Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Trekking, Rock Climbing & Tours

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Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Trekking, Rock Climbing & Tours

Kilimanjaro (9 days): US$ 3,550

Dates: 4 July to 12 July or 2 Aug to 10 Aug or 15 Aug to 23 Aug or 29 Aug. to 06 Sep or 05 Sep. to 13 Sep or 12 Sep. to 20 Sep or 11 Oct. to 19 Oct or 18 Oct. to 26 Oct or 31 Oct. to 08 Nov or 21 Nov. to 29 Nov or 12 Dec. to 20 Dec 2020, 28 December 2020 to 5 January 2021, 9 January to 17 January 2021, 25 January to 2 February 2021, 6 February to 14 February, 13 February to 21 February 2021, 27 February to 7 March 2021, 2 April to 10 April 2021, 29 May to 6 June 2021, 12 June to 20 June 2021, 25 June to 4 July 2021, 17 July to 25 July 2021, 31 July to 8 August 2021, 14 August to 22 August 2021, 21 August to 29 August 2021, 11 September to 19 September, 25 September to 3 October 2021, 11 October to 19 October 2021.

Mt.Kenya trek: US$ 2,250. Mt. Kenya technical climb: $2,810 (add $340 for solo members). Single-supplement for either trip: $280

Date:, 2-9 August 2020, 11-18 August 2020, 6 to 13 September 2020, 21 September to 28 September, 1 November to 8 November, 16 to 23 December 2020, 28 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021, 3 January to 10 January, 23 January to 30 January 2021, 14 February to 21 February 2021, 4 July to 11 July 2021, 1 August to 8 August 2021, 15 August to 22 August 2021, 2 September to 9 September 2021 or 16 December to 23 December 2021.

Amboseli Safari (3 days, 2 nights): US$ 1450. Single Supplement: US$ 550

Combined package - Mount Kenya (Trek), Safari, and Kilimanjaro: US$ $6000 ($6750 for technical climb of Mt Kenya) Single Supplement: US$ 550

More Information

We offer a combined expedition on Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro plus safari in one extraordinary program, climb the two highest mountains in Africa together and explore East Africa on a "mountain safari" .

Alternatively you can chose to trek on Mt Kilimanjaro trek or climb / trek Mt Kenya.

Leader: Felix Berg, experienced organizer - leader of treks & climbs in Africa & the Himalaya.

Recent News: Please Click here to view recent news and pictures of our expedition to Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Trekking, Rock Climbing, and Tours Overview

Africa Program: Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, and safari combines a wide variety of mountain and safari travel at a reasonable price, allowing you to experience the best of Africa in just 19 days.

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 metres/19,340 feet. We hike 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.During the trek and climb, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh 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 is 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

Mount Kenya, is the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199 meters/17,057 feet. It is off the beaten tourist track, and provides 8 days of pristine trekking, optional rock-climbing, and exploration. During the trek and climb, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh 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 is 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.

The optional rock climb is perhaps the best climb in all of Africa.Climb 16 to 22 pitches on excellent rock. 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 grades up to: North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, and Australian 14.

Amboseli National Park Safari : Located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, we observe Africa's fascinating wildlife. You will experience an animal safari with the chance to observe twilight-active animals, such as hyenas, and maybe a magnificent African sunset. Amboseli Park is famous for the large herds of elephants that roam in front of Kilimanjaro and in the swamp. We can also observe many other animals such as zebras, wildebeests, buffalo, Maasai giraffes and, with luck, lions. A Masai village can be visited at your own expense. We spend the evenings in comfortable safari lodges with a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Our friendly expert leader will drive you in a purpose-built Land-Rover. Through the rooftop, you will see 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 food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. The helpful staff are there to ensure you can relax and enjoy the trip.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • 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 including: 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 the night before and the night after tour
  • 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 and extra meals not included in itinerary
  • Tips

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

Trip Pricing:

Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Safari Cost (all three trips combined):

  • Full Service Cost $6000.

Kilimanjaro Only:

  • Full Service Cost: $3550 USD.

Mt. Kenya Summit Circuit Trek or Optional Rock Climb Only:

  • Full Service Cost: $1850 USD. (Groups of 1-3 will go with local leaders. Groups of 4+ will go with a SummitClimb leader

Safari Only:

  • $1,450

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

Custom Kilimanjaro trips:

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:

Please consider adding a trip to Rwenzori, "Mountains of the Moon" , if you wish to extend your African adventure.

High end trips to Zanzibar, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safaris are also available. Call for pricing and details.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Itinerary

Kilimanjaro only itinerary (Not combined with Mt Kenya)

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania. Arrive in Arusha(Kilimanjaro International Airport), transfer to Hotel
     
  • Day 2 - Ride a private bus through a region with lush vegetation, coffee and banana plantations to NaleMoru.Hike to camp in moorland near the Rongai cave. Drive time approximately 3 hours. Walking time approximately 3-4 hrs. Camp at 2600m, 8,530’.
     
