WHAT TO EXPECT
Reaching Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak may be your end goal. But it’s the daily challenge that makes your climb an unforgettable life-changing experience.
As you engage your primal need to explore, you team up with the most experienced and trusted Kilimanjaro climbing company. Tusker has a 99% summit achievement rate over 46 years on Kilimanjaro. You climb confidently with the most elite guiding team of medically trained High Altitude First Responders, who have been guiding for us for 20-25 years.
You stay in Tusker’s Signature Mountain camp for a restful recharge, while enjoying fantastic meals prepared by our expert mountain chefs with local ingredients that fuel your mind, body and soul. Our chefs have been trained by the Culinary Institute of America.
Tusker is a member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and has been a strong supporter of the organization since it was founded in 2003.
YOUR ELITE GUIDING TEAM
Your guides are the heart and soul of your adventure, from the moment you sign up until the day you return. Their long experience climbing Kilimanjaro, meticulous medical training and expert leadership are the secrets to the success of your climb. Tusker’s founder, EDDIE FRANK was brought in to train the US Army’s Special Forces at high altitude. Using the same techniques, he meticulously trained Tusker’s team of elite mountain guides who are all high altitude experts and have led thousands of successful climbers to the summit.
Watch the video to see what it's like to climb the crown of Africa with Tusker Trail, narrated by Will Lyman from National Geographic.
CLIMBING KILIMANJARO SAFELY
Our staff guides were all born and raised on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and know the mountain intimately. They have been working for Tusker for decades. You climb with the assurance that every guide is at the top of their game. Experts on the mountain habitat, they lead you on your adventure in a way you will never forget and transform your climb into a life-changing experience.
Your guides give you a thorough medical examination twice a day and monitor you closely to make sure you are adjusting to the altitude. They are also at your side for your entire climb, giving you the best strategies to reach the summit. Your guiding team consists of 2-6 guides, depending on the size of your group. If you are climbing on your own, you’ll have your own personal guide. On the tough summit day, you can also have a dedicated porter assist you with your daypack.
TUSKER'S ADVENTURE KITCHEN
The adventure of your life demands the food of your life. On expedition, food should never only be about sustenance, but should also fire up your taste buds. And that’s what you’ll discover while you’re climbing Kilimanjaro – great eats. That is why we engaged the Culinary Institute of America to design our unbelievable climbing menus and to train our mountain chefs.
During your climb, you will enjoy extraordinary meals, engineered to keep you well fueled for long hard days on the trail. There won’t be fancy table settings and crystal glasses – after all, you’re on a mountain climb. But you will enjoy 3 incredible meals every day, prepared by masterful cooks in Tusker's Adventure Kitchen performing their magic at high altitude. Think about humus at high altitude, or fajitas at fifteen thousand feet. You’ll be blown away.
CHEFS TRAINED by the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
Tusker Trail has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America to train our Kilimanjaro chefs teaching them how to create balanced, nutritious, and delicious menus. During your climb, you will enjoy extraordinary meals, engineered to keep you well fueled for long hard days on the trail. Before you begin climbing Kilimanjaro, our chefs visit the local market to stock up on local fruits, vegetables, meats, and other foods for your climb. We also send regular fresh fruits, vegetables and meats on supply-runs up the mountain to the Adventure Kitchen.
LODGING ON THE CLIMB
On all our Kilimanjaro climbing routes you stay in Tusker’s Signature Mountain Camp. It’s easy to understand why relaxation in camp is equally important to you as the long hard days you spend getting there. That’s why Tusker’s founding guide, Eddie Frank used his 54 climbs over 46 years, to design a camp experience that allows you to relax, recuperate and recharge after a challenging day on the trail. It all comes down to the best locations, custom designed gear, attention to detail and great food, that’s why we call it our Signature Mountain Camp.
LODGING IN MOSHI
Before and after your climb, we stay at one of two boutique hotels – the Park View Inn and Bristol Cottages Hotel. They are both extremely comfortable and well-run family-owned hotels in the heart of Moshi town. The welcoming staff and warm atmosphere make you feel very much at home. The hotels make a great base for your climb.
EDDIE'S CLIMBING TIPS...
Since founding Tusker Trail 46 years ago, owner and lead climbing guide Eddie Frank has personally led 54 Kilimanjaro climbs. He knows everything there is to know about prepping for a successful climb. To help ensure you have the climb of you life, Eddie is sharing decades worth of must-have tips and advice. You'll also recieve weekly Kilimanjaro weather updates and live shots of Kilimanjaro from Tusker's own KiliCam. Ready to climb? Start your journey right here.
SIGNATURE MOUNTAIN CAMP
Tusker’s Signature Mountain Camp is unlike any other camping experience you can imagine, with custom designed full-size walk-in tents, comfortable cots, dining tents, chairs, tables, gas lighting and the occasional shower. Eddie Frank has worked closely with Tusker’s private tent manufacturer and custom designed our unique walk-in/stand-up tents. On Kilimanjaro your tent is set-up and prepped for you by our camp crew in some of the most incredible locales on earth with spellbinding views and an amazing atmosphere. Your food, the camp and Tusker’s extensive safety equipment are carried each day to your next camp by the Tusker crew and meticulously set up for your arrival.
Your large tent has a comfortable cot and plenty of room to spread out. It is a perfect refuge after a tough day on the trail up Kilimanjaro. In our spacious 10-person dining tents you enjoy your meals at a dining table seated on comfy camp chairs with gas lamps for warmth and lighting after dark. Eddie’s 46 years of leading climbs up Kilimanjaro has provided him with a unique insight into building the perfect climb. His hands-on approach provides you with a well-rounded experience both on and off the trail.
All your meals have been designed by the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA and are prepared by our expert cooks also professionally trained by the Institute. All our water for drinking, cooking and cleaning is purified for your safety. And for those private moments, you will appreciate a shower and a private toilet tent – welcome additions to your camp.
"There's nothing quite as satisfying at the end of a long day’s climb, than to walk into your extra large tent and have everything prepped and waiting for you. Climbing Kilimanjaro can be a grueling at times, but that doesn't mean that you don't deserve true comfort at the end of your day."
KILIMANJARO CLIMB SUPPORT
Most of Tusker’s crew members have been working for us for decades. They are fiercely loyal to the Tusker family. With virtually no turnover amongst our staff, the Tusker crew is a finely tuned machine that works tirelessly to ensure you have the adventure of your life.
Tusker Trail is an approved partner company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) – Partner for Responsible Travel Program. Established in 2003, KPAP’s mission is to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. They do a fantastic job. Tusker has been a supporter of KPAP since its early days.
Our porters are fully supported during our climbs. Tusker’s guides monitor our porters’ health on the climb in the same way they do for our overseas climbers. Our team members easily stand out on the mountain as the most well-equipped climbing crew you will see during your climb.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Because of their experience and training, Tusker’s guides often get called in to assist the national park and other companies with their emergencies and evacuations.
We all know that adventure has inherent risks, and it is critically important to prepare for them. EDDIE FRANK, Tusker’s Kilimanjaro expert, who has trained the elite US Army Special Forces, uses the same training techniques for the Tusker guiding team. Part of that training includes a unique high altitude medical course he designed specifically for Tusker guides. With decades of guiding experience and a deep knowledge of the Kilimanjaro habitat, Tusker’s elite team is essential to the success of your life-changing adventure.
If you have an emergency that requires a helicopter evacuation, you are covered by Ripcord, our air evacuation company of note. Also, during our 45 years in adventure travel we have established enduring alliances with the following professional organizations:
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