KILIMANJARO – AFRICA

Summit The Highest Freestanding Mountain in The World
7 Day Climb Machame Route

FITNESS

Medium

DURATION

11 Days

ELEVATION

5,895m

COST

AU$4,250.00

DatesG’TD Depart
17th – 28th July 2019NO
16th – 27th October 2019NO

If these pre-organised trek dates may not work, we can arrange a custom date, but it must be for 2 trekkers or more. If the trek date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights until we have confirmed the date as a guaranteed departure in this table. Your funds will be held in our adventure holding account until guaranteed.

Only a 10% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. The trek availability is on the booking page.

Peak Potential Adventures is offering you the opportunity to join this exclusive fully supported climb of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Picture this.

You’re 5,895 metres high, and standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’. You’re just about to take your final steps on to the summit of the ‘Dark Continent’s highest mountain — the beautiful majestic Kilimanjaro. As you reach the summit, the memories, the struggles and tribulations of the past seven days’ adventure come flooding back and culminate into one euphoric emotion. At that moment, the feeling of achievement and success in reaching your goal is almost overwhelming… YOU FEEL ALIVE!!. For the past seven days, you have experienced an array of emotions as you battled and pushed through new personal, physical and mental barriers. Having climbed Kilimanjaro, it is impossible not to be changed by the experience in a positive way – you will go home a new person.

On the journey, you uncovered much more about yourself, your personal strengths, and limitations. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not just about reaching the summit. It is a journey of self-discovery from the day you make the commitment to do it to the day you return home, the memories and the experience will last a lifetime.

Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories. But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.


Highlights

  • Climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world
  • Explore rainforests, heather moors, lava formations, and glaciers
  • Complete one of the famous 7 Summits
  • Immerse yourself in the local Tanzanian culture
  • Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the mountain with local naturalists
  • Personally supported by some of the most experienced adventure guides in Australia and Tanzania
  • Celebrate with your fellow trekkers in Moshi at the end of the climb
  • After the climb, organise a local safari and try and spot the ‘African Big 5’ in their natural habitat.

WHY TEAM UP WITH US

Peak Potential Adventures was founded by a group of experienced adventurers who have built a solid and well-regarded reputation – not just by taking on extreme adventures – but by extracting the most out of their experiences mentally as well as physically. Climbing Kilimanjaro is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one, and the Peak Potential Adventures Team will be there every step of the way to encourage and support your journey from start to finish. Previously serving with the Australian Regular Army’s elite airborne battalion as paratroopers, the company founders know what it is like to be part of a high-performance team and that cohesive team spirit and effort will ensure everyone has an amazing experience.

  • We provide experienced guides with extensive high altitude and climbing experience – the number of guides depends on group size
  • Our senior Tanzanian guide Yesse has had more than 300+ Kilimanjaro summits and is an integral part of the Peak Potential Adventures Team and family
  • The opportunity to join some of our other local treks at discounted rates to assist in your fitness preparation (we highly recommend this option)
  • We have extensive experience working with teams and helping individuals reach their goals
  • We will provide ongoing fitness training leading up to the climb being qualified personal trainers and experts in high altitude preparation.
  • We ensure the team gets to know each other before the climb, so you know who you are climbing with and you feel like you are part of a team before you depart
  • We provide personalised and individual advice about gear/equipment to ensure that your gear won’t let you down on the mountain
  • Our guides will provide medical support on the climb if required and arrange a helo extraction if required
  • We prepare you extensively for the climb mentally, as well as physically
  • We are very passionate and dedicated about getting everyone to the summit safely and back down in a very safe and enjoyable operating environment
  • We encourage and support you to raise funds for your passionate charity cause because it can give you climb some additional motivation and purpose.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1  Wednesday – Depart

Board an international flight for your amazing journey of adventure. If flying from Australia, we recommend flying with either Qatar or Etihad Airlines to Nairobi and then on to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Day 2 & 3 – Thursday & Friday – Arrive Moshi, Tanzania on Thursday Afternoon

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner (only dinner on Thursday night after you arrive)

On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our team and transferred to your hotel. The next morning, you will have an expedition briefing after breakfast and organise your equipment for the climb. You will be able to hire any additional equipment required for the climb at the hotel. Most of Friday will be used to prepare your equipment and get yourselves organised for the climb.

Day 4 – Saturday – Your Adventure Begins.

