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Kilimanjaro Guides & Porters

Kilimanjaro guides, porters and other crew make up an essential part of a true Kilimanjaro experience. One of the most renowned mountaineers of the 20th century, Peter Boardman gave an apt description of guiding brethren:

Their lives are linked by a love and profession to the mountains, and their company will enhance the experience of all those who wish to approach the mountains and learn.

This is very true here in Kilimanjaro - the guides’ job is not just to make it possible for you to reach the mountain peak safe and sound, but also to make sure that the days that you’ll spend on these slopes are amusing and memorable. And it’s not simply a job - it is a lifestyle and, in some ways, an outlook. It makes the Kilimanjaro guides quite different from those found on the slopes of other popular mountaineering destinations.

We have many clients who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro ten or more years ago. Most of them don’t remember the names of routes, camps, or how the landscape looked, but all of them remember the names of their guides. The Kilimanjaro team leaders always leave a special imprint on climbers, and their skills largely determine if the climb will be successful or not.

Therefore, when selecting your Kilimanjaro adventure, choosing your guide is the first and foremost decision to make.

Choosing the best Kilimanjaro guides

Group of hikers led by the guide in the summit area
Kilimanjaro guiding crew & porters

The best Kilimanjaro guides and other mountain crew members work for Altezza Travel. So far, the Kilimanjaro team of our company has the following:

  • 27 hand-picked lead guides, who are supported by 60 committed assistant guides and over 1200 porters.
  • Our guides have over 50 years of combined dynamic work experience in leading climbers to the top of KIlimanjaro. We can confidently say that they know every nook and cranny of Kilimanjaro and are well-prepared to respond to any emergency.
  • Over 11 000 people reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in over 3500 expeditions led by our guiding crews.
  • All of our guides speak English confidently.

Why do the best Kilimanjaro guides work for Altezza Travel?

We attract the best talents on Kilimanjaro. In return for their commitment and skills, we offer our guides the following:

  • Above-the-market salary package. We have lucrative salaries, which is one of the main reasons why the best guides work for us. Altezza Travel hires both fresh graduates and seasoned climbing professionals.

    And we are the only company in Kilimanjaro to accept applications through the special web service.
  • Regular climbs. Each lead guide at Altezza Travel makes 24-35 climbs per year, frequent climbs mean that they remain experts on trekking Kilimanjaro.
  • Participation in media projects on Kilimanjaro. Our media projects on Kilimanjaro, such the first wingsuit BASE-jump on Kilimanjaro (in cooperation with Red Bull), would have been impossible without our guides, and they are well aware that employment with us means a great chance to be featured in the international media.
  • Biannual professional training workshops. Every April and November all our guides attend a mandatory training workshop. We invite the best international guides to share their experience and secrets with our team leaders; this training makes our lead guides truly exceptional.
  • Medical insurance. Medical insurance has always been a part of our employment packages for all employees. Each guide is aware that in case any ill befalls him during the expedition, his family will be supported.
  • Post-guiding careers. After reaching the age of retirement, the most dedicated guides are invited to join our office as mentors to share their skills and invaluable experience with the new cohort of team leaders.

Must-have Skills of the Kilimanjaro Guides

Each and every Kilimanjaro guide should have deep knowledge in a number of things. Briefly, their competencies may be put into two distinct groups. The first type, so-called “soft” skills, are needed to make the experience enjoyable, amusing and memorable for you and for the crew. The second, “hard” skills - are needed to handle the practical needs of the expedition, such as camp management, crew composition, path finding, emergency response and others.

“Soft” skills

  • Rapport and communication - often overlooked, these skills are one of the most essential to make your Kilimanjaro experience a lifetime memory. Kilimanjaro trekkers arrive from various countries and have different social backgrounds. While some are talkative and sociable, others may be more reticent and introverted. The first minutes together are enough for our guides to understand what type of a person they are taking to the peak of Kilimanjaro, and they will adapt their behavior accordingly. You will never find them obtrusive or boring.
  • Leadership and encouragement - a head guide of a Kilimanjaro expedition is not just showing the way to the summit, he actually leads the expedition. In practice that means he is making sure that the hikers do not lose their motivation while moving closer to their goal. Summit night is often a challenge, and the guide’s task is to reinvigorate climbers, to encourage them and boost their stamina.
  • Teamwork and crew management - though most of the time you will be in contact with the guide, one should always remember that safety and success on a Kilimanjaro expedition is a result of a collaborative effort of many people: guide’s assistants, camp masters, cooks and porters. A professional guide is responsible to make sure that there is cohesion and cooperation in his team at all times.
  • Good English-speaking skills - while any tourism professional working with the international clients is expected to be proficient in English, in practicality finding a mountain guide with proficient English is quite a task. All of our guides are fluent in English and able to communicate easily with clients.
Chief Guide Elias sharing his knowledge with the team
The guides refreshing their skills

