Kilimanjaro Expedition

At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits, standing among Mount Everest and Mount Blanc as some of the tallest mountains in the world. This climb is not for the faint of heart—it takes hard work and determination to push past both physical and mental barriers. Hike the popular Marangu route to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak—a once in a lifetime experience. The journey is challenging, but this expedition is guaranteed to be one of the most truly fulfilling accomplishments of your life.

Trip Summary: Kilimanjaro | 7 Days

Trip Dates:  1 departure per month

Group Size:  Max 12 people

Price From: $2600 per person


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This is an all-inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, all in-country transport, instruction from our expert guides, & all meals and activities as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included, but we do offer group rates and assistance. 


This Acanela Expedition © is a high energy adventure that involves many hours of walking and hiking each day. Embark on this small group exploration prepared to have unique encounters with the landscapes of the mountain while experiencing beautiful wildlife & culture along the way. We recommend that travelers be in good physical condition


Expert Mountain Guide:

Abdul Hemedi: Abdul has been leading expeditions up Kilimanjaro for 10+ years. His team has worked with the best trekking and mountaineering companies on Kilimanjaro, leading hundreds of individuals successfully to the summit of the mountain each year. 


Contact Us: 1-323-657-3496

Call to speak with one of our agents about this trip on email us at expeditions@acanela.com



Trip Highlights:

  • Take in extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles
  • Experience the sunrise from above the clouds of of Africa
  • Experiment with local Tanzanian cuisine and dine on warm soups, succulent curries, and spiced breads
  • Hike alongside some of the best guides in the region
  • Participate in an unforgettable, once in a lifetime expedition

Itinerary | 7 Days

Day 1: Today we’ll land at the base of the world's largest free-standing mountain and one of the Seven Summits, Mount Kilimanjaro. After settling in, enjoy a traditional welcome dinner and experience the flavors of authentic East African cuisine. We’ll spend the night in Moshi at the Kaliwa Lodge—make sure you get to bed early to prepare for the start of our climb the following morning. Accommodation: Kaliwa Lodge

Day 2:  After a filling breakfast, our guides will arrive to pick us up at the hotel. An hour drive will take us to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, where we’ll meet up with our chefs and porters, who’ll be joining us on the climb. After a hearty lunch, we’ll begin our journey towards Mandara Hut (2,700 m), traversing through lush, untouched forest. Spend the evening taking in the gorgeous views and dining on traditional mountain food to fuel you for the days to come. (3-5 hours walking) Accommodation: Mandara Hut

Day 3: We’ll awaken to sunrays peeking into the huts. A nutrient-rich breakfast is essential for much-needed energy as we begin our climb. The first part of the journey travels up a steep ascent, past the Maundi Crater and through the verdant rainforest. Soon, the path will open into grassy moorland—cross your fingers for clear weather, as it allows for spectacular views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Hiking steadily through this zone, we should reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m) by late afternoon. After freshening up and taking a moment to relax, we’ll once again dine on robust soups, breads, dried meats, and curries at the camp lodge. (4-6 hours walking) Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Day 4: After fueling up with breakfast, it’s back to the climb. You’ll feel as if you’ve set foot on the moon as we trek across the Saddle, a vast stretch of desolate land between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Around midday, we’ll reach the bottom of the latter peak’s crater wall and stop to recharge with a packed lunch. From there it’s just a short distance to Kibo Hut (4,700 m). Spend the remainder of the day resting and eating in preparation for the final climb. (4-6 hours walking) Accommodation: Kibo Hut

Day 5: Accompanied by our expert guides, we’ll set out by torchlight around 12 a.m. and start our ascent to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit, Uhuru Peak (5,896 m). This allows us to reach our first stop, Gilman's Point (5,685 m), by sunrise to watch the fiery sun rise above a sea of clouds. The initial climb is steep, over loose volcanic scree, but our slow and steady pace over a well-worn trail will allow us to reach Gilman's Point in ~5-6 hours without acclimatization problems. After sunrise, we’ll continue on our final ascent along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the highest peak in Africa. We’ll traverse by one of the largest craters on the continent, see the only glaciers in Africa, and revel in the stunning panoramic views as we reach Uhuru peak—an experience of a lifetime. Despite your exhaustion, celebrate this incredible moment and take pride in this special accomplishment. After documenting your success in reaching Africa’s highest summit, we’ll begin our surprisingly quick and easy descent down the crater rim and back to Horombo Hut. Upon arrival to base camp, the crew will greet us with one of the most satisfying dinners you’ve ever had. (11-15 hours walking) Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Day 6: Today we say goodbye to the mountain as we retrace our steps with a laidback walk to Mandara Hut for lunch, followed by a scenic trek through the forest to the park gates. From here we’ll part with our invaluable crew and head back to Moshi via private bus. We’ll spend a well-deserved afternoon relaxing at Chemka Hot Springs; this campsite will feel like a secluded paradise, with tranquil turquoise waters shaded by protective trees and vibrant palm fronds. (5-6 hours walking) Accommodation: Kaliwa Lodge

Day 7: Sadly, it’s time to leave Africa. Our private bus will bring us to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we’ll board our international flights home. If you’re ready for even more adventure, you have the option to extend your trip with a safari in the Northern Circuit of the Serengeti.  

4 Day Tanzania Safari Extension: Join us on a safari experience in the Serengeti! We’ll adventure to the city of Arusha, home to beautiful hand-crafted goods, mouthwatering cuisine, and the entrance point to the Serengeti National Park. You’ll get to meet villagers, immerse yourself in their culture, and ride beside agile cheetahs, bounding gazelles, and peaceful elephants, in one of the world's most famous wildlife parks.