For all our treks, we have decided to take the Machame Route to the summit. We have chosen the Machame Route for all our treks because from our experience it provides the best acclimatization program of moving high and sleeping low, diversity of scenery and more importantly, gives us options to descend quickly if one of our team members succumbs to altitude sickness. This route is sometimes called the ‘Whisky Route’. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. The track then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join up with the Barafu Route to the summit. The Mweka Route is used for the descent from the summit.

Moshi (915m) to Machame Gate (1,490m), then Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m)

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 18 km

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Village (1,490m) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy drinks in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take us an extra hour to complete the muddy three km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and we will reach the Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night time temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

Day 5 – Sunday – Machame Camp (2,980m) to Shira Camp (3,840m)

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Distance: 9 km

Habitat: Moorland

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

You rise early at Machame Camp, and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for two hours through gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Mt Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira Camp. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Day 6 – Monday – Shira Camp (3,840m) to Lava Tower (4,630m), then Lava Tower (4,630m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m)

Hiking Time: 7 hours

Distance: 15 km

Habitat: Semi-Desert

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Mt Kilimanjaro’s looming massif. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630m. This rugged remnant of Mt Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, you’ll descend for two hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950m. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are garlanded with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 7 – Tuesday – Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Valley (4,000m)

Hiking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 7km

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After spending the night camped under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome natural feature, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Mt Kilimanjaro really is. Continue along Karanga Valley and you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit. We will be spending the night at the Karanga Valley Camp to acclimatise more, before heading higher up the mountain to camp above 4,000m.

Day 8 & 9 – Wednesday & Thursday – Karanga Valley (4,000m) to Barafu Camp (4,550m), then Barafu Camp (4,550m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), then Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

Hiking Time: 2 hours to Barafu Camp – 8 hours to the summit, 7-8 hours down to Mweka Camp

Distance: 8 km up, 23 km down

Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

When we wake in the morning, we will hike up the ridge for another couple of hours to Barafu Camp where we will rest for the day and most of the night. There is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ‘ice’. The famous snows of Mt Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow stony wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep as the next day will be the biggest day of the adventure. You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night.

Your six hour climb, northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim, is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685m) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely spectacular sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route; but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to the cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your three hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect your gear. You then hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually through the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer!

Day 10 – Friday -Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,980m), then Mweka Gate (1,980m) to Moshi (890m)

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Distance: 15km

Habitat: Forest

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

After a well-deserved early breakfast, it is a short three hour scenic hike back to the park gate. We strongly recommend you not tip your porters until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka Gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka Village, normally a muddy 3 km (one hour) hike. In the Mweka Village, you will be served a delicious hot lunch. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations. You stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – Saturday – Departure from Moshi for Home or Safari

Today you will book out of your hotel and be driven in the shuttle to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight home. Some of you may be staying on to participate in a safari and some people may be travelling on to other destinations in Africa or abroad.

Welcome home – Share your amazing adventure with your family and friends.

KILIMANJARO MAP

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TREK INCLUSIONS

  • Local guides with extensive high altitude and Kilimanjaro climbing experience – number decided on group size
  • Transport, airport transfers, private vehicles used throughout the trek
  • All park fees, our own selected national park approved guides & porters
  • Double skinned mountain tents for two people and sleeping mats. Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain
  • Food on the mountain is abundant and prepared fresh each day by skilled cooks. Typical menus include: Breakfast – fruit, fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, oats or muesli, egg, sausages, toast, margarine, honey and jam. Lunch – soup, chips, sandwiches, tea, coffee and hot chocolate, biscuits, pancakes with honey or jam, fruit. Supper – soup, cooked meat or vegetarian meal, fruit, variety of hot drinks
  • Accommodation only at the Hotel in Moshi – two night prior to the expedition and one night after the expedition
  • Meals only as indicated in the travel itinerary
  • Personal fitness training support and preparation from the Peak Potential Adventure’s Team who are qualified personal trainers with extensive high altitude experience
  • Ongoing equipment advice on whether to purchase or hire.

TREK EXCLUSIONS

  • Return airfares to Africa
  • Tips to the guides and porters (we would allow US$400)
  • The hiring of equipment in Moshi, as well as the purchase of personal mountaineering equipment for the climb
  • Travel insurance (it is compulsory for all team members to have Cover-More travel insurance for this climb)
  • Meals and drinks outside of the trek package as indicated in the trip itinerary
  • Personal expenditure
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Vaccinations, medical checks and medication requirements
  • Only three night’s accommodation is included in the cost of this package on a twin shared basis only (two nights at the start and one night at the end of the trek). If you would like an individual room in Moshi, we will be able to arrange that for you, but there will be an additional cost.

