes found on Mount Kilimanjaro. The altitude training system reduces the percentage of oxygen in the air you breathe. Through regular use, the body undergoes physiological changes to cope with the lower oxygen level. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has partnered with AltitudeTech to offer our customers discounts on the rental or purchase of altitude training systems. read more
14. Do you offer safaris?
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® offers private safaris. We have one to seven day itineraries with accommodations in lodges, permanent tented camps, and luxury Serena/Sopa Lodges. Clients tour in well maintained Toyota Land Cruisers with custom pop up roofs for the best game viewing experience. Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife. read more
Ultimate Expeditions® is Ultimate Kilimanjaro®'s afflilated international adventure travel company. The company was born out of our need for movement, our connection with nature, and our passion to explore beyond Tanzania. We have more than 10 years of experience organizing and leading expeditions in all corners of the globe through the world's most remote, beautiful and exhilarating places. Do you want to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Trek to Everest Base Camp? Or perhaps gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda? We want to share these destinations with you. Visit Ultimate Expeditions® - The Best Adventures on Earth.
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 humour, 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.
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.
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.
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® 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.
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.