Mt Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

Witness the sun rise over the East African plains as you stand at the summit of the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Trip duration:
9 days

Challenge duration:
6 days

Challenge grade:
5/5

Departure months:
February, June, September - November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star hotels and comfortable camping

Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro

Rising impressively from the rainforests of the East African plains, the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro is an awe-inspiring sight. To stand at its summit is to quite literally stand on top of the world.

On this 9-day adventure, you will be pushed both physically and mentally as you trek through five different climatic zones under the care of experienced local guides.

Trekking from farmlands to verdant rainforest, through alpine meadow and across the barren lunar-like landscape to the summit, this adventure is sure to change your life.

Trekkers walking single file towards Mount Kilimanjaro

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Feel the elation of standing on top of the world’s highest freestanding mountain, the mighty Kilimanjaro (5,895m) and gazing out over the stunning East African plains.
  • Climb through rainforests, ice fields and alpine meadows and camp in the shadow of glaciers.
  • Build lifelong friendships and camaraderie with like-minded teammates, all united by your passion for your chosen cause and the desire to travel for good.

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport, depending on your flight arrival time you will be able to join one of 2 team transfers to your hotel in Moshi. After that, your guide will brief you and you will have time to prepare your bags for tomorrow’s climb. Pack all that you need for the summit and the higher altitudes, in a waterproof bag (max 16 kg), which will be carried by the porters throughout the climb. Your personal belongings, camera, passport and anything you need while hiking will go into your small waterproof day pack. Anything you need for the rest of your holiday can be left at the hotel and locked in the office safe. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

This morning after breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the start of the Rongai route, the Rongai Gate, close to the Kenyan Border, where we will begin the ascent of Kilimanjaro after meeting our porters and having lunch. This lesser-used route will take us up the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. We begin our climb in the village of Nale Moru (1,950m). We walk to the Rongai Forest past farmland, where you will see potatoes, maize and other vegetables, carefully tended by the men and women of the nearby villages. In the forest, the vegetation is lush and exotic. You may even see White and Black Colobus Monkeys, and the exotic Hartlaubs Turaco, a large bird with a violet blue tail, red wing tips, a blue-black head, and eyes surrounded by white. Even if you don’t see it, you may hear its loud raucous call.  After leaving the forest, the lush vegetation thins to heather moorland with many flowers, including the unique Protea Kilimanjarica, which grows only on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. After a 3-4-hour walk, the day will end with dinner and an overnight stay at Cave 1, which is sometimes called Simba Camp (2,830m). Your cook will then prepare a delicious meal, and you can swap tales around the table with your fellow adventurers.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Caves

After a big breakfast, we continue to climb through moorland scenery. You will notice the growing altitude today in your legs and the rhythm of your breathing. Your guide will advise you to go “pole, pole” (“slowly, slowly”) if he thinks your pace is too fast for the altitude. You will see Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped summit, which seems quite near and the jagged peak of Mawenzi on the horizon. We stop for lunch at Second cave (3,450m), a natural cave formed by the cooling of the lava. We get up to a height of 3,600 metres today where we camp for the night at Kikelewa camp. You will need to start wearing some warm clothing.

Trekking Time: 7-9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kikelewa Caves to Mawenzi Tarn

We change pace today, with a shorter but steeper walk than yesterday. You are now walking in rocky, alpine desert, with little but scrubby vegetation. You follow the rocky path up to our camp beside Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), the only permanent mountain lake on Kilimanjaro, where you will lunch. Today you will only walk 3 to 4 hours. After a short rest, you will walk up above the camp for about 300 metres, to help you acclimatize to the increasing altitude. We will then return to the camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rest Day at Mawenzi Tarn

Today we will have a relaxed day going up the mountain to the "saddle" between Mawenzi Tarn and our continuing route to Kibo. You will slowly go up to above the camp for about two hours, rest and then come down again. This is to help your body to acclimatise to altitude. You should monitor your body and tell your guide if you feel nauseous or have a headache. This afternoon you will rest to prepare for the challenge ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Camp

