Kilimanjaro holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Awe-inspiring and imposing, a climbing Kilimanjaro holiday is a life changing experience. These specialist responsible operators offer a range of Kilimanjaro holidays, climb and treks, and are all committed to preserving this majestic mountain.
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Eight days of trekking on Africa's highest mountain, from £2699 - £3199 (12 days) inc UK flights
Lemosho route Kilimanjaro climb and safari
A unique climb and a classic Tanzania safari, from £3899 - £3999 (15 days) inc UK flights
Rongai Route Kilimanjaro climb and Tanzania safari
Kilimanjaro via the little used Rongai Route, from £2999 - £3549 (12 days) inc UK flights
Kilimanjaro Climbing tour, the Northern Circuit
Trek Kilimanjaro with captivating views, from £3149 (13 days) inc UK flights
Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route
Summit the highest peak in Africa, from £1490 (8 days) ex flights
Rongai route Kilimanjaro climb, Tanzania
A challenging trek to the Roof of Africa, from £2609 (10 days ) inc UK flights
Kilimanjaro Climb, Serengeti safari and Zanzibar
Discover Africa's highest peak and most beautiful island, from £3949 - £4099 (15 days) inc UK flights
Kilimanjaro & Meru trekking holiday
An incomparable African odyssey for the dauntless trekker!, from £2699 - £2950 (15 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro Machame Route trek
Trek the amazing Machame Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, from £1465 - £1730 (8 days) ex flights
Shira route trek up Kilimanjaro
Strenuous route up Africa's highest peak, from £2495 - £2925 (10 days) inc UK flights
Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route
One of the most scenic routes to trek, from £1450 (8 days) ex flights
Private tailor made Kilimanjaro climb and safari
Private Kilimanjaro Climb and Great Migration Safari, from £3248 - £4698 (14 days) ex flights
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, tailor made
A challenging trek tailormade, from £1295 (8 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route
Ascend Mt Kilimanjaro's Rongai Route, from £2249 - £2749 (10 days) inc UK flights
Kilimanjaro climb and Tanzania holiday
Unquestionably this is the trip of a lifetime, from £2999 (17 days) ex flights
Climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday, Tanzania
Classic Kilimanjaro trek up the Marangu Route., from £1275 - £1390 (7 days) ex flights
Tanzania holiday, Kilimanjaro trek, safari & beach
The incomparable, complete, Tanzanian adventure holiday!, from £3690 - £4895 (21 days) ex flights
Machame Route Kilimanjaro
Stunning camping trek to Kilimanjaro’s summit, from £2339 - £3029 (10 days ) inc UK flights
Private tailor made Kilimanjaro climb and Zanzibar
Private tailor made Kilimanjaro Climb & Zanzibar beach trip, from £1699 - £1899 (12 days) ex flights
Your own group trip up Kilimanjaro
Climb Kili with just your own group of friends, from £1313 - £1713 ex flights
Mt Kilimanjaro charity climb, Lemosho route
Climb Kilimanjaro and help build teachers accommodation, from £1449 (11 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar holiday
Roof Top of Africa & Palm fringed Island of Zanzibar, from US $4550 - US $5850 (15 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro foothills eco lodge, Tanzania
A community project in the beautiful foothills of Kilimanjaro, from US $160 per room per night
Kilimanjaro Machame Trek, 8 Days
Topography of the route is conducive to good acclimatisation, from US $1950 - US $2550 (8 days) ex flights
Classic Kilimanjaro trek in Tanzania
Experience one of the world’s most renowned treks, from £1279 - £1499 (8 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro trek, Rongai Route
See Africa from the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro., from £1675 (8 days) ex flights
Private tailor made Kilimanjaro, Machame route
Private tailor made Kilimanjaro climb: Machame route, from £1349 - £1899 (9 days) ex flights
Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro climb
Climb Africa's highest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro, from £1650 (11 days) ex flights
Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days
Climb Kilimanjaro and enjoy the scenery & wildlife of Tanzania, from US $1895 - US $2820 (7 days) ex flights
Kilimanjaro Shira Route climb
Tackle the challenging Shira route, from £1850 (10 days) ex flights

