Kilimanjaro Climb for Clean Water

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“It was an incredible experience.”

— Tony Valente, Kili 2016 Team
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Lifewater is no longer hosting annual group climbs of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you are interested in coordinating an individual or small-group fundraising climb, please contact a Lifewater representative today.

Get ready for the expedition of a lifetime. 

Every two minutes, a child dies from a preventable water-related disease. Climb Kilimanjaro for charity, and you can help change that!

It’s more than climbing a mountain. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and provide clean water to an entire village. You’ll help create lasting change for generations to come. Contact a Lifewater representative to learn more today.


WHEN: Individual/Small Group Climbs Scheduled as Needed

OUTFITTING FEE: When you book through our recommended outfitter, Climb Kili, the fee is $2,950.



Climbing Kilimanjaro is a unique way to raise awareness and funds for clean water. Lifewater recommends each climber group commits to raising $6,500 to fund clean water and improved health for 100 people.

This is separate from the cost of the climb.


Lifewater climbers have traditionally traveled the 7-day Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro. Take a virtual tour of the Machame Route here.


Travel dates are determined by each individual climbing group. All climbers will need to arrive at the at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania no later than the day prior to your group’s start day.

  • $2,950 Outfitting Fee for Climb Kili ($350 deposit to secure spot)
  • $2,000 (est) Airfare/Travel Agent/Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian Visa: $100 (paid upon arrival to Tanzania)

Estimated Total Cost to Climb: $5,100

For more information on the climb details, route, incentives, packing list, and next steps, download the information packet.



Every day, hundreds of millions of people are impacted by the global water and sanitation crisis. Together, unsafe water and the inaccessibility of basic sanitation are leading contributors to extreme poverty.

Over 579 million people worldwide are drinking unsafe water from hand-dug wells, ponds, swamps, rivers, and springs. Contaminated water causes disease and even death, especially among children.

At Lifewater, our staff work alongside villages, visiting every home to ensure that families learn life-saving health practices and working together to engineer custom, long-lasting safe water sources for every community.

Since 2016, Climb for Clean Water participants have funded over 65 safe water projects, serving more than 13,700 people with clean water, health, and hope for generations to come.

Your climb can make an impact on the global water and sanitation crisis today.




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The best nonprofit I’ve ever worked with. They are so passionate about helping others.

— Matt Jarrell, Kili 2017 and 2019
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“This was a remarkable time. Our group was able to provide a large amount of funds to Lifewater.”

Bill MacGregor, Kili 2018
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“My sister and I loved spending a week in Tanzania on the mountain with Lifewater.”

— Megan WIlson, Kili 2017
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“It was an especially touching experience for myself and all who were involved to get to be a part of such a worthy cause.”

— Luke Smith, Kili 2016
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“It was an incredible experience. I would highly recommend you watch for their future trips. They helped take care of all the logistics so I could focus on raising funds.”

Tony Valente, Kili 2016



I’m worried about the fundraising. Do you offer any assistance?

We have found that including others in your fundraising commitment is a very rewarding and community-building experience, and we encourage you to let others know what you’re doing! Lifewater will help you through the fundraising process and provide a personalized fundraising webpage where you can track online donations and send emails to supporters. We are also available to provide more ideas and support for fundraising along the way. Ultimately, however, the commitment and responsibility is yours. This commitment helps us plan with confidence for the villages we serve and ensure meaningful engagement from each participant on the expedition.

Health Preparations

What vaccinations or immunizations do I need before entering Tanzania?

While there are no current restrictions for non-Africans entering Tanzania, you should check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations. We highly recommend you are up to date with your Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Tetanus. For current Health information for Travels to Tanzania, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Is Mt. Kilimanjaro a technical climb?

No technical skills are required, and there is no prior climbing experience needed. However, this is not an average hike and we do encourage training.

Do you provide a training guide?

