Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, dominates the skyline of northern Tanzania. It attracts climbers from all over the world, keen to reach the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding volcano. We have teamed up with the Adventure Boutique whose Expedition Leaders have escorted many celebrities on their charity climbs to Kilimanjaro’s summit. In order to have a greater chance of reaching the summit safely, we choose to use the longer route up Kilimanjaro, spending seven nights on the mountain. This not only allows your body the chance to acclimatise, it also allows you to take in and appreciate the stunning mountainous region.
The satisfaction of climbing Africa’s highest mountain will be breathtaking in every sense. As you ascend from the tropics through the climatic zones to the mountain’s glacial regions, you will be rewarded with spectacular landscapes. We want our guests to reach the summit safely hence we spend seven nights camping on the mountain, ensuring that your body has acclimatised and to minimise the risk of altitude sickness.
Due to the change in altitudes you will experience, you will also experience a variety of climates. At the base of the mountain you can expect 30°C which will cool the higher you get. At night, it can drop to freezing. Rain and occasionally snow showers can also be expected.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mount Kilimanjaro .
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Via Amsterdam with KLM to Kilimanjaro from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Humberside, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.
From London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam: 12 hours, 45 minutes.
From London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro: 11 hours, 30 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Visas are required prior to arrival and can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission at www.immigration.go.tz for approximately USD$50 per person. NB: Five passport photos are required for the application.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLIMB
Accompanied by expert guides and a team of porters, the aim is to ensure you reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro safely. It is going to be a long steady walk up hill so you do need a good level of fitness. You will be camping on the mountain each night and ‘portaloos’ will be your bathroom facilities.
Acclimatisation is essential to avoid altitude sickness and acclimatisation days have been incorporated into the itinerary to ensure your body adjusts to the different elevations. To save your energy, porters will carry all of the camping equipment and food so you just only need to carry your day pack. A local chef will prepare nutritious meals to ensure your calorie intake is sufficient.
A comprehensive packing and kit list will be provided before you travel but please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for the climb as you will be trekking to an altitude of 5,895 metres.
General health information for visiting Tanzania can be found in the country's Destination Guide.