“Hard” skills

  • Medical training and first-aid in the high altitudes. A guide’s first priority and utmost responsibility is the safety of every client. All of our guides are trained in both basic first-aid, but also have wilderness first-responder certificates, and have training in high altitude safety.

    • Preserve life - a guide should do everything which is required to make sure an injured person survives until full medical aid is available.
    • Relieve pain - a competent mountain professional should be capable of minimizing pain (both physical and emotional) of a sick client.
    • Prevent harm - everything should be done skilfully to ensure that the condition of an injured person does not get worse and the possibility of full recovery is preserved.
    Major accidents are relatively rare on Kilimanjaro - only recorded once in a decade on certain parts of the mountain. A more important and common concern is acute altitude sickness or AMS. This is concern for climbers on any mountain of significant altitude and Kilimanjaro is no exception. A skilled guide should be capable of diagnosing this sickness at the very earliest stages, treat it to minimize long-lasting impacts, and organize evacuation if necessary.
  • Rescue & Evacuation operations. In case an emergency happens, a Kilimanjaro guide should be able to organize safe and fast evacuation of a sick person to a medical facility. In practice, it means that a guide should be able to: (a) get in contact with a helicopter rescue service; (b) comprehensively explain the location to the pilot and the concerns to a ground medical team; (c) prepare a sick person for transportation and prevent any further harm.

    When helicopter evacuation is not necessary, the guide should be able to organize manual transportation on a special stretcher.
  • Mountain topography knowledge. Professional Kilimanjaro guides should know every nook and cranny of the Mountain. If for some reason the hiking team has to get off the established trail (e.g. in case of heavy rain), the guide should choose the shortest and safest way to the nearest camp or down to the exit. Some of our guides worked on the Mt Kilimanjaro rescue team and know how to get to certain destinations in a fast manner.
  • Strong flora and fauna knowledge. We believe that your Kilimanjaro adventure should not be just safe and successful - it should also be insightful and entertaining. After all, Kilimanjaro has a unique ecosystem, with some plants to be found nowhere else on the globe. With some luck, you have a chance to spot some wildlife on the trail. A skilled guide should be capable of telling you more about the vegetation and the animals of Kilimanjaro in an easy-going, yet interesting manner.

Kilimanjaro Guided Climb: All you need to know

It is the guiding and the crew support that make Kilimanjaro climbing adventures fundamentally different from the other hikes on other popular mountaineering destinations. Many climbers say that the most memorable they have ever had was here in Kilimanjaro, and when asked why, always reply “because of the guides and high service level”.

So, this what makes a Kilimanjaro guide different from the other popular climbs:

  • It is a comfortable adventure - all preparations and camping arrangements are made by the crew. On the other popular hikes the participants often have to do some camp chores, i.e. to carry the tents, pitch the tents or cook the meals. On Mt Kilimanjaro, however, the crew will take care of everything. Well-trained porters will be carrying both the camping equipment and the hikers’ gear. Special mountain cooks will take over the kitchen, while the camp masters will have the camp deployed timely and professionally.

    Basically, the hikers’ responsibility is to actually hike and enjoy the views of Kilimanjaro around them.
  • The guides passing our annual PT test
    The guides passing our annual running test
  • Safety is the focus. Mt Kilimanjaro guiding teams receive extensive training in outdoor medicine, emergency management and rescue & evacuation. The main stakeholders of hiking tourism - Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Guides Association - seek to protect the image of Kilimanjaro as one of the safest high-altitude trekking destinations in the world. That is why anyone aiming to be a guide has to pass a number of rigorous tests first to demonstrate that he is capable of taking care of hikers.
  • Trekkers are not allowed into the park on their own. The regulations of Mt Kilimanjaro National Park expressly say that all trekkers should be accompanied by a licensed guide. The park rangers, who are deployed at each Mt Kilimanjaro entry gate, will not allow anyone to enter the park without a guide.

