VIP Kilimanjaro Climbs

Axel JanssensWhile all our clients are very important people we are nonetheless often asked to customise climbs for VIPs. Travel professionals making enquiries on behalf of their VIP clients generally want the most competent and professional staffing for their clients, the most comfortable equipment, the safest movement and timings, the best chance of summitting, and the most exquisite cuisine.

It is with this genre of group in mind that we offer our Hemingway Series, which is without doubt the most exclusive and comfortable experience it is possible to enjoy while summitting Kilimanjaro.

The Route

With respect to the priorities of ensuring minimal crowds, the greatest likelihood of enjoying exclusive use of campsites along the route, and the best possible summit prospects, we offer only one route in our Hemingway Series: the TK Lemosho Route.

This route is exclusive to Team Kilimanjaro and offers the following significant benefits:

  • Almost complete absence of crowding. We typically enjoy exclusive use of most camps along the route from Moir Hut onwards.
  • The best acclimatisation of all routes on Kilimanjaro, including use of the Lent Group of outcrops to acclimatise, at guide’s discretion and assessment of group's pace and condition, to some 4,300 - 4,670m on day 3
  • Summit assault from School Hut - the quietest camp from which to launch the summit bid
  • The gentlest (diagonal) approach to Hans Meyer Caves (5,243m) across the firmest terrain with best traction. Hans Meyer Cave is situated above the arduous, energy-depleting loose scree slopes up which most climbers are required to trudge
  • Option of a day assault at guide’s discretion - in the event that the group wishes this
Kilimanjaro VIP Climb Route

Benefits of the Hemingway Series

The Hemingway Series is a collaboration between Team Kilimanjaro and the excellent Onsea House, whose cuisine is prepared under the watchful auspices of le fameux Axel Janssens, and offers the following:

  • Exquisite cuisine prepared by Axel
  • Very large sleeping tents for single / double occupation with en-suite ablutions facilities
  • A personal day sack porter for each climber, negating any requirement for the climber to carry any luggage whatever, including their own small personal daypack (containing their water, waterproof clothing, camera, etc)

Descent of Kilimanjaro by Helicopter

Axel JanssensThe standard Hemingway configuration includes Helicopter descent from the high camp at approximately 4,700m, back to civilization. Each helicopter descent is able to transport two persons, with 30-60 minutes' waiting time at leisure at high camp between successive pick-ups.

The helicopter descent service is strictly subject to good weather and the usual implications of force majeure. Climbers should therefore allow an additional day in their itinerary so as to be able to descend Kilimanjaro on foot in the event of helicopter service non-availability.

Our Chef

Our cuisine on Hemingway Series climbs is prepared by Axel or his sous-chef.

Axel JanssensAxel studied at one of the most prestigious schools in Europe and perfected his culinary art in several Michelin star restaurants. By absorbing local influences he has created his own highly appreciated cuisine: a fusion of exquisite European and African delights based on seasonal specialties. From breakfast with warm, oven crisp breads and freshly squeezed juices, to lunch with carefully selected brasserie dishes to the culinary feast for your taste buds at dinner: a five course gourmet experience accompanied by the finest wines from our climate-controlled cellars. Only working with the best products, the freshest ingredients and with tons of inspiration and creativity, he will make every bite and every sip an unforgettable experience for your senses.

Prices Per Person in US Dollars for the Hemingway Series

While we would expect the weather to be conducive to safe helicopter descents on at least nine of every 10 possible instances, nonetheless, since it is of course impossible to guarantee that there will not be high wind, low visibility or an unanticipated necessity to schedule maintenance, we offer prices both for climbs with and without the use of helicopter for the descent.

Climbers should bear in mind that a climb that begins on the basis of being a 7 day TK Lemosho climb with helicopter descent could become an 8 day TK Lemosho climb without helicopter descent, where the weather or force majeure necessitates.

Currencies and Payment Methods

We accept the following:

💵 US Dollars - card payments and wire transfers
💶 Euros - card payments and wire transfers
💷 Pounds Sterling - bank transfers

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Prices per Person with Descent by Helicopter

Route     |   No. of climbers   Solo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
7 Lemosho Hemingway $11,353 $8,151 $7,791 $7,026 $7,043 $6,683 $6,766 $6,509
8 Lemosho Hemingway $12,499 $9,028 $8,577 $7,761 $7,752 $7,376 $7,446 $7,179
9 Lemosho Hemingway $13,644 $9,905 $9,362 $8,495 $8,461 $8,068 $8,125 $7,849
10 Lemosho Hemingway $14,790 $10,783 $10,148 $9,230 $9,170 $8,760 $8,804 $8,520

Prices per Person with Descent on Foot

Route     |   No. of climbers   Solo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
7 Lemosho Hemingway $9,285 $7,117 $6,412 $5,992 $5,802 $5,649 $5,585 $5,475
8 Lemosho Hemingway $10,431 $7,994 $7,198 $6,727 $6,511 $6,342 $6,264 $6,145
9 Lemosho Hemingway $11,576 $8,871 $7,984 $7,461 $7,221 $7,034 $6,943 $6,815
10 Lemosho Hemingway $12,722 $9,749 $8,769 $8,196 $7,930 $7,726 $7,623 $7,486

Prices per Person with Descent by Helicopter

Route    No. of climbers   Solo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
7 Lemosho Hemingway $11,353 $8,151 $7,791 $7,026 $7,043 $6,683 $6,766 $6,509
8 Lemosho Hemingway $12,499 $9,028 $8,577 $7,761 $7,752 $7,376 $7,446 $7,179
9 Lemosho Hemingway $13,644 $9,905 $9,362 $8,495 $8,461 $8,068 $8,125 $7,849
10 Lemosho Hemingway $14,790 $10,783 $10,148 $9,230 $9,170 $8,760 $8,804 $8,520


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Prices per Person with Descent on Foot

Route    No. of climbers   Solo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
7 Lemosho Hemingway $9,285 $7,117 $6,412 $5,992 $5,802 $5,649 $5,585 $5,475
8 Lemosho Hemingway $10,431 $7,994 $7,198 $6,727 $6,511 $6,342 $6,264 $6,145
9 Lemosho Hemingway $11,576 $8,871 $7,984 $7,461 $7,221 $7,034 $6,943 $6,815
10 Lemosho Hemingway $12,722 $9,749 $8,769 $8,196 $7,930 $7,726 $7,623 $7,486


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