You’ll only climb it once – so climb with the Kili Experts!
Welcome to the Kilimanjaro Experts, a new company made up of some of the most experienced guides and operators on the mountain. We can also organise your trek up Mount Meru, safaris around the parks of the Northern Circuit (Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara and Arusha National Park), gorilla and chimp treks in Rwanda/Uganda, accommodation on Zanzibar – and everything else you may need to make your trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To find out more about our treks and the Kili Experts team, after reading this page we recommend that you begin by looking at our list of Frequently Asked Questions which contains a lot of useful information about the treks and our service. We also have pages devoted to the Full Circuit Umbwe and Alternative Lemosho routes to give you an idea of what makes these routes so special and, of course, unique. In this section you will also find a schedule of Trekking dates.
So who are the Kilimanjaro Experts?
Formed in 2018, we are a new company – but one with very experienced people working for it. I have been writing the guidebook since 2001; David Squire has worked as a trek coordinator and tour organiser on the mountain and in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit of magnificent national parks for over a decade. While Joshua, the third director, has been climbing for a similar period and has summitted over 230 times, a career that has included leading blind climbers to the summit, no less than three(!) wheelchair expeditions to the top, and also led the first expedition to the top where the couple got married at the summit.
I put this team together because although I liked aspects of many companies, I couldn’t find one company that was ideal. So we have handpicked various guides, cooks etc from different organisations, many of whom I have climbed with before and have chosen simply because I know how good they are. And by joining us all together in a company that adheres to a strict ethical code when it comes to looking after both the mountain and our mountain crew who do so much to make each trek a success – while not overcharging as so many companies do – we are hoping to create a company that ‘ticks every box’ and fulfils every expectation that I, as a climber, would want from my trek operator.
Why book your Kilimanjaro climb with us?
- A very professional, experienced and well-drilled crew The guides who will lead your trek are, we think, one of our greatest assets. We have chosen only the best – and safest – of those we have worked with over the past 18 years.
- New and unusual routes that both take you away from the crowds and maximise your chances of reaching the summit.
- Unrivalled information to help you prepare for your trek We did, after all, write the guide book! We’re sure that nobody knows more about the mountain than us, and as well as receiving a copy when you book your climb, we are on-hand to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of your trip.
- Track a climber facility – enabling the friends and families of climbers to follow their loved ones on the mountain.
- Great equipment Great care is made to make sure all the equipment used on Kilimanjaro is both of a very high quality and maintained to the very highest standards.
- A first-class ethical policy Our policy towards your mountain crew and the natural environment in which we work is pretty much the best on Kilimanjaro. We are KPAP partners, which means that all your mountain crew will be paid a guaranteed decent wage and their welfare on the mountain will be as good as it gets on Kili! Follow this link to see the ethical policy.
- Private toilets on all our public treks
- Greater flexibility when booking If there are two or more of you, you can book a private trek for the same price as if you had joined one of our public treks. This allows you to choose to climb on whatever day you want, and on whatever route you want. Alternatively, you can choose to join one of our prearranged treks, thus allowing you to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with other like-minded climbers. (Incidentally, you can still book a private trek with us even if you are travelling alone, but this will be more expensive and it would be better in this case if you joined one of our public, open group climbs.) You can study the schedule of treks – updated daily – by visiting the Trekking Dates page.
- The best value We think we offer a comparable service to those companies that charge twice as much as us
- Only hotels that we have recommended in the book are used. As such, you know that we consider every hotel used by our clients is a good place to stay – rather than because they offered us the best deal.
- We don’t just concentrate on Kili We organise our own safaris too, and we run our safari operation along the same lines as we run our treks, ie by using only those guides and drivers whom we ourselves trust and have admired over the years for their knowledge and high levels of customer care. We also organise treks up Kili’s little brother, Meru; can book accommodation on Zanzibar; and even arrange a trip to see the gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda.
- Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport also included.
- Easy payment options We accept most currencies for bank transfers, and you can pay by credit card, paypal, wire, cash…
If you’re so good, why aren’t your treks more expensive?
There are a few reasons why our prices are so competitive.
- We’re a new company. Though all of us have been working on Kilimanjaro for many years, Kilimanjaro Experts is a new venture. So to build up our client base, we’re deliberately keeping our prices on the low side – charging half as much as other companies offering a similar standard of treks.
- Kilimanjaro should be for everyone. When I first visited Tanzania back in 2001, I was on a very tight budget but was still able to climb three times and write the guide book on the back of this. Unfortunately, since then the park fees and other costs have risen fairly continuously. I would hate to see Kilimanjaro become a mountain that only wealthy people can afford to climb – it should be for everyone. It’s true that we aren’t the cheapest on the mountain. Our commitment to paying our porters, guide and other staff well, means we’ll never be able to offer the rock-bottom cheapest treks. But we do want to provide our climbers with the best-value treks on Kilimanjaro – and we think we’re doing just that.
- We’re not greedy people. In most cases if climbers knew how much of the price they pay is pure profit for the company, they’d be horrified. We want to avoid treating our climbers as ‘cash machines’. Climbing Kilimanjaro is probably a lifetime’s ambition for you. Our aim is to make that possible, without ripping you off in the process.
About our Kilimanjaro trek routes
We are able to book treks up Kilimanjaro using all the main routes:
- Machame Probably the most popular trail on the mountain – and not without reason!
- Marangu For those who don’t want to sleep under canvas, here’s the original Kilimanjaro route – and a beautiful one it is too!
- Umbwe For those who think they’re tough enough, the steepest route on the mountain!
- Lemosho A personal favourite – quiet, beautiful, varied – and just lovely.
- Rongai For the chance to see the mountain from north to south…
(Note that we can also arrange treks on the Shira Route; however, seeing as this is largely a track used by emergency vehicles these days, we recommend that you opt for one of the other routes.)
In addition to the above, we also book treks on two routes that take you away from the crowds…
The Full Circuit Umbwe Route
We have always been fans of the Umbwe Route, the mountain’s quietest. We love its tranquillity, its beauty, and the slightly stiffer challenge it presents to trekkers on the first day (though it is still just all walking, and there are no more steep drops on this trail than on any other).
But we recognise that the reason the Umbwe Route is so quiet is because people are put off by how short it is, and rightly think that this will decrease their chances of getting to the summit.
So what we’ve done is taken the Umbwe Route – and made it longer!
We’ve devised a route that improves upon the original in several ways:
- By taking you around the seldom-seen northern side of Kibo via little-used paths, this trail takes you away from the crowds that those on the regular Umbwe encounter – and stay with – after the second day.
- This northern path also takes you above Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, from where buffaloes, elephants, kudu and other wildlife occasionally drift up the slopes in search of water.
- Even the final ascent to the summit is taken on a little-used path, only joining with those on the Marangu Route for the last couple of hours up to Gillman’s Point.
To find out more about this incredibly beautiful and unusual route, click on this link to take you to our Full Circuit Umbwe page.
The Alternative Lemosho Route
Our other special route follows the much-loved Lemosho Route that starts on the western side of the mountain, before heading round the northern side of Kibo. As above on the Full Circuit Umbwe Route, this path has several advantages:
- Increases your chances of seeing wildlife
- Allows you to get away from the crowds on days 4-5 and enjoy a more ‘wilderness’ experience’
- Improves your chances of making it to the summit
Interested in booking a Kilimanjaro trek?
If you have already settled upon a trek, and you’d like to climb Kilimanjaro with the experts go to the how to book page. There’s no need to send any money now – just send us an email and your place is already booked for the greatest adventure of your life!