Recent accolades for our Kilimanjaro expedition:
"Of all the great guide services on Kilimanjaro, Alpine Ascents might be the best. Its success rate is close to 90 percent, and though its treks are longer and pricier, they avoid the jam-packed Marangu Route".-Outside Magazine, 2013
Selected by The New York Times
Recommended by Travel & Leisure
Named one of "The 25 Greatest Adventure Trips in the World" and
chosen as one of the "World's Best Hikes" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Acclaimed by climbers and media alike Alpine Ascents provides a one-of-a-kind experience on Kilimanjaro as we employ professional mountain guide on each trip. (Most outfitters employ local African staff with relatively limited climbing and medical skills, many are simply safari or trekking companies as their name implies). In addition to providing a professional, US based guide we offer the utmost in quality of services to include carefully prepared meals, dining tents, toilet tents creating a unique blend of having a high end luxury tour company and a professional mountain guide.
Our preferred route is the Machame and we also offer climbs via the Lemosho
Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro (19,340ft) is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world's most impressive sights. The terrain is nothing short of dramatic. As a mountaineering company, we treat this adventure as a mountain climbing expedition.
Kilimanjaro is unique in many ways; but stands as the only one of the Seven Summits (the highest point on each continent) that is truly a non-technical climb. Using well-marked trails to the summit, along with our expert guide staff, a fit enthusiast has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Our expert guides, choice of route, success and safety have been Alpine Ascents forte on Kilimanjaro and we invite you to review our "Why Climb With Us?" section. While there are many good outfitters, few if any provide the breadth of services that Alpine Ascents does.
Absolutely! Everything from general coordination and accommodations to small details like the flowers on the table in our dining tent was amazing. No detail was overlooked and if there were ever issues of any kind then they were handled by the guides because I was never aware of any concerns. Everything was top notch. All of the guides were wonderful and John especially embodies a leader in all ways - but was also a teacher and brought out those skills and qualities in all of us. Not only did the guides lead and teach by example, but John especially is a teacher by nature and helped us see how to problem solve any issues on our own. I feel I learned a lot from all of the guides - Swahili, backpacking and climbing skills, nutrition/hydration, dealing with altitude, and general information about the mountain, Tanzania, the culture, etc. by the end the entire crew felt like a big family. I still miss everyone! Everything was top of the line. I was amazed at the 5 course meals we had all day long - and a snack pack every day! All of it was wonderful. The guys in the gear department were SO helpful and patient! Not only did they get me all of the rental gear I needed in plenty of time but they also helped me pick out just the right items to purchase. I was glad to rent my gear prior to arrival in Tanzania as I think the people who waited and rented in Arusha had some difficulties. AA does so much so well that it would be difficult to list all of the strengths! Clearly everything is well organized and executed. Our group was the envy of the mountain! You have found some great guides and crew - so keep doing what you're doing! - 2013 Climber
Kilimanjaro is an attractive climb for anyone interested in a physical challenge: climbers, wilderness enthusiasts and hikers alike. Over the past twenty years, we have emerged as a leader in guiding Kilimanjaro, applying expertise from other formidable mountains to the wilds of Africa. We consider the Kilimanjaro climb and safari expedition to be one of the most appealing and treasured adventure experiences we offer.
Following our climb we begin a four-day safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, The Tarangire River and National Park and Serengeti National Park. Throughout the safari, we lodge in luxurious hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions and other indigenous wildlife. More information below.
Alpine Ascents Success on Kilimanjaro:
We have been guiding Kilimanjaro for over 20 years with over 90% true summit success, touting one of the highest success and safety records in the industry.
We were just named one of the Top 40 Adventure Tour Outfitters in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, who highlighted our Kilimanjaro Trip. We are proud to be the only climbing company chosen!
Ascending Kilimanjaro with a mountain climbing organization will greatly improve your chances of success and we provide one of our Seattle-based guides to lead every scheduled expedition. Every trip is organized with the utmost care and quality: from our lead Western guide, to chef-prepared meals, to dining and toilet tents we look to take care of all elements with great attention to detail.
Every one of our Kilimanjaro expeditions is led by an Alpine Ascents mountain guide.
"My expectations were not just met, they were exceeded...in fact, they were exceeded time and time again! The level of organization for the entire trip was outstanding, from being met at the airport to the lodging in Arusha and safari, and especially the climb itself! I felt completely spoiled on the mountain by our porter crew, who quickly, efficiently and always with a smile and hello went above and beyond to provide us with a great experience. We all noticed that the Alpine Ascents group was the most envied on the mountain, and with good cause. I simply cannot say enough positives about this experience. Alpine Ascents, you have outdone yourselves!" - Mike K. Read More
Climbing Skill Level
No prior climbing experience is required.