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Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Excellent experience but very tough. (more)Mair James
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic. (more)Jane Walker
Getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro with all my friends - old and new was most memorable...Do it! And take the Lemosho route - it is the best one. 10/10. (more)Annika Ratcliffe
From £2699 - £3199 including UK flights
Kilimanjaro climb, Rongai route
Even the tipping ceremony was wonderful, but the last day of the trek was probably the best. Beautiful surroundings and walking easily down hill with new friends knowing that Kilimanjaro had been achieved. (more)Marleen James
The entire trip was truly a once in a lifetime adventure - every day was exciting... Fantastic! (more)Jasmin Roman
7/10...Yes my adventure benefited local people. (more)Mussarat Khan
From £2249 - £2749 including UK flights
Kilimanjaro Climbing tour, the Northern Circuit
Memorable parts? The views across Africa. Tips? Read the kit list carefully. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Great. (more)Merlin Reader
From £3149 including UK flights
Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route
Memorable parts? The joy and relief of reaching the top of kili, timed to perfection as the sun broke through the horizon. Tips? If you want a challenge this is the trip for you and do the 7 day your body will thank you for it. Local benefits? Yes, we brought money and employment to the area, the mountain set up was great, the only visible sign is where people had left rubbish on route. (more)Daniel Waller
From £1450 excluding flights
Kilimanjaro Shira Route climb
The highlight was the day we reached Uhuru Peak. What an unforgettable experience!!! (more)Emma Recchia
The most memorable part of the climb was probably the feeling of accomplishment when reaching the peak. I felt like I could accomplish anything in life now that I had made this trek successfully. (more)Kurtis Welton
From £1850 excluding flights
Kilimanjaro Climb, Serengeti safari and Zanzibar
A highlight was the way the experience of safari, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar combined to give a really enjoyable flavour of East Africa. (more)Mike Sage
Absolutely amazing - super balance of safari, mountain climbing and relaxing at the beach in one trip. Don't think it can be beaten! (more)Amy-Jane Valender
From £3949 - £4099 including UK flights
Kilimanjaro climb and Tanzania holiday
Memorable parts? Hiking to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro was a memorable (and, on summit day, very challenging) accomplishment. In the Serengeti we saw three male lions attempt to hunt a hartebeest, which was amazing, and an elephant scratch himself on a tree before he charged our vehicle (that got us to leave quickly!). Tips? The "Trip Details" document that the tour operator compiles for the tour has a ton of useful information both for planning the trip (e.g., detailed itinerary,... (more)Jennifer Tice
From £2999 excluding flights
Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route
An amazing experience, as I celebrated my 50th birthday at the summit with Hashim, the guide that supported me throughout the summit night, ensuring my safety. I have some brilliant photographs and met some lovely people! (more)Anne Marshallsay
Reaching Uhuru Peak. This was most memorable. (more)Abdi Ali
Excellent. It was difficult to foresee exactly how things would be, but in general it was an enjoyable challenge and very rewarding in meeting other like minded people as well as the kind and hard working porters and guides. (more)Neil Robdale
From £1490 excluding flights
Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days
The whole trip was wonderful. I was passionate about wanting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and got 2 friends to agree and with the added incentive of raising money for a charity...Just do it! It is an experience and if you like trekking it is absolutely fantastic....would love to do it again. (more)Chetana Parmar
Some of the best experiences I am ever likely to have.... (more)Graeme Cooper
Great holiday - I was travelling alone and have not done much walking before so was a little worried - the guides, office and porters were really supportive. Route was stunning - really good - can't fault it. Thanks !!! (more)Adam Dearnley
From US $1895 - US $2820 excluding flights
Kilimanjaro lodge and campsite accommodation, Tanzania
Memorable parts? The most memorable part was drinking banana beer whilst talking politics with the locals in a bar in the village. But also memorable was seeing the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro looming over the village as the clouds cleared. The walk to the waterfall was amazing too. I found it challenging as it’s a 5 hour walk and the valley is very steep but it’s a great feeling when you know you have accomplished it. Tips? Bring a Swahili phrase book; I kept forgetting the words... (more)Holly Foat
From US $20 - US $25 per person per night
Rongai route Kilimanjaro climb, Tanzania
All of it was memorable! But can't beat seeing Uhuru Peak and knowing that we'd make it! Incredible experience. (more)Mandy Gerada
Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro was an incredible once in a lifetime moment almost beaten by the first cold beer at the bottom of the mountain! (more)Keith Addis
It was excellent from start to finish. Hard, challenging but worth it, thanks. (more)Steve Clark
From £2609 including UK flights
Your own group trip up Kilimanjaro
Memorable parts? The last night in the bar when we all made it. Tips? Leave more stuff back at the hotel before leaving for the climb. Beware you need to bring cash with you and let your bank know your travelling or they may stop your cash point card. Local benefits? Yes it did. Overall rating? 9 out of 10. (more)Brendan Hayes
From £1313 - £1713 excluding flights
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, tailor made
Wonderful hike up Kili and safari (more)Berenice Belizaire
The most memorable and exciting part of my holiday was Kilimanjaro - reaching the summit despite the cold! (more)Carla Almeida
From £1295 excluding flights
Shira route trek up Kilimanjaro
The highlight was reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro in the early morning sun. Super holiday - highly recommended to those who seek a bit of a challenge. (more)Sam Adams
The whole trip was fantastic. Most memorable parts include: Reaching the top and "Skiing" back down the scree! Brilliant food! Great company! (more)Sam Lewis
The most memorable part of the holiday was being on top of Kilimanjaro. It was so hard getting there but the beauty at the top made it worthwhile. I would give this holiday 4 stars. I had a brilliant time! (more)Rebecca Martin
From £2495 - £2925 including UK flights
Machame Route Kilimanjaro
Reaching Uhuru Peak after a gruelling 7.5hr slog up the mountain in the dark. Exhausting, exhilarating, emotional and TOTALLY worth every second!...Unbelievable - the hardest but by far the most rewarding thing I've ever done. If you're not sure whether to do it take my advice and book now! (more)Katie Richards
The holiday as a whole was fantastic though; amazing time in a brilliant country. The staff and porters were great, guiding us and carrying our bags everyday. (more)Chris Moss
Doing the scramble on the barranco wall, and actually seeing the sign for the Uhuru peak appear in the mist was the most memorable part. (more)Lynda Hughes
From £2339 - £3029 including UK flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The imposing summit of Mount Kilimanjaro rests 5882 metres above the surrounding Tanzanian landscape and is the highest mountain in Africa as well as the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a fantastic challenge for anyone in search of adventure and a sense of real achievement as well as spectacular views and unrivalled African sunsets. Kilimanjaro holidays offer you the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro in the company of experienced expert guides, benefitting from their local knowledge and climbing skills. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is certainly no walk in the park so it’s important to know you are trekking with a trusted guide who will also take care to preserve the spectacular landscape as you move through it. The three distinct volcanic cones that make up Mount Kilimanjaro give it a unique topography and make it possible to climb Kilimanjaro from a variety of different routes.

