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Tanzania: REI offers 20% off a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro

May 15, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • REI offers a 20% discount on a climbing trip to Mount Kilimanjaro starting Friday.
REI offers a 20% discount on a climbing trip to Mount Kilimanjaro starting… (REI )

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania rises 19,340 feet above sea level, the high point on the African continent and one of the "seven summit" high points of the world that's special to climbers. Outdoors retailer and travel operator REI will offer 20% off a six-day trek to the top of the peak for those fit enough -- and motivated enough -- to make it to the summit.

The deal: With this deal, the cost of the Kilimanjaro climb drops from $4.399 per person to $3,599 per person. A post-trek safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park may be added on for an additional $2,899 per person, a discount off the original $3,599 per person. Prices cited here are for REI members; it costs $20 for a lifetime membership.

When: The trek runs from Oct. 6-14; an optional post-trek safari runs Oct. 14-19. Reservations must be made between Friday and May 28 and are subject to availability.

Details: There are several routes up Kilimanjaro; this trip follows the Marangu Route. The park entrance is at 5,000 feet, and hikers climb more than 14,000 feet in 26 miles during the trek. This isn't a technical climb requiring mountain-climbing gear, but trekkers must be in top condition to be able to participate. They also must take appropriate gear/clothing.

The price includes hotels and hut accommodations, park fees, guides, cooks and porters on the mountain and gear. Airfare is extra.

Contact: Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Expedition, (800) 622-2236

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