Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures throughout the year (private departures available)
Climb to the ‘Roof of Africa’ and conquer her highest mountain at 5,895 metres at the peak. The Machame route has a gradual ascent and is considered to be the most beautiful scenically while passing through a variety of habitats with tropical rainforest, and offering outstanding views of the mountain and snows of the summit. This itinerary incorporates an extra day for the all important acclimatisation, increasing the chance of reaching the summit.
What greater adventure can there be than to summit the world’s highest free-standing mountain? Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: a snow covered mountain on the equator, an ocean of green forest surrounded by dry savannah.
Day 1 – Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by your transfer driver and taken to the Green Hills of Africa. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you may choose to relax at the hotel or perhaps explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the Green Hills of Africa. (D)
Meru View Lodge is a tranquil haven of peace set within ten acres complex far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life of central Arusha. Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru, it offers you pure calmness, recreation and relaxation – after a day of travel or safari.
The Lodge is ready to make your visit to northern Tanzania truly special, with elegant accommodation, superb service and a picture-perfect location. Relax and unwind in one of our spacious, well-appointed lodge rooms.
Day 2 - Machame Camp
Machame gate (1,790m) – Machame Camp (3,010m)
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
After breakfast you will be picked up at Green Hills of Africa and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. After completion of all the necessary paper work, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp, a 5 – 6 hour hike. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. You might also spot black and white thumbless colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3,010m on the Machame Route.
Day 3 - Shira Camp
Machame Camp (3,010m) – Shira Camp (3,845m)
Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours
Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heath land. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent. (BLD)
Day 4 - Barranco Camp
Shira Camp 2 (3,845m) – Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700 m, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower (4,640m), where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 – 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecio’s, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp. (BLD)
Day 5 - Karanga Camp
Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Karanga Camp (4,035m)
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. You trek will take between 3 – 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp. (BLD)
Day 6 - Barafu Camp
Karanga Camp (4,035m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination – Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 3-4 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and overnight as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away. (BLD)
Day 7 - Uhuru Peak - Summit - Mweka Camp
Barafu Camp (4,640) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)
Hiking time: 10 – 14 hours
At around midnight you will be awoken by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7 hours. Another 1 – 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa. (BLD)
Day 8 - Arusha
Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Arusha
Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Green Hills of Africa and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement. (BD)
Day 9 - End of Kilimanjaro Tour
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.