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Why climb with Berg Adventures

Climb Kilimanjaro with Berg Adventures – Trip Description

The Berg Adventures Difference on Kilimanjaro:

  • Option to sleep in the Kilimanjaro crater at 18,700ft/5,700m
  • Superb dining on the mountain - all meals and snacks are expertly prepared
  • We are the only company to offer full shower facilities at select camps on Kilimanjaro.
  • We provide private chemical toilets at all our camps on the mountain.
  • No middleman or hidden costs
  • The best staff spirit on the mountain; our experienced staff and porters love their jobs
  • Internet dispatches and international emergency communication provided on all trips

Soaring above the savanna, Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa – one of the seven Summits. Located in Northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border, it is encompassed by Kilimanjaro National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"Berg Adventures doesn’t just talk about service, hospitality and pride. Berg delivers exactly that. To everyone at that fine organization both at home and abroad, thank you for all that you have done for us at the The Keg."

– David Aisenstat, Vancouver

The origin of Kilimanjaro’s name is debated. One possible meaning, ‘Shining Mountain’, best describes the way the white snows catch the evening light.

BAI offers three distinct routes up the mountain. Learn more about which route is right for you here. Regardless of which one you select, you will be impressed by the overwhelming scenery on Kilimanjaro. It is a mountain unique in flora and fauna. An expedition to its summit is like a trek from the equatorial tropics to the icy arctic, in only a few days! Kilimanjaro has 5 distinct ecological zones, each marked by decreasing rainfall and lower temperatures as you make your way up the mountain.

Kilimanjaro photos: Gorgeous scenery at every turn, Through the alpine desert we climb, A scenic BAI campsite high on the mountain; Glaciers high on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Top: Gorgeous scenery at every turn; Through the alpine desert we climb

Bottom: A scenic BAI campsite high on the mountain; Glaciers high on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

Follow your climb with a wildlife safari through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Tanzania. We operate 3-day, 6-day and customized itineraries for you and for your non-climbing friends and family. See more on safari page.

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To climb Kilimanjaro you need to be in excellent physical condition, but no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary. If you have not been to altitude before, know that this mountain is very high and everything you do will require more effort than normal. Days are often long, but we move slowly and take frequent breaks to allow our bodies to acclimatize to the altitude. Start training today to make the most of your adventure!


Even though Kilimanjaro is nearly at the equator, temperatures high on the mountain are very cold. At the base of the mountain, you can expect hot temperatures in the sun and some rain is to be expected. Bring warm clothing and dress in layers, to make sure you are comfortable as you hike. Refer to the gear list for clothing and equipment requirements and contact our office or consult your local outdoor store with questions. We offer a full gear purchase and delivery service. Contact our office for details!

Climb Kilimanjaro photos: approach summit, at the summit, leaving the Lava Tower and climbing the Barranco Wall

Top: Approaching the summit with enthusiasm; At the summit of Kilimanjaro

Bottom: Leaving the Lava Tower; Climbing the Barranco Wall

Internet Broadcast

Updates from your adventure will be posted on and on Berg Adventures Facebook page. If you would like to have a specific dispatch posted for your expedition, please contact our office for details. We will be happy to accommodate your requests. Our dispatches have been used by family and friends to follow the progress of our groups and by schools to learn about the wild places we visit. They can be a wonderful lasting archive of your adventure.

View our previous Kilimanjaro dispatches.

Check out this great footage taken by BAI climber Bob Birkby of him descending into the crater rim from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

BAI Staff and Porters on Kilimanjaro:

Our guides and staff take good care of us, so we take good care of them in return. We lead by example and hire only the best, most qualified and enthusiastic porters and guides and we pay them the best rates on the mountain.

We provide our porters with transportation to the mountain and we drive them home after the climb. Most of our staff have been working with us for years and we keep in touch with them and their families throughout the year. We never hire anonymous men waiting for work from behind the rope barriers found at most trail heads.

Berg Adventures has best staff and porters

Left: A prize winning smile from a BAI staff member; Right: Our porters lead the way

Another fact that makes us unique is that we hire our porters for the entire expedition. Even when loads get lighter as we climb, we keep the same number of staff. Some of our staff are designated runners who bring rubbish off the mountain and return with fresh food and other supplies.

On all of our Kilimanjaro climbs we have two sets of cooks and kitchen operations, one specializing in Western dishes for our climbers and also a Tanzanian kitchen that makes nutritious local dishes for our porters and staff. Guides, Assistant Guides, Camp Workers and porters might number 75 or more on a trip with ten climbers. While this may seem like a lot, we are happy to have them and they are happy to have the work.