Tanzania·March 23 - 31 2024

Kilimanjaro; an Easter Special, via the 7 Day Machame Route

Do something extraordinary this Easter; trek to the summit of the highest freestanding mountain on Earth

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Overview

Challenge yourself this Easter, with an experience you will never forget. Kilimanjaro is a mountaineering classic, the highest mountain in Africa, one of the ‘Seven Summits’ and the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 5,895m. Reaching its lofty summit can be a life changing experience, the realisation of a long-held ambition or the start of a lifelong love affair with high altitude mountaineering. But regardless of the outcome, one thing is for certain; Kilimanjaro as an experience is as challenging as it is unforgettable. Kilimanjaro is a powerful place. It is not uncommon to hear seasoned mountaineers, nominate Kilimanjaro as their favorite of the 'Seven Summits.' It is a unique mountain environment; beautiful, wild and possessing of a special energy that you will sense as you climb. The high mountain crew are integral to this with their warmth, kindness and generous spirit. Song is never far from their lips, nor are words of greeting and encouragement. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a thrilling and awe-inspiring adventure that offers a unique sense of accomplishment, breath-taking natural beauty and immersion in unique mountain culture.

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Highlights

Sunrise on the Peak

Sunrise on the Peak

Celebrate Easter from the peak of Kilimanjaro. A moment you will never forget!

Amazing Guiding Team

Amazing Guiding Team

We have the most experienced and kindest guides on Kilimanjaro. John Bosco leads the expedition alongside our Assistant Head Guide Kennedy Lengutai.

Best Chef on Kilimanjaro

Best Chef on Kilimanjaro

Our head chef Steven is the culinary king of the clouds, serving up some of the best food at altitude in the world.

Great Hotel in Moshi

Great Hotel in Moshi

Salinero is one of the best hotels in Moshi and the ideal place to start and finish your trek.

Portable Shower and Private Toilets

Portable Shower and Private Toilets

Our "Max Add Ons" include a portable shower and private toilets for your comfort.

A Great Time to Get Away

A Great Time to Get Away

With bank holidays and annual leave falling on and around this date, it is the perfect time to take on Kilimanjaro.

Finish witha Safari

Finish witha Safari

Stay on and visit the phenomenal Tarangire National Park and see the 'Big 5'.

Meet Your Team

John Bosco (TNZ) - Expedition Leader

John Bosco (TNZ) - Expedition Leader

John is one of the most experienced guides working on Kilimanjaro with over 200 summits, with many coming via the Western Breach, by far and away the most technical route on Kilimanjaro and the most dangerous.


John has an impressive record of getting people to the summit. The oldest client he has guided to the summit to date was 78 years old while the youngest was just 9! 


John has an impeccable safety record, undergoes regular First Aid training and is highly experienced at recognising and treating the symptoms of AMS.  


John will no doubt impress you with his kind and professional manner, attention to detail and skill on the mountain. 





Kennedy Lengutai (TNZ) - Assistant Guide

Kennedy Lengutai (TNZ) - Assistant Guide

Arusha-born Kennedy first began working as a porter on Kilimanjaro when he was a teenager.


He later attended Mweka Wildlife College and became a certified guide. He's been working as a lead guide on Kilimanjaro for more than 10 years and has summited Africa's greatest mountain more than 100 times.


Kennedy lives on his farm in Arusha with his wife and two children.  When not climbing, he's usually busy tending his coffee, bananas, and avocados.



Mathew Jacky (TNZ) - Logistics Manager

Mathew Jacky (TNZ) - Logistics Manager

Mathew hails from Arusha and has a long history with Kilimanjaro, beginning as a porter when he was still just a teenager. 


He is a graduate of Arusha's National College of Tourism and is now one of the best providers of Kilimanjaro logistics in Tanzania.


Mathew will be on hand 24/7 to make sure our expedition is a great success.

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Manager

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Manager

Oliver is the founder of True Summit Adventures, a certified Mountain Leader and experienced adventurer and alpinist. 

He has been to the summit of Kilimanjaro five times: in 2019, 2022 and no less than three times in 2023.


Of Kilimanjaro he says: "I think it is something everyone should do in their lifetime. It is a challenge going to 6000m, but it is a very special place. Everything from the unique scenery, to the people who work on its slopes, the whole experience is magic, a dream. It's my pleasure and my hope to share this dream with you."


