1. In Brief
Home to some of the most magnificent and spectacular wildlife, ancient and mysterious tribal communities, vast expanses of savannah, tropical blue oceans and imposing mountain landscapes, Tanzania will surpass all expectations. Africa’s big 5 roam the plains and gorges where remnants of early human life lie undiscovered and Mount Kilimanjaro challenges all who stand in her shadow. The waters of the Indian Ocean lap Tanzania’s coastline and are home to a staggeringly diverse range of species, from curious invertebrates to gigantic whale sharks and manta rays gliding silently over the coral reefs.
For all Tanzania’s natural beauty and wonder it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In both cities and remote rural communities access to basic education and healthcare is limited but this does nothing to quell the happy spirit of Tanzania’s friendly people.
Challenge yourself with one of nature’s ultimate tests, reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and reap the rewards as you watch the sunrise from the roof of Africa.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak
Challenge yourself mentally and physically
Forge unforgettable memories
This is a Frontier Connect project!
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Trek to the summit of the world’s highest free standing mountain
Take in the amazing panoramic views
Airport pick-up provided
Volunteer house, camping
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
3 Meals a day
National park entry fees
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.
2. The project
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Your journey will begin in the town of Moshi which lies on the lower southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The town is small but has all the facilities you may need to help make any last minute preparations for your trek.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and is part of the Great Rift Valley, a volcanic system that dominates the east African landscape. Kilimanjaro National Park is made up of a series of 3 volcanoes, Uhuru Peak is the highest point on Kibo volcano and this is your target. You will trek with your group over 5 days reaching the peak on day 5 where you will enjoy a sunrise at 5895m above sea level!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Day 1: Moshi
Arrive and settle into your accommodation, free time is available for any last minute supplies for your trek. You will also be given a pre-trek briefing at our volunteer base.
Day 2: Moshi to Mandara Hut – 2743m
An early morning start today to begin your trek through the lush rainforest landscape that characterises the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut – 3760m
Today your journey will take you through a dramatic change in landscape, from lush green rainforest to dramatically baron volcanic moorland.
Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut – 4730m
This is the last day before you try for the summit. You will trek over what is known as ‘the saddle’, a 5km wide flat area between two of Kilimanjaro’s peaks.
Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak – 5895m and descent to Horombo Hut
Your day will begin long before sunrise as you attempt to summit. Once at the highest point in Africa you will have time for plenty of photos and to watch the sunrise over Kenya and Tanzania below before a rapid descent to Horombo Hut.
Day 6: Horombo Hut to Moshi
The last day of your trek will see you safely back in Moshi to relax and recover from your journey and celebrate your amazing achievement.
3. What to expect
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation in Moshi. Please be aware that you will be responsible for covering the cost of the airport pick-up directly, however this cost will be minimal. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will give you a brief about the trek and a local orientation. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
When you first arrive you will stay in a volunteer house in the safari town of Moshi, where you will get the first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro. The volunteer facilities are comfortable and clean and you will be sharing a room with other volunteers (same sex) and you will have running water, showers and western style toilets. Internet access will also be available for a small fee.
Whilst you are on your trek accommodation will be either tented or in huts along the trail to the roof of Africa.
After your trek you will be returned to Moshi where you will be free to make your own arrangements. Most volunteers either plan their onward travel for this day or simply take the time to rest and recuperate in the comfort of a local guest house. Please be aware that you will be responsible for your own arrangements and the cost of those arrangements once you have been returned to Moshi.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided with breakfast and dinner during your time in Moshi at the start and end of your trek. Whilst on the trek up Kilimanjaro you will be provided with 3 meals a day. They will be basic but well balanced to ensure you have all the energy you need to trek.
Food in Tanzania is generally simple, consisting of vegetables, beans or meat with rice or ugali; the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour.
In your spare time you are sure to want to explore the natural and cultural wonders that are found in this remarkable land. As the project ends in Moshi, why not take a safari to see Africa’s big 5. There are many national parks to visit with some stunning landscapes. Having checked off Africa’s highest peak why not tick off Africa’s largest lake by visiting Lake Victoria in the west of the country. If you fancy heading south, Dar es Salaam is a popular centre on the coast offering visitors a picturesque harbour, chaotic markets, historical buildings and don’t forget the deserted white sand beaches of Zanzibar or Mafia Island.
7. Dates and Costs
Weekly. Please aim to arrive on a Sunday.
7 days (6 day trek)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.
We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:
Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.
You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the
project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check
to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration
of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best
to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project.
Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.
Your insurance should include the following:
- Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
- Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
- Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).
If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up
to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider
obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to
do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain
cover for your baggage and personal effects.
8. How to apply
To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.
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