Are you a serious runner? Do you seek adventure, a grueling challenge, and a really unique way to experience Africa? From October 17-27, 2015, the 4th annual Kilimanjaro Stage Run will take place and it’s going to be epic. (If you already know that you can't make it this year, the Kili Stage Run is scheduled for August 7-17, 2016, so keep reading!)
The Kili Stage Run is led by Simon Mtuy; Tanzania’s most famous trail runner, world record holder (fastest unsupported ascent and descent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 9:21:47), and founder of Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience. Runners spend 8 days running 162 miles around the base of the tallest mountain in Africa. This event is not a race, but rather an intimate, challenging, team-building, and eye-opening experience. You’ll run on average 19 miles per day with a group that includes Simon, 4-6 local Tanzanian runners, and up to 12 international runners. The footpaths take you through lush rainforests and small villages with consistent views of Kilimanjaro. You’ll have plenty of time to meet the locals whose paths you cross along the way and learn about their culture and way of life.
You have to believe us when we say that Simon Mtuy is a major highlight of this excursion. He is an incredibly admirable person for not only his physical feats, but for his selflessness, commitment to his community, and genuine kind nature. It will be an honor to run with him. Read his touching biography here.
This run is not easy and it’s not for everyone. But participants are very well taken care of along the way with support vehicles, water, and snacks throughout the duration of the run. On the nights during your run, you’ll stay at camps set up by SENE staff who also prepares your delicious and hearty meals.
- 17 Oct: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick-up and transfer to Mbahe Village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Overnight Mbahe Farm Cottages.
- 18 Oct: Orientation and preparation, including light running. Afternoon to rest and enjoy activities around the farm. Overnight Mbahe Farm Cottages.
- 19 Oct: Run day 1. 31 km, 1,798 m elevation gain. Overnight at Samanga PS Camp.
- 20 Oct: Run day 2. 31 km, 914 m elevation gain. Overnight at Snow Cap Camp.
- 21 Oct: Run day 3. 33 km, 378 m elevation gain. Overnight at Kitendeni PS Camp.
- 22 Oct: Run day 4. 39 km, 1,067 m elevation gain. Overnight at Simba Farm.
- 23 Oct: Run day 5. 46 km, 1,829 m elevation gain. Overnight at Lukani Camp.
- 24 Oct: Run day 6. 35 km, 2,195 m elevation gain. Overnight at Mweka Camp.
- 25 Oct: Run day 7. 24 km, 1,920 m elevation gain. Overnight at Fumyuhu PS Camp.
- 26 Oct: Run day 8. 21 km, 762 m elevation gain. Celebration party at Mbahe. Overnight Mbahe Farm Cottages.
- 27 Oct: Departure.
Price: $2,125 per person (additional $225 for a single supplement)
This rate includes all of your meals, accommodation, support, gear, and airport transfers.
Can’t make it this year? The 2016 Kili Stage Run is already scheduled for August 7-17. The price will likely face a slight increase, but if you book by October 17, you are guaranteed 2015 rates.
Of course we recommend going on safari at the end of the Kilimanjaro Stage Run. You came all the way to Tanzania – you should see some wildlife!
This is an incredible event for the right person. Please contact us if you have any questions about your eligibility and what to expect. And be sure to check out other marathons and races throughout Africa that can be easily incorporated into your itinerary.