Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

  • Note: This alumni adventure is closed.

  • August 3rd through 17th, 2008
  • Capacity: 16
  • Cost: $5400.00 (plus airfare)

Climb the highest mountain in Africa with Associate Professor of Biology Phil Camill and Eric Simonson ’77. Composed of three dormant volcanoes, Kilimanjaro has been eroded over thousands of years by glaciers, rivers, and landslides to its present height of 19,340 feet.


Kilimanjaro, while non-technical, is extremely high and its altitude must be taken seriously. To minimize altitude sickness and to ensure that the experience is pleasurable and successful, the climb is leisurely paced over seven days. The climb begins in pastures, plantations, and grasslands and moves into rain forest and giant heather at higher altitudes. Only lichens survive on the upper mountain. No previous climbing experience is required, though the hiking trail is rough and participants must be in sound hiking shape.


Run by Simonson, International Mountain Guides has organized more than 100 expeditions to Kilimanjaro since 1989 and has been 100 percent successful in reaching Uhuru Peak on the Kibo volcano, the “top of Africa.” Simonson will accompany our group; he is a top-notch guide trained in all elements of climbing, as well as wilderness medical procedure. The group equipment and most personal equipment will be carried by porters from the local Chagga tribe.


After the climb, enjoy a four day/three night safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro game parks. The safari drivers are well attuned to game habits and know where to find animals, and the safari lodges and deluxe tented camps are vintage and luxurious—a great reward after a tough climb.


Phil Camill, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, has taught at Carleton since 1999. His teaching and research interests include ecosystem ecology, paleoecology, and human alterations to natural environments, including global change. The Kilimanjaro expedition will provide opportunities for Camill and the group to explore issues such as the ecology and conservation of African ecosystems and climate change impacts on the Serengeti Plains and Kilimanjaro glaciers. Camill also is director of Carleton's off-campus studies program in Australia, “Coastal Ecology and Environmental Science.”

A Washington native, Eric Simonson '77 has made a career leading climbs and expeditions to the world's greatest mountains, from Mount Rainier to Mount Everest. A veteran of more than 25 successful Kilimanjaroclimbs, Eric enjoys sharing adventures with interesting people and teaching mountaineering skills to a new generation of guides and climbers.


$5400 per person for climb and safari, $4025 per person climb only

$1000 per person application fee due immediately, balance due on May 3, 2008

Costs included: Guides, porters, group equipment (kitchen, tents, etc.), Kilimanjaro National Park entrance/use fees, Game Parks entrance/use fees, all meals except personal snack food and beverages, charter flight to or from Serengeti, double accommodation in hotels and tents, all ground transportation.

Costs not included:
International airfare and airport taxes, Visa fees for Tanzania (about $50), contribution to the group tip pool for the African porters (we suggest $100 per team member), alcoholic and bottled beverages during the trip, personal shopping and snacks, items of a personal nature.

Trip facilitated by International Mountain Guides