Oliver will be fully managing this climb from start to finish from the UK, while James Bell leads in Tanzania.

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Steven Bahati Mushi (TNZ) - Head Chef

Steven Bahati Mushi (TNZ) - Head Chef

Steven is one of the most experienced high-altitude chef's in the world. 


He has over 15 years experience as a chef on Kilimanjaro, where he prides himself on providing the best and freshest recipes whatever your culinary preferences and requirements.


A graduate of the Royal Institute of Tourism in Moshi, Steve lives in Moshi with his wife and four children.

JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT

THE MACHAME ROUTE

THE MACHAME ROUTE

Kilimanjaro has many routes to choose from but at True Summit Adventures we prefer Machame for its spectacular views, challenging nature, and lower chance of overcrowding. 


Technically speaking, the Machame route has some steeper sections, scrambles (including the famous Baranco Wall), and longer distances trekking between camps compared to other routes. However, the topography allows climbers to trek high and sleep low, making acclimatisation easier and contributing to higher summit success rates.


The route starts along the southwest side of the mountain, entering at Machame Camp before proceeding steeply north, and traversing the Shira Plateau. It eventually joins the Shira and Lemosho routes at Shira Camp, and ends at Mweka Gate.


This is a true expedition, with camping under the stars in wild and beautiful nature, although we provide private showers and toilets on every night of the expedition.

Itinerary

Reach the highest point on the African continent as sunrise pierces the horizon

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23rd March - Day 1: Arrival in Moshi, 900m

The adventure begins!

It is our pleasure to  welcome you to Tanzania and the experience of a lifetime. 

A True Summit Adventures team member will collect you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and take you to the team hotel and base in Moshi. We use the excellent Salinero Hotel, one of the best hotels in the Moshi area. You can take this opportunity to relax by the pool, have a massage, or maybe head into town for a coffee at Union Cafe.

In the evening, we gather for introductions, a gear check, expedition briefing and – most important of all, a hearty dinner! 

Be sure to eat a lot as the climb is long and arduous...

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24th March - Day 2: Depart on Trek. Reach Machame Camp, 2835m

Today we begin with a good breakfast at Salierno before taking the 40 minute transfer to the start of the trek at Machame Gate. 

Here we meet our expert climbing crew; guides, porters and camp teams and complete the necessary park registrations.

Today, the trekking is relatively relaxed. The first section of the climb meanders gently through magnificent, dense rainforest to Machame Camp.

Our guides set a steady, maintainable pace, although anyone wishing to trail-run these first days is welcome to – a superstar guide will be assigned to accompany you!

In the evening we adjust to expedition life and get stuck into the best food available on the mountain, courtesy of our excellent Head Chef Steven.

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25th March - Day 3: Trek to Shira Camp, 3750m

Today we continue steeply up through forest until we reach the Shira Plateau. Here we will enjoy amazing views of Kilimanjaro, directly ahead of us, and Mount Meru in the distance.

Mount Meru is another dormant volcano, close to Arusha, some 70km west of Kilimanjaro. At 4500m its summit normally protrudes from the clouds providing a beautiful backdrop to the climb.

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26th March- Day 4: Trek to Baranco Camp, 3900m via the Lava Tower, 4600m

Our journey through this diverse landscape continues and today we head above the treeline and onto the high moorland where we traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing under the imposing Lava Tower, where we stop for lunch.

Today we gain some serious altitude - touching 4600m at the Lava Tower, but following the mountaineering code of ‘trek high, sleep low’, we will descend to the Baranco Camp for the night, helping our bodies acclimatise as we continue our push to the roof of Africa.

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27th March - Day 5: Trek to Karanga Camp, 3995m, via the Baranco Wall

Today we reach one of the highlights of the whole trek – the famous Baranco Wall. The steepest section of the climb, you should expect epic scrambling followed by stunning views. 

By this point you will no doubt marvel at the strength of the Tanzanian porters as they cheerfully haul packs with gravity-defying ease up the steep slopes of the wall. 

Tea, coffee and snacks await you at the top before we head towards the Karanga Valley, and a final climb which takes us into camp at 3,963m.

