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  • africa photos Andrew and Jonnathan on the summit of pt Peter 4900 meters / 16,000 foot. Photo by Jonnathan
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Dates and Cost:

  • Mt.Kenya trek or climb: US$ 2,250, (Local guide for technical climb additional: US$ 495 / single-supplement: $135.
  • Kilimanjaro (9 days): US$ 3,550, or $2,550 if combined with Mt Kenya, (single-supplement: US$ 90) .
  • Amboseli Safari (3 days, 2 nights): US$ 1,300,- / Single Supplement: US$ 330 -> LODGE Safari / quite nice resort with view of Kilimanjaro.
  • For the package Mount Kenya & Safari & Kilimanjaro: Special Price US$ $5650,- / Single Supplement:US$ 550
  • Various dates throughout the year please email info@SummitClimb.com for details

  • Trekking, Safaris, & Rock Climbing (optional) in Africa, all in just three weeks.
  • Kilimanjaro / Mount Kenya / Safari. Combine all 3 and save money or choose one. It`s up to you.
  • Leader: Felix Berg, experienced organizer - leader of treks & climbs in Africa & the Himalaya.
  • Trips offered twice each year: 14 February-2 March or 1-20 August.
  • We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
  • Can't go on the scheduled dates? We now have custom trips available for your group .
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Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Trekking, Rock Climbing, and Tours

Welcome to Africa - Trekking, Safaris, & Rock Climbing (optional)

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Africa Program Description:

Kilimanjaro / Mount Kenya / Safari combines a wide variety of mountain and safari travel at a reasonable price, allowing you to do and see quite a bit in just 20 days. Please review the individual trip information below for more about what this adventure entails.

Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199 metres/17,000 feet, is off the beaten tourist track, providing 8 days of pristine trekking, optional rock-climbing, and exploration .

  • Mt. Kenya National Park: At its lower elevations, is a gorgeous montagne forest where many species of wild animals and birds abound. During the ascent, you enter alpine vegetation zones with myriad rare plants until, upon reaching the top, you discover a wind swept and gorgeous volcano with alpine lakes.
  • Leader and staff: During the trek and climb, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. Friendly and helpful porters carry all of your personal equipment , group equipment, and set up camp each day, so you can relax and enjoy the trip.
  • The trek: A unique and moderate summit circuit on easy trails. You do not have to walk on snow and the views of the high alpine scenery are superb.
  • Optional rock climb: Perhaps the best climb in all of Africa; 16 to 22 pitches on excellent rock that is "climbable" and not difficult. Most of the climb is moderate scrambling. There are a few technical moves, but the steep sections are short. You should be able to follow (but not lead unless you really want to, as our leaders are professional climbers) grades up to: North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, and Australian 14. Photo: Climbing some great African rock. (Felix Berg). back to top
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 metres/19,300 feet, is located in Tanzania; an easy and beautiful 9 day trek that offers something for everyone and is a rare opportunity to reach the summit on the uncrowded Umbwe walking route .
  • Kilimanjaro National Park: At the base of the mountain, the environment is beautiful and lush jungle, inhabited with wild birds and animals. As you trek up the mountain, the foliage changes and becomes more alpine. Arriving at the summit, you behold an active volcanic crater and small glacier.
  • Leader and staff: During the trek, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. Friendly and helpful porters carry your personal equipment , group equipment, and set up camp each day, so you can relax and enjoy the trip. Photo: A pleasant camp spot at 4,000 metres/13,000 feet. Bill Weber
  • The trek: A beautiful walk to Africa's highest summit. Kilimanjaro is on the equator with warm temperatures and is very accomplishable for the average person who enjoys hiking. The path we have chosen is off the beaten track, providing ample time to explore the mountain, the variety of foliage, and wildlife. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on easy trails. In case you wish to try higher mountains after this one, Kili is an excellent way to test yourself at altitude in a comfortable and warm environment, in order to learn how your body copes with 6,000 metres/19,000 feet. back to top
The Ngorongoro Lake Manyara Safari: Located in Tanzania's Ngorongoro National Park, it is often referred to as the "Garden of Eden"; two days of exploring a wide open grassland dotted with accacia trees and a plethora of big game near the deep Ngorongoro volcanic crater and Lake Manyara.
    • National Park: Famous for elephants, hippos, giraffes, rhinos, wildebeasts, zebras, gazelles and hundreds of exotic animals and birds. The site of a deep volcanic crater and the world's largest unbroken caldera, Ngorongoro Crater is the best self-contained safari destination in the world. Appreciate the increasingly hard to find sights and sounds of the unspoiled African bush, away from other tourists.
    • Leader and Staff: Our friendly and expert driver will lead us in a purpose-built land-rover, a very safe and good vehicle for easy game viewing, through the rooftop, of wild animals inhabiting one of the most majestic landscapes in the world. During our safari, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. The helpful staff are there to ensure you can relax and enjoy the trip.
  • Safari: Not only is this a rejuvenating rest between our two treks, but a rare opportunity to see stunning grasslands abundant with wildlife perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti. In the evening, we will camp in comfortable lodges. Photo: Amboseli National Park, a herd of elephants in front of Kilimanjaro (Bill Weber). back to top

Who is this trip for?

  • Kilimanjaro / Mount Kenya / Safari:

    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group , whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups of people that enjoy trekking, climbing, and safari-ing together.
    • Previous camping experience is beneficial to enjoying the trip, although not required.
    • It would be nice if you have some experience with foreign travel, although we are happy to advise and help you if this is your first time out of the country and for many of our members it is.
    • All of the work is done for you, such as cooking, carrying group equipment, setting up tents, etc. A porter will carry all of your personal items so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack. Photo: Picture postcard view of Kilimanjaro during our Amboseli Safari. Another postcard view of Kilimanjaro in a flight over the summit. back to top
  • Kilimanjaro or Mt. Kenya trek:

    • It is not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy these treks. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can easily accomplish these treks.