SUPPORT AND FITNESS PREPERATION

Fitness Grade: Medium – You should be able to walk at least 11-14 hours with a daypack of up to 10kg.

(Weight will depend on your personal gear requirements for the day. Porters will carry up to 15kg of your personal equipment). The Peak Potential Adventures Team will work with you personally to ensure you are fully prepared for the expedition both physical and mentally.

Support

With any adventure, preparation is vital for success. Peak Potential Adventures provides an ongoing training and equipment support program during the lead up to the climb. Regular contact and support will be provided through the Peak Potential Facebook page, as well as by email, phone and personally as required. We strongly suggest that you find a local training and trek partner to undertake this challenge with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support, not just leading up to the climb, but also during the climb.

Fitness Preparation

Sticking to a fitness program in the months prior to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a vital part of preparation. It is true that attempting to become as fit as possible may not ultimately help with the prevention of acute mountain sickness (AMS), but an increased level of fitness will ensure the body’s ability to cope with the change in atmospheric pressure is amplified, making both acclimatisation and the walking itself far less strenuous. More important than anything else when it comes to climbing, is one’s cardiovascular (CV) fitness. Cardiovascular fitness refers to the fitness level of the most important muscle in the body – the heart. Exercising for between 20 and 40 minutes approximately 4 times a week will significantly increase CV fitness, leading to more efficient oxygen consumption by the tissues of the body. This will result in the more effective use of energy supplies, substantially improving your chances of a successful summit attempt.

Activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and boxing all increase the heart rate and improve your CV fitness. The best option is to attempt to include activities that you enjoy, which will improve the chances of actually continuing with a fitness program. Performing the same exercise every time is not recommended, as sooner or later the body becomes accustomed to the training and is thus no longer challenged by it. Effective methods of training include cross training and interval training. Cross training involves performing at least two different forms of exercise in one session; whilst interval training includes varying your effort level substantially every couple of minutes during a single session. Both of these techniques keep the heart challenged on an ongoing basis, ensuring that your CV fitness is constantly on the increase.

The closer it gets to the climb, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the climb is due to commence, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the expedition, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training that is similar to Mt Kilimanjaro experience will be beneficial, even a short hike every second weekend. Purchasing a backpack long in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience on the mountain. If you cannot get out into the mountains regularly, find a gym that has a summit climber in their equipment line-up. These machines work the climbing muscles that will be used during the climb. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the climb with a trekking partner. A trek partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the climb, but you will be great support for each other on the mountain – making the whole experience more enjoyable.

The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be available leading up to the climb to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared for the climb. They will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect on the mountain. Mental preparation is vital if you are to succeed, not just on the mountain, but leading up to the climb.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures Team will email you a full equipment list and will discuss with you your requirements and your budget. Some equipment can be hired in Moshi, so we will discuss the option of hiring equipment with you.

SAFETY AND REGULATION REQUIREMENTS

Safety and Regulation Requirements

Peak Potential Adventures has a 100% safety record on Kilimanjaro

Our guides carry communication equipment and communicate with our team during and at the end of each day

Our guides are some of the most experienced and well regarded on the mountain, so they have access to local resources and assistance if required

If necessary, we can arrange for a helo evacuation if required under your travel insurance policy

Our Australia adventure operations meet the highest professional standards and accreditations which also applies to our international adventure operations.

FURTHER INFORMATION?

If you have any further questions or would like more information about our Kilimanjaro trek.

You can contact our team at [email protected]

You can also get in contact with us on our Facebook and Instragram feeds.

Alternatively, please click here to go through to our contact page.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIOINS

Please ensure that you read our booking terms and conditions below.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

FAQ’S

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Trek Dates

How often do you run the trek?

At this stage, we only operate 4 treks a year. This allows us to ensure proper training and preparation is undertaken to ensure a successful outcome. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to succeed. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.

Please also check our Facebook and Instagram feeds because we also announce new trek dates there as well.

What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom trek?

Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit. We would recommend this option for groups only.

What is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?

There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit.

The Trek

How hard is the actual climb?