Our climb today takes us through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. By the end of the day we have reached Kibo Hut (4,730m) where we camp overnight, and rest ready for the ascent to the summit at Midnight. Your guide will brief you about what to wear and how to approach the final leg to the summit. You will wake just before midnight, have a hot drink and a snack and begin your climb. Faint snakes of light shine out in the frosty night as other groups of climbers make the slow ascent to the summit.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

We have a very early start for the final ascent; it is a 5 hour slow walk up increasingly steep scree to Gillman's Point, on the rim of the Crater at 5,685 metres. You may make a short break at Hans Meyer Cave which is at 5150 metres and halfway to Gilman’s Point. After the cave, the path becomes steeper as it zigzags up towards the Crater Rim. At Gilman’s Point, you are nearly there. The view from here is surreal and you will see the spectacular glaciers of the Eastern Ice Fields in the Crater. After a very short break, followed by a further 1- to 2-hour walk around the crater rim, you reach Uhuru Peak, the highest in Africa at 5,895 metres. The sun rises and the plains of Africa are stretched out below you. Despite the cold, you will pose for your summit photo. You did it!

You descend down to Kibo Hut for a short rest and lunch, and on down the Marangu Route all the way to Horombo Hut (3,720m), for dinner and a well-earned sleep. There are huts at Horombo, but as you are on a camping route, you will sleep in tents on the adjacent camping ground.

Trekking Time: 7-9 hours (to Uhuru Peak), 5-6 hours (to Horombo)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After breakfast, we head directly for the park gate at Marangu. This stretch is also known as the ‘Coca-Cola Route’, named after the most common beverage sold at path-side stalls. We see the amazing Euphorbia trees and Giant Lobelias. We then return to the tropical rain forest where we will probably see Blue Monkeys, the White & Black Colobus Monkey and Impatiens Kilimanjarica flowers. We stop at Mandara Hut (2,700m) for lunch and reach the Marangu Gate (1,700m) in the afternoon, where you will receive your certificate and be met by your driver, who will take you back to your hotel. Your team, who are by now old friends, may even sing you the Kilimanjaro Song to say “Kwaheri na karibu tena” – “Goodbye and you will be welcome again”. Tonight, we join together for our final team dinner as we celebrate our accomplishments for the past week.

Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Moshi

This morning you will get to relax until the team transfer to Kilimanjaro international Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport, depending on your flight arrival time you will be able to join one of 2 team transfers to your hotel in Moshi. After that, your guide will brief you and you will have time to prepare your bags for tomorrow’s climb. Pack all that you need for the summit and the higher altitudes, in a waterproof bag (max 16 kg), which will be carried by the porters throughout the climb. Your personal belongings, camera, passport and anything you need while hiking will go into your small waterproof day pack. Anything you need for the rest of your holiday can be left at the hotel and locked in the office safe. 

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Rongai Gate to Simba Camp

This morning after breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the start of the Rongai route, the Rongai Gate, close to the Kenyan Border, where we will begin the ascent of Kilimanjaro after meeting our porters and having lunch. This lesser-used route will take us up the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. We begin our climb in the village of Nale Moru (1,950m). We walk to the Rongai Forest past farmland, where you will see potatoes, maize and other vegetables, carefully tended by the men and women of the nearby villages. In the forest, the vegetation is lush and exotic. You may even see White and Black Colobus Monkeys, and the exotic Hartlaubs Turaco, a large bird with a violet blue tail, red wing tips, a blue-black head, and eyes surrounded by white. Even if you don’t see it, you may hear its loud raucous call.  After leaving the forest, the lush vegetation thins to heather moorland with many flowers, including the unique Protea Kilimanjarica, which grows only on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. After a 3-4-hour walk, the day will end with dinner and an overnight stay at Cave 1, which is sometimes called Simba Camp (2,830m). Your cook will then prepare a delicious meal, and you can swap tales around the table with your fellow adventurers.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Simba Camp to Kikelewa Caves

After a big breakfast, we continue to climb through moorland scenery. You will notice the growing altitude today in your legs and the rhythm of your breathing. Your guide will advise you to go “pole, pole” (“slowly, slowly”) if he thinks your pace is too fast for the altitude. You will see Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped summit, which seems quite near and the jagged peak of Mawenzi on the horizon. We stop for lunch at Second cave (3,450m), a natural cave formed by the cooling of the lava. We get up to a height of 3,600 metres today where we camp for the night at Kikelewa camp. You will need to start wearing some warm clothing.

