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We find that when most climbers book their expedition they like to know that everything is covered, from arrival at the airport to departure again, hopefully via Kilimanjaro’s summit.
The following are therefore our all-
*Accommodation is on B&B basis in our standard range hotels, ie either at the Outpost
Lodge, Arusha Naaz Hotel, or Le Jacaranda. If you wish to upgrade to either a mid-
Significant additional cost considerations are as follows:
Please read the brief explanations below about the different climb series options before making your decision. Not all series are appropriate for everyone. The vast majority of climbers will be expected to select one of our Team Kilimanjaro Advantage Series climbs.
This is our usual option. High level of support with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Mess tents will be used and three course hot lunches will be served most days. This strategy is designed to maximise nutrition by encouraging rest and appetite in an environment where this usually suffers. Tried and tested this method has proved extremely successful. Typical climber to staff ratios are: 1:7, 2:11, 3:14, 4:16, 5:19, 6:22, 7:25, 8:28.
This is a very exciting series that spends the night with a small lightweight support team in the crater at 5729m after summitting Kilimanjaro. The following morning we launch excursions to a number of fascinating and rarely seen features within the crater from the Reusch Ash Pit at the crater's centre, to the rapidly retreating edges of the northern and eastern ice fields, where health and strength permit. This is a truly unique opportunity. Support levels are typically: 1:8, 2:12, 3:15, 4:17, 5:20, 6:23, 7:26, 8:29.
A very lightweight, traditional alpinist style, with similar support and provision
A Superlite climb is an entirely self-
TK assumes that a Superlite climber will have made his or her own way to Arusha and only provides the food and equipment for the guide, transports the group to the mountain and back, and covers all mandatory park fees. On a Superlite climb TK does not arrange airport transfers or accommodation for the climbers, as we do with our other climb series. It should be understood that by most climbers’ standards, the demands of a Superlite climb would be regarded as extremely arduous, with a very high standard of fitness and stamina being required for summit success.
Occasionally, some prospective Kilimanjaro climbers tell us that they would very much have liked to climb Kilimanjaro with Team Kilimanjaro, but having looked more carefully at their available funding, when considering how much they need to earmark for flights and equipment, on reflection they realise that they are having to proceed with more limited means than was at first apparent, and that sadly they are therefore going to have to book elsewhere, with a cheaper Kilimanjaro operator.
While we are very grateful to be able to satisfy the majority of climbers with our principal operation, Team Kilimanjaro, we have in the past nonetheless felt very disappointed that we have been unable to cater to more restrictive budgets, and that cost considerations should be what precludes some climbers from being able to climb with any of our teams.
We have always been averse to charging higher prices than strictly necessary. When Team Kilimanjaro was in its infancy, we used to be one of the cheapest Kilimanjaro operators on the mountain. Within our first few years of operating climbs, however, a number of things became very clear, namely:
After a few years of these incremental developments, from the point of view of budgeting, we reached the point from which we have since not moved, at which we believe that our spending choices best secure the climber’s comfort, safety and summit prospects by providing the necessary numbers of support staff and the requisite quantity of equipment as to ensure that climbers are optimally sheltered, hydrated, nourished, rested, supported and monitored; and yet with such spending choices representing neither excessive and unnecessary embellishments, nor skimping economisations that compromise a climber’s summit prospects, safety, or enjoyment of the climb.
Our own experience is such that climbers corresponding with us are already aware that the above claim is likely accurate and yet still we encounter the occasional climber who feels that she or he ought nonetheless to prioritise cost reduction measures, even though they realise that this will translate into a lower salaried and necessarily less accomplished staff detail, downgraded equipment and supplies, and a lower level of support.
Also very occasionally, we correspond with a climber that already has a very vast wealth of experience in moving independently in hostile environments and who has previously visited high altitude and already has the confidence that he or she habitually adapts well to such environments. For such climbers, we very frankly admit that the support structure of a Team Kilimanjaro climb could fairly be regarded as ‘overkill’ and we would feel a little dishonest in advising such climbers that to opt to climb with Team Kilimanjaro was in any sense ‘necessary’ in terms of aiming to optimise their prospects of achieving their goal of Kilimanjaro’s summit.
So it is with the above climbers in mind that towards the end of 2008 we launched the Kilimanjaro Alpine Service, Team Kilimanjaro’s budget wing. In addition to being able to cater for climbers that needed to prioritise budgeting over most other considerations, and were willing to make some very significant compromises to achieve a low cost climb, we also had an ulterior motivation in launching this wing, and before encouraging climbers to consider booking a KAS climb, we ought to declare this interest.
It will be obvious to most readers that the best guides on Kilimanjaro will likely
aim to work for the company with which they can expect to earn the best monthly wages
and enjoy the best working environment. While it is our belief that Team Kilimanjaro’s
senior guides have the highest annual disposable incomes on the mountain, (although
there are a handful of operators that pay a slightly higher daily wage -
It is probably apparent then, that a significant motivation in having launched KAS
Additionally it should be understood that whereas our annual Team Kilimanjaro mountain
Climbers who understand the nature of the very significant compromises being made when opting for a budget climb and who are primarily motivated by cost reduction considerations and so are content to proceed nonetheless, are warmly invited to visit the Kilimanjaro Alpine Service website.
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