  • Mt. Kenya optional rock climb:

  • Members should have the physical endurance for a long day of multi-pitch rock climbing (16-22 pitches). If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can easily accomplish the approach and return trek from the climb.
  • Perhaps the best climb in all of Africa; 16 to 22 pitches on excellent rock that is "climbable" and not difficult. You should be able to follow (but not lead unless you really want to: our leaders are professional climbers) grades up to: North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, and Australian 14. Most of the climb is moderate scrambling. There are a few technical moves; the steep sections are short.
  • Safari: For everyone who enjoys viewing wild game in the beautiful National Park, beneath Kilimanjaro. back to top

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Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Cost

*Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leadership: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader (For 8-12 members) For smaller groups we provide a very experienced SummitClimb-trained Kenyan guide.
  • National Park entrance fees;
  • Camping fees;
  • Crater service fees;
  • Local English speaking guides;
  • Porters for gear (one personal porter per person);
  • Group gear: tents, dining tent, medical kit, radio gear;
  • Cook and cooking facilities;
  • 3 meals a day and water while camping;
  • Meals during traveling;
  • Hotel in Nairobi before and after tour (total 2 nights only);
  • Hotels B/B during travel;
  • Transport: Shuttle, Bus, Safari bus, 4x4 Landrover.

Not included:

  • Extra hotel nights Nairobi ($50 sharing double);
  • Telephone bills, emailing costs and other personal expenses;
  • Personal gear for hiking, climbing and camping;
  • Alcohol, extra meals not included in itinerary;
  • Tips.

*Hotel upgrade, single rooms and single tents are possible against modest surcharge.

Trip Pricing:
 
Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Safari Cost (all three trips combined):
 
  • Full Service Cost $4950 (with Amboseli 2 day safari) or $5550 (with 4 day Serengeti safari).
Kilimanjaro Only-

  • Full Service Cost: $2950 USD.
Mt. Kenya Summit Circuit Trek or Optional Rock Climb Only-
 
  • Full Service Cost: $1850 USD.

Safari Only-

  • a) 650 USD (Amboseli 2 day safari)
  • b) $1200 USD (Serengeti 4 day safari).

All costs are for groups of 6 or more. For smaller groups, a 25% surcharge may be applied.
 
Custom Kilimanjaro trips:

At any time we can organize Kilimanjaro tours on request for groups or individuals. The standard 9 day (7 days on the mountain/in the national park) itinerary led by local African leaders (without SummitClimb expedition leader) please email info@summitclimb.com for more details.

Custom Mt Kenya trips:

You can always join us on a trip to Mount Kenya.

If we do not have six or more members signed up – unfortunately that is the case up now- we can still run the trip with a 25% surcharge . That makes a cost of $1950 USD per person.

For groups of 4 to 5 we run the trip with SummitClimb leadership as advertised.

For groups of 1 to 3 we run the trip with local leadership*

*Felix, our man for Africa, trains the KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Service) mountain rescue team. He recruits the best rangers as technical guides, who then lead the tours and the climbing on Nelion an Batian.

Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Nairobi to our destinations, and returned to Nairobi. While trekking and climbing on the mountain, we DO NOT ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ porters to carry group equipment and supplies.

Cooks and Food: On the trek our skilled trekking cooks provide delicious meals. Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. On the mountain we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together through local agencies, are hospitality experts and have, for many years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, porters, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, and medical oxygen in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

* Our "basic climb" includes:
 
  • Organization: With local agency;
  • National Park entrance fees and all permit fees;
  • A walkie-talkie radio is provided to stay linked-in with the leader of the full service expedition while on the mountain;
  • Camping fees;
  • Transport: Bus, Safari bus, 4x4 Landrover. back to top
Please consider adding a trip to Rwenzori, "Mountains of the Moon" , if you wish to extend your African adventure.
 
Matthew hiking at the top of the Western Breach on Kili. D.L.Mazur
 
High end relaxation after the mountain?

***Zanzibar (3 nights, 4 days) ****service:

1) Flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to hotel Emerson & Green. City tour of the 800 year old stone town, which is historically known for its spices and as being a gold trading center;
2) Drive to Club Breezes or Club Blue on the beach, which are both top end resorts with endless white beaches on the Indian ocean;
3) Relax on the beach, snorkeling, swimming or spa;
4) Afternoon flight back to Nairobi or Kampala.

Prices Per Person:

  • Single: Available upon request.
  • Double sharing: Available upon request. back to top
***Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari(2 nights, 3 days):
1) After breakfast depart to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Prices Per Person:

  • Camping Available upon request.
  • Luxury Lodging Single: Available upon request.
  • Double sharing: Available upon request (Min 3 people, without transfer from Kampala to Safari and back). back to top
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Itinerary

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Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Kenya and Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro:

1) Arrival in Nairobi.

2) Drive 3 hours to Rongai Gate, then start walking to Simba
Camp at 2650 metres/8700 feet (3 hrs). The walk is initially through plantations, then rain forest and finally bush country. Dinner and overnight at Simba Camp.

3) Trek to the 2nd Cave at 3450 metres/11,300 feet, (3 hrs). A gentle day trekking through bush and heather. Dinner and overnight at Cave 2 campsite.

4) Depart after breakfast for a gentle rising traverse through
moorland over several ridges to Kikelewa Caves, 3600 metres/11,800 feet (3 hrs).

5) Depart to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4330 metres/14,200 feet (3 hrs). Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut.

6) Full day acclimatization at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (photo right: Our trek leader, Elselien, trekking up the trail to Umbwe Cave at 2900 metres/10,000 feet

7) Trek to Kibo Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight.

8) Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681 metres/18,630 feet), which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours) to Uhuru Peak (5895 metres/19,330 feet), the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and warmth of Horombo Hut.

9) After breakfast descend further down to Mandara for a hot lunch, then proceed to the Marangu Park gate where you will be picked up and taken back your hotel in town. back to top

Mt. Kenya:

1) Early morning hiking or climbing, then drive to Nainjuki at the base of Mt. Kenya; the starting point for the Sirimon route up Mount Kenya. Camping overnight near Old Moses (3000 metres/10,000 feet) (Photo right by Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved) : Our team member Peterson enjoying the view of Teleki Tarn.

2) Traverse, crossing Ontulli Stream, to reach Mackinders valley. After about four hours hike we reach our campsite near the half-demolished Leki North Hut
(3900 metres/12,800 feet).

3) Continue up Mackinder’s Valley to reach the Shipton Hut and our campsite
(4100 metres/13,400 feet) at the base of the northern slopes of Mount Kenya’s main peaks Bation and Nelion.

4) Rest day at Shipton’s Camp. Optional small hikes to the surrounding hills or "Icey Mike" (a famous elephants skeleton) or catch up on some climbing skills on the near by cliffs.

5) Hike around the main peaks of the mountain past two Tarns, over the Hausburgs Col into the valley and through Arthur's Seat, to Mackinder’s Hut in the Teleki Valley.

Climb Option 1: Climbing Bation via North Face Standard route (photo left: View of the main peaks, Batian and Nelion (Dan Mazur).

Climb Option 2: Climbers hike to "Austrian Hut"

15) Trek up to Point Lenana at 4950 metres/16,200 feet (the highest hiking point on the mountain). We will arrive at the point at sunrise and walk back down stopping at Austrian Hut for breakfast. We will later walk to “Minto’s hut” in Chogoria Valley for the night.

Climb Option 1: Climbing Bation, bivouac, and back to "Minto's Hut".

Climb Option 2: Rock climbing Nelion via the southeast ridge standard route.

6) Hike down the mountain using the Chogoria track. We end up at Chogoria Bandas from where we will drive to a nearby lodge for overnight.

7) Drive back to Kenya (Nairobi). Depart that night for home (unless you plan to stay an extra day). The shuttle bus will get you to the airport around 7:00 p.m. and flights generally depart around 11:00 p.m. back to top

Optional Ngorongoro Lake Myanyara Safari:

1) Optional: extra day in Nairobi if you feel it's necessary or go on safari.
Leave Nairobi after breakfast to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations. back to top

Kilimanjaro only itinerary (Not combined with Mt Kenya)

Day 1- Arrive in Tanzania. Arrive in Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport, then transfer to Hotel for overnight stay (nights / F).
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - 1.Rongai camp From the hotel ride on a private bus through a region with lush vegetation, coffee and banana plantations on the north side of Kilimanjaro. By forest area we continue to Nale Moru, the starting point for the ascent. A narrow path along the corn and potato fields into forests and with a little luck we can observe wild animals there too. Finally, we leave the forest belt and reach the camp in the transition from forest to moorland near the Rongai cave. Journey time approx. 3 hours walking time approx 3-4 hrs. Overnight tent / VP (2600m).
Day 3 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - Kilelwa stock Equally, the path pulls up to the second cave to around 3450m, always show up in the formed of lava landscape small caves. After lunch we leave the main path and walk across the moorland towards Mawenzi. Finally, we reach the camp near the Kikelewa Caves in the sheltered valley a fascinating backdrop. Walking time 5-7 hours. Overnight tent / VP (3600m).
Day 4 -  Kilimanjaro Trekking - Mawenzi Tarn Today's stage is very steep, but short. Grass covered slopes lead in a high alpine, virtually no vegetation zone. The fantastic panoramic view rewards the effort of the climb to camp near the Mawenzi Tarn, a small lake at the foot of the dominant rock spiers of Mawenzi, the 5149m high neighbouring Kilimanjaro. Walking time 3-4 hours. Overnight tent / VP (4300 m).
Day 5 - Kilimanjaro - Mawenzi Tarn rest day Optional short hikes offers wonderful views of Mawenzi. Overnight tent / VP (4300m)
Day 6 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - School Hut A wide, desert-like and reminiscent of lunar landscape level crosses the saddle between Mawenzi and Kilimanjaro to the next camp at School Hut. In the afternoon, the equipment is placed ready for the next day and everything is prepared.  An early dinner followed by a sleep before shortly after midnight heading for the summit climb. Walking time approx. 4-5 hours overnight hut (VP, 4800m)
Day 7 • Kilimanjaro climb Midnight head for the summit. The summit day is the steepest and most demanding part of the tour. In light of the headlamp we leave as a group. You will be accompanied by local guides and expedition leaders who communicate with each other in radio contact. We can optionally allow for individual groups that run their own pace. We follow a gravel road which becomes steeper upward, rising to become more difficult. This takes approx. 4-6 hrs. To Gilman's Point at 5685 m, at the summit crater where the terrain is flat. Only 200 meters altitude, about 1-2 hrs further. To the main summit, Uhuru Peak at 5895 m, the highest point in Africa. Walking time: about 9-12 hours (6-8 hours ascent, descent 3-4 hours.. .) Overnight tent / VP (3950m / 3760m)
Day 8 • Kilimanjaro trekking - Descent Despite the long but not very strenuous descent we have time to admire and photograph the landscape and flowers. Back at the Marangu Gate it's time to say goodbye to guides and porters. Then we drive to the hotel and you will be rewarded for the summit success with a certificate of the National Park. Walking time approx 3-4 hrs., takes about 1 hr., Hotel (Nights / F).
Day 9 • flight back home or onward

Thank you for joining our African Expedition

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Route Description

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Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days, where the cooks and staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather is normally quite good and stable for both times of year we offer this trip. There are also several options to extend your stay with other adventures in Africa (Rwenzori), as well as high-end realxation . (photo: Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved). back to top

Arriving in Nairobi-

You will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and taken to your hotel, which is situated in an area with perfect contact to the city. We will have a welcome dinner arranged so that the members of the group may get acquainted with one another, as well as having a bit of orientation over how the trip will be operated.