Trekking Time: 7-9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kikelewa Caves to Mawenzi Tarn

We change pace today, with a shorter but steeper walk than yesterday. You are now walking in rocky, alpine desert, with little but scrubby vegetation. You follow the rocky path up to our camp beside Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), the only permanent mountain lake on Kilimanjaro, where you will lunch. Today you will only walk 3 to 4 hours. After a short rest, you will walk up above the camp for about 300 metres, to help you acclimatize to the increasing altitude. We will then return to the camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rest Day at Mawenzi Tarn

Today we will have a relaxed day going up the mountain to the "saddle" between Mawenzi Tarn and our continuing route to Kibo. You will slowly go up to above the camp for about two hours, rest and then come down again. This is to help your body to acclimatise to altitude. You should monitor your body and tell your guide if you feel nauseous or have a headache. This afternoon you will rest to prepare for the challenge ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Camp

Our climb today takes us through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. By the end of the day we have reached Kibo Hut (4,730m) where we camp overnight, and rest ready for the ascent to the summit at Midnight. Your guide will brief you about what to wear and how to approach the final leg to the summit. You will wake just before midnight, have a hot drink and a snack and begin your climb. Faint snakes of light shine out in the frosty night as other groups of climbers make the slow ascent to the summit.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

We have a very early start for the final ascent; it is a 5 hour slow walk up increasingly steep scree to Gillman's Point, on the rim of the Crater at 5,685 metres. You may make a short break at Hans Meyer Cave which is at 5150 metres and halfway to Gilman’s Point. After the cave, the path becomes steeper as it zigzags up towards the Crater Rim. At Gilman’s Point, you are nearly there. The view from here is surreal and you will see the spectacular glaciers of the Eastern Ice Fields in the Crater. After a very short break, followed by a further 1- to 2-hour walk around the crater rim, you reach Uhuru Peak, the highest in Africa at 5,895 metres. The sun rises and the plains of Africa are stretched out below you. Despite the cold, you will pose for your summit photo. You did it!

You descend down to Kibo Hut for a short rest and lunch, and on down the Marangu Route all the way to Horombo Hut (3,720m), for dinner and a well-earned sleep. There are huts at Horombo, but as you are on a camping route, you will sleep in tents on the adjacent camping ground.

Trekking Time: 7-9 hours (to Uhuru Peak), 5-6 hours (to Horombo)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

After breakfast, we head directly for the park gate at Marangu. This stretch is also known as the ‘Coca-Cola Route’, named after the most common beverage sold at path-side stalls. We see the amazing Euphorbia trees and Giant Lobelias. We then return to the tropical rain forest where we will probably see Blue Monkeys, the White & Black Colobus Monkey and Impatiens Kilimanjarica flowers. We stop at Mandara Hut (2,700m) for lunch and reach the Marangu Gate (1,700m) in the afternoon, where you will receive your certificate and be met by your driver, who will take you back to your hotel. Your team, who are by now old friends, may even sing you the Kilimanjaro Song to say “Kwaheri na karibu tena” – “Goodbye and you will be welcome again”. Tonight, we join together for our final team dinner as we celebrate our accomplishments for the past week.

Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Moshi

This morning you will get to relax until the team transfer to Kilimanjaro international Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

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About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Kilimanjaro trek is ranked 5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are reasonably fit and willing to train. The Kilimanjaro trek is a physical challenge with long, consecutive days of trekking at high altitude. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro does not require mountain climbing skills. The actual climb is more like a very long walk up stairs, however, we cannot stress enough the importance of having the right trekking equipment and proper training. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We will provide you with basic information on things to consider when you register. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. The best physical preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb is any activity that simulates, as far as possible, the demands on your body during your ascent and descent.

You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. You should be able to walk with a small pack for up to 8 hours a day for a number of consecutive days, and you will be walking for up to 15 hours on summit day.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Will I make it to the summit? 