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28th March - Day 6: Trek to Barafu Camp, 4870m. Prepare for Summit Bid

Today we make the relatively short hike to Barafu Camp, trekking across desolate scree slopes with little or no vegetation remaining at this altitude. 

Most of today will be spent settling in at the camp, fuelling up, and resting as we prepare physically for the long night and day to follow.

After an early dinner, final team briefing and gear check, we aim to get a few hours sleep before a midnight breakfast and the climb to the summit!

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29th March - Day 7: Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, 5895m and Descend to Millennium Camp, 3950m

Today is the day! As people around the world are sleeping in their beds we begin our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Starting at midnight, we will move collectively over the scree and up towards the summit glaciers. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of sun hit us. 

Surrounded by stunning ice cliffs, facing the jagged Mawenzi Peak, and alive with the energy of the mountain – we guarantee it will be moment you'll never forget. 

Another hour’s walk takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Here we will gather to celebrate and take the all important summit photos!

After summiting we return to Barafu Camp via Stella Point for a well-earned breakfast rest. Later we make our way down to Millennium Camp where we can start to celebrate and bask in the glow of our summit success.

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30th March - Day 8: Trek to Mweka Gate, 1640m and Return to Salinero Hotel

Today is our last day of trekking, with the descent taking us back through rainforest to Mweka Gate. Here we pause momentarily to complete park formalities and thank the porters and guides for their magnificent work. 

It is impossible to properly convey the sheer energy, kindness, and knowledge of the high mountain crew - the true heroes of Kilimanjaro.

Then the celebrations begin in earnest as we head back to the Salinero in Moshi for hot showers, massages and a celebratory dinner packed with anecdotes, and a presentation of summit certificates.

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31 March - Day 9: Departure Day, to the Airport, Beach or Safari

All good things must end!

Today we say our final goodbyes and drivers will be on hand to take you to the airport.

Alternatively, we can help organise an extended stay in beautiful Tanzania, where you can embark on a safari or head to its exquisite Indian Ocean beaches.

We hope the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro and this incredible Easter adventure lives long in your memory, and perhaps inspires you to start planning your next expedition with us.

Where you'll be staying

Pre and Post Climb – Salinero Hotel, Moshi

Pre and Post Climb – Salinero Hotel, Moshi

Accommodation pre and post climb is at the excellent Salinero Hotel, one of the best hotels in the Moshi area.

We believe the Salinero is the ideal place to prepare for and then relax after the expedition. All rooms are fully en-suite with air conditioning, while the hotel has a pool, along with a spa and an excellent restaurant.

On the Mountain – Four Season Tents

On the Mountain – Four Season Tents

Once on the climb, we switch to four season tents and sleeping bags, which will all be pitched and carried for us by our amazing team of porters. Hot drinks will be served in your tent before breakfast, while all meals are served in a communal “mess” tent. 

A portable toilet will also be provided, helping to make your journey up and down the mountain as comfortable as possible.

What's Included

What's Included

Airport transfers

Pre and post climb accommodation at Lindren Lodge

Welcome and farewell dinners

Tanzanian Head Guide and Assistant Guides

Kilimanjaro National Park fees, camping fees and rescue fees

One porter per guest for main bag (max weight 20kg)

Transportation to and from mountain gate

4-season mountain tents

Sleeping mattress

Sleeping bags (-15ºC limit)

3 meals a day on the mountain

Filtered and treated water throughout

Portable shower

Supplemental oxygen if required, plus oximeter

Portable flush toilets

Fair wages for the mountain crew

Dedicated logistics manager

Celebration drinks and snacks at Mweka Gate

Full support in Moshi if your climb ends early

Satellite phone

Daily health check

Flights

Tanzanian entry visa

Lunch on arrival / departure day

Alcoholic drinks

Travel insurance for trekking up to 6000m

Tip to the high mountain crew (at least $250 pp)

Add Ons

2 Day, 1 Night Easter Safari - Single Occupancy

2 Day, 1 Night Easter Safari - Single Occupancy

Stay on after the climb and enjoy a 2 day safari (or more) in Tarangire National Park

PRICE$922.79/pp

2 Day, 1 Night Easter Safari - Shared Occupancy

2 Day, 1 Night Easter Safari - Shared Occupancy

Stay on after the climb and enjoy a 2 day safari (or more) in Tarangire National Park

PRICE$812.31/pp

FAQs

Absolutely. Extra nights at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel are around US $90.

