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Our Kilimanjaro

Challenge Groups

High quality trips...

.. with full support 

Our flagship Kilimanjaro Group Climb - and perfect for those who want the confidence of knowing they're getting the best support all the way to the summit and back. The Challenge Group will be accompanied by one of our experienced UK Mountain Leaders and a Medic. There's a full Local Tanzanian team of guides, porters and cooks. The local crew handles all the logistics on the mountain and private camping areas, and to carries your main luggage between camps - leaving you to focus on your Kilimanjaro climb.

A fun and engaging way to take on Kilimanjaro with typically 20 or so like-minded people, and there's a post-climb celebration dinner to mark the adventure - with medals, certificates, and a bit of a party!

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What's included in the package

  • Return flights from London (on flights-included packages)
  • Qualified UK mountain leader
  • UK Doctor with full medical kit
  • Excellent local guides & crew
  • Kilimanjaro park fees & permits
  • All transfers
  • 3* hotels before & after the climb
  • All meals
  • Private mountain camps with toilets
  • 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 Challenge Group trips are led by one of our experienced UK mountain leaders - with a UK doctor. Our local team provide full support on the mountain - and is made up of 60 or so in total - with Head Guides (who have climbed Kilimanjaro 100+ times) - assistant Guides - Chefs - Camp Crew - Luggage Porters - Toilet Crew - 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 large 'mess tents' - which in the evening are the hub of camp life, and where the leader will do a daily de-brief and set out the next days' agenda. The doctor is always available for check-ups. It's generally early to bed - as it's always an early start the following morning.


The walking pace on Kilimanjaro 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 - as 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


We have a Kilimanjaro 'video presentation' - that gives much more detail on our Challenge Groups - why not take a look.


There's also NEW 'women only' group departure dates for the Rongai Route.

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When's best to go to Kilimanjaro

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 full Kilimanjaro Challenge Group package on all 7 of the itineraries we operate - from the classic Lemosho, Machame and Rongai Routes - to our new and tough Expedition Cimb and the Northern Circuit 'Deluxe' package for thoes wanting to do Kilimanjaro in style!

We also have dedicated 'women only' Kilimanjaro departures, trips reserved just for students, a special 'Climb Kilimanjaro for Cancer' charity trip each year for like minded fundraisers, and even group climbs that reach the summit on New Year's Day as the sun comes up!

Our Kilimanjaro Challenge Groups are top quality trips - and great value!

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