    The mountain trekking regulations do not say that it is obligatory to hire porters, yet it is porters, who make the experience safer and more comfortable.

Our Professional Mountain Guides

First responder
Victor Mahonge
Mt Kilimanjaro guide
Climbing experience - 8 years
First responder
Makeke Sandy
Mt Kilimanjaro guide
Climbing experience - 7 years
First responder
Gerald Kimaro
Mt Kilimanjaro guide
Climbing experience - 12 years
First responder
Baraka Ayo
Mt Kilimanjaro guide
Climbing experience - 10 years

Guides Reviews

Guided Trekking Cost

All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

This climbing package includes everything that a climber may need for the hike - our experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, nutritionist-designed meals. Our safety protocols, though, are the same for all our hiking adventures - only the guides with Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

The progress of each trekking party is tracked with GPS device. You may share the link with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in a real-time mode.

Before and after the adventure you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$2 296 $1 869 $1 766 $1 688 $1 665 $1 597 $1 565 $1 547 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$2 296
2 pax
$1 869
3 pax
$1 766
4 pax
$1 688
5 pax
$1 665
6 pax
$1 597
7 pax
$1 565
8 pax
$1 547
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$2 838 $2 242 $2 109 $1 994 $1 938 $1 883 $1 840 $1 819 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$2 724 $2 176 $2 033 $1 933 $1 873 $1 822 $1 786 $1 754 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$2 832 $2 239 $2 105 $1 991 $1 945 $1 880 $1 837 $1 817 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$2 607 $2 127 $2 009 $1 920 $1 897 $1 822 $1 788 $1 771 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$2 744 $2 196 $2 053 $1 953 $1 905 $1 842 $1 806 $1 790 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$2 838
2 pax
$2 242
3 pax
$2 109
4 pax
$1 994
5 pax
$1 938
6 pax
$1 883
7 pax
$1 840
8 pax
$1 819
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$2 724
2 pax
$2 176
3 pax
$2 033
4 pax
$1 933
5 pax
$1 873
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 786
8 pax
$1 754
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$2 832
2 pax
$2 239
3 pax
$2 105
4 pax
$1 991
5 pax
$1 945
6 pax
$1 880
7 pax
$1 837
8 pax
$1 817
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$2 607
2 pax
$2 127
3 pax
$2 009
4 pax
$1 920
5 pax
$1 897
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 788
8 pax
$1 771
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$2 744
2 pax
$2 196
3 pax
$2 053
4 pax
$1 953
5 pax
$1 905
6 pax
$1 842
7 pax
$1 806
8 pax
$1 790
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$3 131 $2 485 $2 329 $2 205 $2 145 $2 084 $2 037 $2 020 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$3 017 $2 419 $2 253 $2 143 $2 078 $2 024 $1 984 $1 952 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$3 125 $2 482 $2 325 $2 202 $2 152 $2 081 $2 035 $2 018 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$3 131
2 pax
$2 485
3 pax
$2 329
4 pax
$2 205
5 pax
$2 145
6 pax
$2 084
7 pax
$2 037
8 pax
$2 020
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$3 017
2 pax
$2 419
3 pax
$2 253
4 pax
$2 143
5 pax
$2 078
6 pax
$2 024
7 pax
$1 984
8 pax
$1 952
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$3 125
2 pax
$2 482
3 pax
$2 325
4 pax
$2 202
5 pax
$2 152
6 pax
$2 081
7 pax
$2 035
8 pax
$2 018
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit, is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through the Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts a very high success rate. A 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available for an incredible wilderness adventure on Africa’s highest volcano.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$4 265 $3 851 $3 767 $3 708 $3 649 $3 605 $3 582 $3 564 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$4 265
2 pax
$3 851
3 pax
$3 767
4 pax
$3 708
5 pax
$3 649
6 pax
$3 605
7 pax
$3 582
8 pax
$3 564
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks.A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our premium Kilimanjaro adventures include certain extra features, such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the hike, portable shower and toilet, camp cots, insurance package, satellite phone for staying in touch with family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. It is the highest quality service a luxury-focused climber can get here.