With the right preparation, guides and support team, the climb is very achievable. We choose the Machame Route over a 7 day and 6 night itinerary because we feel that gives our team the best chance of summit success through acclimatization. Big adventure achievements will never come easy, so there will be some challenges. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-training so the climb will be much easier. Most of the people that you speak to that didn't summit have a common theme, they lacked preparation, were poorly guided and there was limited to no teamwork on the mountain.

Why do you choose the Machame Route?

We choose the Machame Route for all our treks because from our experience it provides the best acclimatization program of moving high and sleeping low, diversity of scenery and more importantly, gives us options to descend quickly if one of our team members succumbs to altitude sickness.

Can I stay on after the trek?

Yes, you can extend your stay to explore more of Africa or to participate in a safari. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post climb ideas with you.

Food, Accomdodation & Facilities

What is the accommodation like in Moshi?

The accommodation in Moshi, Tanzania is a comfortable and clean hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis. If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own room. The hotel will have wifi and has excellent security.

What is the accommodation like in on the Mountain?

The accommodation on the mountain is expedition style camping in tents on a twin share basis. If you would like to book your own tent, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own tent.

What type of food do we eat in Moshi?

There will be plenty of food on the trek. At the hotel, a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner is served each day. You also have the option to go into the town of Moshi and eat at any of the takeaway establishments. We would highly recommend though that you try and keep your diet fairly staple to avoid and potential pre-trek sickness. You are advised to either drink bottled water or treat your drinking water with purification tablets.

What type of food do we eat on the mountain?

On each trek, there will be a designated head and assistant cook that will prepare your meals each day. The food will vary depending a bit depending on the season, but it will be high in carbs and protein and will be prepared from local fresh produce to ensure you maintain your energy levels. We do suggest perhaps taking some favourite breakfast type cereal like oats and snacks. We would also suggest taking your prefered coffee sachets.

What facilities are at there in Moshi? 

Moshi is a large town for the area, so there are facilities like banking, general grocery stores, restaurants etc. You can purchase trekking equipment, but we would highly recommend that your sort all that in Australia.

Guides & Team

Why use Peak Potential Adventures?

Our guides and the way we run our trek are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a positive, rewarding and safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and are always thinking about our client's safety and enjoyment during the trek.

Do you offer a trek option with Australian guides?

Yes, we can organise a trek with Australian guides, but the cost of the trek would increase because costs would need to cover guides and their travel and land costs etc. We believe that Australian guides are not necessary for our treks because our local team is highly experienced and we have worked for them for over 10 years now. Having Australian guides also means you need a set number of clients to start each trek. With our dates, they will be guaranteed to start no matter what the number is as there is really no minimum. Obviously, it would be a better experience with team members, but 2 trekkers could make a team if required.

How many people could be on this trek?

This trek is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

What is the minimum age?

Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this trek is 18.

Fitness & Equipment

How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?

Kilimanjaro can be climbed by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified personal trainers. We have had significant experience in high altitude fitness preparation, so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, climbing Kilimanjaro is not all about fitness, it's as much a mental challenge, which we will prepare you for through our extensive adventure experience and qualifications in coaching.

What equipment will I require?

After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures Team will email you a full equipment list and will discuss with you your requirements and your budget. Some equipment can be hired in Moshi, so we will discuss the option of hiring equipment with you.

Vaccinations, Medical Conditions & Allergies

What vaccinations should I have?

We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor. You can also read up on what current vaccinations may be required on the Travel Doctor website which you can access via this link.

Can I trek safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?

It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for by the head and assistant cook. Please just let us know on the adventure information form so we can inform our team of what you can't eat.

Fees, Payments & Travel Documents

How much is the trek?

The trek cost excluding flights is AU$4,250.00

How much could I expect to pay for flights?

Flights can range for economy up to AU$3,000.00 depending on who you fly with. The main carriers are Qatar Airways &, Ethiad who have the best flights with limited stops as well as fares. We would recommend either of these airlines, but there are some other potential options available.

Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?

Yes, we only require a 20% deposit to secure your position on the trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.

What happens to my payment?

When you book an adventure with us, your funds go into an adventure holding bank account until such time the adventure is definitely guaranteed to start. If an adventure does not go ahead for some reason like bad weather, or not enough participants, we will refund you in full. Please also read our full booking terms and conditions.

Booking Terms and Conditions

How much should I tip the guides and porters?

We have a policy that US$400.00 is the required tipping amount. You will receive the highest commitment and service from your guides, and they are highly experienced, so this is actually a reasonable gesture of thanks for going above and beyond for you. Our guides are some of the most experienced on the mountain, and in our experience, you will only get what you pay for.

