Trekkers take a snowy trail towards the clouds

Kilimanjaro Route: The Grand Traverse

Photo Credit: Helen Irving

Thomson’s Grand Traverse route is hands down the most luxurious way to experience Kilimanjaro. Featured in Travel + Leisure, Outside, and Amex Centurion magazines, the added amenities and acclimatization time on the Grand Traverse give you the best chance of summit success.


  • Maximum acclimatization time (the biggest contributor to summit success)
  • Upgraded expanded height tents
  • Cot beds with foam mattresses
  • Smaller group sizes
  • Upgraded accommodations before your trek
  • Least-traveled route on Kilimanjaro
  • Spectacular views into Kenya (only possible on this route)
  • Two daytime summit opportunities
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee.


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14 days door-to-door

International airfare not included
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Single accommodations: $1,100
Personal Porter: $550

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Please note: All prices are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

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The trek itself was incredibly special and I can’t say enough about the wonderful work the porters, waiter, cook and guides do.

The trek was absolutely awesome. Everything went as planned in terms of the logistics. The trek itself was incredibly special and I can’t say enough about the wonderful work the porters, waiter/cook, and guides do. The sales consultants are excellent, knowledgeable and always followed up. The website and information is very informative.  I had also…

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Dan and Vicki N. with their porters and guides at the peak

Our health and safety was of paramount importance to all members of your company which was very comforting.

We could not believe the efficiency and thoughtfulness of each and every member of your firm. Our health and safety was of paramount importance to all members of your company which was very comforting. Everything worked like clockwork throughout the trip and we were blown away by the accommodations at Ndarakwai Camp and Gibbs Farm!

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Julianna F. at Uhuru Peak

We truly enjoyed the trip of a lifetime with Thomson Safaris.

Our head guide, Gabriel, was very professional and thorough. We immediately knew we were in good, competent hands. We also has an amazing crew of 23 unbelievable and hard working men who were there to support us and help us get to the top of this mountain. Gabriel was our head guide and his assistant

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A Thomson trekker hikes beside glaciers

The most incredible experience of my life!!

Any chance hiking that mountain can be my life’s work?! The guides and staff were incredible and went the extra mile every chance they could. I love those guys. Without a doubt, Thomson Safaris’ Grand Traverse expedition on Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most incredible experience of my life!!

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Kelly W. with guides and friends at Uhuru peak

Thomson took excellent care of each traveler.

Having traveled to Kilimanjaro on two occasions, I would not recommend any company other than Thomson Safaris. Thomson took excellent care of each traveler throughout each part of the trip. We had great information ahead of time, we had amazing support as we climbed and if evacuation is needed – you want Thomson taking care of you!

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Repeat Thomson traveler Pete W.

I made it to the Roof of Africa!

We all made the summit and Thomson Safaris boasts 98% success. We were a group of six and had never met each other before. We all got on really well together.

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Iris B. and John M. pose with a glacier

We were treated royally!

We had the incredible experience of climbing to the rooftop of Africa with Thomson Safaris and summited at daytime, when we could fully take in the grandeur of the views and glaciers, in picture perfect weather conditions

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Robert B. celebrates a successful summit

This vacation was the best that I’ve ever had.

Thanks goes out to Thomson Safaris and all its personnel that made this a trip of a lifetime. Everyone I encountered was friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. My expectations were met and then exceeded, and the quality of service was top rated. Kilimanjaro was the ultimate physical and mental test to challenge myself with. Being exposed

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