Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 9

Activity Level: 5

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $5,499

Non-member: $5,899

2015

REI Member: $5,699

Non-member: $6,099

Additional Fees

Park entrance fees: Kilimanjaro National Park fees included in trip price.

Single supplement: $699 *

*No single accommodations are available while staying on the mountain.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 22–30
  • Jul 13–21
  • Aug 10–18
  • Sep 7–15
  • Sep 28 – Oct 6
  • Dec 14–22

2015

  • Jan 4–12
  • Feb 1–9
  • Mar 1–9
  • Jun 21–29
  • Jul 12–20
  • Aug 9–17
  • Sep 6–14
  • Sep 27 – Oct 5
  • Dec 13–21

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Group Size: 4-16

Activity Level: 5

Activities:

  • Non-technical Climbing

Accommodations:

Mountain huts, 5 nights; Hotels, 3 nights; Day room, 1 day.

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Trip Highlights

  • Ascend Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, and behold stunning views from the summit
  • Climb the Marangu Route, seeing diverse ecosystems from rainforest to alpine desert
  • Join a team of local African guides who help you accomplish this amazing feat
  • Stay in wood and stone mountain huts along the way
  • Extend your trip with a safari; unforgettable wildlife viewing is the perfect reward

There are few personal accomplishments more rewarding than the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340', the mountain rises abruptly from the surrounding savannah. Its apex offers no better sunrise as the plains below are bathed in golden light—a perfect capstone to this immense challenge.

Our 6-day trek utilizes the lovely Marangu route. From the park gate, we cross bamboo rainforest, alpine heather, and "the Saddle" with its stunning views of Kibo and Mawnzi. An extra day is also built in for acclimatization. On our summit day, we begin the trek by midnight so we have ample time and the best chances of reaching the top.

A team of superb African guides leads us on this non-technical climb. Along the way, they impart their in-depth knowledge of mountaineering, as well as insight into the history and environment of Kilimanjaro.

Explore even more. Our Kilimanjaro Safari Extension is the perfect way to relax after our climb. First we venture into the Ngorongoro Crater, home to a fantastic spectacle of big game. Then it's onto the world's most famous wildlife reserve, Serengeti National Park, where we sleep, in true safari style, in walled tents. Last, we visit Lake Manyara National Park, a serene place where a vast alkaline soda lake is home to flocks of pink flamingos and pods of hippo.

Looking for other options on Kilimanjaro? Check out our Lemosho Route trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania, the gateway to the roof of Africa!
  • Day 2 - Explore Arusha or just relax on our hotel grounds before our orientation.
  • Day 3 - Hike through bamboo rainforest to Mandara Hut, near the forest line.
  • Day 4 - Enter moorland filled with alpine heather on the way to Horombo Hut.
  • Day 5 - Take an acclimatization hike toward the rocky Mawenzi.
  • Day 6 - Cross "the Saddle" to Kibo Hut with Kibo and Mawenzi looming above.
  • Day 7 - Summit day! On the trail before midnight, we make our way to the top.
  • Day 8 - Descend from Horombo Huts back to the park gate for a celebration dinner.
  • Day 9 - Say good-bye to Africa or join our Kilimanjaro Safari Extension.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania, the gateway to the roof of Africa!

    Your trip begins today in Arusha, Tanzania with a flight into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). We provide a group transfer to a very comfortable hotel near Arusha. Most travelers find they are tired after the long flight and prefer to go directly to their room to rest. No meals included.

  • Day 2 - Explore Arusha or just relax on our hotel grounds before our orientation.

    Take your time today to adjust to life in Africa. You're free to do as you wish until our 4 p.m. group orientation meeting. You can arrange local transportation at the hotel front desk if you'd like to explore Arusha town, which is known as the "little Geneva of Tanzania." Set in the shadow of Mount Meru with impressive views of Kilimanjaro, Arusha was established in 1900 as a German garrison town. Or you might want to just relax at the pool and gardens or try the jogging path on the grounds. We can also arrange for a day trip into Arusha National Park for some wildlife viewing (added cost). Breakfast and dinner included.

