The importance of having competent high quality guides and porters..


Having Porters & Guides cannot be over stated when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Our tour providers, Summit Odyssey, use local guides all of whom have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna and history training. All guides are registered with the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA). Summit Odyssey guides and porters are professionals who intimately know the mountain and are very experienced with most having climbed more than 120 times!

To help ensure you reach the mighty summit it is important to book with a supplier that has a strong staff to climber ratio. With our suppliers you have ten staff accompanying two climbers or eighteen staff to four climbers. These are the figures for climbing Kilimanjaro camping route, whereas the longer Lemosho Route requires further staff to ensure people are not overburdened by the extra food and supplies. There are dedicated roles for each member of your Kilimanjaro climbing team including: camp staff, cooks, porters, assistant guides and guides.

Climbing Kilimanjaro requires the ability to walk significant distances and altitudes- the detailed climb descriptions will give you the lengths of each day’s walks. In most cases you will need to do some training before you arrive in Tanzania. We also recommend a medical check before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro, especially if you have cardiovascular conditions or had conditions in the past that could limit your ability to trek.

Simply choose the trek you want to join and contact to inform us of your wishes. We will help you work out all details for your climb and journey to East Africa. Upon receipt of deposit you will receive your detailed itinerary including route maps, climbing guidebook and tips, health, safety, fitness and acclimatization information. It’s as simple as that!


Discounts can be offered during low season, up to $50 per person from April 1- May 30, as well select dates in November. Group discounts are also available.

Booking a private trek (trekking solo) is a costly adventure. Should costs be a concern we strongly suggest that you join one of the prearranged treks instead. Costs are significantly lower.

Mount Kilimanjaro ClimbAll packages include:

  • National Park fees, entry, camping and a rescue payment
  • Transport from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
  • Transport to and from Moshi to starting point (gate) on mountain
  • Certified, Experienced, English speaking guides for all routes with mountain sickness/first aid responder
  • Climbing team
  • All meals on the mountain ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Moshi bed and breakfast. Before and after climbing, double or triple occupancy
  • Mountaineering tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment and utensils

Not Included:

  • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • Mountain equipment (e.g. sleeping bags)
  • Some equipment is available for rent.
  • Transfer back to Kilimanjaro can be booked at an additional cost of only $30 per person
  • Transfer to Nairobi, Arusha and Moshi
  • Car hire from Moshi-Arusha $100 per direction
  • Lunches and dinner at your hotel before and after climb

Size: 755 sq km (292 sq miles)

Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi

Getting there: 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha and a one hour drive from Kilimanjaro Airport

What to do: Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes. Enjoy day or overnight hikes on the Shira Plateau. Explore Nature trails on the lower reaches or fish for trout. Visit the beautiful Chala Crater Lake on the mountains southeastern slopes.

When to go: The clearest and warmest conditions for the climb are from December to February. Between the months of July- September temperatures are cooler and the air is drier.

Recommendations: It is highly recommended to climb slowly to increase your accumulation time and to maximize your chances of reaching the summit. It is very important to understand the importance of attempting to prevent altitude sickness. We recommend that you allow a minimum of five nights for the climb. It is most advisable to allow even more time for the climb, six or seven days will allow you to take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

Accommodation: During your climb you have the option of huts and campsites as resting spots.Mt.Kilimanjaro, Tanzania For pre and post accommodations there are several hotels and campsites located outside of the park in the village of Marangu and the town of Moshi.

Equipment: To ensure that you are comfortable and warm during your Kilimanjaro climb our supplier, Summit Odyssey only uses high-end mountaineering equipment. Tents are waterproof and rated for use in harsh environments with sub-zero temperatures and strong winds. Equipment is replaced regularly.