How often do you run the trek?
At this stage, we only operate a few Mt Kilimanjaro 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 Mt Kilimanjaro?
There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Mt 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.
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.
What is the typical day like on the mountain?
You will be woken up each day at around 6.00 AM by a staff member. You will get dressed and pack for the day’s walk, and have your duffel ready for your porter before breakfast, which is usually at 7:00 AM. The support team will pack up your tent. The aim will be to leave the campsite and be on the trail by 8:00 AM. On the trail, you will carry a small daypack (20-40L weighing around 5kg) with your personal items, water, warm clothing, wet weather gear and camera equipment. We will have lunch on the way to the next camp. You will be given a lunch pack for the day to carry in your day pack. Your tent and gear will already be set up at the next camp for your arrival. Dinner is usually at 6:00 PM, and most trekkers then either read, play cards or head to bed early at around to prepare for the next day’s adventure.
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.
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 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.
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.
How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?
Mt 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 Mt 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 personal training.
We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track treks or free Saturday morning monthly walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.
What equipment will I require?
The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget. Some equipment can be hired in Moshi, so we will also discuss the option of hiring equipment with you.
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 booking form so we can inform our team of what you can't eat.
How much is the trek?
The trek cost excluding international flights is AUD$4,250.00
How much could I expect to pay for flights?
Flights can range for economy up to AUD$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 30% 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.
Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?
Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.
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 USD$350.00 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 AUD$95.00. A visa should only be applied for leading into the trek as they only last for 3 months. Your passport should also not have less than 6 months to expiry.
What currency should I take with me?
The official currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. Smaller amounts of money are usually paid in Shilling, whereas larger amounts of money are paid in USD$. 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 Mt 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.
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.
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.