Climb Kilimanjaro


February 16 – 29, 2020
Days of travel for the entire adventure

August 1, 2019
Each climber must raise $5,000 by this date to guarantee his or her spot on the Water Education climbing team


Ten individuals have the opportunity of a lifetime to experience Tanzania and summit Africa’s tallest mountain – Mt. Kilimanjaro. In return, we’re asking each person to raise a minimum of $5K but are challenging you to raise $10K for the experience. $2,500 will cover all in-country expenses excluding your airfare, with the remainder supporting H2O for Life.

If you would like to speak with someone directly about this opportunity, please contact Kate Booth by emailing

About Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), but it isn’t a mountain in a traditional sense. It is a giant stratovolcano that began forming about a million years ago and is composed of many layers of hardened volcanic ash, lava, pumice and tephra — fragmental material that is the fallout from a volcanic eruption.

One of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on the seven continents), Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania in east Africa. Kilimanjaro lies within the 292-square-mile (756 square kilometers) Kilimanjaro National Park. Kilimanjaro rises from its base approximately 16,732 feet (5,100 meters) from the plains near the Tanzanian municipality of Moshi, making it the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Route Description:

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has a more gradual slope than the mountain’s other routes. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the popular Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for nearly the entire way. Descent is made via the Marangu route.

The -Pre Climb Days 1-3

Day 1 (Feb. 16th ): Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there we will take a bus to the Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel where we will be staying for two nights. Each individual will have his or her own bed but will share a room with other climbers. Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel website –

Day 2 (Feb. 17th): Explore the Chagga underground caves, which, centuries ago, protected the Chagga from the marauding Maasai; visit a coffee farm to find out about how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted – and you’ll have the opportunity to prepare your own! Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel website –

Day 3 (Feb 18th)

An hour’s easy drive from Moshi after breakfast, Lake Chala is serenity itself. A crater lake on the Kenyan border, it’s a quiet, romantic spot for a long, hand-in-hand walk around the lake or a short stroll directly to its peaceful shores for a swim in the calm waters. The Chemka Hot Springs are geothermally warmed waters that rise up, clear and turquoise, into limpid pools that are a little piece of heaven. Return to the hotel for lunch, relax and in the vending, you will be briefed about Kilimanjaro hike. Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel website –

Day 4 (Feb. 19th):Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave

  • Elevation (ft): 6,398 ft to 9,300 ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After stopping at the Marangu Gate for permits, we proceed to the wooden village of Nale Moru, where the trailhead begins. The trail winds through corn and potato fields, and then climbs gently through the forest which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Black and White Colobus Monkey. We camp at Rongai Cave.

Day 5 (Feb. 20th):Rongai Cave to 2nd Cave to Kikelewa Cave

  • Elevation (ft): 9,300 ft to 11,811 ft
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Health

After breakfast we begin the morning hike with a steady incline and reach 2nd Cave while en-route to Kikelewa Cave. Views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim begin to emerge.

Day 6 (Feb. 21st): Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

  • Elevation (ft): 11,811 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

The hike today is short and steep, up a grassy slope.  Views of the wilderness area are stunning. As we exit the heath zone and emerge into the alpine desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring the area.

Day 7 (Feb. 22nd):Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn

  • Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to14,400 ft to 14,160 ft
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 2-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

This is an acclimatization day. We hike steadily up a ridge with fantastic views on both sides; the landscape is rugged and rocky.  After spending a few moments exploring Mawenzi Ridge, we head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp. Extra days on the trail give our bodies the opportunity to acclimatize and assist with summit day.

Day 8 (Feb. 23rd): Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 14,160 ft to 15,430 ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

The trail climbs gradually across the rocky lunar landscape as we traverse the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. Our campsite for the night sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting and preparing for the final ascent in the early morning.

Day 9 (Feb. 24th): Kibo Hut to Uhuru Point to Horombo Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft to 12,205 ft
  • Distance: 22 km
  • Hiking Time: 10-13 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

We wake in the middle of the night and begin the final push to reach the Roof of Africa. The trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the ascent will be slow and steady. From Gilman’s, it is a traverse along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. We stay at the summit for a short time, to take photos and enjoy the views, before retracing our steps to all the way back to Horombo Hut.

