Do you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Every year, over 30,000 people just like you come to Tanzania to scale the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness, determination, and the right guide service to help you along the way.
WHY CLIMB WITH ULTIMATE KILIMAJARO?
For over 15 years, we have provided the highest quality Kilimanjaro climbs at a reasonable cost.
- Hand selected, licensed local guides
- Decades of climbing experience
- Certified Wilderness First Responders
- Over 15,000 clients led to the summit
- Fluent in English
HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS
- Rugged, 4-season Mountain Hardwear tents
- Warm Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags
- Hot meals from fresh, local ingredients
- Clean water treated with WaterGuard
- Private toilet tent on all climbs
- Trained in first aid & mountain rescue
- Health checks performed twice per day
- Monitor oxygen saturation & heart rate
- Emergency oxygen included on all climbs
- Helicopter evacuation
- 89 year old Guinness World Record holder
- Celebrities, television hosts & producers
- US Senator, US Ambassador & Lt. Governor
- Filmmakers, authors & journalists
- Disabled veteran (with a prosthetic leg)
- U.S. and foreign newspapers
- International magazines
- Best selling books
- Award winning films
- and more…
we have a reputation for excellence
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is one of the largest and most reputable operators on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Due to our hard working, dedicated team, we have gained a reputation for excellence in the field among our peers and our clients. We are an authoritative expert in the industry.
Every year, we lead over 150 climbs and guide more than 1,000 people. Our clients have included celebrities, film makers, senators, ambassadors, authors, and journalists. We have successfully guided the world record holder for the oldest person (an 89 year old woman), a disabled war veteran (with an above knee prosthetic leg), and a United States Senator to the summit.
All agree, you won’t find a better Kilimanjaro outfitter.
Our expert guides, high quality standards, and focus on safety have made us the top choice for thousands of customers from all over the world. In short, we know what it takes to get you to the summit – in an safe, fun, and affordable way.
Thousands of people have stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with us. Won’t you join us on the Roof of Africa?
OUR MOST FAMOUS CLIMBS
89 Year Old Breaks World Record with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
We would like to congratulate Anne Lorimor for becoming the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest person to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Anne was the also the previous record holder as the oldest woman to successfully climb Kilimanjaro when she made the journey at age 85. However, her record was lost when an 86 year old female overtook it in 2015.
Anne returned to Tanzania at age 89 to not only re-claim her title as the oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro, but to also become the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro as well.
Anne summited in 2019 on the Rongai route along with her adventurous companions and the Ultimate Kilimanjaro® team. We are humbled and honored to be a part of her life’s journey.
Disabled Veteran Conquers Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
We are proud to have partnered with The Heroes Project, a non profit organization that supports climbing programs for wounded veterans by putting them on some of the highest summits around the world.
The Heroes Project and Ultimate Kilimanjaro® led injured veteran Julian Torres to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2015.
GQ writer Davy Rothbart accompanied the team on the expedition and subsequently wrote a story of the climb entitled Mount Impossible: How a Disabled Veteran Conquered Kilimanjaro.
83 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Summits with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
We would like to extend our gratitude to Nat Shaffir for choosing Ultimate Kilimanjaro® for his historic climb as the first Holocaust Survivor to summit Kilimanjaro.
When Nat was only six years old, he and his family were forced into a Jewish ghetto in Iasi, Romania. There he lived with his mother and sisters while his father was transferred to a distant labor camp. Nat was reunited with his father when Russian soldiers liberated Iasi in 1945.
At 83 years old, Nat climbed Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho route and reached the top on 2019. He hopes he can inspire others to conquer their personal mountains.
U.S. Senator Makes it to the Top With Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema successfully climbed Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro® in 2013. Sinema tackled the 8 day Lemosho route and summited on Christmas morning.
“What an incredible trip! I enjoyed superb views, delicious food, and good company. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is a great company to hire for this amazing experience!” -Kyrsten Sinema, United States Representative
Sinema is also an avid marathon runner and Ironman Triathlete. She added climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to her impressive list of achievements.