Like any mountain, the weather on Kilimanjaro is changeable and is colder at night and the higher you go. Temperatures at the summit are typically -3 to -8 degrees Celsius.

You need to be fit enough to hike uphill for six to eight hours a day for multiple days. A good test is to walk 21km. If you feel like you could do it easily again the next day then you are probably fit enough.

The food is plentiful and consists largely of rice, pasta and potato dishes served with meat and vegetables along with lots of fruit. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes are also available.

Kilimanjaro. The main reason being there is no summit night on Everest Basecamp Trek and no camping.

Trip Tips

Train Hard

Train Hard

Kilimanjaro is an epic challenge. By preparing well you give yourself the best chance to summit and adapt to altitude.

Prepare for the Weather

Prepare for the Weather

Kilimanjaro can have a harsh and unpredictable climate. Your kit list should include: a poncho, a rain cover/ dry sack for your bags, and spare warm gloves and socks.

Bring US Dollars

Bring US Dollars

Having the right currency is always handy. US$ are ideal for paying the visa on arrival fee and tipping to the high mountain crew at the end of the expedition.

Reviews

I think of Kilimanjaro every day. It impacted my son Sterling and I greatly - there is just something so intangible about this life changing experience. Doing it with someone you love, especially a son or daughter, created life long memories. I have to congratulate you on your unwavering level of leadership and organization, often under very difficult circumstances. The group of people you put together participating, also a vital part, were fun and I have no doubt we will have a bond for ever. You put an exceptional group of guides together led by Michael and team and the spiritual impact they further have on you is extraordinary. True Summit Adventures has a great future and we so look forward to our next adventure in 2023. See you soon and thank you for touching Sterling's and my life in the best way possible. Nothing is more powerful than an experience of this note.

James M, Hotelier

True Summit Adventures is the place to go for the most transformative expeditions. Oliver is so knowledgeable on mountaineering and I felt safe and cared for the entire trip despite never having climbed before. I booked the Kilimanjaro Machame route and was always so well looked after, each day after a beautiful trek with breathtaking views they had the most delicious meals prepared, tea and snacks. The whole team at True Summit Adventures went above and beyond to look after us and it’s this attention to detail why I’ll only ever book future expeditions through them.

Sophie M, Events Organiser

Climbing Kilimanjaro was much tougher than I ever imagined and took me to my limits. However, despite Biblical rain storms and suffering a brief black-out 10 metres from the end, I made it and summited. Amazing experience, and one I’d highly recommend anyone to try. Most crucial in your attempt (and more importantly in your experience) is the quality of your guides, and Oliver and his True Summit team are the best. I felt safe and well looked after at all times, and the experience was made for me by the True Summit team and the great group of people that embarked upon the challenge with me. Highly recommended expedition, and if you’re going to give Kilimanjaro a go, be sure to do it with True Summit Adventures.

Glen A, Managing Partner, Law

Oliver is a great guide and has his heart in making everything work. My company has used True Summit for several excursions, and I joined the Kilimanjaro climb with my son which was not only epic but meticulously organised.

Paul O, Principal, Private Equity

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and it was done with a great team of peers, who became friends.

Lorenzo Z, Student

Great team and service. Great team, service and attention to detail. Oliver is like a hawk, always on top of things. Highly recommended. We just loved Kilimanjaro with True Summit - lifetime experience.

Michael S, Travel Founder

Life changing trip to Kilimanjaro! Every part of the trip was amazing and very well organised - will be going on trips with this company for many years !! Thank you for such a life changing trip!

Toufic Y, ForEx

Unforgettable trip on the Kilimajaro! We made the trip with Oliver to the top of the Kilimanjaro. Absolute breathtaking and very special experience and adventure. Also very challenging and I was close to give up. But Oliver, the team and our group supported me very well, thus I finally made it. Very proud! And unforgettable! I highly recommend Oliver and the strong team for this kind of adventure. He is very much experienced and professional. With him and the team you can make it and you will enjoy it!

Mario, B, Director

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