Day 10 (Feb. 25th): Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

A long trek is in store for today, however it is mostly downhill.  Once at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate we pick up our certificate that proves our achievement and catch our vehicle transfer to hotel in Moshi. Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel website –

Post Climb / Trek

Days 11,12.13,14 (Feb. 26th-Feb 29th): Travel back to Serengeti National Park

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Day 2: Have Full day game viewing in the park

Day 3: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 4: Transfer back to Arusha and Departure

Each climber can choose to schedule their flight home from February 29th onward. If individuals are interested in continuing to travel or explore more safari options in Tanzania, please feel free to make separate reservations with 1000 Shades of Green Tour & Safari Co. by contacting Charles at

End of adventure! THE TOUR COMPANY

If you would like to add additional tour days before or after the trip please contact 1000 Shades of Green ( 1000 Shades of Green is a community conscious tour operating company that operates in East Africa with offices in Entebbe, Uganda. We offer tours and safari packages, reality excursions and a variety of other activities to give tourists an adventurous, enjoyable and a fulfilling time in East Africa. Although we are a private company, we partner with numerous NGOs & communities & strive towards a more developed East Africa. We understand that tourism can bring both positive and negative impacts to the destinations in which we operate.

We also understand that it is our responsibility, as a local tour operator, to minimize any negative impacts and work towards making places better for people to live in and for people to visit. We are keen to minimize negative economic,environmental, and social impacts while generating greater economic benefits for local people that enhances the well being of host communities. Our clients and partners have helped us improve working conditions and access to the tourism industry by involving the local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances. Your responsible attitude as well as love for adventure are some positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Our Guides
Our staff and guides have completed many training courses on subjects such as natural history, environmental conservation, wildlife, and safety and emergency medical procedures. All guides speak Swahili and English fluently. Each guide also speaks a native tribal language that has been passed on to them, depending on which of the 120 tribes they were born into. 1000 Shades of Green’s guides have a passion for Ruwenzori guiding, gorilla trekking and as well as of Uganda. Our team is with you every step of the way, working hard behind the scenes to ensure you have everything you need in preparation to climb Ruwenzori.

About the Owner
Charles Morgan Kisitu has worked in the tourism industry since he was a teenager in Uganda and has arranged safari packages & tours for organizations and media outlets including: The New York Times, The Associated Press, and The Guardian. Charles graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a B.A. in Business Administration and majoring in entrepreneurship.


What IS included in the trip?

Safety Equipment:

  • Hyperbaric Chamber
  • Oxygen for emergency use (2 kits of 100 lt. medical oxygen bottle, regulator & masks are provided)
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Mobile phones – carried by the head guide and all assistant guides, for daily communications with base in Arusha.
  • VHF 2-way handheld radios (with extra batteries) carried for quick communication between head and asst. guides
  • Stretcher (and convertible litter)
  • Comprehensive medical/first aid kits (as per WFR/NOLS USA guidelines)

Staff & Fees:

  • Professional Mountain Guides, all head guides are currently certified by NOLS USA as Wilderness First Responders
  • Ratio of at least one guide for every three guests, to ensure personalised attention.
  • Cooks and Porters
  • Park Fees / Campsite fees / Emergency Rescue Fees

Camping equipment and gear:

  • Mountain Hardware sleeping tents, each tent with a custom-made ground sheet covering the both vestibules, to allow clean & dry storage of gear, and keeping water, mud or dust from entering the tent.
  • 2 inch mattresses for each client
  • Large weatherproof dining tent.
  • Wash basins provided for each trekker.
  • Large private toilet tents only for our guests, with portable flush toilets on a stable base.
  • Hot water prepared for climber’s bottles at night

Mountain Cuisine:

  • Three hearty meals a day + snacks upon arrival in camp. Our new menus have been developed by a professional cook who has trained staff in up-market safari bush camps where equipment and resources are minimal. We produce and prepare a majority of our food in our base kitchen, for delicious and energizing meals necessary for high altitude mountain trekking.
  • Specialty food like chocolates and cheeses.
  • Homemade cookies and breads, produced in our own kitchen.

Other assurances:

  • Mountain operators license
  • Active member of AUTO, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, and UWA, Uganda Wildlife Authority
  • Comprehensive climb briefing before the trek, upon arrival in Tanzania
  • Transportation, lodging, and food during the entire 10-day adventure.

NOT included

  • Round-trip flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, vaccinations, visa, tips, personal expenses, personal medical kit, travel insurance, bottled mineral water, sleeping bags, or other personal trekking gear.

**Equipment is available to rent in-country at a small fee