Safety protocols for the premium adventures include mandatory Wilderness First Responder Certification of all our guides, oxygen cylinders, medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day). Helicopter evacuation insurance package is also included in the cost price.

Before and after your trip you will be staying in a 5* hotel in Arusha (full board basis), where a special celebration dinner will be served at the end of your trip.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$6 049 $4 558 $4 381 $4 077 $4 061 $3 858 $3 866 $3 764 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$6 049
2 pax
$4 558
3 pax
$4 381
4 pax
$4 077
5 pax
$4 061
6 pax
$3 858
7 pax
$3 866
8 pax
$3 764
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$7 367 $5 457 $5 178 $4 828 $4 767 $4 526 $4 523 $4 393 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$7 235 $5 380 $5 092 $4 757 $4 706 $4 469 $4 472 $4 337 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$7 361 $5 454 $5 174 $4 825 $4 774 $4 530 $4 527 $4 390 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$6 825 $5 145 $4 920 $4 578 $4 530 $4 312 $4 309 $4 174 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$7 255 $5 400 $5 112 $4 777 $4 726 $4 489 $4 492 $4 357 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$7 367
2 pax
$5 457
3 pax
$5 178
4 pax
$4 828
5 pax
$4 767
6 pax
$4 526
7 pax
$4 523
8 pax
$4 393
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$7 235
2 pax
$5 380
3 pax
$5 092
4 pax
$4 757
5 pax
$4 706
6 pax
$4 469
7 pax
$4 472
8 pax
$4 337
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$7 361
2 pax
$5 454
3 pax
$5 174
4 pax
$4 825
5 pax
$4 774
6 pax
$4 530
7 pax
$4 527
8 pax
$4 390
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$6 825
2 pax
$5 145
3 pax
$4 920
4 pax
$4 578
5 pax
$4 530
6 pax
$4 312
7 pax
$4 309
8 pax
$4 174
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$7 255
2 pax
$5 400
3 pax
$5 112
4 pax
$4 777
5 pax
$4 726
6 pax
$4 489
7 pax
$4 492
8 pax
$4 357
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$7 968 $5 899 $5 564 $5 185 $5 107 $4 853 $4 841 $4 705 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$7 978 $5 893 $5 525 $5 150 $5 075 $4 820 $4 810 $4 667 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$8 111 $5 970 $5 609 $5 219 $5 144 $4 882 $4 866 $4 721 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$7 968
2 pax
$5 899
3 pax
$5 564
4 pax
$5 185
5 pax
$5 107
6 pax
$4 853
7 pax
$4 841
8 pax
$4 705
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$7 978
2 pax
$5 893
3 pax
$5 525
4 pax
$5 150
5 pax
$5 075
6 pax
$4 820
7 pax
$4 810
8 pax
$4 667
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$8 111
2 pax
$5 970
3 pax
$5 609
4 pax
$5 219
5 pax
$5 144
6 pax
$4 882
7 pax
$4 866
8 pax
$4 721
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$8 610 $6 361 $5 962 $5 552 $5 455 $5 187 $5 165 $5 022 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$8 778 $6 445 $6 019 $5 594 $5 506 $5 275 $5 189 $5 044 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit, is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through the Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts a very high success rate. A 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available for an incredible wilderness adventure on Africa’s highest volcano.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$8 610
2 pax
$6 361
3 pax
$5 962
4 pax
$5 552
5 pax
$5 455
6 pax
$5 187
7 pax
$5 165
8 pax
$5 022
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$8 778
2 pax
$6 445
3 pax
$6 019
4 pax
$5 594
5 pax
$5 506
6 pax
$5 275
7 pax
$5 189
8 pax
$5 044
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$7 878 $7 024 $6 756 $6 672 $6 576 $6 483 $6 456 $6 538 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$7 878
2 pax
$7 024
3 pax
$6 756
4 pax
$6 672
5 pax
$6 576
6 pax
$6 483
7 pax
$6 456
8 pax
$6 538
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Meet-and-greet service at Kilimanjaro
  • Airport VIP Lounge on arrival and departure
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at Legendary Lodge 5* (Arusha) before the expedition and one night after. The hotel has the highest service standards to be found in Northern Tanzania;
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents walk-in Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note: 
By default, you will be sharing a tent with your travel companion. Single occupancy in tents is available upon request.

