Kilimanjaro is for everyone
While we recognise that not everyone can get to the top of Kilimanjaro, we firmly believe that everyone can try. One of our directors, Joshua Ruhimbi, and his work leading blind, disabled, wheelchair-bound, infants and the elderly climbers up the slopes to the summit of Africa’s Highest Mountain, is proof that, no matter how great the obstacle, almost anyone can make it to the top.
So whatever condition you’re in, and whatever obstacles you face, we are here to help you realise your ambition to conquer Kilimanjaro, and stand at the highest point on the African continent.
We cannot guarantee that you’ll get to the top; our ‘safety-first’ approach means we could never do that.
But we do aim for all of our clients to do the best that they can on the mountain, while having a lot of fun along the way. That is what separates a trek with the Kilimanjaro Experts from all the rest.
From large groups to solo climbers – we cater for them all
We run two sorts of treks: public treks, and private ones….
Our public treks are open to everyone. These climbs are for people who are happy to – indeed, prefer – to walk with strangers. For most people, part of the joy of any holiday is the chance to meet different people from different walks of life, and share some time together. A climb up Kilimanjaro is, of course, ideal for this. The unique conditions and hardships enjoyed and endured by anyone who pits themselves against Africa’s Highest Mountain makes it an ideal environment for making friends and forging lasting relationships.
For this reason, and others, they are particularly great for solo trekkers. When writing the book, and when researching for each subsequent edition, I have always been a ‘solo’ climber. So I fully appreciate how annoying it is to have to pay more for the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro, just because we happen to be travelling by ourselves. Which is why we go out of our way to make sure that solo climbers who want to climb with us are not exploited by single supplements, particularly as, we think, they are just unnecessary. If you book a climb with us, you’ll pay the same per person as if you were part of a couple. Not a penny, cent or shilling more.
Our public treks have a maximum of just 8 people on them. Very occasionally we will go over this – if, for example, there are already seven people on it, and a couple want to sign up too.
The maximum we have set is usually smaller than other groups, who often have 12,15 or even twenty people in their groups. But our time on the mountain organsing and leading big groups on the mountain, means that we know that this is the wrong approach. Because instead of your climb being an adventure shared just between just your small group and your mountain crew, you start to feel like an army marching up the slopes – and the whole experience feels less magical because of it.
Which is why, though our maximum is occasionally increased by one person, we never let it get to 10 people. Once you let the number of climbers reach double figures, we think the trek loses something.
If you click on this link you’ll find a full schedule of our public treks. Note that if you can’t find anything that fits your schedule, don’t despair: we add new dates all the time so it’s always worth checking back.
Private treks, big and small
We also organise private treks. We make sure these are fair value too. Indeed, as long as there are two of you, the price for a private trek will be the same as if you joined one of our public climbs. A private trek allows you to choose the exact date you start your trek, the route you take up the mountain and the duration of the trek.
Note that, with a private group, you also get to choose how many people are on your trek. So if you have a group of twenty, thirty, or more people, that’s absolutely fine. You just tell us how big your group is, and we’ll make all the necessary arrangements.
And remember, the greater the number of people in your booking, the cheaper your trek will be.
No matter the size of your party, whether you’re a couple on honeymoon who just want to get away from everyone else during your trek, or a large group of fifty or more people climbing for charity, we’ll be able to help.