Trekking companions reach the peak

Kilimanjaro Route: The Western Approach

Photo Credit: Tom Rohrer

Our most popular Kilimanjaro trek combines the Shira and Lemosho routes. Featured in The New York Times and on MTV, the Western Approach has a 98% summit success rating with Thomson!

KILIMANJARO ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ample acclimatization time (the number one factor in summit success)
  • Far less crowded than the Machame or Marangu Kilimanjaro routes
  • Daytime summit bid
  • Breathtaking scenery on the trail
  • Visit to Lava Tower
  • Choice campsites in more remote locations
  • 98% summit success overall on this Kilimanjaro route
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
Only on Crater Camp departures
  • Two opportunities for a daytime summit bid
  • Camp near Kilimanjaro’s famed glaciers
*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee.

 

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$5,690

or

$5,990*

with Crater Camp overnight

13 days door-to-door

International airfare not included
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Single accommodations: $515
Personal Porter: $495

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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.

BANNER PAIGE

I am so impressed with Thomson – they were always willing to go above and beyond

What a fantastic experience, I am so impressed with Thomson and our incredible trek and safari. I was not sick at all, we were so well taken care of by all of the guides, who know exactly how slowly to go and how much to eat and drink. The food was fabulous – even a…

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Katie & Mom on Kili

Thanks to Thomson for making this trip so successful and memorable!

Thanks to Thomson for making our trip so successful and memorable. We chose Thomson for a variety of reasons, including the good presentation of the website and the design of the climbing routes. We appreciated the great and close customer service before the trip. We also liked the way in which our safari and Kilimanjaro…

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Jeff M. and companion pose against a backdrop of clouds and glaciers

My daughter and I shared an experience we’ll never forget!

Years ago, out of the blue, my daughter told me that she wanted to climb Kilimanjaro with me. Last Christmas I surprised her when I said we were going to climb it in 2015, though I had no idea at the time how I was going to make this happen. I called a friend who’s…

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Trekkers rest on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Because of Thomson’s kindness, care, and support, we truly had the trip of a lifetime!

On June 29th, 12 strangers aged 15 – 75 came from all over the U.S. for a Thomson Safaris trek. We quickly bonded as a group as we were all hoping to experience the trip of a lifetime – a Kilimanjaro summit! Some of the group came for high school graduation gifts and some for

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Leah H. and companions pose with a guide on Kilimanjaro

Picking Thomson Safaris was the smartest move I’ve ever made traveling!

I’ve been to five star hotels around the world. The people who work for you are better and work harder than anyone I’ve ever met. They are by far superior and I’m beyond impressed! I really can’t express how much this trip meant to me. After several personal challenges and tragedies over the past few…

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Mo N. celebrates summit success

I could never have believed what was possible with simple drive and determination.

Waiting with anticipation and trepidation in a small tent on a wind-swept moonscape at 15200 feet elevation the night before summiting Kilimanjaro leads one to reflect on life and what matters.  I thought I would share a few lessons I learned from this amazing trip. 1) Extend your comfort zone: Despite leading a pretty adventurous…

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Natalie H. and her companions getting silly on Kili

It’s like another world altogether – a collision of the moon, the arctic and a land I’d never known.

On our epic trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro, we took the Western Approach route, which led us to traverse 43 miles in 9 days. We trekked through 5 different climates: rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and the arctic. The hardest part of our journey was overcoming the mind and the limitations it tries to impose.

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Patrick S. and his companion pose in a section of greenery on Kilimanjaro

This trek reinvigorated my thirst for adventure and helped fine-tune my life for the better.

I had been looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro for 13 years. About ten years ago, I started doing web searches and Thomson was consistently rated the best. The awards and testimonials made the difference. After years of dreaming, it all finally came true on summit day. Absolutely awesome experience. As climbing Kilimanjaro had been on

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Laurel W. poses with a guide on the snowy trail

A wonderful culture and the kindest of people.

You were a gem in helping me through the arrangements and ALL the details. You were always available to answer my questions and allay any worries. The packing list was perfect and all the gear was great! The climb is amazing. Our guide, Onest Mtui, is terrific and has to be one of, if not,

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Brad S. against a scenic backdrop of Kilimanjaro's glaciers

I had security, safety, care and camaraderie with Thomson. It was all fantastic.

My guides, Bwenje, George, Sam, Respicious, Godlove, Ema (head waiter), Ibrahim, (our chef), Zach (my personal porter), Damas (who carried my night bag/tent, etc.) were all great! I posted the video online of me receiving my Kilimanjaro certificate…. 600+ views! I only know about 30 people! One guy said “I didn’t get that when I

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A small waterfall on the trail

I can see why the workers on this mountain all aspire to work for Thomson.

