Welcome to SummitClimb Kilimanjaro - Top of Africa
Summit Climb - Kilimanjaro
Here you will find general information about Kilimanjaro, climbing and SummitClimb, your top provider for the way to the Top of Africa. Before we get to mountain no.1 in Africa, but unfortunately some important information about the current COVID-19 pandemic and travelling in Africa, Tanzania and on Kilimanjaro.
Covid-19 situation for the Kilimanjaro
Status: September 5th, 2020
Tanzania is open for tourism and trips to Kilimanjaro are possible. There is no quarantine obligation.
Our first Kilimanjaro ascent since the beginning of the pandemic was successful, and we are currently running a Meru & Kilimanjaro trip.
Tanzania officially has 509 cases (183 recoverd, 21 death) of COVID-19, of which 4 cases are in the Kilimanjaro region (Arusha, Moshi).
Coronavirus - Assessment Tanzania: The last update of case numbers with 480 cases was on April 29, 2020, supplemented in May with 29 cases in Zanzibar. The official number is 509 cases since then. However, in May more than 100 cases of truck drivers at the border to Kenya were tested positive and returned, without changing the number in Tanzania. Zambia has the highest density of cases at the border with Tanzania. According to reports from our contacts, the situation on the ground is holding up: hospitals are burdened, but not excessively so, and the number of funerals remains within normal limits.
Development: After the first 3 cases, the closure of all schools, suspension of all sports events and public meetings including political rallies for 30 days by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa was announced on March 17th. The entry at designated points in Dar Es Salaam (DAR), Kilimanjaro Int. (JRO), Mwanza and Zanzibar (ZNZ) is allowed and will be controlled (temperature measurements).
Assessment: With the current development (since assessment on March 20, 2020) we continue to assume that the situation with COVID-19 in Tanzania will remain controlled. An implementation of the Kilimanjaro season in summer is a question of whether we are allowed to travel to Tanzania again/continue to travel in summer on the basis of European regulations and recommendations.
Travel to Kilimanjaro: Until June 1, all SummitClimb trips are suspended. For travel after June 1, 2020, we take into account the local situation as well as international developments. We assume that all tours can take place from mid June onwards - the restrictions here are those imposed by Europe / USA (your home country) and availibitily of international flights.
Kilimanjaro - Top of Africa
With SummitClimb you benefit from our unique price-performance ratio: "Kilimanjaro: Best Value & Top Service". Here you will find a lot of general information about the mountain, the routes and Tanzania, but first some more arguments for your Kilimanjaro trip with us:
- A friendly atmosphere, together safe to the TOP of AFRICA
- Over 98% success rate to climb Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest peak
- Rongai / Umbwe / Lemosho Routes: exciting trekking off the beaten track
- Three programs to choose from, individual tours on request
- Variations with Mount Meru, Mount Kenya, Safari and beach holidays
- Very experienced trekking leaders & guides: Your experienced Summit-Kilimanjaro-Team
- Seven Summit experts: expertise beyond Kilimanjaro as from Mount Everest and Vinson.
- Best material, an excellent kitchen and freindly staff
- 100% guaranteed group departures
With an ideal group size of 8 to 14 participants, an experienced SummitClimb expedition leader will guide our trip. Small groups (up to 7 participants) will be led by an experienced local SummitClimb guide selected and trained by us. Our local helpers include local mountain guides (one for each two guests) and a top chef, together with our Swiss organization create our unique Kilimanjaro experiences.
From all of our Kilimanjaro team: "Karibu Kilimanjaro" - Welcome to Kilimanjaro!
Team ascends Kilimanjaro - guide Yitzhack leads the way.
We organize three different Kilimanjaro trekking group tours, each date with 100% guaranteed departure. Here you will find a brief overview of our trips for your Kilimanjaro ascent (and on the respective pages the itinerary, dates, services and much more).
I. Kilimanjaro Trek (9 days)
The Kilimanjaro Summit Plateau seen from Gilman's Point
Crossing from north to south: The Rongai-Mawenzi / Kikilewa route leads to the summit in a varied and easy way, the descent takes place via the Marangu Route. We spend the night in high-quality tents, are accompanied by excellent cuisine and choose the most comfortable route. The itinerary offers you perfect acclimatisation and, together with Summit Climb pros, the best chances of success (incl. flight 9-10 days), options for safari and/or beach.
II. Mount Meru & Kilimanjaro (13 days)
Ascent to the Shiva-Plateau, Lemosho Route, Kilimanjaro
We ascend Mount Meru to be well acclimatized for Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route and Western Breach Wall will lead us to the top of Africa, a unique way to climb Kilimanjaro. This itinerary makes sense as inbetween the mountains we relax on a short safari and are better prepared for the logical exit of the Lemosho route over the Western Breach to Uhuru peak.
III. Mt. Kenya & Safari & Kilimanjaro (18 days)
Elefants infront of Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Nationalpark, Kenya
This extensive mountain journey takes you on a finely tuned program including an exclusive Amboseli safari. Beautiful treks lead us to the two highest mountains in Africa: Mount Kenya & Kilimanjaro! We start at the beautiful Mount Kenya, optionally with a climbing tour. After relaxing on safari with the famous elephants of Amboseli before the scenery of Kilimanjaro, we head for an ascent over the Western Breach with our exclusive and well-prepared crater camp. Join our impressive and varied mountain travel through Kenya and Tanzania (18 days).
IV. Individual trips
The tours listed above are for group sizes of 8-12 participants per expedition leader. Are you a group and would like an individual appointment? Do you / do you want to go to another route?
- Machame (Coca-Cola) Route - the most popular
- Marangu (Whiskey) Route - the only hut route
- Northern Circuit - lonely long tour.
On request we organize individual Kilimanjaro trips with SummitClimb expedition leaders on individual dates. For smaller groups (less than 8 participants) we have to charge a surcharge because of the cost of the tour guide, or alternatively we carry out the ascent with one of the most experienced local mountain guides trained by us.
Our Kilimanjaro Team
Together on Kilimanjaro: With ideal group sizes of 8 to a maximum of 14 participants, an experienced SummitClimb expedition leader will guide our trip. Small groups (up to 7 participants) are led by experienced local SummitClimb guides who have been selected and trained by us for this task. Our careful local helpers, other local mountain guides, a top chef and our organization create our unique Kilimanjaro adventure tours.
Felix Berg, SummitClimb CEO, with team members on Kilimanjaro
Felix Berg, CEO of SummitClimb, experienced high altitude climber and expedition leader fron Everest and other 8000m peaks, is responsible for the organisation of our and therefore your Kilimanjaro tour. Felix is an excellent expert of East Africa: He lived in Nairobi from 2002 to 2003, speaks Kiswahili, and has been organizing our operations to East Africa ever since. Besides many guided tours of the standard routes on Kilimanjaro, he has left behind difficult first ascents in the rock faces and mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Felix has meanwhile climbed Kilimanjaro 12 times with guests (status 03.03.2020).
Dear climber, our home valley lies in Switzerland so all our information is originally in German. Yet, we are currently translating this page into English! Work is in progress, but please contact us if you are interested in Kilimanjaro. We speak German, English, French, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Swahili, and even Mandarin. Interested to climb Kilimanjaro?
We will be happy to assist you.