  • Day 3 –Hike to the second cave to around 3450m, 11,319’. After lunch,hike toward Mawenzi, then camp near the Kikelewa Caves. Walking time 5-7 hours. Camp at 3600m, 11,811’
     
  • Day 4 –Short, steep climb to camp near the Mawenzi Tarn. Walking time 3-4 hours. Camp at 4300 m, 14,107’.
     
  • Day 5 - Rest day with optional short hikes offers wonderful views of Mawenzi.
     
  • Day 6 – Hike to high camp. Walking time approx. 4-5 hours overnight in hut 4800m, 15,748
     
  • Day 7 –Leave for the summit around midnight. It takes approximately 4-6 hours to Gilman's Point at 5685 m,18,652’, at the summit crater where the terrain is flat. Hike 1-2 hours and 200 meters higher to the summit, the highest point in Africa. Walking time: about 9-12 hours (6-8 hours ascent, descent 3-4 hours) Camp at (3950m / 3760m).
     
  • Day 8 –Hike toMarangu Gate, then we drive to the hotel and you will be rewarded for the summit success with a certificate of the National Park. Walking time approximately 3-4 hours
     
  • Day 9 - flight back home or onward

Mt. Kenya:

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Nairobi and drive to the hotel
     
  • Day 2 - Full day to relax, tour of Nairobi (national park, Bomas), last purchases (snacks etc.) and climbing training. Dinner with orientation and meeting all group participants
     
  • Days 3 and 4 – trek to Mount Kenya
     
  • Days 5 and 6 - Climbing Mount Kenya
     
    • Winter: We climb to the Austrian Hut and from there we can climb the Point Lenana (4985m).
    • Summer: From Shipton's Camp we can do a training tour or try the Batian ascent.
       
  • Day 7 - Climb the Batian, 5199m, 17,057’. We get up early in the morning to be at the start of the route at the first sunlight.
     
  • Day 8 – Descent

Optional Ngorongoro Lake Myanyara Safari:

1) Leave Nairobi after breakfast for the Serengeti. Stop along 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 until 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.

Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Leadership
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. She is from a well-established old family, and her 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 AmaDablam 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.

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.
Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Personal & Team Equipment

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.

On trek, your personal baggage limited to 18 kg/40 pounds, but you can store the remainder of your items at the hotel.

Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya trekking equipment:

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

Hands

  • Warm mitts or gloves with wind/waterproof cover
  • 1 pair 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

Lower Body

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

Feet -

  • 1 pair 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 pair thick non-cotton walking socks
  • 2 pair thin non-cotton liner socks
  • 2 pair cotton socks

Sleeping

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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.

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
Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Your Experience and Training
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 climb North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, or 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.
Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari - Members Application

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.

In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:  

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Kilimanjaro Kenya Safari Review

Please scroll down to read our Reviews

Here is what Agina has to say: Dear SummitClimb

It's my pleasure to write you to rave about my Kilimanjaro expedition. I worked really hard and saved for almost a year (as you know) to go on this expedition. Your team did not disappoint! I flew to Tanzania without knowing any of my team members. I finally met them at safari when I got to the lodge at Momella. We bonded instantly and went on to do Kili together as a team.

I was met at the airport by Yitzak and your team members never left my side. I was guided all the way up the mountain by Yitzak and Frankie and the rest of our team. We took the Western Breach route which was a bit more challenging that the other standard routes but I'M SO GLAD we took the Western Breach. The first two days we shared the mountain with so many other people it was getting very crowded. After day two, we split off and I felt like we had the mountain all to ourselves!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip. I was very surprised at how well we were taken care of by our porters, cook, and guides. We ate wonderful meals and our tents were always ready for us at the end of each day! The entire team was friendly, helpful, and just a pure joy to be around. The team made our expedition so fun and enjoyable, I felt like all I had to do was get up that mountain and our porters, cook, and guides did the rest! They were all truly amazing.

I happened to be the only American and only female on this expedition. It did not bother me at all. As a matter of fact, I'm still in contact with the majority of my team member, Klaus, Andy, Stefan, and Guillermo. We correspond regularly and they are like brothers to me! LOL.

Honestly, I'm so glad I chose to go on this expedition with your outfit. I felt safe, well-cared for, and I felt like our porters, cook, & guides were all very experienced on the mountain. I never worried about a thing.

I will definitely book with you again to do other summits. Your patience with me during the whole process deserves recognition! I know I pestered you to death with questions and concerns that may have been silly, but this was my first expedition and I was going solo so I had a lot of concerns. You never made me feel like a bother though. Kudos to you SummitClimb!

I've attached a few photos of our team and myself. Best, Agina


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

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

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."

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 Kelly from Chicago had to say:

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

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.