The following day is a rest day for you to spend enjoying the quiet atmosphere of the surrounding areas and explore Nairobi, do some shopping, and try some of the numerous local restaurants.

Kilimanjaro:

Kilimanjaro is on the equator with warm temperatures and is very accomplishable for the average person who enjoys hiking. The path we have chosen is off the beaten track, providing ample time to explore the mountain, the variety of foliage, and wildlife. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on easy trails. At the base of the mountain, the environment is beautiful and lush jungle, inhabited with wild birds and animals. As you trek up the mountain, the foliage changes and becomes more alpine. Arriving at the summit, you behold an active volcanic crater and small glacier.

Our trek leader, Elselien, trekking up the trail to Umbwe Cave at 2900 metres/10,000 feet (Arnold Coster). Barranco Hut, a pleasant camp spot at 4000 metres/13,000 feet. We sleep in tents most of the time, and a cook prepares our meals. The huts are not as nice as our tents, which are clean and private (Dan Mazur).

After breakfast in Moshi, we will drive about 15km to Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park using the Umbwe Park gate. We will then take the Umbwe Route (remotely used) to Umbwe Cave. The first part of the hike is through an old road followed by a deep tropical rain forest leading to the cave at 2900 metres/10,000 feet. We will then camp at the cave.

From here we hike to "Barranco Hut" situated at 4000 metres/13,000 feet. The route we take leads eastwards down the valley where all the glacial streams converge. It is also filled with plenty of green vegetation and we get to see the famous “Giant Heather”. We will end the day at Barranco and spend the night.

The team walks to Arrow Glacier. The route to western breach continues up the Umbwe Ridge which becomes the western lateral morraine of the Barranco. The Arrow Glacier is situated west of the Little Arrow Glacier at about 4800 metres/15,700 feet. Here we will get to enjoy the fascinating views of the Bridge Wall. Hike from the Arrow Glacier, up the Western Bridge to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Crater. We will camp here for the night as we enjoy the breathtaking sunset. back to top

Our team member posing on the summit of Kilimanjaro (Arnold Coster). Our team on the summit of Kilimanjaro at Stella Point. From left to right: Bill, Frank, Stacy, Preston, Felix, and Isaac (Felix Berg).

The final leg of the trek is an easy and short hike to Uhuru Peak (the highest point of Africa).This gives the most amazing view of the sunrise over the savanna grasslands. We will later walk down to Mweka Hut.

We head back down to Mweka Park Gate using the Mweka Route. The route is not as scenic as Umbwe Route, but it is easier and will lead us to the gate where we will be picked up. We will then drive to the town of Arusha and sleep over there.

Mt. Kenya: Chogoria Route-

The trip commences with an early morning drive past the towns of Thika and Embu. This is a three hour drive that leads to the town of Chogoria and on to Mt. Kenya National Park. Depending on the conditions of the roads, we will drive up as far as possible, leave the cars, and then hike up the mountain. We will spend the first night at “Chogoria Bandas”, which is in the park at 3000 metres/9800 feet.

This being a day on the mountain, we hike gently along an old road to reach the trailhead, which is situated next to a nearby stream with an astonishing little waterfall. We will camp here for the night. back to top

We take the route to "Hall Tarns", crossing a stream leading to the “Thirteen Zigzags” at 3700 metres/12,100 feet. The route goes to the west side of the Nithi Gorge, taking us to "Hall Tarns" at 3400 metres/11,200 feet. From there we drop into the Nithi Gorge, which is possibly the most fascinating area on the whole of Mt. Kenya. We will camp on a romantic, wild, and beautiful spot right next to Lake Michaelson. You can try some fishing if you bring equipment or go for a somewhat cold swim if you are feeling brave. (photo: Felix Berg)

We will hike past some amazing 300 metre/1000 foot rock cliffs off the "Temple Fields", where we meet up with the Summit Circuit Route, heading on up to "Minto’s Hut", located at 4300 metres/14,100 feet. This is an excellent camping place on the plateau overlooking Lake Michaelson (300 metres/1000 feet below). We will stay at the same site and enjoy the spectacular views of the Nithi Gorge, which can be seen by walking to the edges.

Very early in the morning the trekking group will hike up to Point Lenana at 4950 metres/16,200 feet (the highest hiking point on the mountain and 3rd highest summit). Arriving at the point at sunrise, we will walk back down, stopping at "Austrian Hut" for breakfast. We will later walk to “Shipton’s Hut” for the night.

The trekkers will hike around the main peaks of the mountain, past the Two Tarns. Going over the Hausburgs Col, through the Hausburg Valley, we will arrive at "Mackinder's Hut". This spot provides a magnificent view of the rock faces of the mountain.

Hiking up toward Tarn Hill on Mt Kenya during our January expedition (Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved). Peter Horsey, top Kenyan climber on the Mackinder's boulders (Dan Mazur). Our team member Peterson enjoying the view of Teleki Tarn (Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved).

Taking another rest day on the mountain, you may explore the Teleki Valley, which offers plenty of beautiful hikes along it's ridges and hills.