  • Day 3 - Hike through bamboo rainforest to Mandara Hut, near the forest line.

    We depart after breakfast and drive to the park headquarters. There is the normal hustle and bustle of hiring porters, signing in and beginning the climb. The actual hike begins at the park gate (6,000') and we hike 5.5 miles up to Mandara hut (8,860') near the upper edge of the forest line. The hike takes about 4 - 6 hours- a good time to start using your walking sticks. Our path starts off in a bamboo rainforest (keep your eyes open for blue monkeys) then opens up to hillsides of heather and temperate forests. If time and weather permit, a short walk from Mandara to Maundi Crater is certainly worth it. Lodging here, as well as at Horombo, is in wooden A-frame huts that sleep 4 to 8 people. All meals included starting with breakfast today through breakfast on Day 9.

    Hiking: 5 miles, ~3-4 hours; Elevation gain: ~2,760’.

  • Day 4 - Enter moorland filled with alpine heather on the way to Horombo Hut.

    Our destination today is Horombo Hut at 12,340'. It takes a good 5-6 hours to cover the 10-mile journey – altitude will slow the group down, and the trail is strenuous but not technical. Be sure you're drinking lots of water (no less than 2 liters per day). We often get our first views of the Kibo summit today far in the distance as we pass from forest into high moorland. In addition, we pass beneath the impressive, rocky southern face of Mawenzi - one of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro.

    Hiking: ~8 miles, ~5-7 hours; Elevation gain: ~3,280’.

  • Day 5 - Take an acclimatization hike toward the rocky Mawenzi.

    Today is an extra day to acclimatize, and it is best spent taking the day hike up towards Mawenzi, gaining elevation so that this evening when you return to Horombo, you're sleeping at a lower elevation. The day hike is through a beautiful landscape with unique flora such as the odd-shaped, seemingly inside-out giant groundsel. The trail offers inspirational views of both Kibo and Mawenzi. Birdlife is also abundant in the Horombo area. If you're feeling really fatigued at this point, you can choose to spend the day at Horombo. Afternoon rains are common, so plan your day hike in order to be back inside the lodge with a cup of tea and good book by 4 p.m. And, after the rain passes, the sunsets are typically beautiful and the black night sky full of stars.

    Hiking: 6 miles, ~ 4-5 hours; Elevation gain 1,820’.

  • Day 6 - Cross "the Saddle" to Kibo Hut with Kibo and Mawenzi looming above.

    Today is another long hike, this time up to Kibo Hut at almost 15,520'. Although shorter in distance, this usually takes 7 hours because it is steeper, and the altitude slows everyone down. Keep drinking your water! The route passes directly up onto the Saddle, a wide, flat plateau with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi looming overhead. The views here are fantastic! The last part of the trail passes across the plateau before a final ascent to Kibo Hut, a stone hut with rooms that sleep 10 - 15 people in bunk beds. We have a light dinner, a pre-climb talk with our guides and turn in early for what little sleep is possible.

    Hiking: 5.7 miles, ~5-7 hours; Elevation gain: ~3,280’.

  • Day 7 - Summit day! On the trail before midnight, we make our way to the top.

    Our guides wake us before midnight for tea and cookies and final dressing (in many layers) for our summit attempt. It can be bitterly cold. The guides like to have the team on the trail between 12:00-1:00 a.m. in hope of reaching the summit for the sunrise. Starting off, the trail swings back and forth up a steep scree slope while the line of climbers stretches out in the darkness, only visible by their headlamps. Placing one foot in front of the other and focusing on your breathing, the black sky infinitely above you, this climb is one you will never forget. Most climbers arrive at Gillman's point, elevation 18,685 feet, in time to see the sunrise around 6:30 a.m. The views from the top looking down on the plains of Africa make it all worthwhile. Some climbers decide they have reached their goal and head down from here, a legitimate summit. Others hike an additional 2-3 hours to the true summit, Uhuru Peak at 19,340'. The descent from Gillman's point is fairly rapid, taking about 2 hours. Most climbers take a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending to Horombo Hut for the night, arriving in the late afternoon.

