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Barranco camp with milky way at night on the way to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


The adventure of a lifetime

Without a doubt, climbing Kilimanjaro offers one an opportunity both to partake in an extraordinary, enriching adventure and to achieve a challenging personal goal. Of all the world's "Seven Summits," Kilimanjaro is unique in that trekkers can reach the 19,341-foot high peak with no technical mountaineering skills.

Under the careful guidance of our expert mountain guides, we follow a meticulously planned, nine-day Northern Circuit route that ensures the highest degree of summit success along a trekking route less frequented by Kilimanjaro visitors. Wrap up the adventure with an optional post-trip safari in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.


June 29–July 10, 2024


12 days


From $10,995 per person

Trip size

21 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Ayla Pamukçu

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Professor Pamukçu works on unlocking the history of volcanoes through observations and data spanning a wide range of scales and perspectives.


Summit the roof of Africa

Marvel at Kilimanjaro’s lush forests and the massive mountain’s unique volcanic and glacial geology as we pass through five ecological climate zones on our trek to the summit. Along the way, bond with fellow travelers, glean insights during lectures from our faculty leader, and revel in the stories told by our local guides.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa
  • Arusha, Tanzania

    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to our hotel to rest prior to starting our journey.


    Arusha Serena Lodge

  • Arusha

    After breakfast, head out on a walking tour in Nkoaranga, near the slopes of Mount Meru. Visit a family-run coffee plantation, stopping for lunch along the way. Back at our lodge, gather for a briefing and gear check in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.


    Arusha Serena Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

    This morning, transfer to Londorossi Gate (7,824), where we register with park authorities. Continue up the mountain to the trailhead for our first day’s trek. Upon arrival at Big Tree Camp, settle into our tents and enjoy a hot meal prepared by staff.


    Big Tree Camp (9,120 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Big Tree Camp / Shira I Camp

    Our first full day on the mountain takes us up and out of the rain forest, into expansive savannahs and grasslands. We will make our way through lush hills and up to the Shira Ridge before descending slightly into Shira I Camp.


    Shira I Camp (11,500 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Shira I Camp / Moir Camp

    Enjoy a beautiful trek heading east, passing through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ before entering the alpine desert zone. The morning is spent traversing the Shira Plateau, which is one of the highest plateaus on earth and an excellent acclimatization day as we head to Moir Camp.


    Moir Camp (13,697 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Moir Camp / Pofu Camp

    Today involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. We may take a small detour to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 15,337’ before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. Our route then follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu Camp (13,205’). Enjoy expansive vistas across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the border between Tanzania and Kenya.


    Pofu Camp (13,205 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pofu Camp / Rongai Third Cave

    Our route continues east around the northern slopes to Rongai Third Cave. This trek is shorter than the previous day, with a mid-afternoon arrival at the Third Cave.


    Rongai Third Cave (12,910 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rongai Third Cave / School Hut Camp

    After breakfast, we climb at a steady incline over the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Continue inching closer to Uhuru Peak, walking southwest to School Hut Camp, where we rest before our final ascent to the “Roof of Africa.”


    School Hut Camp (15,560 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • School Hut Camp / Kosovo Camp

    Summit day! We begin our final ascent in the darkness, wearing headlamps until the pre-dawn light reflects off the African plains and high mountain glaciers. Trek along a ridge to the rim of the crater and then traverse to the main summit of Uhuru Peak at 19,341 feet. Take in incredible views of the sprawling plains of Tanzania and East Africa and catch sight of Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest point. Then descend to Kosovo Camp to rest for the night.


    Kosovo Camp (16,076 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kosovo Camp / Mweka Camp

    After a good night’s sleep following our long summit day, begin our descent. Follow the rocky and steep route to Mweka Camp in the upper forest, spending our final night on the mountain surrounded by lush greenery.


    Mweka Camp (10,104 feet)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Mweka Camp / Mweka Gate / Arusha

    Continue our descent into a primordial environment of thick jungle, where 20-foot-tall fern trees create a prehistoric atmosphere. After reaching the Mweka Gate, bid farewell to our guides and mountain staff and return to Arusha. Toast our journey at a farewell dinner this evening.


    Mount Meru Game Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Arusha / Home

    This morning, pay a visit to the Shanga workshop, which employs Tanzanians with disabilities to create works of art out of glass, incorporating recycled materials. Next enjoy a visit to the Cultural Heritage Center followed by lunch. There is time to relax and pack at our hotel before departing on flights bound for home.


    Planet Lodge (day rooms)

    Included meal: Breakfast

Make the most of your trip

Want more time to explore? Get the most out of your stay in this region when you sign up for an optional trip extension.

Post-trip Safari

After trekking the world’s highest free-standing mountain, venture to the world’s largest caldera, Ngorongoro Crater. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, we’ll experience an incredible diversity of animal and bird life. Follow the migratory tracks of massive herds of elephants, watch the antics of playful monkeys, and view herds of zebras and gangly giraffes nibbling from acacia trees—all from the comfort of our spacious safari vehicles.


July 10–13, 2024


4 days
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater

    This morning we make our way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After checking in with the park service, head into the Ngorongoro Crater to explore the world’s largest caldera and witness incredible wildlife. The Crater is inhabited by more than 30,000 animals, including black rhinos, cheetahs, monkeys, hyenas, elands, and antelope.


    Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park

    Depart in the morning on a full day of wildlife viewing drives. Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as we make our way to the woodlands, riverine forests, and grassy savannahs of Serengeti National Park.


    Kirawira Serena Camp

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Serengeti National Park

    Spend the day exploring the vast plains of the Serengeti on a safari drive that allows us to keep looking for the Big Five—Cape buffalo, leopards, elephants, lions, and rhinos—and expand our search list to include Thomson’s gazelles, giraffes, ostriches, and impalas.


    Kirawira Serena Camp

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Serengeti / Arusha / Home

    Enjoy one last chance to marvel at iconic African wildlife this morning on our final game drive. Then visit the Serengeti Visitor Center on our way to the Seronera Airstrip to catch our charter flight back to Arusha. Upon arrival, visit Kilimanjaro Kids Community for a tour of this orphanage that is part of Human Outreach Project, a non-profit focused on youth in the communities where trekkers travel. Enjoy lunch and the use of a day room to freshen up or rest. Later today transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for flights home.


    Mount Meru Game Lodge (day rooms)

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

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This experience fed both the mind and body. What we learned about Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro perfectly complemented the wonderful experience of hiking to the ‘roof of Africa.’

—Mark Schar, PhD ’11


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