Lifewater can provide you a training guide upon request. The guide is meant to help you prepare physically and mentally for the climb. It will not only give you specific workouts and tips, but provide information on what to expect when climbing to the top of Africa.

Is there an age limit?

We’ve taken participants from 16 -79 years old to the top. If you are traveling alone, you must be 18 years of age. If you are traveling with a parent or guardian, you must be 16 years old.


How much will it cost me?

$2,950 Outfitting Fee for Climb Kili ($350 deposit to secure spot)

$2,000 (est) Airfare/Travel Agent/Travel Insurance
Tanzanian Visa: $100 (paid upon arrival to Tanzania)

Estimated Total Cost to Climb: $5,100

For more information on the climb details, route, incentives, packing list, and next steps, download the information packet.

Safety and Gear

Will I need to carry all my equipment?

If you partner with Climb Kili, a local guide and mountain expert who we highly recommend, you will only need to carry equipment you will be using for that day. Climb Kili provides porters who will carry most of your gear.

What equipment/clothing will I need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

While Mt. Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, you will need good clothing for the climb. You will travel through 5 different climatic zones, from rainforest to glacial tundra, so having the right clothing is paramount. 

For a full packing list, please download the information packet.

What safety equipment will be available?

No other company provides more safety equipment than Climb Kili. From supplemental oxygen to altitude bags, portable stretchers and pulse oximeters, you are in good hands should the rare occasion arise that these safety devices are needed. Each lead guide is certified for the usage and handling of all our safety equipment.

Can I rent personal gear?

Yes. You can rent anything from sleeping bags to warm jackets to trekking poles and gaiters from Climb Kili. If you don’t own some items on the packing list and feel it would be better to rent, simply reserve these items and we’ll have them ready for you upon arrival.

Route and Timeline

What route should I take?

We recommend the 7-day Machame Route to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Previous teams have seen great success with this route. Take a virtual tour of the Machame Route here.

When should I arrive and depart for the climb?

We recommend you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) no later than 1 p.m. the day before the climb (TBD). Departures can be planned anytime following the climb.

Climb and Impact

How far will I climb each day on your recommended route?

If you take the 7-day Machame route, you will hike an average of 4-8 hours per day with the summit day being the longest. 

Will I get to see the impact of my sponsorship through my climb?

Yes! You will get to see the impact you and your supporters make. We will follow up with information about the specific region you serve with the names and story of one family in that region that has benefited from clean water. You’ll even get to see pictures of a new water source once it is completed!

Can I bring a friend?

We encourage you to recruit others to go on this adventure with you. It will be a shared experience you will never forget. 

What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s official languages are English and Swahili. Through our recommended outfitter, Climb Kili, all of your guides will speak English, with some guides fluent in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Climb Diet

Is the water safe to drink?

You should drink bottled water while in town. While on the mountain, the cook staff at Climb Kili takes careful consideration to purify water each day and provide abundant water for each climber. 

If I go with your recommended outfitter, what’s the menu?

We understand that sufficient caloric intake and purified water are essential to keep the body functioning properly high up on the mountain. The menu is specific to the activities of that day and day of trekking ahead. By incorporating the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins, we keep you in top health. There are vegetarian and vegan menus available. We accommodate gluten free and do our best with other special dietary situations.

The following is a sample of our menu items:


  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Toast, Biscuits with Margarine, Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Eggs, meat, sausage
  • Porridge
  • Fresh fruits: Mango, Banana, Avocado, Watermelon, Oranges


  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Chicken or Vegetable Soup
  • Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Sandwich with Meat or Cheese, Boiled Egg
  • Snack: Peanuts, Popcorn, Cake, Cookies
  • Fresh fruits and Fruit Salad: Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Carrots


  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Chicken or Vegetable Soup
  • Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Roasted Chicken, Beef or Fish
  • Potatoes, Rice, Pasta
  • Fresh Vegetables: Carrots, Peas, Tomato, Beans

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