    Hiking: 3.5 miles ascent + 9.5 miles descent, ~10-16 hours; Elevation gain: ~3,165’-3,820’; Elevation loss: ~7,000’.

  • Day 8 - Descend from Horombo Huts back to the park gate for a celebration dinner.

    Another long hike is in store for us today, but it is essentially all downhill, and our spirits are boosted by the satisfaction of yesterday's climb. Back at Marangu gate, at the park headquarters, we pick up our certificates to attest to our success and bid farewell to many of our porters and guides. We transfer then to our hotel in Arusha (2 – 2 ½ hours), where it's a welcome treat to take a hot shower, drink a tall cold one and commemorate the climb with a celebration dinner.

    Hiking: 12.5 miles, ~ 5 hours; Elevation loss: ~6,040’.

  • Day 9 - Say good-bye to Africa or join our Kilimanjaro Safari Extension.

    Today is personal time for shopping in Arusha or relaxing at the lodge. A day room is arranged for late check-out. We provide a group transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Or, continue the adventure on our Kilimanjaro Safari Extension. No trip to Africa is complete without seeing its magnificent wildlife! Breakfast included; lunch and dinner on your own.

    Explore even more. See the Kilimanjaro Safari trip extension.


Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available on most departures. Single accommodations are not available while staying in the mountain huts on the climb.

Price Includes

All accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; park fees; airport transfer when arriving and departing with the group; skilled climbing guide(s), cook, and porters on the mountain; all group camping gear including tents is provided; all sightseeing as noted; services of skilled safari driver/guide; taxes and tolls.

Not Included

Airfare to Arusha, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, optional gratuities to your guides and climbing support staff, excess baggage charges, airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks, bottled water or liquor, laundry fees, phone calls, internet access, cost of obtaining a passport and visas, immunizations or insurance.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Strenuous [5]. Trip members should be strong, experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. Your physical fitness is vital to your success on the climb. A serious physical conditioning program should be undertaken 6-9 months in advance to get into shape. Hiking hills for the legs, swimming to increase lung capacity and circulation, jogging and bicycling for overall fitness are all excellent for building the strength necessary for the trek. The best training is extensive hiking up and down hills with significant elevation gain and loss (2,500'-3,800' – similar to what you'll experience on the climb) and doing 10 mile hikes on weekends prior to the trip. Previous experience at altitude may improve your chances of summiting Kilimanjaro. Consult with your physician.

High Altitude

The summit of Kilimanjaro is at 19,340', and even with a rest day the climb has a rapid rate of ascent. We attempt to minimize the effect of altitude through our program of acclimatization. Most climbers experience some symptoms of altitude illness during the climb. These symptoms can include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing and general weakness. More severe reactions can include both cerebral and pulmonary edema, which can result in permanent injury or death. The only cure is to descend. Our Kilimanjaro climbing guides are experienced at altitude and are there to help all trip members maximize their summit climb.

Weather

The weather on Kilimanjaro is quite diverse. The climb starts through a wide belt of wet tropical forest (70s-80s), and then goes through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall to the summit where there is permanent ice and below-freezing temperatures. Our trips avoid the rainy season, which runs March to May, and the short rains in November.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route and Safari Extension Video

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Marangu Route Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Kilimanjaro: Climbing Kilimanjaro involves passing through five climatic zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and arctic. Temperatures can range from 80s during the first day to below 0 degrees on the summit day. Daytime temperatures during the climb are usually in the 60s. The summit climb is done at night and the temperature, regardless of season, is always cold and can be below freezing. Safari Extension: Temperatures are typically in the 70s - 80s during the day, falling to the 50s in the evening.