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a tough physical and mental challenge, but assuming you have prepared well and with the support of the guides and your team, it is likely you will reach the summit. Remember it doesn’t matter if you don’t and sometimes it is out of your control despite doing all the right things to prepare. It’s the journey that counts, after all. 

Will I get altitude sickness? 

The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro sits at 5,895 metres above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone at heights over 2,500 metres, regardless of fitness. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, loss of appetite, periods of sleeplessness and occasional shortness of breath. Most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms on some or all days during the ascent but generally find the symptoms tolerable and find quick relief on descent.

Nothing can truly prepare you for the altitude of 5,895 metres, but you can make your trek easier with proper training and by reaching a good fitness level. The better prepared you are, the more likely you will enjoy the experience and your body will be able to deal with the rigours of adapting to high altitudes. Staying hydrated and healthy on the climb is also paramount. It is a good idea to advise your GP you are trekking at altitude.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

While in Moshi, you will be staying in a basic but comfortable 3-star hotel which has all the usual facilities you would expect.

You will be camping in twin share tents for the seven nights on the mountain. All your gear, except that which you’ll carry in your day pack, will be carried for you by the porters, who will run on ahead of you so when you arrive in the late afternoon, the campsite will be set up for you already.

We recommend that you bring a four season sleeping bag as well as a sleeping bag liner to keep warm during the night. Be sure to pack a sleeping mat that matches your desired level of comfort but keep in mind that although they are light they do take up a lot of space and there are restrictions on the amount of gear you can have on the mountain to look after the health and safety of the porters. Alternatively, you can choose to hire gear from our local partner in Tanzania.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms and tents are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Of course! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What are the toilets like?

While you are camping you will not have access to showers, electricity or ordinary toilets. Campsites will either have portable chemical toilets or permanent facilities with long drops. Trekking breaks will be behind bushes and boulders. You take your toilet paper out with you in a zip top bag or similar and practice ‘leave no trace’ – keep Kili clean! You will carry your own supply of toilet paper, zip top bags and hand sanitiser in your day pack. 

Are showers available? 

While you are camping, you will not have access to showers. Warm bowls of washing water will be provided morning and night while on the mountain. Wet wipes are also useful for freshening up.


What is the food like? 

Food on the mountain is generally hot and cooked daily. Breakfasts consist of porridge, eggs, toast and tea or coffee to start the day. Lunch can be packed or hot, dependent on where you are on the mountain and the length of the walk that day. You will always be provided with a hot, filling meal for dinner —usually soup followed by rice, potato or pasta and sauce, and sometimes fruit for dessert. You’ll be well-fed, but we recommend bringing a few of your favourite snacks whether that’s energy bars, nuts or dried fruit to help get you through the longer days and if the altitude is affecting your appetite. Any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking will be catered for.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Absolutely, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re free to bring snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten free or vegan treats with you. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

You will not have mobile coverage while on the mountain. Hotels may have wifi but it can be unreliable. A satellite phone will be carried by the team leader for emergencies. 

Will I have access to electricity?

You will not have access to electricity while on the mountain.

Tanzania uses 230V/50Hz and outlet type D or G. We recommend that you bring a universal adapter. Some travellers find a portable power pack useful to charge their phone while out during the day.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers in private vehicles
  • 2x group airport transfers each way
  • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels and comfortable camping
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Inspired Adventures Team Leader and/or Doctor
  • All guides and trekking crew including cooks and porters
  • All camping gear including mess tents, tents and chemical toilets, oxygen chamber
  • National Park entrance and camping fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Vaccinations
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Personal camping equipment (eg backpack, sleeping bag)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change? 

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - from a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow USD$20 per day (approx. AUD$29) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping your trekking guides and crew is customary in Tanzania. The recommended tipping amount for this adventure is approximately $200 USD (approx. AUD$290) which will be spread across the whole trekking crew. You should tip only an amount you feel comfortable with, however. Hotels may also have a ‘tip box’ where you can place tips to be spread across staff. Otherwise, $1 USD notes can be given directly to staff for good service.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

It is a requirement that Australian and New Zealand passport holders have a valid visa to enter Tanzania. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

About Tanzania

Can I drink the water in Tanzania?