Meals:

  • Full Board in the hotel;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro premium diet features upgraded, nutritionist-designed meal plan with different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh local and imported fruits and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available;
  • All drinks on the hike (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water);
  • Bottled water for the whole climb;

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • Camping cots;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Blaze (Comfort -15℃);
  • Portable toilet;
  • Portable shower;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Insurance package, which covers helicopter evacuation;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits;
  • Satellite phone.

Climbing crew

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (300–350 USD per person).

Kilimanjaro Porters

Kilimanjaro porters are the backbone of every expedition and a very special breed of mountaineers, whose physical fitness and stamina always draw the surprising looks of Kilimanjaro trekkers. Trudging uphill, the exhausted hikers are often astonished to see the galloping team of porters, heavily loaded with camping equipment, seeming to have no difficulties whatsoever.

Kilimanjaro team meeting a wingsuit BASE jumper
Kilimanjaro porters carrying equipment and supplies

The portering crews have a lot of important responsibilities, such as:

Carrying the camping equipment and supplies. While climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, you will notice that the tent which you leave in the morning by some magical force re-appears in the next one, pitched, cleaned and ready for you. The magic is easily explainable; the team of porters, coordinated by the camp master, disassemble your tents in the morning immediately after your departure, pack them, then outpace the trekkers to make sure the tents are cleaned and pitched again in the next camp.

Apart from carrying the tents you sleep in, the porters are also tasked with carrying other camp essentials - dining (mess) tent, chairs, tables, food and water supplies. Here at Altezza Travel we rigorously control that each porter’s load does not exceed 15 kg.

Carrying your gear. Each climber has 10-14 kg of personal gear which he or she will use on a certain day of the trip. All this is packed in a special duffel bag (you may read more about the gear here) and one of the porters will be carrying it up to the summit camp.

Fetching water. There is no plumbing in the high-altitude camps of Mount Kilimanjaro. The porters fetch water for drinking, hygiene and cooking from the nearby mountain springs. Though most of the camps are near the sources of water, once the group arrives at the summit camps the task becomes much more challenging. Porters have to walk with cans about 5 km down to the spring, collect water and then hike back to the camp. Rainy or windy conditions are never an excuse - the camp and the kitchen can not stay without water.

Serving meals in the dining (mess) tent. Some of the porters will work as “waiters” - they will be bringing the meals and drinks from the kitchen tent and serving them. After the hikers finish and go resting (or hiking), these porters will wash the dishes and prepare the kitchenware for the next meal.

Collecting trash. The beauty of Mt Kilimanjaro should be preserved for the future generations, and whatever trash, garbage and waste is produced by the expedition members, it is always taken away from the Mountain by the special “cleaners”.

The work of our cleaning teams is not just restricted to the waste of our expeditions - because we deeply care about the environment of Kilimanjaro, we try to clean even what was left by the irresponsible trekkers led by the other tour operators.

Assisting the guides on the summit night. Normally, the porters do not summit. Yet, there is a special breed of them - the so-called “summit porters” - who reinforce the climbing crew for the very final leg of the trip. These people help the guides to make sure that every hiker is safe and comfortable. Together with your guides, the summit porters will be carrying hot tea, biscuits and oxygen to make sure that you are warmed and energized to keep trekking to the summit.

As you can see, the porters on Kilimanjaro have many responsibilities, and we cannot imagine a safe and successful expedition without their support.

Porter Welfare Treatment

Due to the booming tourism industry, many people from all over Tanzania flock to the Kilimanjaro area in search of work. Because the entry-level requirements are quite low, portering has become one of the most popular occupations here. In order to be allowed to work as a porter on Mt Kilimanjaro, an applicant just has to pay the fee of TSH 8,000/ (about USD 3.5), for a porter’s license.

Kilimanjaro team after exams
Test results announcement and promotions

The number of those seeking work as a porter is much higher than the number of Kilimanjaro expeditions and every year the workforce rises further. Anytime you come to the trailhead of Machame and Marangu routes (the most popular routes on Mt Kilimanjaro), you will see many young people desperately waiting to be hired on the spot.

The fact that the labor market is oversaturated opened the way for all kinds of abuses. In order to get hired, the porters often agree to work for lower wages than normally accepted in the industry. They may agree to work for minimal pay and sign up for the expeditions with substandard equipment, scanty meals and no team support.