Weight Limit

Please limit your duffel bag on the climb to 30 pounds of gear or less.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Waterproof duffel for the climb
  • Filtered/treated drinking water
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
  • International health card with immunizations
  • Extra passport photos (2) for overland travel to Tanzania or emergency use
Luggage
  • One piece of luggage for international flight and to store safari gear while on the climb
  • Duffel bag, durable, large enough for sleeping bag and gear, no wheels or handle (for use on the climb)
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks (2 sets)
  • Passport pouch or money belt
  • Daypack, 35-50 liters
  • Rain cover and 2 large plastic trash bags for your daypack and duffel bag
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag, rated 0-10°F
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and city wear
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket and pants
  • Insulated down or synthetic filled jacket
Clothing
  • Midweight wool or fleece sweater / jacket
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Thermal underwear top and bottom. Synthetic or wool. Two sets: one midweight and one expedition weight
  • T-shirts, mix of synthetic and cotton
  • Synthetic, long-sleeve shirts
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are great)
  • Casual clothes for relaxing at safari camps
  • Hiking socks: 6 pair, wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks
  • Swimsuit (pools at some lodges)
Footwear
  • Waterproof hiking boots with excellent lateral and ankle support and a rugged sole (well broken in)
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sport sandals)
Clothing Accessories
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Gaiters, knee length
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin gloves liners
  • Waterproof glove or mitten shells
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Bandana
Travel Accessories
  • Four 1-quart water bottles - or- 70 oz or larger hydration system + two 1-quart bottles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries/bulb (no flashlights!)
  • Sunglasses with dark lenses
  • Ski goggles
  • Trekking poles - highly recommended
  • Hand and toe warmers (for summit day)
  • Favorite energy snacks and powdered drinks
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Toiletries
  • Travel towel (see "Things to Consider")
  • Toilet kit: ditty bag: 1 roll toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer and/or Wet Ones
Optional Field Gear
  • Windproof shell jacket and/or pants
  • Camera, lenses and lots of memory cards
  • Binoculars - highly recommended for safari
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Water bottle insulator for summit day
  • Knee supports
  • Earplugs
  • Motion sickness remedies for those prone to this, especially for safari drives
  • Travel pillow
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera & binoculars from dust while on safari
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • The duffel bag used for the climb will be placed inside a waterproof duffel bag (provided by REI Adventures). While on the climb, your main luggage will be placed in storage at the Arusha lodge.
  • Your guide and climbing team will ensure that plenty of potable drinking water is available during your climb. Hydration packs with a minimum 70oz capacity are recommended for the lower elevations. Since even insulated hydration packs can freeze on our summit day, be sure to pack along two additional 1-quart water bottles for your summit attempt.
  • Be kind to your feet! If you plan on purchasing new boots, do so well ahead of time and allow yourself time to break them in. A very good way to minimize the risk of blisters is to wear a thin liner sock under your regular hiking socks. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Many of the roads in Africa are deeply rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in sturdy plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Also, bring lens cleaning materials.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather and can be worn on safari. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or wicking synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax for the climb portion of this trip.
  • Casual attire is acceptable for Africa. Neutral, light colored clothing is best for the safari, to blend into the landscape and not alarm the wildlife. Khaki is always a good color while on safari.
  • Laundry is difficult on this trip. You can hand wash a few quick-drying items and whenever you are at the same safari lodge for 2 nights, you can inquire into laundry service.
  • The REI MultiTowel or similar is recommended as a quick-dry towel on this trip. See www.rei.com for details.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Once in a lifetime experience (10)
  • Exceeded expectations (9)

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing - trip of a lifetime

      By Cid in NY

      from NY, NY

      About Me Casual Adventurer

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      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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          Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

          This is a great trip. REI makes it so easy, basically just show up. The guides were awesome!! I would recommend doing the climb first and then relaxing on the safari and not the other way around.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • I have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and wanted to go with a reputable company.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Watching dawn break from Gilman's point. Can't describe that feeling.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • While you can't control your reaction to altitude, it is wise to train for this hike. While it's not technical, it is a challenge (esp summit day) and you'll need to be ready for it.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Trip of a lifetime!

          By Just Mark

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Casual Adventurer

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              Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

              In hindsight we would have spent a few more days in Tanzania to recover. My wife wound up with a blood clot after we returned home. The doctors said this was a product of sitting on a plane for 24 hours after such extreme exertion, combined with the fact that she was on birth control. Even though she walked around on the plane, this was not enough to prevent the clot. Ladies, you may want to talk to your doctor about how to prevent clots while on birth control.
              The food far exceeded our expectations. It was delicious and plentiful. Accommodations were nice as well, though the bathroom facilities were...adventurous (if you've ever seen the movie Trainspotting you'll be well-prepared.)