Even in Tanzanian cities, it is not safe to drink the tap water; it can cause severe illness. Purified drinking water in bottles is available everywhere, and is generally quite cheap. Check that the seal on the cap is not broken. On trekking days, you will be provided with purified water in the morning at the start of your trek.  You will need enough water bottles or hydration systems to be able to carry up to 4 litres of water. A combination of bottles and a hydration system (ie. Camelbak) is best.

What is the weather like in Tanzania?

Tanzania has a tropical climate. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10°C and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20°C.

On the mountain, temperatures will vary greatly and will drop dramatically as you climb in elevation. Days tend to be warm and bright, although as soon as the sun sets, temperatures will frequently drop below 0°C. Layers are key and it’s important to bring rain gear as the weather can change quickly on the mountain.

Generally speaking, early mornings will warm up as soon as the sun rises and the days will be warm and bright. You will be trekking in very clear air and will need strong UV protection. Nights are usually clear and frosty so please remember this when considering your clothes for summit night and choosing your sleeping bag.

Is Tanzania safe? 

While in Tanzania, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Consult the Smartraveller website for the most up to date information.

Do I require any vaccinations for Tanzania? 

Visit your GP to learn about any required vaccinations and to receive medical clearance to participate. 

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Kilimanjaro trek is ranked 5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are reasonably fit and willing to train. The Kilimanjaro trek is a physical challenge with long, consecutive days of trekking at high altitude. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro does not require mountain climbing skills. The actual climb is more like a very long walk up stairs, however, we cannot stress enough the importance of having the right trekking equipment and proper training. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work. 

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We will provide you with basic information on things to consider when you register. 

We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. The best physical preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb is any activity that simulates, as far as possible, the demands on your body during your ascent and descent.

You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. You should be able to walk with a small pack for up to 8 hours a day for a number of consecutive days, and you will be walking for up to 15 hours on summit day.

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

Will I make it to the summit? 

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a tough physical and mental challenge, but assuming you have prepared well and with the support of the guides and your team, it is likely you will reach the summit. Remember it doesn’t matter if you don’t and sometimes it is out of your control despite doing all the right things to prepare. It’s the journey that counts, after all. 

Will I get altitude sickness? 

The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro sits at 5,895 metres above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone at heights over 2,500 metres, regardless of fitness. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, loss of appetite, periods of sleeplessness and occasional shortness of breath. Most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms on some or all days during the ascent but generally find the symptoms tolerable and find quick relief on descent.

Nothing can truly prepare you for the altitude of 5,895 metres, but you can make your trek easier with proper training and by reaching a good fitness level. The better prepared you are, the more likely you will enjoy the experience and your body will be able to deal with the rigours of adapting to high altitudes. Staying hydrated and healthy on the climb is also paramount. It is a good idea to advise your GP you are trekking at altitude.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

While in Moshi, you will be staying in a basic but comfortable 3-star hotel which has all the usual facilities you would expect.

You will be camping in twin share tents for the seven nights on the mountain. All your gear, except that which you’ll carry in your day pack, will be carried for you by the porters, who will run on ahead of you so when you arrive in the late afternoon, the campsite will be set up for you already.

We recommend that you bring a four season sleeping bag as well as a sleeping bag liner to keep warm during the night. Be sure to pack a sleeping mat that matches your desired level of comfort but keep in mind that although they are light they do take up a lot of space and there are restrictions on the amount of gear you can have on the mountain to look after the health and safety of the porters. Alternatively, you can choose to hire gear from our local partner in Tanzania.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms and tents are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Of course! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What are the toilets like?

While you are camping you will not have access to showers, electricity or ordinary toilets. Campsites will either have portable chemical toilets or permanent facilities with long drops. Trekking breaks will be behind bushes and boulders. You take your toilet paper out with you in a zip top bag or similar and practice ‘leave no trace’ – keep Kili clean! You will carry your own supply of toilet paper, zip top bags and hand sanitiser in your day pack. 

