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HOW, WHEN, AND WHY TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO & MERU

Keeping it Simple:

Looking to climb Kilimanjaro? Consider one of our excellent low cost Shira8 or Rongai6 Fixed Departures, or alternatively choose a Private Climb for you and your friends.

Our prices are very competitive so please do ask for a comparative quotation from Gane and Marshall. We have been organising Kilimanjaro climbs since 1991.

See our routes and price charts for 2014/15 and they will help you to decide which climbing route best suits you. And of course do please contact us by phone or email to discuss your requirements.

How much does it Cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

Prices for 2014/15 start from USD1976 / £1275 for the Six Days Rongai Route Fixed Departure Small Groups, which depart most Sundays in the climb season.

Most trekkers go for our Shira Eight Days climbs departing most Fridays in Arusha and costing USD2539 / £1638 per person. These rates include hotels with dinner, bed & breakfast, full board on the mountain, mountain transfers, all park fees, expert guides and porters. You only need to add funds for tips after the climb and a drink in the bar!

Contact us for a personalised costing or see our 2014/15 Kilimanjaro and Meru Prices

For those in a hurry, Rongai six-day climbs are a viable option, but please note that your chances of reaching the summit will be reduced by the shorter time you'll have to acclimatise to the altitude, and you risk becoming ill. For this reason, we only offer Rongai 6 if you book the climb to follow either the wonderful four days Mount Meru Climb or to follow our unique Short Altitude Acclimatisation Safari. Meru takes you to 4565ms, nearly 15,000ft. The Highlands Safari will take you to around 3200ms - over 10,000ft - after a visit to world famous Ngorongoro Crater. Book this great value safari to take place before you climb Kilimanjaro so that you arrive on the mountain already acclimatised up to 3200ms./10496ft! Or go for our great Meru-Kilimanjaro Combo taking you up Africa's fourth and Africa's highest mountains!

Click here to read our one page acclimatisation information document about the best routes on which to acclimatise safely. We also offer short safaris into the Crater Islands as well as Mt Meru climbs to those who wish to gain some extra acclimatisation before beginning their Kilimanjaro climb. If on our 6-day Rongai climb, it is essential that you gain additional acclimatisation beforehand.

These 2014/15 rates include one free map for every two bookings made together; and we are now staffing our climbs with one qualified mountain guide for every two climbers! Many operators will provide only one qualified guide irrespective of the group size.

Gane and Marshall sponsor the Kilimanjaro Information Web Pages, which you can visit for more information about routes, climate, flora, fauna and geology.

When to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best seasons to climb Kilimanjaro are December to March and June to October.

You may want to climb Kilimanjaro (or Meru) when the moon is full or nearly full. Reaching your chosen peak in the period of 3-4 days before or after the full moon will still ensure a moon-lit climb. Please see: Moon Phase Chart

Why climb Kilimanjaro with Gane and Marshall?

Gane and Marshall have run their own climb and safari opertion with Tanzanian partners for many years. Now we work with the African Walking Company (AWC) to provide the best Kilimanjaro climbs on the mountain. AWC were selected by Jeremy Gane after he checked out several operators in Tanzania. Their outstanding level of service and commitment to care of their staff and the environment was most important. Subsequent testimonials from Gane and Marshall clients have proved that this decision was right. Not only have Gane and Marshall and AWC  worked together on large projects such as the Comic Relief celebrity climb of Kilimanjaro, they have also helped countless individuals summit Kilimanjaro – happy and healthy! Click here to read about AWC.

When you choose a Kilimanjaro climb operator you will want to consider the advice you receive; about the routes best suited to you, about clothing and equipment, and about the conditions and climate on the mountain. Our Kilimanjaro climbs are comprehensively documented and each climber receives a very full and useful information pack.

You will also want to be assured that your climb team will be fully qualified to keep you safe and that they will be able to manage risk. In the unlikely event of an accident they will be able to administer First Aid and carry out a rescue. Equally, you will want your climb team to be expert at recognising symptoms of altitude sickness and to be able to judge whether or not you can continue safely with your once-in-a-lifetime climb. This is mainly down to experience and training, and re-training of the Kilimanjaro climb teams. It is also down to the way the climb team members from the chief guide to the youngest porter are treated, remunerated and themselves fed and sheltered on the mountain. Gane and Marshall give considerable attention to all of the above. To judge for yourself, please read about our partnership with the independent association, Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance project, and our work with Tourism Concern in the paragraph below.