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Bucket list item.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Summit day was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life (so far.)
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • A 30L backpack is the perfect size for this trip. Definitely opt for the Diamox. Train, train, train!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Freaking Awesome

              By The Blade

              from Tbilisi, Georgia

              About Me Avid Adventurer, First-time REI traveler

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              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Prepped for any scenario
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                  The food was MUCH better than I expected. The equipment supplied by REI was great. This was really a 5-star climb and the guides made everything as easy as possible. I thought the packing list was comprehensive - though you certainly don't need a poncho AND rainproof jacket/pants. One or the other will do.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I trust REI, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • I wanted to climb Kili, but didn't want the hassle of trying to plan the entire trip myself. I wanted to focus on the climb and let someone else worry about the details.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Of course summitting was stellar, but overall it was the quality of the guides and the other people in the climbing group. It was great to be with like-minded adventurers who were physically and mentally prepared.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Get as much experience with altitude as possible so that you can become familiar with how it will affect you. Go over 14,000 feet if you can. If not, just hike, hike, hike.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic Trip - Highly Recommended

                  By PhotoDan

                  from Colorado Springs, CO

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                      We were lucky and had great weather on Kili. In conditions like we had the hike is just a long steep walk. However, my wife and I did not just want to endure the climb, we wanted to enjoy it. We were able to accomplish that by doing months of weekend training hikes in Colorado's Pike Peak region, frequently getting as high as 12,000-14,000 ft. We were some of the oldest members of our group, but probably had the best summit experience due to our conditioning routine.

                      Our success on Kili was also due in large part to the competence of our head guide, his assistants and the porters. The mountain camps were comfortable and food was outstanding. I have never felt better at high altitude than on this trip probably because I was better fed and hydrated than on self-supported hikes and climbs.

                      The safari was fantastic. I am a photographer and was not the slightest bit disappointed with my photo-ops shooting from the safari trucks. Our safari guides were also extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the animals and their habitat. The camping experience while on safari felt right out of a John Ford movie - terrific!

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Always wanted to do Kilimanjaro and a photo safari. This trip offered both.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The whole Kili experience and photographing wild lions at close range.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Even though by mountaineering standards the Marangu Route on Kilimanjaro is not serious, do not underestimate the physical demands of the 50 mile round trip that gains some 13,000 ft. Get in good hiking condition and train at as high an elevation as you can.

                      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Going back in 2011 -- bringing friends

                      By MEAD-MAN

                      from Nashville, TN

                      About Me First-Time Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

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                      • Pre-Trip Info

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                        The trip was very well done and very well planned --especially the logistics involved with moving our group up the mountain. The safari was well led with personable and knowledgeable drivers/guides.

                        The pre-trip support from REI was excellent with questions about gear and booking of airfare efficiently and promptly handled.

                        The only upset with the whole experience involved the recommendations around cash to bring with us and tipping. The REI site recommended $600. That barely covered the tipping and incidental expense much less bringing anything back. All those that brought the recommended amount of cast ended up having to find a ATM - which is not always simple in Tanzania. And the amounts that REI recommended for tipping were not in line with what guides/porters/drivers were expecting which led to uncomfortable situations. Very disappointing -- especially since REI's other pre-trip information was excellent.

                        The tipping situation is why this trip got a four and not 5 stars.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I was challenged and encouraged by a group of friends to do something extraordinary.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Summiting Kilimanjaro was an incredible and unforgettable experience. All the things leading up to the summit and the the amazing safari afterwards were great AND the high point was the summit -- forgive me my puns.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Get your gear lined up well ahead of time and hike a lot to get ready for a LEVEL 5 difficulty trip like the Kilimanjaro climb.