We will hike down the mountain using the Naro Moru track which provides the easiest way to the northern sides of the central peaks. It is the quickest descent of the mountain with a good view over the plains surrounding Mt. Kenya. We will end up at the Park Gate Headquarters in time for pick up and drive to some basic and comfortable shelter at th base of the mountain or maybe even back to Nairobi. back to top

Mt. Kenya: Optional Rock Climb of Nelion-

For our January optional rock climb, we will attempt Nelion Peak on Mt Kenya (second highest peak on the mountain). From Minto's Hut, our group will break from the trekkers for a few days before rejoining the rest of the team. Climbers will go to "Austrian Hut" the day the trekkers go to Point Lenana. The next day, the rock climbers will begin their climb of Nelion via the southeast ridge standard route.

The route begins in a small ampitheatre at 4800 metres/15,700 feet, above the Lewis Glacier, straight across from the Austrian Hut. The first few pitches lead to an uneven ledge where we rope up. From here we ascend to the base of Mackinder's Chimney. Climbing to the right of the chimney up a crack, we get to One O'Clock Gully (photo right: Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved).

We go up the gully and on for several pitches to Baillie's Bivy, a small metal hut sitting on Nelion's South Ridge. We cross the South Ridge onto rock ledges above the Upper Darwin Glacier. From here we ascend the notch between Mackinder's Gendarme and the upper South Ridge to a broad, flat, white-covered ledge. There is a chimney here that leads to the final pitch to the summit of Nelion (5189 metres/17,000 feet), which is fairly moderate. Howell Hut sits upon the summit and is a good place to bivy for climbers crossing the Gate of the Mists to the summit of Batian.

Returning to Shipton's Hut that night, we meet up with the rest of the team before heading out the next day. back to top

Mt. Kenya: Sirimon/Chogoria Route-

Upon leaving Nairobi, we will have an early morning drive (2 hours) to Lake Naivasha, where large amounts of flamingo reside, next to which, Hell’s Gate National Park is situated. We will wander around the volcano formations of the park, which has hot springs and gentle wildlife. There are 200 metre/650 foot high cliffs, which offer opportunities for rock climbing practice for Mt. Kenya for those who may be interested (photo right: Dan Mazur).

After some early morning hiking or climbing we will drive to Nainjuki at the base of Mt. Kenya; the starting point for hiking the Sirimon route up the mountain. We will camp overnight near Old Moses (3000 metres/10,000 feet).

The next day we follow a slightly rising traverse, crossing Ontulili Stream to reach Mackinder's Valley. After about a four hour hike we reach our campsite near the Liki North Hut (3900 metres/12,800 feet).

Felix, one of our great Africa leaders, and team member Sylvia, practicing on a boulder before our ascent of Mt. Kenya (Arnold Coster).

We continue up Mackinder's Valley, leaving the stone formation of Tereri and Sendeyo on our left. After we pass Shipton’s caves we reach the Shipton Hut and our campsite (4100 metres/13,400 feet) at the base of the northern slopes of Mount Kenya’s main peaks Bation (5199 metres/17,050 feet) and Nelion (5189 metres/17,000 feet).

We will take a nice rest day at Shipton’s Camp, where you can take optional small hikes to the surrounding hills, go visit "Icey Mike" (a famous elephant's skeleton) or practice your climbing skills on the nearby cliffs.

After our free day, we will hike around the main peaks of the mountain past Two Tarns. Going over the Hausburgs Col into the Hausburg Valley, we pass through Arthur's Seat and end up at Mackinder's Hut in the Teleki Valley. We will have a magnificent view of the rock faces of the mountain from here.

Very early in the morning the trekking group will hike up to Point Lenana at 4950 metres/16,200 feet (the highest hiking point on the mountain and 3rd highest summit). Arriving at the point at sunrise, we will walk back down, stopping at "Austrian Hut" for breakfast. We will later walk to “Minto’s Hut” in the Chogoria Valley for the night.

The next day we will hike down the mountain using the Chogoria track which provides magnificent views of the Nithi Gorge with the 300 metre/1000 foot vertical cliff called "The Temple" with Lake Michaelson below, as well as some waterfalls and other lakes at Hall Tarns at 3600 metres/11,800 feet. We end up at Chogoria Bandas, where we will drive to a nearby lodge and stay overnight. back to top

Mt. Kenya: Optional Rock Climb of Batian-

For our August optional rock climb, we will attempt Batian Peak on Mt Kenya (highest peak on the mountain). From Shipton Hut, our group will break from the trekkers for a few days before rejoining the rest of the team to begin their climb of Batian via the northeast standard route,'

The climbing begins after a short traverse up to the gully between Krapf Rognon and the main peak. A circle with a cross is chipped into rock at the start of the route.

A short climb brings us to a couloir that we follow up for several pitches to a right-facing corner on easy slabs. From here we ascend to a series of easy, grassy ledges below a wall. Traversing up to a steep chimney, we climb to a large hanging amphitheatre that looks down on both the north and east sides of the mountain. We will bivouc here for the night.

After packing up camp in the morning, we traverse up a gully to Firmin's Tower. Moving between and up several cracks, we attain the top of the tower. Climbing over to another wall, we go up into another smaller amphitheatre, before moving up to reach the West Ridge. Traversing left, we reach Shipton's Notch and continue up and over several ledges to reach the summit of Batian (5199 metres/17,050 feet), the second highest peak in Africa.

Returning to Minto's Hut that night, we meet up with the rest of the team before heading out the next day. back to top

Amboseli Safari:

Amboseli National Park is located at the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. We will drive down to Namanga after leaving Mt Kenya and then over to the park, famous for elephants, hippos, giraffes, rhinos, wildebeasts, zebras, gazelles and hundreds of exotic animals and birds. There are wonderful views of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, rising above the savannah grasslands. Appreciate the increasingly hard to find sights and sounds of the unspoiled African bush, away from other tourists. In the evening, we will camp under Acacia trees in a special campground in the center of the park guarded by Masai-warrior park-wardens.

