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Mount Kilimanjaro

To summit Mt Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain at just under 6,000 m (20,000 ft), on a breathless, blue sky dawn, surely rates as one of life's great experiences.  Epic boasts an enviable summit success rate of over 90%. We mitigate extensively against risk, provide thorough pre-climb advice and test blood oxygen levels twice daily on the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Best Months Mid June - mid October and mid December - mid March
Epic Suggests 8 Days (Lemosho Route) or 7 Days (Machame Route)
  • Climbing with Epic

    When you climb with Epic, you can be assured that your endeavours are guided all the way. We include thorough pre-climb briefings and suggested training programmes, and importantly monitor your progress in advance of your departure. We provide comprehensive gear lists and equipment advice and personally check your kit before you climb.

    africa-mt-kilimanjaro-climbing-with-epicOur guides and crew are the very best on the mountain - experienced and very highly trained. Safety is the key concern. Our guides test oxygen blood saturation twice daily and carry oxygen en route. We also have our own resident doctor, Dr Rob Barbour, who has climbed Kili many times and can advise medically should the need arise.
  • Lemosho Route (via Stella Point) and Machame Route

    The Lemosho Route is the surest of routes for summiting. The longest of the routes on the mountain, it enables good time for acclimatisation and hence maximises a climber's chance of summiting. Coming from the west, the Lemosho joins the Machame Route on the Shira Plateau. The two routes are undoubtedly the most scenic of the mountain.

    africa-mt-kilimanjaro-lemoshoBoth routes enable two half days (between Barranco and Karanga, and Karanga to Barafu) which increases acclimatisation.
  • Sample Itinerary

    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding a climb of Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

    On arrival in Arusha, you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You are then briefed in detail on the climb ahead. The peak of Kilimanjaro dominates the north-eastern marches of Tanzania with unrestricted views defined only by the curvature of the earth and the haze of distance.

    Note: If possible, time permitting, a second night in Arusha at the start of the trip is ideal. This allows for climbers to adjust to the time zone and start acclimatisation. Arusha is located at 1,400 m (just over 4,000 ft).

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    Days 2-7: Lemosho Route, Mount Kilimanjaro

    This non-technical ascent allows for optimum acclimatisation time to prepare for the extreme altitude you will encounter on the summit attempt.

    Your team consists of very experienced guides who mitigate extensively against risks.
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    Day 8: Lemosho Route / Arusha

    Return to Arusha and celebrate your achievement.

    You overnight in Arusha before linking with your homebound flight, or extending onto safari.

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    Camp Details

    Your camp is the highest specification of any on the mountain, with camp crew and porters shouldering the bulk of the load. All you carry is a daypack with what you need for the day; water, cold weather gear and snacks.

    We offer three different specifications of camp; lightweight, luxury and VIP. Luxury is the most popular and consists of a large dining tent, with tables and chairs, large sleeping tents (three-person tents sleeping only two), thick bedrolls, high specification sleeping bags, blanket inners and a pillow.

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    Days on the Mountain

    Generally you are up at 6.30, greeted at your tent door by the camp staff with a steaming cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast in the dining tent and depart camp at around 8.00 am.  Your camp crew will have leap-frogged ahead of you to the meal point. Lunch is always a sit down affair with tables and chairs, and normally consists of cold meats, salad, pastas, etc.

    Your arrival time in camp depends on the day. Your staff will be there to sing and welcome you into camp, which is fully set up with basins of hot water ready for you to wash. Thermoses of hot water and snacks will be ready in the dining tent.
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    Summit Day

    The summit night is undoubtedly the longest day of the climb. As a general rule you step off for the summit close to midnight, climbing through the night with the aim of reaching Stella Point (the crater rim) on daybreak. From there it is another 30 minutes to an hour to the peak.

    After enjoying the elation of reaching the summit you descend back to your staging camp at Barafu. Here you will have lunch and continue to descend down the mountain to your last camp site.
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 445 per person per day - Luxury specification.

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    Extension: Northern Tanzania

    A safari to the game-laden parks of northwest Tanzania is a wonderful addition to a Kili climb.  It allows you time to recover and reflect on your time on the mountain, while enjoying the splendour of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Tarangire.  The proximity of the iconic parks to Kilimanjaro makes it a logical add-on.

    Depending on time available you may spend  7 or 8 nights (doing a combination of the three parks or just one, perhaps concentrating on the migration in the Serengeti).
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    Extension: Rwanda

    Taking in the mountain gorillas of Rwanda is definitely worth considering after (or before) a climb.

    The gorillas are a must-see in any wildlife enthusiast’s lifetime.  This extension can also be done in combination with a safari to the iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
  • 1/10 | Video Highlights
  • 2/10 | Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
  • 3/10 | Days 2-7: Lemosho Route, Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 4/10 | Day 8: Lemosho Route / Arusha
  • 5/10 | Camp Details
  • 6/10 | Days on the Mountain
  • 7/10 | Summit Day
  • 8/10 | Indicative Cost
  • 9/10 | Extension: Northern Tanzania
  • 10/10 | Extension: Rwanda
It was a phenomenal experience. We had the best experience of any group on the mountain - I am 100% convinced of that. I want to do another Epic trip already.

Contact Details

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