Regrettably, in order to be able to offer a much lower price to the clients, some budget companies do not pay the required minimal salary and do not invest in the equipment and safety of their teams.

Remember, by seeking to book cheap you contribute to the proliferation of poor mountaineering standards in Tanzania. The mistreatment of porters will not stop until the demand for cheap Kilimanjaro climbs is no more.

The proliferation of the unlicensed, garage-based Kilimanjaro “operators” has led to the following plights of the porters:

Carrying more than allowed Under the rules of Kilimanjaro National Park, each porter is restricted to carry no more than 20 kg. Some companies, however, are finding creative ways to сheat the rangers, and, eventually some of the porters end up carrying 30 kg and more, which is not just dangerous for them, but also deprives other porters of work.

Here at Altezza Travel we follow a well-established maximum of 20 kg per porter. All of the socially responsible companies are doing the same. Apart from being checked by the park rangers upon entry to the Kilimanjaro trails, the load of our porters is carefully checked by our Kilimanjaro guides and their assistants.

Poor meals. A one can easily imagine how much energy a porter needs to perform his job well. However, the meals of the crew is another area where budget companies try to save money. Thus, the situations when a porter receives just two (or even one) meals a day are commonplace here. Most of the companies seldom (or never) include meat into the porters menu, restricting their diet to ugali (local porridge) and some beans at best.

Our porters receive three nutritious meals every day, and apart from ugali and beans, their diet includes meat (goat and beef), eggs, potatoes, rice, spinach vegetables, tea, and bread. A simple menu, yet rich in calories and carbohydrates. And we can proudly say that our porters never go asleep with an empty stomach.

Shoddy tents. Many budget companies are using inferior tents. As a result, their porters often suffer from hypothermia when the weather becomes bad. Every year some of them die, but the climbers are seldom aware of that.

The porters of Altezza Travel sleep in good-quality, sturdy, custom-designed tents, which provide good protection from inclement weather and draughts. Each hiker is welcome to visit the porters’ area at one of our high-altitude camps on Kilimanjaro and inspect their living conditions.

Low-grade equipment. We can confidently say that almost all porters working on Mt Kilimanjaro are freelancers, meaning that each one is supposed to have a set of necessary gear to be able to find work. Who regulates this and determines that their gear is up to standard and that they have all the necessary equipment for a safe climb?

All of the porters on Altezza Travel climbing teams have the appropriate gear, which is checked to be safe and up to climbing standards. We do not allow our porters to climb with low-grade equipment because we care about the safety of our staff.

Can You Climb Kilimanjaro Without a Guide?

No, you can not. Under the National Parks Mountain Climbing Regulations of Tanzania each trekking group should be accompanied by a licensed guide.

Under the law, the porters are not a requirement - their participation in the expedition is mostly a result of the evolution of the climbing industry. Some of the Kilimanjaro outfitters are offering “light” packages, where you will be accompanied by the guide only. Yet, this option is suitable for the experienced climbers only, who have taken part in other high-altitude trips and know how to set up a camp, cook meals at the altitude and otherwise survive in the wilderness. These climbers should be also physically fit and capable of carrying up to 20 kg of the expedition supplies and gear.

Conclusion

Tanzanian law requires that you climb Mount Kilimanjaro under the leadership of a licensed guide. A capable and professional guide is the most important facet of your climbing expedition and should not be considered lightly. Altezza Travel ensures top-training for our lead guides, including bi-annual professional development, and requires all guides, including assistants, to have specialized training for first-aid and altitude sickness.

While technically porters and cooks are not required, we believe they are an essential part of a great climb. Not only do these team roles enhance your trip, but they can also ensure your safety with healthy meals and carrying your essentials.

For a memorable and safe climb, travel with an Altezza climbing team, which includes a professional guide, porters and cooks.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dima is a Tanzania-based travel expert with multiple Kilimanjaro hikes under his belt. He contributed his knowledge and skills to many notable expeditions, including Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019, BASE-jump trip with Red Bull, National Geographic trips and many other adventures.

At Altezza Travel Dima is the Kilimanjaro Expeditions Coordinator. Every year he supervises the departure of over 1500 Kilimanjaro trekkers, appoints the guides and makes sure that everything goes as planned before, during and after the expedition.