Not only is this a rejuvenating rest between our two treks, but a rare opportunity to see stunning grasslands abundant with wildlife in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

We will have another early morning big game safari drive through the park and in the afternoon go back to Namanga and on to Tanzania. We will drive to Moshi (a town at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro) where will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel (photo right: Bill Weber). back to top

Ngorongoro Lake Myanyara Safari-

After breakfast we depart to Serengeti, stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge.

Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge.

Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.

Going Home:

We finally drive back to Kenya (Nairobi) crossing over the border at Namanga. In Nairobi we will spend the night at the hotel and have a final dinner celebration together. Team members depart to their respective destinations the next day. back to top

Thank You for joining our Kilimanjaro, Kenya, & Safari Trek.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Mount Review, Testimonial, Endorsement, Complaint, Feedback, Opinion

Please scroll down to read our Reviews

Here is what Bhav had to say about her Mt Kilimanjaro trek 2016

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first such experience. But I can say that I found it kind of therapeutic (everyone laughs when I say this)! But honestly, I had a wonderful experience with the team from the start to the summit & back

The SummitClimb Staff were all amazingly supportive and encouraging, and I have no complains at all. I had heard people saying to me you won't like the food as you go up, but the SummitClimb cook was a star and cooked amazing nutritious meals. The millet porridge and sukumawiki were my Fav :)

The porters were amazing in their part. Admire them for what they do!

The SummitClimb leader was like a climbing partner in the form of a guide. Informative, supportive & a wonderful person to have shared an amazing expedition with.

To be honest I couldn't tell you what to change as what I experienced was amazing. I personally believe that to enjoy nature one has to be in sync with her. So everything was just perfect as far as I am concerned:)

Overall it was a wonderful experience trekking up Kilimanjaro & getting to finally see that part of nature so closely. Thank you to the team of Summitclimb

Photo Bhav

Here is what Mary says:

Once again , a big thank you for a wonderful experience on stunning Mt Kenya , and attempt on Batian ,a very well organised safari, and THE ONLY  ascent route on Kilimanjaro! Umbwe Route is so spectacular, you are right to keep it a secret!!
 
Hope Mt Elbrus went well for all of you ....It's on my bucket list, and I'll join you soon again and climb it with you.
 
Have a safe season.
 
Best wishes,  Mary

 
.View on Kili from Simba Camp. Photo by Arnold Coster .Mackinder’s valley on Kili. Photo by Arnold Coster.

Here is what Jack from California had to say about our Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya/Safari:

"The leaders made considerable efforts to insure a great climb on Kenya and memorable trekking of the Circuit Route around the massif. Climbing guides especially were all amazing in knowledge of mountain craft, experience and patience.

Thank you for a really great time on Mt. Kenya. Everything went so smoothly, almost like it was too easy! Even the weather cooperated.

I was able to make the summit in the company of clients and guides from all over the world; Canada, Germany, Holland, Kenya and the US. The backgrounds among all the people here are equally as varied and interesting."

Arnold watching Andrew belay on the Point Peter practice climb. Photo by Jonathan Barbero.How close! photo by Jonathan Barber

Here is what Nicola from Australia, now living in London, had to say:

"It was an amazing time, one I do not wish to forget in a hurry. Words cannot describe my experience in Africa. I thought the other team members were great and everyone seemed to really enjoy the safari."

Here is what Sylvia from Victoria, Canada, had to say:

"Thank you for a very enjoyable and successful trip. I think it was really good."

Here is what Paul from Chicago, had to say:

"I had a great time and the trip was awesome."

Here is what Cheryl from Vancouver, had to say:

"I really enjoyed it. I am very glad that we had the chance to stay on Mt. Kenya. The trek and time spent there was amazing."

 

 Andrew and Jonathan on the summit of Point Peter 4900m / 16,000 feet. Photo by Arnold Coster. Lion cub resting on a branch in Masai Mara national park. Photo by Jonathan Barbero.

Here is what Wayne from Vancouver had to say:

"The trip was really very well done and I commend SummitClimb on the flexiblility they are able to bring, allowing people to all try to reach their goals in their own way."

Here is what Kelly from Chicago had to say:

"The camaraderie is great and the SummitClimb guides are great team-builders. back to top

We take our member's Reviews, feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our Africa expeditions a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Leadership

 Organizer: During this full service expedition you will benefit from the leadership of Felix Berg , proficient technical climber and mathematics student who lives in Freiburg, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya with his wife, who is a Kenyan and from a well established old family, as her father is the Kenyan minister of elections. Felix is fluent in Swahili and has climbed and trekked Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro numerous times, and was the co-leader of our 2002 Kangchenjunga expedition and Everest-Tibet 2004. He is a very well organised person, and a strong climber, with good ideas, always eager to help others. He has made solo winter ascents of major North Face Routes in the Alps. Felix met SummitClimb, when he made an impressive no-rope ascent and descent of Ama Dablam with a German-Japanese expedition in 2001, then became a leader in training on Kangchenjunga and improved his leadership skills on Everest-Tibet 2004. Felix has his own website you might enjoy visiting: www.BergBote.de . Please be sure to return here when you are done. Photo right: Felix, one of our great Africa leaders, and team member Sylvia, practicing on a boulder before our ascent of Mt. Kenya (Arnold Coster).

Guides: We have highly experienced and friendly African guides to support us along our trek and optional rock climb, as well as safaris. These trustworthy and helpful professionals are there to assist the group on the approach trek and on the mountains, make sure everyone is enjoying themselves, and support us safely to our destinations.

Porters: All of you equipment is carried by porters, so you don't have to carry a heavy ruck sack. You will only need to carry a day-pack during the trek.

