This unique expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro is a tailormade trip – this includes your very own guides and porters, allowing you to climb to the summit at your own pace.
This trek is a once in a lifetime challenge as we summit Africa’s highest mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro. We use the Umbwe route which is probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mountain.
Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19 340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing ” mountain in the world. Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, as well as the satisfaction of conquering this mighty peak.
The main problems encountered can be altitude sickness, which can be countered by use of medicines and good basic acclimatisation. The standard route is a hike – no climbing as such.
This trek is a “once in a lifetime ” challenge and must not be taken lightly. We ensure that all our climbers have all the facts – medical list, equipment list, etc, long before they travel – possibly the reason for our success rate.
On this route we utilise tents, which we supply, as well as lightweight camping mattresses etc.
The amount of guides, their knowledge, the porters all were of a high standard.
– Z. Hopkins
The Umbwe route is probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mountain. All your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you (tents, 25 mm mattresses, awnings, stools, lights, etc), and your meals are prepared. Your personal baggage limit is 12 kg for the climb. Tents and sleeping mattresses are supplied on this trip.
The guides employed are excellent (some have climbed Kili over 120 times!) and look after all our clients who attempt the climb. Each trip is led by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest, a guide will always be with you. This allows you to walk at your own speed so you can successfully reach the summit.
Reasons to travel with Pioneer Expedition
- Our itineraries have given us over 95% success rate (the average is 60%).
- Additional rest day and longer time on mountain to acclimatize vastly increases your chance of reaching the summit.
- Camping rather than sharing huts provides extra flexibility.
- This private trip provides flexibility so you can walk at your own pace to give you a higher chance off successfully completing the trek.
- Dedicated cook team ensures high level of hygiene
- Less utilized, more scenic but tough route dubbed ‘the best kept secret of Kilimanjaro’
Summit Kilimanjaro on your own private adventure – this trip can be tailormade for 2 or more people. Other routes and timescales available.