Kilimanjaro at 19,340’ is an extreme, high altitude climb and is perhaps the most underestimated of the seven summits. You should be comfortable walking 4-8 hours per day. Summit day is the most demanding portion of the climb, typically involving 8 hours for the ascent and 6-7 hours for the descent. Our expeditions require strength & endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for climbers to maximize their climbing potential. The better your physical condition, the more likely you are to perform well and have an enjoyable experience. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that climbers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip. Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of the climb for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your physician before undertaking any strenuous activity. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
We are proud partners of the Kilimanjaro Porters Program http://www.kiliporters.org/
Climb Only and Safari Only Options
For those climbers with limited time, we offer a Climb-Only option for this trip at a reduced price. Contact our office for details. For those climber that are interested in family members joining them on the safari after the climb, or for those individuals interested in experiencing the fantastic game parks of Africa without the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, we offer a Safari-Only option on each of our departures. Contact our office for details and pricing.
Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Safari Locations Read More on Safari
Following our climb we begin a four-day safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania. Throughout the safari, we lodge in luxurious hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions and other indigenous wildlife.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world and second largest extinct crater in the world, the area has a spectacular concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro was an active volcano some eight million years ago whose cone collapsed, leaving a Crater. The Crater rim is wooded with mountain forest vegetation. It is oval in shape and 20 km in diameter. It is blooming in acres of flowers like blue, pink and white lupines, candle white lilies, blue hyacinth and many more. The view from the crater rim is breathtaking and descending deep into the belly of the crater will encounter almost every animal species found in east Africa
-Located in Northern Tanzania, west of The Rift Valley, which runs from the Red Sea to Lake Nyasa in southern Tanzania.
-The crater is oval in shape, 100 Sq. Miles in area, 2,000 feet deep and is 2,286 Meters above Sea level.
-The lodges/hotels are situated on the Rim of the Crater.
The Tarangire River and National Park, south of Lake Manyara, Tarangire is a huge wildlife retreat during the dry season This park is scattered with baobab trees alternating with open acacia woodland open bush, plains, swamps and rivers and stands palm trees. Big game and birds are abundant and we usually sight animals such as kongoni, wildebeest and zebra. With any luck, safarists will also see rhino and leopard amongst a variety of gazelle, giraffe, elephant and impala. It also has extremely rich and varied bird-life.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's signature park, covers nearly 15,000 square miles and spans into Kenya where it connects to the Masai Mara reserve. The word Serengeti conjures images of wild African game in all its glory. The abundance of animals running at will, creates an overwhelming experience and fulfills the dream of life before the "great white hunters". The sheer mass of animals is both staggering and long remembered.
During the 2011 Kilimanjaro climbing season, Alpine Ascents began a simple garbage clean up plan. Created by longtime Kilimanjaro guide Eric Murphy with help from our local contractor Nicholas Minja of Big Expeditions, we began utilizing an extra porter or 2 on each trip, and instructed them to pick up any excess garbage from other groups during our 7 days on the mountain. During an average trip we were removing up to 80 Kilos (165 lbs) of extra trash. The National park quickly took notice. In late 2012 a new park warden was elected to manage Kilimanjaro and he increased the National Parks enforcement of garbage removal. The park is now looking the cleanest we have seen it in recent times. We continue to encourage the National Park to educate local operators, tourists, and porters about Leave No Trace principles (LNT) while enjoying the mountain.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents. On Kilimanjaro Alpine Ascents now hires at least one porter per trip whose sole purpose is to oversee waste removal and clean up.
At Alpine Ascents environmental stewardship remains one of our core values and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our on-going maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
Private Group Programs
Each season Alpine Ascents operates private climbs to Kilimanjaro for organizations, families, fundraising teams and a variety of social groups. Please contact us to assist in arranging a private or custom climb and safari, for your team. In most cases we can accommodate your schedule and as always, we will have an Alpine Ascents professional lead your climb. For more information, contact Gordon Janow with your climbing and fund-raising ideas. Read More
From a recent private climber: "Excellent expedition, great leadership, thorough in every aspect. Outstanding guidance, great manner, reassuring and confidence building. Excellent ability to share knowledge of mountain and secrets to a successful summit. Very personable, very easy to get along with, and above all, very patient."
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