Cooks: Skillful cooks prepare all of your meals during the trek and climb, using fresh, local ingredients. For more about where we will stay and what we shall eat, please click here .

Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women of all ages from around the world. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the local people and customs in each picturesque village you stroll through.

We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working local guides, trekking porters, cooking, and office staff. Many of these excellent guides & porters who work for us have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful treks on Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya and the comfortable areas we will visit, as this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up here, and have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and authentic culture of Africa. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.

Our leaders and staff look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Your Experience & Training

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for trekking Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, or participating in the safari. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness.

If you plan to participate in the optional rock climb on Mt. Kenya, you should be able to follow (but not lead unless you really want to, as our leaders are professional climbers) grades up to: North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, and Australian 14. You do not need to be expert (although some members are) and are not required to lead any of the 16 to 22 pitches we will be climbing unless you would prefer to. Please do join our climb of the main peaks Bation, 5,199 metres/17,000 feet, or Nelion, 5190 metres/17,000 feet. Otherwise, you can still join our hiking group to Pt. Lenana at 4,950 metres/16,200 feet.

Fitness and Health:

It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.

Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales. back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink lots of water.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, all members are required to participate in a day of orientation regarding how the trip will be conducted (unless you have made special arrangements to miss this orientation).

    If you are rock climbing on Kenya, we will go over rock climbing techniques, rope fixing, placing and retrieving anchors, ascending, descending, safety techniques, rappels (abseils), and belaying. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and learn to work together as a team. Please make sure you have studied the standard books, such as "Mountaineering, Freedom of the Hills", and are comfortable and familiar with the necessary climbing techniques, before joining our team. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

We hope that you will arrive for your Africa Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of clothing, shoes, equipment, and other items you need to bring for Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, and Safari.

We encourage members to bring all of their equipment with them to Nairobi and not hire/purchase it there, as the prices can be quite outrageous or the items may be impossible to find.

At the bottom is a description of team equipment we bring for you (click link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down).

When you fly to Africa you can bring as much as the airline will allow. On trek, your bag is going to be limited to 18 kg/40 pounds, but you can store the remainder of your items at the hotel.

Weather- In town and on the safaris the weather is usually very comfortable. In general the evenings are between 10-15 degrees Celsius or 50-60 Fahrenheit, with days sometimes around 25 c/80 f.

Weather Conditions near the base of the mountain tend to be tropical to semi-temperate and are relatively stable all year round. The lower plains are hot and dry with average temperatures of around 30 c/85 f.

Higher up the mountain, temperature extremes tend to be far more drastic and the variation between daytime and night time temperature becomes more and more apparent. At night the temperatures at most camps drops to around freezing, sometimes below. Once the sun comes over the peaks it usually warms up to a comfortable 15-20 c/60-70 f.

Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya trekking equipment:

Mt. Kenya optional rock climb (in addition to the trekking equipment listed above):

Group Equipment we bring for you:

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Kili/Kenya/Safari Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?

Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Kili/Kenya/Safari Frequently Asked Questions.

Upper Body-

  • Wind/waterproof/breathable jacket;
  • 1 lightweight down/duvet jacket or synthetic fill jacket;
  • 1 medium weight polar fleece jacket;
  • 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirt, lightweight;
  • Umbrella (optional);
  • 2 cotton t-shirts and 1 long sleeve cotton shirt for wearing in town or safari. back to top

Hands-

  • Warm mitts or gloves with wind/waterproof cover;
  • 1 pr thin polypropylene liner glovers.

Head-

  • Helmet;
  • Warm hat;
  • Sun hat, plus cotton head‑scarf or "bandana";
  • Head torch, with extra batteries and lamps/bulbs;
  • Sunglasses. back to top

Lower Body-

  • 1 pr wind/waterproof/breathable trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Full side zips are a plus;
  • 1 pr medium weight polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pr very lightweight polypropylene/thermal leggings;
  • 1 pr non-cotton walking trousers;
  • 1 pr cotton trousers for wearing in town or safari;
  • Cotton underwear briefs. back to top

Feet-

  • 1 pr sturdy leather walking boots or trail shoes (make sure they are "broken‑in");
  • Light comfortable running shoes or trainers for wading streams or wearing in town / safari;
  • 2 pr thick non-cotton walking socks;
  • 2 pr thin non-cotton liner socks;
  • 2 pr cotton socks. back to top

Sleeping-

  • Sleeping bag for ‑10 centigrade (15 Fahrenheit);
  • 2 normal thickness foam karimats or 1 thick mat. Full length, non-inflatable are best. back to top

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • Rucksack, small or medium (maximum 50 litre/3,050 cubic inches). You will carry this small bag;
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • Travel, kit, or duffel bag with lock, (80‑100 litre/5,000-6,000 cubic inches). Your porter will carry this large bag;
  • Medium size travel, kit, duffel bag for storage at the hotel. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • Sun cream for face, and lip sun cream;
  • Wash Kit, bar soap or hand sanitizer gel / 1 small towel;
  • Female/male hygiene products;
  • Mosquito repellant cream;
  • Hand wipes (optional);
  • Toilet paper, we provide on trek. You should carry your own in town. back to top

Medical- (Please see your GP or doctor)

  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small pack anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small pack anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small pack cough lozenges;
  • 1 small pack cold medicine;
  • 1 course antibiotics for chest infection, available at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription;
  • 1 small pack anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide, available as above;
  • Malaria prevention medicine may be recommended by your doctor;
  • 1 bottle water purification tablets, drops, or filter;
  • Extra prescription glasses, extra contact lens supplies (contact lens wearers: there is a lot of dust, you definitely need to bring prescription glasses as a backup);
  • Earplugs;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills, they are a respiratory depressant. back to top

