FAQ: THE KILIMANJARO INSPEDITION™
Why should I do this trip?
In a word: life-changing. Ok, that’s technically hyphenated, and two words, but you get the idea. If you want to experience something at your core to change your life, then this is it. Words could never do it justice.
Actually, we are the only team on Mount Kilimanjaro that offers an all inclusive 7-day climb to the Summit, a first-class 4-day Serengeti safari, PLUS the personal guidance and life-transforming experience of deep personal development and breakthroughs — all wrapped in what’s perfectly named, Inspedition™; your inward journey via an outward adventure.
What’s so special about your trips?
First, Sean has been on the summit of Kilimanjaro nearly two dozen times with a success rate double that of the mountain’s average. He has utilized the same local guides, porters, cooks, etc for every trip and has been adopted into their local Chagga tribe, which in turn translates to them treating everyone else on the trip like family, not clients. Among all the guides in the group, there have been over 1000 cumulative summits. We also give back to the local culture, and support locals every trip.
As well, this is the first and only immersive adventure on Kilimanjaro led by world-class leaders and coaches helping you develop and strengthen into the next best you. It is not your normal trip by any stretch of the imagination.
How do I sign up?
Nearly everything once you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Seriously. Private transport from/to the airport, hotel food (minus alcohol, bottled water, etc), hotel stay (four-nights), seven days on Kilimanjaro, all group gear, the flight into the Serengeti, first-class four-day safari, lodges, meals, all park fees, plus the group tips for the guides, porters and drivers. Nearly everything except personal items/souvenirs.
What’s not included?
International airfare from your departure city to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), personal gear (gear list will be provided), tips, personal items, visas and insurance.
What route do you take?
We take seven days on the Machame / Mweka route and have nearly double the success rate compared to the mountain’s average.
How fit do I have to be?
If you attempt to hike Kilimanjaro without training, you may not enjoy the trip as much as you could, and you might be setting yourself up for a not-so-wonderful experience. Proper training (both mentally and physically) are imperative. Be assured, we will help with this, don’t worry.
How difficult is it?
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Although not a technical peak via the route we take, altitude is a serious factor (5895m / 19,341ft) to take into consideration. Sean has led people from 13 to 70 years old, proving you can be any age to accomplish this goal.
What are the accommodations like on the mountain?
All accommodations on the mountain are in three-person mountain tents, however, each group has two people per tent. Single tents are available upon request for a surcharge. We also have chairs, a mess tent, hot water for washing, and we even have someone to wake you up in the morning while offering you a choice of hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. There are numerous other amenities to make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. It’s “glamping.”
Do I carry my own gear?
Nope, enrollment fees hire two porters per person to carry your duffle from camp to camp, so you just worry about your day pack containing personal items you’ll use throughout the day (sunscreen, camera, snacks, water, rain jacket, etc.).
Can we rent gear?
If you are never going to use a 15-degree sleeping bag again, or if you see no need to own trekking poles for example, then yes. You can rent most of the gear you need on the mountain. Bringing your own underwear is highly advisable, however.
How long do we hike every day?
On average, our shortest day could be five hours, and our longest (summit night/day) could be upwards of 15 hours.
What are the temperatures like?
They vary considerably because you’ll be hiking through an African rainforest to a glacier in six days. It’s like hiking from the equator to the North Pole. Temperatures can average anywhere from 85F (30C) to below freezing on summit night.