Responsible Climb Operation: We are members of Tourism Concern's Ethical Tour Operators Group and also members of IMEC, who support the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. We also fund one scholarship per annum for the Kilimanjaro Scholarships Foundation. Through the charity Community Projects Africa, which Jeremy Gane ran as Trustee and secretary from 2005 to 2011, Gane and Marshall and our clients have supported a number of projects in the Kilimanjaro, Monduli and Arusha regions.

In short, when choosing your Kilimanjaro climb operator, we hope that you consider the following: all of the pre-climb support and information you receive, the quality of service and equipment on the mountain, and the positive partnership your operator has with the climb team and the north Tanzania community.

How about a safari or beach extension?

We offer safaris to spectacular game viewing regions such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Ideal for climbers we offer Safari Specials to North Tanzania (half day, one day, three days, and five days). Please also note that we can tailor-make a safari specially for you - and always at the most competitive prices.

Zanzibar, Pangani and the coast around Dar all offer a wide range of beach extensions for as low at USD70 pppnt. Check our extensive selection of coastal places to stay. Call or email us for help with choosing the right beach property at the right price for you.

COMIC RELIEF CELEBRITY CLIMB 100% SUCCESSFUL:

Gane and Marshall have been organizing Kilimanjaro climbs since 1991. In 2009 Jeremy Gane was project manager and guide for the Comic Relief celebrity Kilimanjaro climb with Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow and other A list celebrities. The entire group of 34 climbers including all the media teams summited successfully. £3.5 million was raised by the climbers for Comic Relief projects in Africa including a most important project to distribute impregnated malaria nets to millions of children under the age of five years. Read the BBC News Report, and/or Travel Africa Magazine (Summer 2009) with an article by Jeremy Gane about planning your Kilimanjaro climb.

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Example itineraries in Kilimanjaro

Meru and Rongai6 Combo

This combination climb provides perfect altitude acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro on Africa's fourth highest summit - Mount Meru. Climb Meru via Miriakamba and Saddle hut over four days, with excellent views of distant Uhuru from Little Meru Peak; then on to Kilimanjaro for a 6 day climb on Rongai route via Mawenzi Tarn, Gilmans Point and Uhuru Peak, descent being on the Marangu Route.

Lemosho Route (8 Days)

8 day Lemosho Kilimanjaro climb. A western approach through Lemosho rainforest, across shira Plateau, and up Barafu route to Uhuru Point, the summit of Kilimanjaro. Descend via the Mweka Route.

Northern Circuit (9 Days)

This unique and spectacular Kilimanjaro itinerary consists of a nine day climb via Shira Plateau, the northern flank, Gilmans Point and Uhuru Point. Descent is via the scenic, wilderness Mweka Route.

Rongai Route (7 Days)

Rongai Seven Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Second Cave and Mawenzi Tarn, going for Uhuru Peak through Gilmans Point and descending on the Marangu Route.

Shira Route (8 Days)

An eight day Kilimanjaro trek commencing in the west, crossing Shira Plateau, and going for the summit - Uhuru - via Barranco Wall, Karanga Valley, Barafu Route and Stella Point. The descent is via Mweka Route. We offer regular small group departures commencing in Arusha most Fridays during the climbing seasons.

Kilimanjaro and Meru Rates 2014/15

Kilimanjaro and Meru Rates for 2014/15, including Rongai, Lemosho and Shira routes.

Altitude Acclimatisation Safari

This short, 3-day altitude acclimatisation safari visits Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, and includes a climb of Ol Deani in Ngorongoro. It provides good acclimatisation up to 3188m, and is ideal for those attempting a rapid Kilimanjaro ascent.

Kilimanjaro Expedition Specifications

Kilimanjaro expedition specifications, covering climb routes, open/private groups, extensions, our policy on pay, and our trade and safety profile - in short, an outline of all the benefits of climbing Kilimanjaro with Gane and Marshall as opposed to other operators.

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