Kilimanjaro Expeditions

Kilimanjaro Bliss leads exclusive tours that are custom designed with you, at prices close to group tour rates. Explore the possibilities.

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Co-create Your Experience With Us

You create your plan with us. We do the logistics and support, you do the experience and the fun.

All-inclusive Tour

From pickup to return, we cover everything you need to have a great experience. We can take you to and from the airport, and feed you well along the way. We can arrange the type of accommodation to suit your needs, and we give you some extra, unexptected touches.

Knowledge­able Guides

Our guides are expert safari and mountian guides in Tanzania. They know the ins and outs of your trip and provide exceptional interpretation of flora, fauna and natural history. You'll know more after you leave.

Supportive Preparation

We give you an entire packet of information on how to prepare, what to bring, how to pack, and a plan for training so you can fully enjoy the trip. Our care for you starts before you even arrive and we work directly with you to plan your best experience of Tanzania.

Choosing The Number of Days

Acclimatization is Key

    Seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro give many options for you. The climbing routes- Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe-each have advantages and disadvantages.

    Although we call it "climbing" Mt. Kilimanjaro, there is no mountain climbing involved. These routes are simple, straight-forward hiking routes, only taking on difficulty due to a combination of steepness and altitude.

    While the southern Mweka route is only used for descent, the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south. The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west, and the Rongai route approaches from the north. The following map shows the routes in a basic layout.

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    % of Climbers by Route
    Machame (45%)
    Marangu (40%)
    Lemosho (8%)
    Rongai (5%)
    Shira (1%)
    Northern Circuit (0%)
    Umbwe (0%)

    Reported success rate by number of days
    5 days—27%
    6 days—44%
    7 days—64%
    8 days—85%
    all routes—45%

  • Shorter Climbs - 5 to 6 days

    The shortest climbs are the Marangu, Machame and the Rongai routes, with the Marangu route being the overall shortest in time, but not in distance (72 km). At 62 km, the Machame route is the shortest in distance (except for the Shira route, 56 km, which takes longer). Kilimanjaro Bliss prefers the Rongai route as a shorter route because of less climbers. The Machame route sees the most climbers of all routes.

    The best route is the one that suits you best. Because the summit success rate increases dramatically for 8 and 9 day climbs, we prefer the longer routes for your success. With a 6 day climb, there is a 56% chance you will NOT be able to summit due to acclimatization problems. For a 5 day climb, that increases to 73%, or almost no chance of summiting.

  • 7-Day Climbs

    Although the Machame and Rongai routes can be done in six days, we typically schedule 7 days for these route for greater acclimatization, and they are the most suitable for 7 days. All the 7 day routes are Machame, Rongai, Lemosho and Shira. Some of these are better at 8 or 9 days, but doable within 7 days. Still, a 7 day climb has a 36% failure to summit rate.

  • 8 and 9-Day Climbs

    The best 8 and 9 day climbs are the Lemosho and Shira routes. The 9-day Lemosho Northern Circuit is a more technical route that gives great views north toward Kenya and Maasai Mara.

  • Mt. Meru Pre-climb Advantages

    The summiting success of a shorter route up Mt. Kilimanjaro can be aided by climbing Mt. Meru before taking on Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is another volcanic cone near Arusha. Its summit is at 4566 m, so it is as high as the base camp before summiting on Mr. Kilimanjaro. This climb takes four or five days, but it would bag another peak for you before tackling Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is also a great trip on its own. The climb passes through an number of ecological zones in Arusha National Park, and is like a walking game-drive.

  • Where does the cost of a Kilimanjaro Expedition come from?

    Park Fees

    Porters, Guides and Cooks





Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru

Parks and Cutural Sites
  • Best Times To Climb Kilimanjaro or Meru

    The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the dry season from late June to October. The drier seasons are also the best climbing seasons, but climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is not limited by the wet season like safaris. Most climbers go in the Northern Hemisphere summer, for practical reasons, but a great time to climb Kilimanjaro is late December into January. There are much fewer climbers during this time. The table below outlines the drier seasons. 

  • Mt. Meru and Arusha National Park

    Arusha National Park is a small park measuring only 53 square miles (137 square km), but it has a  remarkable range of habitats. 16 miles northeast of Arusha, this national park is one of the most easily accessible. Located between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this park features a miniature volcanic crater (Ngurduto Crater), a river (Jekukumia River), a highland rain forest, acacia woodlands and a string of crater lakes (Momella Lakes). Wildlife found in the park includes Colobus monkeys, velvet monkeys, buffalo, hippos, elephants, and giraffe. Waterfowl is abundant here as well. Arusha National Park offers many beautiful panoramic views, including spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Arusha National Park is the access point for climbing Mr. Meru.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park

    According to, Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 ha protects the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.

    Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa.

    The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point: Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species.

    For this combination of features but mostly its height, its physical form and snow cap and its isolation above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered an outstanding example of a superlative natural phenomenon.

Choosing The Accommodation

From Down-To-Earth To Ultra-Luxurious
  • Tenting On The Mountain

    Public Campsites-Down-to-Earth Accommodation.

    For those on a budget, or looking for a more down to earth style of safari, we supply a safari tent and cook, along with your safari guide.  Your guide and cook put up your tent in the public camp site, and the cook cooks all your meals in the covered cooks’ area.  I am sure each of the cooks tries to out cook the other, because I have always been amazed at the quality of meals served.  These meals are usually served in a covered communal eating area.  These camp grounds are similar to public campsites around the world, where there are communal showers and washrooms.  Camp grounds are located either on the outskirts of the wildlife parks, or nestled within them.

  • Before And After The Expedition

    Standard Lodges  Lodges are often located on the edges of Parks, allowing some wildlife viewing from the lodge. Many lodges have a variety of room standards, from solid structure to tented cabin styles. Many lodges have swimming pools, Wi-Fi in lounge area, restaurants and bars. In our standard accommodations, we usually pick the best available accommodation in the lower lodge price range. Prices for lodge rooms (double occupancy), overall, can range from less than $200 USD to $400 USD per night. A typical standard lodge would be comparable to a larger chain hotel room in North America or Europe.

    Luxury Lodges and Hotels
    Savour that which is unique and luxurious, for these accommodations are truly magnificent.  Bold yet unassuming, creative and exquisite in architecture and location. These hotels and lodges range from $475 to nearly $2000 per night, double occupancy.

Some Of Our Most Popular Safaris
Natural History Explorer
5-day Safari
From $2789 USD
Kilimanjaro Rongai
7-day Expedition
From $3235 USD
African Dream
8-day Safari
From $3269 USD
Kilimanjaro Lemosho
8-day Expedition
From $3569 USD

What Our Guests Say

  • Very nice trip with Ari, on recommandation from a friend we went with him for a safari after our climb to Uhuru peak, and it was a pleasure, very nice, very professional, and also very friendly. A safari very close to the animals, where he took time to explain all about everything, and provided all the confort, picking us at the hotel, and even bringing us to the airport in the middle of the night.

    Adrien, France
  • My two friends and I had an incredible time on the safari with our guide ari and our driver (“lion”)!! We would highly recommend this safari. We did a three day safari and three parks and an incredible hotel and food was all included! Our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful and allowed us to have so much fun and adventure along the way. We were able see all the animals we wanted to (rhino!) and it was a wonderful experience out in the parks. Such an incredible and magical place, full of life and wonder. The resort hotel we stayed at was also wonderful and relaxing. Thank you Ari and “Lion”!

  • I was impressed by Aristarick, one of our gides. He was very helpfull, motivating and knows a lot. Thanks to him we made it to the top.

  • We enjoyed amazing safari's in Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park, thanks to Kilimanjaro Bliss & Ari. Guide & driver Ari was very flexible and accommodating for our family (5people). Every day again, we were amazed by the beauty of the country, the hospitality of the people and the guidance of our guide & driver.

    Marijke, Belgium
  • Ari of Kilimanjaro Bliss was an amazing host. We had signed up to do our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro with Kilimanjaro Bliss and got so much more than we expected...Ari and his crew took great care of us on the seven days that we took to get to the top and back down again. The food was incredibly delicious and the crew were awesome. It was an amazing adventure and we made it back a day early, so we decided to do a safari to Tarangire National Park. We ended our day with a visit to a Masai village. A truly incredible experience with exceptional service by Ari.

    Gabe, Minnesota, USA
  • The most incredible adventure, with the most amazing people! Two women, aged 55 and 59, apprehensive of the gruelling journey, but hoping for bragging rights of reaching the top; we anticipated sacrificing all comfort to get there. Instead, we were blown away with the great lengths the team went through to, not only make us comfortable, but make us feel like royalty. Meals were better than I have had in 5-star restaurants. Although summit day was tough, the journey getting there will be what I remember best. I miss the team already!

    Brenda, Ontario, Canada