Do I need to obtain a visa for entry into Tanzania?

Yes, you will need to obtain a visa which we will help you with. The fee for the visa is $95.00. A visa should only be applied for leading into the trek as they only last for 3 months. Your passport should also not have less than 6 months to expiry.

What currency should I take with me?

The official currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. Smaller amounts of money are usually paid in Shilling, whereas larger amounts of money are paid in US$. Money can be exchanged at the Bureaux de Change which can be found in Moshi and in Kilimanjaro airport. Make sure that they change your money at the rate which is written in front of the bureau. Only hotels, restaurants and tourist shops of higher category accept international credit cards; when paying small amounts in US$ rather than Shilling, in most cases you get a worse exchange rate. Local shops accept Shillings only.

Why is your price is a bit more expensive than other operators?

We are not a large scale online travel agent that will just take your money, treat you as a booking number and provide you with an email with information and expect you to just show up. From the time you book with us, we will provide you with one on one personalised service and provide advice and assist with your travel arrangements, visas applications, and most importantly, your fitness training and equipment requirements.  We understand why and how people could potentially fail to summit Kilimanjaro, so we will eliminate these risks as much as possible so that you are rewarded with the amazing summit experience that you committed to and paid for.

Cancellations & Travel Insurance

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you cannot participate in the trek for which you have paid, you will receive a credit for 12 months to join another Kilimanjaro trek over that period.

Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Do I need travel insurance to climb Kilimanjaro?

Yes, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance with Cover-More Insurance with our Kilimanjaro climbs. We always ensure all our team members have the same travel insurance, just in case of some unforeseen reason we need to coordinate a full team evacuation not just off the mountains, but out of Tanzania.

Travel insurance will also insure you against:

  • Trip cancellation
  • Trip interruption
  • Missed connection
  • Travel delay
  • Loss of baggage
  • Medical emergencies
  • Medical evacuation

You can read more about Cover-More insurance here and also get a quote. We firmly believe through our past experience that they are the best in the industry and will be there if you or we need them.

Photos & Media Content

Will I get access to photos & media content?

Yes, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the trek will be shared with you via Dropbox. This is a free file/folder sharing service up to 2GB which is usually enough space for any photos that we have taken during the trek. If the photo folder is more than 2GB, we will reduce the quality of the photos. The quality will still be more than enough to share on social media etc.

If you don't already have a Dropbox account, please click here to go through to their signup page. We would recommend using the same email address to signup that you used on the trek booking form because we will generally use that email address when we share the photo folder. Once you have shared access to the photo folder, you will be able to download any photos in that folder. We will usually delete the folder after a month after the trek to free up our available file storage.

Trek Testimonials

Kristen Forbes getting a photo on the summit of Kilimanjaro on the Peak Potential Adventures Kilimanjaro trek.When people use the cliché “a trip of a lifetime” their absolutely right, and I was able to experience the trip of a lifetime with the ‘A team’. Our motto “Failure is not an option” guided us through some tough times but thankfully it didn’t really need to be said too often.

Shane Pophfer and Darren Wise from Peak Potential Adventures gave us an all hands on deck approach before the Mt Kilimanjaro trek and they were just a phone call away when we needed advice.

On the mountain, Shane lead the way or yelled encouragement from the back of the pack.

We had exceptional guides. They knew when to stop and check on us when it’s time to drink when it’s time to eat and they know when it’s ok to push that little bit harder. They even realise when the team needs a boost,

Our trip was well organised and I felt spoilt on the mountain, with popcorn and afternoon tea waiting for us when trekking wrapped up each day. And the best surprise was having our very own toilet. It’s all about the simple things.

The guys at Peak Potential Adventures really know how to organise a trip, all bases were covered and it was evident on the mountain when comparing ourselves to other teams.

I’m proud to say I reached the “Roof of Africa” and Peak Potential Adventures helped me get there.

If you are looking to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, I would highly recommend going with Peak Potential Adventures.

Kristen ForbesMt Kilimanjaro - Africa

Michael Donovan is making his way to the summit of Kilimanjaro on the Peak Potential Adventures Kilimanjaro trek.I don’t usually write testimonials, but when Shane Pophfer asked me, I jumped at the opportunity to share my Mt Kilimanjaro climb experience.  I have recently returned from reaching Uhuru peak on Mt Kilimanjaro and cannot highlight enough the outstanding service I received from Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer from Peak Potential Adventures

Climbing the Machame route was not only enjoyable but a physically challenging experience I will never forget.