My Thomson experience was first class all the way, and I can see why the workers on this mountain all aspire to work for Thomson. I would like to point out just how great some of the members of the staff were. The Head Guide, Gabriel, was a wizened, well-experienced leader. His wisdom and experience

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Tom O. poses with a glacier

The Thomson experience was exactly what I was looking for.

I am a lifelong hiker who got started in my mid-teens. The first mountain I climbed was Mount Washington via the glen Boulder trail. I was hooked. I spent most of my college years climbing throughout New Hampshire and Maine and completed all the 4000 footers in New Hampshire except one! Back then climbing was

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Mary and companion in front of the Lenosho Route gate

We felt as one with the staff moving up the mountain.

Thomson gave us guidance before, during and after the trip. We appreciated the staff’s professionalism and organization, the guides’ warmth, kindness, laughter and leadership, and the porters and camp staff’s enthusiasm and hard work. The outcome of this collaboration was a 100% success rate to the summit of Kili, and a great safari. The trip

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John and Mary W. eagerly await their summit

We loved every minute, even the hard parts.

None of this would have been possible without Thomson and its incredible team. Absolutely every aspect of the trip– from planning to execution – was characterized by the highest quality. As I think back to our initial research into the climb, I couldn’t be more pleased by our choice of company. It was clear that your company cares

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Stephen C. celebrates his summit success

Thomson is a first class operation focused on customer experience. I loved my trip and can emphatically recommend to others what a fine team Thomson has.

The team is electric and their enthusiasm is infectious. Every staff member wanted me to have the best experience. What a great adventure I had. Thank you for helping me prepare so thoroughly for the trip and on short notice.

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Hikers climb a rock formation

This trip was not great, it was absolutely world class!!

You all were fantastic from the moment we contacted the Boston office to the day we returned! I could not give you enough praise nor commendation for all you have done to make the trip memorable, spectacular and fun. Kudos to everyone and ASANTE SANA. I’ve traveled to over 60 countries and Thomson

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Trekkers looking ahead to Uhuru peak

The trip was worth every single penny.

We love each other and the friendships will last a lifetime. We absolutely loved our guides and porters as well. It was a well matched group. So many stories…I’ll be talking about this trip for a year!

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Theresa holds a sign at Uhuru peak

Thomson did a superb job on so many levels.

When we got to Uhuru Peak I just felt so… exhilarated, hugely proud, and had such a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Matt and Heather with guides and friends on Kilimanjaro

I really was blown away by the trip.

What an incredible team you have in Tanzania. These people are smart, some of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen, and have a genuine desire to improve their lives and the lives of others. There’s spirit and hope here, and at levels that you can’t fully grasp or describe in words.

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Trekkers hold an American flag at Uhuru peak

First class every step and detail of the way.

We will all carry this experience with us through life’s challenges and be better prepared to handle anything. We chose Thomson Safaris because of a friend’s strong recommendation, Thomson’s stellar reputation and their philosophy toward their porters, Tanzanians and Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Tom R. and his son at Uhuru peak.

Far more beautiful and rewarding…

I have given you all the highest of praise and recommended Thomson Safaris to many friends and many more patients (they all ask about our trip). I look forward to joining you on more adventures in the future. Thanks again for an experience of a lifetime! My son, Harrison, and I could not have been more pleased with our experience.

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It was a huge accomplishment…

The porters were amazing – constantly singing and dancing and enjoying themselves as they accompanied us each day, while carrying our heavy gear. We couldn’t have done it without them.

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A porter stands near a large glacier

Our guide was in good spirits 100% of the time.

Looking back at everything, it was an adventure and I can certainly understand how important the role of Thomson Safaris is in a country like Tanzania. I would certainly recommend Thomson again.

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Andrew Liu and Brenda Baker with their children

We all had a great time on our respective trips.

We all had a wonderful time and appreciated how Thomson Safaris ran a largely flawless trip so we could just focus on enjoying what Tanzania had to offer.

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A successful Machame route trekker

I didn’t even look at other companies.

My guide Edward was also absolutely top-of-the-line. He was always responsive to individual needs. The porters, too, were so helpful. The little details, like a hot pre-breakfast drink as the weather got colder further up the mountain, made all the difference.

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Theresa and Brett pose in an area of vegetation

Thomson Safaris treats their staff well.

From the start, the Thomson Safaris staff was super helpful; any questions I had got answered quickly and thoroughly. Both our guides were helpful, patient and kind. The food was great, always well prepared, and getting to know the rest of our group was a joy!

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