Kilimanjaro Xpedition 2011

Sunday October 16 through Wednesday October 26, 2011

Mt Kilimanjaro Adventure with Summit Xperience

Mount Kilimanjaro towers above the African plains, its peak seeming to pierce the clouds like a giant spear. Formed over 500,000 years ago, this enormous Strata-volcano has been nicknamed The Mountain of Greatness by the local tribes that live within its vicinity. Not surprising when you consider the fact that, at 19,340 feet, it is the tallest mass on the African continent and one of the most notable free standing mountains in the world. Situated in North Eastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro lies a mere 3 degrees or about 200 miles south of the equator on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The majority of routes leading to the summit begin in Tanzania, although it is also possible to access certain trails such as Rongai from the Kenyan side of the border.

Kilimanjaro represents a powerful life force for the local Chagga people and all those who have made their lives around this mountain, providing rich volcanic soils for agriculture and an endless source of pure spring waters.

Summit Xperience regularly works with Nickson Moshi and his staff to make your ascent of Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route a fun, safe and rewarding expedition. Nickson has been to the summit over 200 times, as such, his experience on this mountain is unparalleled.


Your Guides

Gavin Attwood
Gavin is the owner and founder of Summit Xperience. He has climbed all over the world including the Himalayas, the Andes, the European Alps and English Lake District, Welsh Mountains and rugged Scottish Highlands. He has twice run the Pikes Peak marathon and competed in three 'Ironman' distance triathlons.

In 2004 he was invited to be a member of the team that guided six blind Tibetan teenagers to 21,000ft on the north side of Mt Everest. The documentary of that expedition called 'Blindsight' was released in 2006.

In 2007, he was forced to turn round less than 1000ft from the summit of Mt Everest due to a malfunctioning oxygen system. He has lead expeditions to Mt Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and Mt Aconcagua in Argentina.

Ben Stuckey
A passion for any place high, Ben has climbed on all 7 continents. From the top of the world to the very bottom. When Ben stood on the summit of Mt Everest at 8:15am on May 20, 2010 he realized his lifelong dream. He has also climbed Denali multiple times by a range of routes, various small peaks in Antarctica, South America, Mexico, Jordan as well as all the Colorado 14ers – two times over!


October 16 - Depart US

October 17 - Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Arusha. We will land at KIA at approximately 8:30pm. We will be met by our lead African guide, Nickson Moshi. Nickson and his staff will help with our bags and transfer the team to the Impala Hotel in Arusha where we will be welcomed by friendly staff and checked in to our rooms.

October 18 - After breakfast you have three options. Either visit local markets where you can do some sight-seeing and shopping, visit Arusha National Park and see some of Africa's wild animals (additional $110 charge for park fees) or take your own time to rest and relax.

October 19 - We will leave the hotel at 9:00am and drive to the Machame Gate (5,380ft.) We will have a scale available to help. The drive to the gate is about 60 minutes. We will sign in the park register and then we are off! This first day is about 4 hours long. You are climbing up through the rainforest and it can often live up to its name and rain! Rain gear is required! We will have lunch on the way and arrive at the Machame Camp (9,350ft) mid-afternoon. Nickson's staff will have already set up your tents as well as the meal tent and kitchen tent. All you need to do is set up your personal gear in the tent and relax! Note: You will be able to leave a bag of gear at the hotel but your duffel bags for the climb should be no heavier than 30lbs.

October 20 - Machame Camp to Shira Camp 12,500ft. Today we continue to ascent through and out of the rainforest. We start to get amazing views of the mountain so have your cameras ready. We overnight in Shira Plateau Camp.

October 21 - Shira Camp to Barranco Camp 13,044ft. We will leave camp and climb to the Lava Tower where we will stop for lunch. We can scramble to the top of the Tower for stunning views of the upper mountain. We will then continue to the Barranco Camp.

October 22 - Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 13,106ft. Immediately after breakfast we will climb up and over the great Barranco Wall. We then traverse round to Karanga Camp. There is almost no elevation gain today so this doubles as an acclimatization day.

October 23 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 15,331ft. Now we are getting to the sharp end of the trip. We will gain some more elevation as we make our way to our final camp, Barafu Camp. We will get in to camp at about midday. After lunch we will have a final team briefing for the summit push ahead. Everyone will be nervous about the next 24 hours but still try and relax! Get your gear ready, be absolutely sure that you have everything in place and take a nap. It is going to be a long night. The nervous excitement in the camp is palpable.

October 24 - Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Summit, 19,340ft and descend to Mweka Camp 10,065ft. Sometime after midnight we will wake you up (assuming you have slept) and have a light breakfast ready for you. It will probably be COLD and you will need all that warm gear you brought. The ascent to Stella Point will take between 4 and 6 hours. It is fairly steep but the guides always set a very steady pace so we generally keep the team together. Stella Point is on the crater rim and from it you can now see the final section of the route to the summit. It is much less steep after Stella Point and the sun is probably starting to come up. We will pause for a warm drink and snack before traversing round the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro – the Roof of Africa.

After we have all had a chance to take pictures and enjoy the spectacular views we head back down the way we came up to Barafu Camp. We don't stay here though. We will pack up and head on down the mountain to Mweka Camp where we have dinner a well deserved meal and sleep.

October 25 - We will continue our decent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate where we will have a celebration meal before returning to the Impala Hotel. A room will be available to sort gear, re-pack and shower before the evening flight. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

October 26 - Arrive US.


Cost of Kilimanjaro climb: $3,000

Optional add-ons:

  • Single room supplement: $40
  • Visit to Arusha National Park on Day 3: $110 per person
  • Personal porter to carry your backpack on Kilimanjaro $200
  • Safari: There are many options for a pre or post-climb safari. If you would like more information please contact Gavin at or call him on 720.323.8136.

The Kilimanjaro climb cost includes:

  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Two nights accommodation prior to the climb and a day-room after the climb to shower and get ready for the flight home later the same day. Hotel rooms are double occupancy.
  • Mountain Hardwear 3.1 tent per person
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Lead guides, assistant guides, cooks, porters
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees
  • Transport to and from the trailhead
  • An awesome experience!

The price does NOT include:

  • All round trip flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Lunches, dinners and snacks in Arusha.
  • Alcohol, additional beverages
  • Laundry costs
  • Tips: These are of course optional. You should budget on about $500 of tips throughout the trip. This includes all the on-mountain staff and hotels staff. Cash is best – bring US Dollars in small denominations.

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