Everyday bought on some new challenges but the constant encouragement and well-organised team at Peak Potential Adventures ensured that our whole group reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Every day our team was briefed on what lay ahead and all members of the group were looked after to highest possible standards.

The official local Tanzanian guide Godlisten and his team along with Darren and Shane made climbing Mt Kilimanjaro a life-changing and awesome experience.

I’m very proud to say that I made it to the summit of the highest free-standing mountain in the world and it will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

If you’re looking to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and stand on the “Roof of Africa” and I would highly recommend the team at Peak Potential Adventures for an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Michael DonovanMt Kilimanjaro - Africa

Tony Saliba is savouring the moment of summiting the highest free-standing mountain in the world on Peak Potential Adventures Kilimanjaro trek. For many people, life is just one of those things you manage on a day to day basis never appreciating what wonders lay out there for discovery, and only when confronted with a life-changing event do we begin seeing things differently.

Approximately 3 years ago I was confronted with my own life-changing event and as a result, I made a decision to approach life differently and to not only challenge myself physically but to also give something back and help change and improve the lives of others.

From The moment I was first introduced to Peak Potential Adventures to my greatest achievement, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 07:14 with the Peak Potential Adventures team, I have felt a real level of purpose and satisfaction in helping contribute to the Make-A-Wish Charity, whilst also experiencing unprecedented personal growth and drive to do more with my life.

I would like to personally thank & congratulate Shane Pophfer and Darren Wise for your guidance, support & more importantly friendship over the past 12 months in helping me prepare for the 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro climb. I particularly want to acknowledge the role both of you played in leading & motivating the entire team through some very challenging days on the mountain and helping each individual succeed in reaching the summit.

I feel both privileged and honoured to have been part of the inaugural 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro climb with Peak Potential Adventures and the confidence derived from this amazing experience will spur me on to pursue my next challenge.

Finally, the experience would not have been as special had it not been for the amazing group of people that you helped bring together on this exciting journey. Without a doubt, each and every one of the team would have taken something very special away, not to mention lifelong friendships.

Congratulations once again for leading a successful and life-changing journey to the “Roof of Africa” and helping a group of novice adventures fulfill some personal goals whilst supporting such a worthy charity. This testimonial is the least I can do to share my positive experience of Peak Potential Adventures with others also looking for an adventure and challenge in their lives.

Tony SalibaMt Kilimanjaro - Africa

Cameron Kirkpatrick thanking our local guide with a big hug after he summited Kilimanjaro on the Peak Potential Adventures Kilimanjaro trek. To most people living life involves waking up and not really fully understanding how lucky we are within our everyday lives.  

Not a lot of people would not be very impressed with the world if they couldn’t have a seemingly endless supply of power for their tv, coffee machine, microwave etc.  Most people would go through their everyday jobs and every now and then complain about how they are treated the poorness of their pay and working conditions. I myself was guilty of all of those things in my past.  I thought I had changed in 2005 when I saw poverty for the first time, but this year I had my world and views of it changed for the better, this year (2013) I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with the Peak Potential Adventures Team.

When I said I would join the team to try to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro I never expected the climb and the experience to teach me so much about life and about myself.  I expected it to be a great climb and a chance to meet some like-minded people, but in the end, I received a whole lot more. From the moment I stepped on the plane and met the first group from the team, I knew that this was going to be a great adventure.  After many hours flying and a memorable bus ride to the hotel, the extent of this climb was still not apparent in my mind.  The morning after meeting the team and enjoying some laughs, it then became real. Because from the hotel you can actually see Mt Kilimanjaro and it finally starts to sink in…’I’m going to try and climb that’.  

We set off on the Machame Route and from day one the professionalism of Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer from Peak Potential Adventures was outstanding. As we progressed further up the mountain our mental and physical limits were pushed and sometimes reached. But the strength of people and the ongoing positive encouragement from the Peak Potential Adventures Team and our amazing local guides Godlisten, Yesse and Mandy kept us going.  On the 26th of September at 7.14am I made the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m, and finally, the enormity of the accomplishment set it. Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine that a mountain could teach you so much about life. It has personally changed my life, it makes you a better person and makes you realise how lucky we are in everything we do, I personally would recommend everyone just once try this adventure. I would like to thank Shane and Darren for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful event and being able to raise money for Make-A-Wish Australia. In doing this adventure I have made lifelong friends, changed on how I approach my own life, to treat people with respect and to feel truly blessed in my surroundings.

