Kilimanjaro

Probably the most bucket-listed mountain in the world – and with good reason! This could be your first high altitude ascent. We reach the summit of the highest mountain in Africa via the Machame Route ascent.

11 days
height 5895M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price 2950
Aug
2019

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Expedition Details

It’s your bucket list moment! This is probably most people’s first high altitude trek before they get addicted – and with good reason. It is a climb in a beautiful setting and one which does not require technical experience. It’s all about acclimatising well and taking it slow and steady. Our approach is via the Machame Route, which begins from the south side of the mountain and traverses below a series of ice fields and glaciers before we summit.

You will spend a lot of time getting to know the ins and outs of acclimatisation and how to climb a mountain. You will spend tough but enjoyable days trekking in the warm African air, developing a good pace and observing beautiful sunsets over the camp in the evenings.

And finally – reaching ‘The Roof of Africa’ is a true achievement to be incredibly proud of!

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If you would like more information on this expedition you can download the full PDF trip details or drop us a line with your questions!









Equipment:

Equipment is one of the areas we get the most questions on. Once you are signed up to a trip we will send you a kit list which explains thoroughly what you need. This trip requires generic trekking equipment – no specialist equipment is needed. For your personal equipment we are able to offer advice on choosing the best kit, most of which we can order in for you at good discount prices.

Food

The food we get on this expedition is prepared by cooks joining us on the trek. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all included in the trip package. The food consists of basic local cuisine. Bottled water or sterilised water will be provided.

Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.

Training and Preparation

A first trip to high altitude can be a worry, especially in terms of acclimatisation. During the hike up the valley you are likely to feel out of breath and even slightly dizzy, as well as on the last leg towards the summit. The timescale of this trip allows enough time for acclimatisation. We are here to answer your questions on acclimatising and provide support before the start of the expedition to make sure that all team members are as best prepared as possible.

Safety:

Guide-Client ratio is maximum 1:6. Our teams carry a satellite phone and a Personal Locator Beacon which sends out a signal via satellite to identify the approximate position of the party. The infrastructure of the valley is good with porters going up and down, which allows for a quick exit and good backup if needed.

 

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You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.

MARK WALKER

Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running, walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales,Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.

MATT STAPLEY

Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.

RICH MAYWHORT

Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.

GARY FLETCHER

Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).

 

TRACEY WRIGHT

Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.

 

Start DateEnd DateDaysPriceAvailability
15th Aug 201925th Aug 201911£2950

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What is included:
• Accommodation – hotel
• All expedition meals
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• All in-country transfers
• Expedition team leader
• Access to our RMS team of doctors

• International return flights to Tanzania
• Bottled water during day 1 of the trek, purified, safe water during all other days
• All park fees, taxes, permits as required by the itinerary
• Tents
• All porter services
• Access to our RMS team of doctors, fully supported 24/7 emergency procedures

What is not included:
• Travel to and from UK airport
• Tanzanian Visa
• Personal equipment including sleeping bag, roll-mats
• Travel insurance
• Drinks, snacks, personal spending

• Equipment hire
• Tips for local staff – guides, porters, cooks (We recommend you budget $80 per person)

• Activities undertaken as part of independent travel
• Additional hotel stays in-country

Flights:

Flights are provided by our partner Nomadic Travel and are ATOL protected. Set flights are provided as part of the trip package for the start and end date of the trip; they are not flexible.

Booking – What happens next:
• The deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information on the training weekend and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.

Bespoke option:
We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.

Insurance:
You will need a travel insurance policy that caters for the activities you will undertake on your trip with Exped Adventure. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy. For advice on best policies get in touch.

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