International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

Tanzania, Africa • 19,340' • 5896m

International Mountain Guides Kilimanjaro Climb and African Safari

Kilimanjaro Climb and African Safari with International Mountain Guides

Since organizing our first Kilimanjaro (19,340'/5896m) expedition in 1989, every one of our almost 200 Kili teams has had a high percentage of the group reach the summit. Obviously, we can't guarantee an individual's success, but isn't it good to know that if you have the lungs and the legs, the opportunity to reach the top has been there on every trip we've ever done?

There are a lot of companies offering Kili climbs and each does it differently. As you investigate the different Kili options on the market, keep the following in mind:

  • Kili, while non-technical, is very high and must be taken seriously. Climbers are at health risk from the altitude. We always have a Gamow (hyperbaric) Bag, pulse oximeter, and supplemental oxygen in case of Altitude Sickness. A couple hours in the bag can turn around Acute Mountain Sickness before it forces you down or becomes life threatening.
  • Every one of our climbs is led by a top-notch American high-altitude mountain guide. Our upcoming IMG Kilimanjaro guide staff includes George Dunn, Chris Meder, Max Bunce, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Jenni Fogle, Sheldon Kerr and others. All are Senior Guides and are Alaskan, Himalayan, and Kilimanjaro veterans. Our Chagga crew does a great job, but if you have a problem at 18,000 feet, it's good to know that you have a real pro with you, one well-trained in all elements of climbing as well as wilderness medical procedure.
  • Kilimanjaro African Safari
  • We have a first class staff of African guides and porters, all local people from the Chagga tribe who live right at the base of Kili. Many of them have been on dozens of IMG trips over the years. They know we’ll be coming back, they like working with us, and they deliver top service.
  • We don’t rush our ascent! Our program gives you a seven-day climb. We have learned that the extra time is well worth it for a successful and fun trip to 19,340 feet, giving climbers a far greater chance of standing on top and far less chance of altitude sickness.
  • Kilimanjaro African Safari

  • We do four days/three nights on safari, and this is plenty for most people. Serengeti and Ngorongoro are classic African Game Parks with great animal viewing. Our safari drivers really know the game habits and where to find the critters. Our private safari camps are just what the doctor ordered after a tough climb. As a holiday treat, we offer classic safari lodges in December. Be sure to sign-up early as demand is high and space is quite limited!
  • From the initial contact, through the whole trip planning process, to the expedition itself, everything was highly professional and first class in every respect. It appears that you set the standard in guided mountaineering, and I thank you for making possible this once in a lifetime experience for my son and me...
    ~Michael B.
  • We add the benefit of a beautiful one-way Serengeti flight over Africa (easier, faster, more time to see animals, less time spent driving). Our groups usually fly out to Serengeti and drive back to Arusha with stops at Olduvai and Ngorongoro along the way, depending on the season (safari plans are subject to change).
  • For comments from past trip participants, click here »

We are proud of the track record we have established over the last 20 years with our Kilimanjaro trips and we know that we offer a fantastic trip for the money. Shop around, and if you can find a better program, go for it! We hope you can join us on one of our future Africa trips.

—Eric Simonson and Phil Ershler, IMG Kilimanjaro Program Directors

I'm writing on behalf of my entire family to thank IMG for our fantastic trip to Kilimanjaro. My wife, two teenage children, and I all had an incredibly great time, both on the mountain and on safari. I'd recommend a trip to Kilimanjaro with IMG to any family seeking a challenging and fulfilling adventure.

I am not an avid hiker, camper or climber, so there was a risk I might regret the whole trip. As it turns out, I had by far the best vacation of my life. I loved the challenge of climbing and doing it with my family. I loved Tanzania and the people there. And I really loved Eben [our IMG guide]... Thank you for making my 50th birthday trip so memorable!
~PD and Family
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Dates and Prices

2014 Kilimanjaro Dates:

  • Jun 23 - Jul 5 (led by Craig John)
  • Jul 5 - Jul 17
  • Jul 21 - Aug 2 (1 spot open; led by Sheldon Kerr)
  • Aug 2 - Aug 14
  • Sep 8 - Sep 20 (2 spots open; led by Andy Politz)
  • Sep 20 - Oct 2
  • Dec 20 - Jan 1, 2015

2015 Kilimanjaro Dates:

  • Feb 7-19
  • Feb 19 - Mar 3
  • Jun 22 - Jul 4
  • Jul 4-16
  • Jul 20 - Aug 1
  • Aug 1-13
  • Sep 7-19
  • Sep 19 - Oct 1
  • Dec 19-31

Tiered Pricing
Historically, our Kilimanjaro expeditions fill up. However, when you buy your plane tickets, take time off work, and get geared up, you want to make sure that your trip is going to go. We realize that when you commit to a trip that you want your guide service to commit too. This is why we've introduced tier pricing. This enables us to run trips with fewer numbers if need be. For the potential of a slight increase in cost, you get greater assurance that your trip will go.

Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari Landcost:

10 to 12 participants: $5,600
Climb only: $4,100
Safari only: $2,500

8 to 9 participants: $5,725
Climb only: $4,200
Safari only: $2,700

5-7 participants: $5,950
Climb only: $4,325
Safari only: $2,900

Single Supplement: $300 (Moshi hotel and climb), $200 (safari)

Trip Reports and Cybercasts

Click below for archived updates and photos from past Kilimanjaro expeditions:

In short, this trip confirmed that I picked the right group with which to climb Kilimanjaro. The entire process went smoothly and the trip was fantastic. I think the website and the documents outlining the trip did an excellent job of preparing me for the trip. Everything was spot on... The whole trip was well organized and executed flawlessly...
~Becky B.
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