Television Host and Model Asha Leo Summits with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
In 2015, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® successfully guided television host Asha Leo to the summit of Kilimanjaro. She completed the eight day climb on the Lemosho Route.
“I didn’t know what it would feel like when I got to the top. That feeling like you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. Amazing trip!” – Asha Leo
Asha Leo is a British fashion model and television presenter who began her career at age 13 by winning a model competition. By age 21, she became an in-demand international commercial fashion model.
She is most known for being a correspondent on NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Featured in Documentary Series – Adventures to the Edge
Celebrity filmmaker, entrepreneur and conservationist Sean Davies produced a six part documentary series called Adventures to the Edge.
One episode features his climb on Mount Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®. Davies discusses the changes to the environment on and around the mountain.
His organization, Project C:CHANGE, is dedicated to generating awareness in China and Asia about global environmental degradation, climate change and conservation through the power of celebrity.
U.S. Ambassador and Lt. Governor Climbs with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Gail Schoettler, a former U.S. Ambassador, Colorado Lieutenant Governor and Colorado State Treasurer, climbed Kilimanjaro with us in 2008.
Schoetller is an avid hiker who has climbed all 54 of Colorado’s 14’ers.
“We successfully climbed Kilimanjaro with excellent guides who took great care of us and made every effort to make sure we were comfortable, safe, and happy. We couldn’t have been more pleased.” – Gail Schoettler
Schoetller was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Their mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women.
Television Host and Producer Rachel Rudwall Climbs with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
In February 2015, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® led television host and producer Rachel Rudwall to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Rudwall is an accomplished traveler who has had countless global adventures, ranging from work as a host for ABC’s FABLife, HLN’s Vacation Chasers, the Travel Channel and Mashable. She has produced top-rated shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men.
Beyond the screen, Rudwall writes articles and shoots photography for magazines and shares further global inspiration through speaking, keynote addresses, and conference workshops.
Rudwall is also a scuba diver and a pilot of planes, boats, and jetpacks.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Featured in Documentary – Tanzania: A Journey Within
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® participated in the making of award winning documentary Tanzania: A Journey Within. Our guides led the film’s subjects to the top of Kilimanjaro.
The film follows a white American and her Tanzanian friend as they embark on a journey taking them from the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village.
The ability of the Tanzanian people to love, dream, and persevere in the face of overwhelming hardship triggers a life-changing transformation.
The film was released in commercial theaters in 2014.
Best Selling Author Writes About Experience with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Best selling Tim Ward successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Ultimate Kilimanjaro® in 2011. His first hand account of his journey is available in his book, Zombies on Kilimanjaro, a humorous and thoughtful literary travel narrative.
The book captures the father and son’s experience while climbing Kilimanjaro. There, they engage in deep revelations about fatherhood, divorce, dark secrets and old grudges, and forge an authentic adult relationship.
Together they explore how our stories about ourselves can imprison us in the past, and the importance of letting go.
“Kilimanjaro Uncovered” Chronicles Author’s Climb With Ultimate Kilimanjaro®
Kilimanjaro Uncovered – An Alternative Path to Bliss is a book about the author’s climb on the Northern Circuit Route with Ultimate Kilimanjaro®.
Alexandra Tanbai provides valuable guidance for those interested in climbing themselves and tells a broader story of a truly life changing experience.
Kilimanjaro Uncovered started with a simple idea – to provide a review of a little-known hiking route along with helpful information. It ended with an extraordinary story written in real time.
The climb triggered big changes – from a career in corporate finance into founding a social enterprise; from being a city person into an outdoor adventurer; from being intimidated by her first travel to Africa into cycling from Cairo to Cape Town.