I look forward to the next adventure with the Peak Potential Adventure Team and glad I could contribute to the positive testimonials that have been already submitted.

Cameron Kirkpatrick Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa

Steve Forking just taking on the moment after he summited Kilimanjaro on the Peak Potential Adventures Kilimanjaro trek.The 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro adventure began 18 months ago when I caught up with an old friend, Russ Holland. He wet my appetite by inviting me to a BBQ and opportunity to meet with two guys who were climbing the 7 summits, Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer.

I was immediately hooked on the idea of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and also loved the opportunity to raise money for “Make-A-Wish”. The opportunity to get to know some the climbing team during preparation events was great. Throughout the whole process, it was great to have such good mentors. We had the support we needed in knowing what items to buy, bring and what type of training to do. All this greatly helped me have the confidence to know I would be able to succeed.

The time in Africa was completely life-changing. The team spirit was incredible, by the end of the week on the mountain we felt pretty close. Each morning the guys checked our gear & each evening we were given a rundown of the next day. We had plenty of encouragement and also medial checks. In extreme conditions, being able to trust your leaders is so important!  Considering the general rate of success and failure on the mountain, it is absolutely to Darren and Shane’s credit that we all made it to the summit as a team.  The Machame Route is the longest route. Along the way, you get the maximum exposure to high altitude preparation. It felt like we did more than just summit the mountain. We had a fantastic time together – enjoyed the camaraderie with the Peak Potential Adventures team. The Tanzanian guides and porters also did a sterling job of looking, after all, our daily needs.

The night climb to the summit was for sure the toughest bit. All the preparation put us all into a place where success was in reach, nonetheless, it was definitely mentally challenging. Reaching the summit was incredible and overwhelming at the same time – it changes you forever!  The whole event made me look at myself in a completely different way and has given me a level of confidence that I have never experienced before. Experiencing Tanzania and the people there was also amazing and quite humbling too. They have nothing in comparison to us and yet have a beautiful attitude to life.

The guys at Peak Potential Adventures did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to have another opportunity to climb a mountain with them again!

Steve Forkin Mt Kilimanjaro

Camille Johnson is standing in from of the sign on the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5,895m after summiting with the Peak Potential Adventures team on their Kilimanjaro trek.Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro had been a dream of mine since the first time I stepped foot on Africa soil 7 years ago. To finally reach the summit was the most satisfying feeling, words can hardly describe. It was more than a dream come true!

Peak Potential Adventures is an extremely well-organised expedition company. Darren Wise & Shane Pophfer have extensive expedition experience as well as their military backgrounds, so I knew I was in safe hands doing the climb with them. Looking back, I wouldn’t have wanted to do the climb with a ‘tour’ group.  

Leading up to the 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro climb, Darren was available to meet with me several times to discuss any questions I had regarding logistics, equipment, gear etc. Darren went out of his way on the mountain, making sure everyone had been fed & their gear was correct for the Summit. Individually chatting to each person along the way each day to see they were feeling okay & that they were well informed of each day’s climb. 

Shane’s beautiful nature & funny sense of humour meant there were always lots of laughs & lots of different things to chat or sing about along the way. Shane would hang back if you were having a slow day or it feeling so well. Being very supportive & always making sure you were having fun. And to hear about Darren & Shane’s other expeditions & military stories, added to the whole experience.

The training sessions together beforehand were not only the perfect opportunity to get to know each other but definitely helped in preparing mentally & physically. Especially the layering of clothes, adjusting gear & practice organising your day pack which is essential on the mountain to get these things right.

 Darren, Shane & the Peak Potential Adventures crew of 2013… not only did we all come away with amazing memories but life long friendships & a bond that you can only understand after doing something like this. To be in the middle of nowhere, depending on each other & only the supplies we had… It is truly what life is all about.

Knowing that we raised over $80k combined, for Make-A-Wish Australia gave me a huge sense of achievement & satisfaction. Combing both of these made it a life-changing experience, not only for myself but to innocent little lives.

If you’re interested in the climb or have been thinking about doing it for some time, I highly recommended taking the leap & doing it with Peak Potential Adventures.

This is an adventure of a lifetime you will never regret!

Camille Johnson Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa

Only a 10% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. The trek availability is on the booking page.