Climbing Kilimanjaro – routes

There are several different ways to climb Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro holidays offer a selection of routes varying in difficulty. Whichever way you choose to climb Kilimanjaro, be sure to come well-prepared and don’t forget that Kilimanjaro holiday essential, your camera, so you can capture every step of your Kilimanjaro climb.

Rongai Route
The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with camping stops along the way. This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and allows for a gentle ascent with relatively low gradients and short trekking days. A typical Kilimanjaro trek via the Rongai Route may take around 6 days. It also has the advantage of being slightly less busy than the more popular Marangu and Machame routes giving you a great opportunity to soak in the spectacular surroundings on your Kilimanjaro climb.

Machame Route
The Machame Route is one of the most popular routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro due to its superb scenic position allowing for a challenging but spectacular ascent up the western side of Kilimanjaro and well-deserved descent down the south face. It is generally speaking one of the more challenging options for those keen to climb Kilimanjaro so it’s important to be prepared for some steep ascents and the occasional adventurous scramble. Kilimanjaro trekking doesn’t get much more rewarding than this though when you reach the summit and look out across the Tanzanian plains below.

Marangu Route
The Marangu Route is another popular choice for the Kilimanjaro climb and can also be relatively gentle. A slow trek may take around 7 days but it can also be done in 5. One big appeal of the Marangu route is the accommodation which is in huts along the way meaning you can enjoy a good night’s sleep after each day spent trekking Kilimanjaro. This is a good option for those in search of a Kilimanjaro holiday with a little bit of extra comfort but beware, the route can get very busy at peak times.

Lemosho Route
Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route is a great choice for those looking to savour the wilderness and experience a more peaceful ascent on their Kilimanjaro holiday. This is one of the least trekked routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but it is certainly not lacking in dramatic views and superb scenery. A typical Kilimanjaro climb via the Lemosho Route may take around 8 days allowing optimum time for acclimatisation.

The Northern Circuit
Taking a similar path to the Lemosho Route, approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the western side, the Northern Circuit is another peaceful option for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. The trail takes you through the Moir Valley and then around to the rarely visited northern side of Kilimanjaro where you can enjoy panoramic vistas. This Kilimanjaro climb takes in many of the most spectacular points on the mountain and takes around 8-9 days in total for ascent and descent.

Shira Route
The Shira Route is possibly the most challenging of all the Kilimanjaro trails and is therefore best suited to those with a good level of fitness and who have some climbing experience already. If you’re looking for a truly adventurous Kilimanjaro climb then this is the route for you. Your efforts will be well rewarded with a wide diversity of trekking conditions including moorland and forest as well as the expansive Shira Plateau. Not to mention the breath-taking views you’ll be greeted with upon your arrival at the summit. A fantastic way to climb Kilimanjaro!

Want to know more about Kilimanjaro before going on holiday?

Find out more about Kilimanjaro by reading these Kilimanjaro articles.

Find out how you can ensure proper porter treatment on Kilimanjaro, thanks to Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Take a look at this Kilimanjaro article.

"Those who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro know that the porters are the heart and soul of your trek. Without their hard work and strength we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of Kili. But the truth is porters are often impoverished Tanzanians who depend on this labor-intensive employment in order to feed themselves and their families." Find out how you can ensure better care for porters on Kilimanjaro, thanks to Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. Take a look at this Kilimanjaro article.

The 'Cheryl Cole Effect' - interest in Kilimanjaro soars 12 times higher after the Comic Relief chairty climb. Find out more in this Kilimanjaro article.

It's tempting to think of your porters or guides as heroic individuals who trek up Kilimanjaro or to Everest Base Camp carrying two packs, while wearing flip flops and cast off sweaters with no discomfort. Whilst many porters and guides do have indeed have incredible strength and stamina, it is fair or responsible for tourists and tour companies to take advantage of often impoverished local people in this way? Find out more in this Kilimanjaro article.
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