HOW TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
1. How do I choose a good Kilimanjaro company?
There are hundreds of companies who service the mountain, but only a handful can be considered reputable. Look for an established company with experienced and competent guides who practice high safety standards. Look for an operator that has proven expertise, successfully serving a wide range of clients spanning many years. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has guided more than 15,000 clients to the summit since we began more than 15 years ago. We are the Kilimanjaro specialists. And we’re still going strong. <<read more>>
2. How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?
Do not select a company strictly based on price! Price should be only one component in your overall decision. Prices vary significantly between operators, however high prices and low prices should both be viewed with caution. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® offers high quality climbs at reasonable rates. At our price levels, we can satisfy all park fees, pay real wages to staff, supply good food and equipment, while still providing great service to our clients, equal or better than climbs costing much more. <<read more>>
3. When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
The best months to climb Kilimanjaro tend to be the warmest and driest months – January, February, and September. June, July, August and October are also good months. However, temperatures and weather are unpredictable, and can change drastically based on the time of day and altitude. For most people, it’s best to avoid the long rainy season, from the end of March to early June, and the short rainy season, from November through the beginning of December. <<read more>>
4. Which is the best route for climbing Kilimanjaro?
Each route has different characteristics that may or may not appeal to you. Consider the difficulty, scenery and crowds when you select your route. Other factors that should be considered are your age, fitness level, medical conditions, backpacking and hiking experience, experience at high altitude, degree of motivation, and any other special considerations. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® recommends the Northern Circuit, Lemosho, Machame and Rongai routes. Which is best depends on your specific situation. <<read more>>
5. How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
The more days that you spend on the mountain, the higher your chances of reaching the summit. Statistics show that each additional day you spend acclimatizing increases your probability of success. Therefore we strongly recommend that you do not book the minimum number of days. Odds are you will experience altitude sickness, won’t enjoy your hike, and won’t reach the top. Seven or more days is highly recommended for a safe and successful climb. Our 8 and 9 day routes are the most popular. <<read more>>
6.What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. The trek from base to summit crosses several distinct climate zones, each with different temperatures, humidity, and precipitation levels. On the lower slopes, the average temperature is around 70-80F and decreases as you gain elevation. At the top, night time temperatures can range between 20 to -20F.<<read more>>
7. What gear do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Our comprehensive gear list contains everything you need to tackle the mountain’s varied terrain and weather. It includes technical clothing such as a waterproof jacket, insulated jacket and base layers as well as equipment such as a backpack and sleeping bag. Note that you will only carry a small daypack with you while you hike between camps. The remainder of your gear is transported by our support crew. No need to carry heavy packs! <<read more>>
8. How do I train to climb Kilimanjaro?
It is very hard to gauge the mental and physical strength needed to climb Kilimanjaro. If you’ve spoken to those who have successfully or unsuccessfully climbed it, you’d get a wide range of accounts. The truth is, like any other activity, some people excel at it and some people struggle. We recommend a minimum of two months of physical training – more if you are out of shape, less if you are already an avid hiker. The best exercise is doing day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (~1,500 ft), while carrying a 20 lb. pack. Endurance is key, so focus on long sessions at a slow pace. <<read more>>
9. Is climbing Kilimanjaro dangerous?
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has robust safety systems in place to minimize the dangers of high altitude trekking. Our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders. We perform health checks twice per day to monitor oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. Additionally the Lake Louise Scoring System helps us determine whether climbers have altitude sickness and if so, its severity. Bottled oxygen is carried on every climb as a precaution and added safety measure. We can even initiate helicopter rescue if necessary. Your health and well being is our first priority and we take that responsibility very seriously. <<read more>>
10. Why are some company’s prices so low?
There is a fair share of budget operators who offer cheap climbs. These poorly run companies use low prices as their only way to attract clients. There is simply no way for these operators to provide satisfactory services without skimping on necessary expenditures that affect the quality of your climb. Budget operators engage in appalling practices such as paying porters less than minimum wage or not at all, feeding porters only once or twice a day, forcing porters to carry loads greater than the weight limit, allowing porters to hike Kilimanjaro with insufficient clothing and providing poor shelters for porters to sleep in. Never climb with a budget operator. <<read more>>