Are showers available? 

While you are camping, you will not have access to showers. Warm bowls of washing water will be provided morning and night while on the mountain. Wet wipes are also useful for freshening up.

What is the food like? 

Food on the mountain is generally hot and cooked daily. Breakfasts consist of porridge, eggs, toast and tea or coffee to start the day. Lunch can be packed or hot, dependent on where you are on the mountain and the length of the walk that day. You will always be provided with a hot, filling meal for dinner —usually soup followed by rice, potato or pasta and sauce, and sometimes fruit for dessert. You’ll be well-fed, but we recommend bringing a few of your favourite snacks whether that’s energy bars, nuts or dried fruit to help get you through the longer days and if the altitude is affecting your appetite. Any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking will be catered for.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Absolutely, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re free to bring snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten free or vegan treats with you. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Is there mobile phone reception? 

You will not have mobile coverage while on the mountain. Hotels may have wifi but it can be unreliable. A satellite phone will be carried by the team leader for emergencies. 

Will I have access to electricity?

You will not have access to electricity while on the mountain.

Tanzania uses 230V/50Hz and outlet type D or G. We recommend that you bring a universal adapter. Some travellers find a portable power pack useful to charge their phone while out during the day.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers in private vehicles
  • 2x group airport transfers each way
  • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels and comfortable camping
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Inspired Adventures Team Leader and/or Doctor
  • All guides and trekking crew including cooks and porters
  • All camping gear including mess tents, tents and chemical toilets, oxygen chamber
  • National Park entrance and camping fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Vaccinations
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Personal camping equipment (eg backpack, sleeping bag)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change? 

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

Upon registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - from a bespoke fundraising plan, fitness advice and travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow USD$20 per day (approx. AUD$29) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping your trekking guides and crew is customary in Tanzania. The recommended tipping amount for this adventure is approximately $200 USD (approx. AUD$290) which will be spread across the whole trekking crew. You should tip only an amount you feel comfortable with, however. Hotels may also have a ‘tip box’ where you can place tips to be spread across staff. Otherwise, $1 USD notes can be given directly to staff for good service.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

It is a requirement that Australian and New Zealand passport holders have a valid visa to enter Tanzania. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

About Tanzania

Can I drink the water in Tanzania?

Even in Tanzanian cities, it is not safe to drink the tap water; it can cause severe illness. Purified drinking water in bottles is available everywhere, and is generally quite cheap. Check that the seal on the cap is not broken. On trekking days, you will be provided with purified water in the morning at the start of your trek.  You will need enough water bottles or hydration systems to be able to carry up to 4 litres of water. A combination of bottles and a hydration system (ie. Camelbak) is best.

What is the weather like in Tanzania?

Tanzania has a tropical climate. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10°C and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20°C.

On the mountain, temperatures will vary greatly and will drop dramatically as you climb in elevation. Days tend to be warm and bright, although as soon as the sun sets, temperatures will frequently drop below 0°C. Layers are key and it’s important to bring rain gear as the weather can change quickly on the mountain.

Generally speaking, early mornings will warm up as soon as the sun rises and the days will be warm and bright. You will be trekking in very clear air and will need strong UV protection. Nights are usually clear and frosty so please remember this when considering your clothes for summit night and choosing your sleeping bag.

Is Tanzania safe? 

While in Tanzania, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Consult the Smartraveller website for the most up to date information.

Do I require any vaccinations for Tanzania? 

Visit your GP to learn about any required vaccinations and to receive medical clearance to participate. 

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience trekking Mount Kilimanjaro as 4.62 out of 5

★★★★★


“I will never forget the massive high I experienced as we passed Gillman’s Peak towards the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro!”

Damian Harriss

iCMLf Climb for a Cure: Kilimanjaro 2019

★★★★★


“The highlight was definitely the local people, and the group making it to the top.”

Alyssa Moynihan

UNICEF Australia's Climb for Kids: Kilimanjaro 2020

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


“The hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done.”

Donna McLaren

Monash Health's Kilimanjaro Climb 2019
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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