Tanzania·December 28 2024 - January 5 2025

New Year's Eve Special: Kilimanjaro via the 7 Day Machame Route

Close out the year in style and start the New Year on top

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Overview

Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the best things you can do in your lifetime and one of the most inspiring. Due to the overwhelming success of our 2023/2024 NYE ascent of Kilimanjaro we are heading back to Tanzania this December to bring in the New Year in the best possible way we know how - by climbing Africa's highest mountain. Truly this is a dream adventure: 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. Climbing in December is unique due to the conditions - experience a snow-bound Kilimanjaro in all its beauty and start the New Year in the most incredible way imaginable. Join us in 2024 for the experience of a lifetime and your best New Year's Eve yet!

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Highlights

An Unforgettable New Year's Eve

An Unforgettable New Year's Eve

Do something truly unique and memorable this NYE and take on this life changing challenge.

Our Best Guiding Team

Our Best Guiding Team

Our CEO, Oliver Browne leads the expedition alongside our Tanzanian Head Guides John Boscoa and Lucia Kivoi.

Great Hotel in Moshi

Great Hotel in Moshi

The 4* Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel is the best hotel in Moshi and the perfect place to start and finish your trek.

Portable Shower, Private Toilets and 'Max Add Ons'

Portable Shower, Private Toilets and 'Max Add Ons'

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

Best Chef on Kilimanjaro

Best Chef on Kilimanjaro

Our head chef Steven is one of the best chefs working on Kilimanjaro and produces some of the best food we have eaten at altitude anywhere in the world.

Perfect Time to Get Away

Perfect Time to Get Away

With bank holidays and annual leave falling on and around New Year's Eve, it is the perfect time to take on Kilimanjaro.

Meet Your Team

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Leader

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Leader

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


He has been to the summit of Kilimanjaro six times: in 2019, 2022 and and four times in 2023.


Oliver led our 2023 NYE climb and agrees it is an extra special time to climb, given the festive feeling, atmosphere and the potential for snow on the ground.



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 the mountain, the whole experience is magic, a dream. It's my pleasure and my hope to share this dream with you."


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Lucia Kivoi (TNZ) - Head Tanzanian Guide

Lucia Kivoi (TNZ) - Head Tanzanian Guide

Arusha born, Lucia was one of the first female Head Guides to work on Kilimanjaro and is one of the most experienced. 


Lucia led our 2023/2024 New Year's Eve special to Kilimanjaro and impressed everyone with kind and patient approach to all members as well as her experience and knowledge. 


Lucia has been working the mountain for many years, starting as a porter, before qualifying as a guide and leading expeditions. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.


Lucia lives in Arusha still, with her two children and is proud to be a trailblazer for female guides on Kilimanjaro.



John Bosco (TNZ) - Head Tanzanian Guide

John Bosco (TNZ) - Head Tanzanian Guide

Our Tanzanian Head Guide, John Bosco is a Kilimanjaro legend with over 200 summits and many coming via the technically difficult, not often climbed Western Breach route. 



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

Our Assistant Head Guide Kennedy is a superstar mountaineer with more than two decades experience working on Kilimanjaro.


Starting as a porter, he has worked his way up to be our Head Assistant Guide after gaining his guiding qualification at Mweka Wildlife College.


Ten years later, Kennedy has over 100 summits under his belt and when not on the mountain is busy farming coffee, bananas, and avocados at his his family farm in Arusha with his wife and two children.



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. He also designs and books excellent safari's in Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorogoro National Parks.


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

Steven Bahati Mushi (TNZ) - Head Chef

Steven Bahati Mushi (TNZ) - Head Chef

Steven is one of the most experienced high-altitude chef's working on Kilimanjaro and produces some of the best food at high altitude we have tasted anywhere 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 there with his wife and four children.

JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT

THE MACHAME ROUTE

THE MACHAME ROUTE

Kilimanjaro has many routes to choose from but we prefer the Machame Route for its spectacular views, more challenging nature, and lower chance of crowding. 


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, at the Machame Gate winding gently though the rainforest to the Machame Camp before proceeding steeply north, and traversing the Shira Plateau. It eventually joining the Lemosho Route at the junction below the Lava Tower. We descend directly down from the Barafu Camp to the Millennium Camp, exiting close to Moshi at the Mweka Gate.


Itinerary

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December 28th - Day 1: Arrival in Moshi, 900m

Welcome to Tanzania and to the experience of a lifetime. 

A True Summit Adventures team member will collect you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and take you to our hotel in Moshi. 

We use the excellent Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel; by our reckoning the best hotel in the Moshi area. 

Once checked in you can relax by the pool, have a massage at the spa or head into town for a coffee at Union Cafe.

In the evening, we gather for introductions, a gear check, expedition briefing and team dinner.

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

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December 29th - Day 2: Depart on Trek. Reach Machame Camp, 2835m

Today is the day and everyone is excited to to get going. We begin with a good breakfast at Kilimanjaro Wonders before making the 45 minute transfer to the Machame Gate where we will begin the trek.

Here we meet our expert climbing crew; guides, porters and camps team that will make this adventure with us 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 settle in to expedition life and enjoy the best food on the mountain, courtesy of our excellent Head Chef Steven.

