Kilimanjaro Bulletin - And a word on Mount Vinson
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Kilimanjaro - Bulletin
(and a word on Mt. Vinson) 

A great way to get into climbing, Kilimanjaro is a non- technical high altitude climb which attracts new and veteran climbers.  In addition to being one of the 7-Summits, it also makes for a wonderful family experience.  Each climb ends with 4 days of safari!  Some lesser known details about our Kili climbs below.


Ah, The Re-Supply  

Ever wonder how we keep the food fresh throughout the trips and the garbage loads light for the porters? That would be the day 4 re-supply. Local guides and porters take a 'short cut' trail up to meet the group and bring us fresh vegetables and carry down team waste. One of the many details, that keeps our trips unique and of the highest quality.


Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

The Kili Porters’ Project is a non- profit organization insuring proper working conditions for local guides and porters on Kilimanjaro. This is a hands-on outfit dealing directly with the local managements in Tanzania. While most organizations of this type merely ask for a commitment from US or European based guide services, the KPAP oversees the local operation. We are proud to be one of only two currently listed outfitters (listed by our local outfitter) on the KPAP website paying the suggested wage to local porters and guide.  


New Jackets for African Guide Staff

With the help of our friends at Sherpa Adventure Gear, Alpine Ascents purchased new jackets for our Kili guides and porters. Looking sharp!


The Alpine Ascents Difference

Many guide services offer a climb of Kilimanjaro, but only a few are true climbing companies. (Many are primarily safari companies as their names might indicate.)  Unique to Alpine Ascents is that we send a US based, professional mountain guide for each scheduled climb. These guides are not only experts on Kilimanjaro but lead great climbs around the world. Our Kilimanjaro Director, (who also leads many of our climbs) has over 70 ascents of Kilimanjaro and is currently guiding on Mt. Everest. Having this sort of expertise can really make a difference in safety and summit success. 



In addition to helping get the right boots and gear, our staff is available to help build a training regimen no matter where you live.


Picking An Outfitter

It can be very hard to pick an outfitter to lead your "once in a lifetime" experience on Kilimanjaro. Make sure you have a checklist handy when talking to outfitters - some of the questions you may want to ask:

-   What is the skill level and medical training of lead guide and assistant guides?

-   Do you meet KPAP guidelines for porter weights and salaries?

-   What is the quality of hotel in Tanzania? (no one wants to get sick before staring out)

-   Does your chosen route give you ample time to acclimatize?

-   Do you provide a comprehensive gear list, with explanations and rentals such as: ?

-   Is someone available by phone to answer gear and logistics questions?

-   Is there a 24-hour number for friends and family in case of an emergency?


Prices & Schedule

Machame Route (15 Days) 
Climb & Safari: $6,000.00         Climb Only: $4,400.00

Lemosho Route (17 Days)
Climb & Safari: $7,600.00         Climb Only: $5,900.00

Machame Route 2015 Summer Dates

June 26 - July 10, 2015 - Sold Out
July 5 - July 19, 2015 - Open
July 14 - July 28, 2015 - Sold Out
July 25 - August 8, 2015 - Open
August 4 - August 18, 2015 - Open
August 14 - August 28, 2015 - Open
August 23 - September 6, 2015 - Open
September 3 - September 17, 2015 - Open
September 12 - September 26, 2015 Open

Lemosho Route 2015 Summer Dates

July 17 - August 2, 2015 Open
July 31 - August 16, 2015 Open
(Please contact us for August options)

Lemosho Route 2015-16 Winter Dates

December 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016 Open
January 1 - January 17, 2016 Open
February 5 - 21, 2016 Open
February 19 - March 6, 2016 Open


Why Climb Kilimanjaro
with Alpine Ascents?

Ascending Kilimanjaro with a mountain climbing organization and a professional mountain guide will greatly improve your chances of success. We have been guiding Kilimanjaro for over 20 years with a true summit success rate of more than 90% (counting all climbers who joined the trip, not just ones that made high camp) while touting one of the highest success and safety records in the industry.

We were just named one of the Top 40 Adventure Tour Outfitters in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine, which highlighted our Kilimanjaro Trip. We are proud to be the only climbing company chosen!

In addition to the recent recognition in Outside Magazine  and National Geographic Adventure, our Kilimanjaro expedition was selected by Men's Journal and has been highlighted in the New York Times,  and Businessweek.


Vinson 2015-2016 Season:

If you are interested in the upcoming season please try and  book by May 1,2015. The January departure is just about sold out and we have a few seats held until May 1, 2015