                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Unbelievable experience

                        By Blue Dog

                        from Denver, CO

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                            This was truly an epic experience - one that I will never forget for as long as I live. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life but was, by far, the most rewarding. You are guaranteed to walk away with a feeling of accomplishment and some AMAZING photos to share with friends and loved ones.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Trust in REI
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I have always wanted to climb to the rooftop of Africa and travel to the Serengeti!
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • There were several highlights of the trip: 1) Reaching the Uhuru summit with my husband and daughter 2) Seeing a pride of 9 lions walk in front of our jeep 3) Having an elephant trot through our campsite 4) The unbelievable service we received from our guides and porters.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Definitely train for the trip and train in the gear you will wear on the climb. Bring the following: Plenty of warm clothes and rain gear, the newest US currency you can get from the bank, a good attitude, an open mind and suggested meds. Also, carry-on a bag with some of your hiking gear in case your luggage is lost. Think about bringing gear you are ok to give away at the end. The porters would greatly appreciate it!

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing adventure

                            By soggy bottom

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                                Our head guide Peter and his staff were absolutely awesome. They took care of our every need and helped make the trip a very memorable experience. I can't recommend them highly enough.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I'd never traveled with REI before but trusted them as a company. They took care of all the details and allowed me to sit back an enjoy the experience.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • I think the highlight for me was the camaraderie and mutual support among the group. It was amazing to see complete strangers come together as a team in such a short time to reach a common goal.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • I agree with others that the climb gear list could use some refining. It helped to cross check against other travel company's gear lists.

                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Kili Climb & Safari

                                By lebortn

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

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                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                                    The guides were great. The accomodations were great. The meals were adequate--be prepared to try a few new concoctions. Well organized and leaves you with a strong desire to return to the heart of Africa.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • Looking for an African adventure with physical activity as well as a taste of the local culture.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Hands down the highlight of my trip was witnessing the summiting of a fellow climber after struggling up the final 4000 ft acsent to Kili. Her mental strength and perserverance was an inspiration.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Be prepared for a mental challenge when attempting the final ascent to Kili. The hard is what makes it great.

                                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Amazing team and staff

                                    By The Nadia

                                    from Cairo, Egypt

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                                    Pros

                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                    • Accommodations

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                                      Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                                      Our guides and other supporting staff seemed like they had no other purpose than to make sure we made it safely to the summit and back and that we enjoyed doing it. All three of us did summit and we all thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The only shortcoming was related to accommodations, especially in Arusha. There were problems related to water availability. Same thing at Lake Manyara. In the end this was a minor inconvenience and solutions were provided.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • I was going to travel alone as a woman and wanted to make sure I was with an organization that was highly recommended. I had a family member who traveled previously with REI and she did strongly recommend them.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • The people. We had a great group of women going up the mountain the supporting staff, whether drivers, guides, porters, cooks, etc. were beyond amazing. And the food...gosh the food! Gourmet eating on the mountain and on safari.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Just train as advised and bring everything in those lists. I did not regret anything I ended up bringing.

                                      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Awesome Trip

                                      By wACT

                                      from Milwaukee, WI

                                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                                      Site Member

                                      Pros

                                      • Accommodations
                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Exceeded Expectations
                                      • Food
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Guides
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

                                      • Incomplete Gear List

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route and Safari Extension:

                                        The climb is strenuous but not impossible. You don't need to be in Olympic shape to succeed. Train as REI suggests and you'll make it! The guides/porters will help you throughout and they each are great people.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • I've climbed 14ers in the US, however, this was a great itinerary for a non-technical climb combined with a safari. I mean, where else can you do both in two weeks time?
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • Without question - the people I was with made the trip. Thanks guys! After that, the climb and safari are such polar experiences it's difficult to isolate highlights. Each component was spectacular in and of itself. REI and the local guides/staff took supremely good care of us from beginning to end.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • The gear list is incomplete. Doing it over again, I'd pack a rain jacket, ski jacket, light down insulated jacket and heavy down insulated jacket and the warmest mittens available. I'd also bring along some flashlights in addition to the headlamp. Also, pack a diversity of snacks 'cause after 5 days you'll hate what you brought. Train for the climb! The better your conditioning, the better your climb and chances of reaching the summit. Bring at least 10 GB of memory for a Digital SLR used heavily.

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