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December 30th - 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 c. 4500m its summit normally protrudes from the clouds providing a beautiful backdrop to the climb. 

We take lunch at the Shira Camp and in the afternoon can visit the ancient Shira Cave and head slightly further up the mountain for some additional acclimatisation.

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December 31st- 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. 

Descending to the Baranco Camp we will see scores of Dendrosenecio Klimanjari trees; a giant groundsel found only on Kilimanjaro.


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January 1st - Day 5: Trek to Karanga Camp, 3995m, via the Baranco Wall

Happy New Year! And to celebrate we have 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 - be sure to kiss the famous "Kissing Rock" for good luck.

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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January 2nd - 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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January 3rd - Day 7: Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, 5895m and Descend to Millennium Camp, 3950m

Today will be a great day in your life.

 As people around the world are sleeping in their beds we will begin our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Starting at midnight, we move collectively over the scree and up towards the summit glaciers. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the dawn begins to break.

Surrounded by the incredible summit glaciers, snow bound slopes and facing the jagged Mawenzi Peak, we guarantee it will be sunrise you will never forget. 

The incredible porters who sang through the depths of the night will serve rejuvenating tea before we make the final hour's walk to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). 

Here we will gather to celebrate and take the all important summit photos!

We then 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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January 4th - Day 8: Trek to Mweka Gate, 1640m and Return to Salinero Hotel

Waking up at the Millennium Camp and seeing the summit behind you and knowing you were there 24 hours earlier is a surreal but incredible feeling!

After our final breakfast on the mountain we begin the final descent back through rainforest to Mweka Gate. 

Here we complete the park formalities and thank the porters and guides for their magnificent work before enjoying a much-deserved lunch with Mathew our logistics manager. 

It is impossible to properly convey the incredible energy, kindness, and enthusiasm of the high mountain crew - the most powerful ingredient of Kilimanjaro and why people love it so.

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

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January 5th - Day 9: Departure Day, to the Airport, Beach or Safari

Sadly all good things must end and today we say our goodbyes.

We hope the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro and this incredible New Year's Eve adventure lives long in your memory and you feel energised and inspired for weeks if not months to come!

Drivers will be on hand to take you to the airport or stay on in Tanzania for safari or a beach holiday in Zanzibar.

We also recommend to visit Neema Village, the child baby rescue centre and orphanage and baby rescue centre we support in Arusha. A powerful experience awaits.

Where you'll be staying

Pre and Post Climb – Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Pre and Post Climb – Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Accommodation pre and post climb is at the excellent 4* Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel; the best in the Moshi area.

All rooms are fully en-suite with air conditioning, while the hotel has a pool, gym, spa and an excellent restaurant with rooftop terrace.

On the Mountain – Four Season Tents

On the Mountain – Four Season Tents

On the climb, we switch to four season tents and sleeping bags with double thickness mattresses and pillows, will all be pitched and carried for us by our amazing team of porters and overseen by Robert, our camp manager.

Hot drinks will be served in your tent before breakfast, while all meals are served in the communal mess tent. 

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

What's Included

What's Included

All Transfers

2 Nights Accommodation at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Welcome and Celebration Dinners

3 Meals a Day on the Mountain

Dedicated First Responder

Supplemental Oxygen if Required

Four Season Mountain Tents

Four Season Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Mattress and Pillow

Portable Shower

Private Portable Shower

Satellite Phone

Western Mountain Leader

Tanzanian Head and Assistant Guides

1 Porter for Main Bag (Max 20 kg)

Filtered and Treated Water Throughout

Drinks and Snacks Each Day

Logistics Manager in Moshi

International Flights

Lunch on Arrival / Departure Day

Alcoholic Drinks at KWH

Travel / Trekking Insurance

Tip to Tanzanian High Mountain Crew (min. $250 pp)

Book Your Adventure

Full Package - Single Occupancy

Your own room at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel and your own tent on the mountain

FROM$4,004.32/pp

Full Package - Shared Occupancy

Share a room at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel and a tent on the mountain

FROM$3,670.06/pp

Add Ons

2 Day, 1 Night Safari - Shared Occupancy

2 Day, 1 Night Safari - Shared Occupancy

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

PRICE$835.62/pp

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2 Day, 1 Night Safari - Single Occupancy

2 Day, 1 Night Safari - Single Occupancy

Stay on after the climb and enjoy a 2 day safari in Tarangire National Park

PRICE$949.27/pp

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FAQs

Absolutely. Extra nights at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel are around US $130. Should you wish to arrive early we suggest you trek to the Materuni Waterfall.

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

Participants should 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 again the next day without too much soreness 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 options are also available.

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

We are much more likely to see snow on the summit in December than we are in June or July, which makes for a really impressive spectacle.

Absolutely. We have a range of safari options for all budget. Please email the office for more information.

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. Ask us for our high altitude training plan.

Prepare for All Weather

Prepare for All Weather

The weather on Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable and it is not unlikely to have at least one day of rain - typically on the first or last days of the trek. Please adhere to the kit list and bring the all important poncho!

Bring US Dollars

Bring US Dollars

US$ is the currency to pay the visa on arrival and tip to the high mountain crew.

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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