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Kilimanjaro

Local Climb Groups

The traditional way

.. if you're experienced

Our Kilimanjaro Local Climbs are small and light. With group sizes of no more than 12, you'll be led by one of our very experienced Local Tanzanian Head Guides. These groups may suit those with previous experience of trekking at high altitude, are confident in their ability to cope with altitude, and want to climb Kilimanjaro in a smaller team with a Tanzania flavour - as you'll get to really know your support team!

The Head Guide will be supported by their team of assistant guides, porters and cooks. This crew will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport when you land, and will handle all the logistics while you are in Tanzania, including on the mountain, where they will set up camps & carry your main luggage between camps - leaving you to focus on your climb.

Real challenges with like minded adventurers - and fantastic group bonding experiences that will live with you long after the post Kilimanjaro climb celebrations!

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What's included in the package

  • Return flights from London (on flights-included packages)
  • Qualified Tanzanian Head Guides
  • Excellent local crew
  • Kilimanjaro park fees & permits
  • All transfers
  • 3* hotels before & after the climb
  • All meals
  • Private mountain camp
  • Celebration dinner after the climb
  • Pre-Kilimanjaro trip briefing
  • Training guides, kit lists, & visa support
  • Kilimanjaro smartphone App
  • Exclusive discounts with outdoor retailers
  • 3 payment options, including fundraising

What's not included

  • Airline fuel surcharge (on flights included packages)
  • Single supplement for tent and / or hotel
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Tips for local staff
  • Optional extensions - safari & Zanzibar
  • Kilimanjaro Kit hire

What's the experience like

Our Kilimanjaro Local Climb Group trips are led by one of our very experienced Tanzanian Head Guides  - who live and breath Kilimanjaro - and will have been to the summit well over 100 times.  The local team provide full support on the mountain - and is made up of 30 or so in total - with other Head Guides & assistant Guides - a Cook - Camp Crew - Luggage Porters - and the important Water Team. The full support means that you only have to carry your small  'day pack' (with items for that days' trekking) - and the porters will carry your main bag on to the next camp , and our private area where your tent will be already pitched and waiting for you. 

 

Meals (all hot & varied & all dietary requirements!) are in the 'mess tents' - which in the evening are the hub of camp life, and where the Head Guides will do a daily de-brief and set out the next days' agenda. It's generally early to bed - as it's always an early start the following morning.

 

The walking pace on Kili is 'slow' - that's how you give your body the best chance of acclimatising (along with plenty of water - food - sleep) - and on the pre summit days the groups get into camp late afternoon - any can enjoy afternoon tea & snacks before unpacking bags and preparing for the evening with extra clothing - as temperatures drop fast after sunset (~6.30 pm).

 

The Kilimanjaro trek culminates with 'summit night' - and this is where it toughens up - and there will be plenty of support from the crew. It's a midnight departure - a 6 hour climb with the head torches on - and eventually sunrise as we head towards the crater rim. From there its still up to an hour or so to the famous Kilimanjaro sign at the summit - and that magical photo and celebration on the Roof of Africa

 

Our Local Climb Groups have a intimate feel about them - with group sizes of 8-12 - and you'll get to know the local crew really well. These groups are ideal for thoes who may have had some experience of trekking at altitude. 

When is best to go

The two main trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro are also the warmer/ dry seasons on the mountain, Mid December to mid-March and June to October. From January to mid March skies should be clear and temperatures warm, but cooler than from June to October. Trekkers can expect the odd rain shower in the afternoons. 

 

Early June, after the rainy season there may still be the chance of cloud cover, but generally conditions should be dry and clear throughout this period, becoming increasingly warmer. This is peak Kilimanjaro climb season due to holiday periods in the northern hemisphere and so trails may be busier. Inclement weather can occur at any time however, and so trekkers should be prepared with the appropriate clothing.

We offer the Local Climb Group package on 2 of the 'classic' Kilimanjaro routes - the Lemosho and Rongai. Our Local Climb Groups and are great value trips - and great Kilimanjaro adventures!