Personal Food-

  • On the mountain we supply 3 meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, coffee, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our porters will carry this food so you don't have to.
  • We suggest you may wish to bring energy or chocolate bars for summit day. back to top

Practical-

  • 3 one‑litre water bottles;
  • 1 pee/urine bottle (suggested);
  • Adjustable, telescoping trekking pole (optional, but highly recommended);
  • 1 camera with extra cards/film/batteries;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • Several waterproof plastic sacks, ie: rubbish sacks for your sleeping bag, shoes, etc;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Basecamp entertainment. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, small sturdy musical instruments, etc.;
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
  • Passport, proof of insurance card, flight ticket. Keep all in plastic bag;
  • Cash for hotels, visas, small items and gratuities. Credit cards, traveler's cheques, bank/atm cards. Use an "under the trousers" money belt, not one of those round‑the‑neck jobs or bum‑bags that are really more of a sign showing where the money is;
  • Photos of your home and its surroundings to show your new friends;
  • Extra gifts of used clothing, shoes, hats, jackets, for the porters, their wives, children, mothers and fathers;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you. back to top

Mt Kenya Rock Climb (optional)-

  • Helmet (your warm hat must fit beneath it);
  • Harness;
  • Descender-belay device: "atc" or other;
  • 3 regular carabiners;
  • 2 locking carabiners;
  • 1 piece of 7 millimetre cord, 2 metres / 6 feet in length or 1 short sling;
  • 1 piece of 7 millimetre cord, 3 metres / 10 feet in length or 1 long sling;
  • Comfortable, warm, all day rock shoes. back to top

Group Equipment-

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including rope and rock protection, tents, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

 

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Questions

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Video Clips

  • Click here to view - A short 5 minute movie showing the Kenya high circuit trek (3.4 MB - by 29niccolo).
  • Click here to view - A short movie about the history of Kilimanjaro (4.7 MB - by bwanaeddie).
  • Click here to view - A short 5 minute clip of a Kenyan safari (3.7 MB - by dropthezero2).
  • Click here to view - A brief clip of the summit of Mt. Kenya (0.7 MB - by kenyajourneymanpictures)
  • Click here to view - A brief clip of the high camp on Mt. Kenya (0.25 MB - by kenyavids)
  • Click here to view - A short clip of the summit of Kilimanjaro (3 MB - by kurtbestorekilisummit.mov)
  • Click here to view - A brief video clip of a Kenyan safari (2 MB - by safariwistmaster) (photo by Bill Weber).

You will need "Quick Time" to see it. To down load quick time, please click here:Get Quicktime

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding this section with more Africa video clips.

 

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari News

Archive news: Please click here

 

 

Photos by Felix Berg.

Thank you for reading about our past African Expeditions. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.


Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - International Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, & Safari "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for International Trekking Applicants

Click here to download MS Word Form for International Trekking Applicants

Note: If you plan to participate in the optional Mt. Kenya rock climb instead of the high altitude circuit trek, please fill out the climbing application below instead of the trekking application. Thank you.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Conditions of Climbing Expeditions, Treks and Tours (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - US Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, & Safari "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for US Trekking Applicants

Click here to download the MS Word Form for US Trekking Applicants

Note: If you plan to participate in the optional Mt. Kenya rock climb instead of the high altitude circuit trek, please fill out the climbing application below instead of the trekking application. Thank you.

Click here to download the PDF Form for US Climbing Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Jack from California had to say about our Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya/Safari:

    "The leaders made considerable efforts to insure a great climb on Kenya and memorable trekking of the Circuit Route around the massif. Climbing guides especially were all amazing in knowledge of mountain craft, experience and patience.

    I was able to make the summit in the company of clients and guides from all over the world; Canada, Germany, Holland, Kenya and the US. The backgrounds among all the people here are equally as varied and interesting."

  • Here is what Nicola from Australia, now living in London, had to say:

    "It was an amazing time, one I do not wish to forget in a hurry. Words cannot describe my experience in Africa. I thought the other team members were great and everyone seemed to really enjoy the safari."

  • Here is what Sylvia from Victoria, Canada, had to say:

    "Thank you for a very enjoyable and successful trip. I think it was really good."

  • Here is what Paul from Chicago, had to say:

    "I had a great time and the trip was awesome."

  • Here is what Cheryl from Vancouver, had to say:

    "I really enjoyed it. I am very glad that we had the chance to stay on Mt. Kenya. The trek and time spent there was amazing."

  • Here is what Wayne from Vancouver had to say:

    "The trip was really very well done and I commend SummitClimb on the flexiblility they are able to bring, allowing people to all try to reach their goals in their own way."

  • Here is what Bhav had to say about her Mt Kilimanjaro trek 2016:

    I honestly wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first such experience. But I can say that I found it kind of therapeutic (everyone laughs when I say this)! But honestly, I had a wonderful experience with the team from the start to the summit & back

    They were all amazingly supportive and encouraging. Michael (guide),  (cook), Masai, Frank, Prosper & Ortaz (porters) and I have no complains at all. I had heard people saying to me you won't like the food as you go up, but the cook was a star and cooked amazing nutritious meals. The millet porridge and sukumawiki were my Fav :)

    The porters were amazing in their part. Admire them for what they do!

    Michael was like a climbing partner in the form of a guide. Informative, supportive & a wonderful person to have shared an amazing expedition with.

    To be honest I couldn't tell you what to change as what I experienced was amazing. I personally believe that to enjoy nature one has to be in sync with her. So everything was just perfect as far as I am concerned:)

    Overall it was a wonderful experience trekking up Kilimanjaro & getting to finally see that part of nature so closely. Thank you to the team of summitclimb

    Here is what Kelly from Chicago had to say:

    "The camaraderie is great and the SummitClimb guides are great team-builders."