Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
Climb to the ‘Roof of Africa’ and conquer her highest mountain at 5,895 metres at the peak. There are several routes to choose from depending on ability, and although no experience is required, the effects of altitude and the cold can put physical and mental stamina to the test. The best months to climb the mountain are January, February and September, together with July and August which are much colder. Consider also coinciding your climb with a full moon lighting up the mountain at night and improving your visibility throughout your climb.
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.
Day 1 - Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to Moshi for your briefing.
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Day 2 - Machame Camp
Moshi – Machame Gate 1,490m – Machame Camp 3,000m
5-7 hours trek – 9km
The drive from Moshi to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, firewood, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. The guides will be pleased to assist with any additional information. You will now leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail to the first camp, which is located at an altitude of 3,048m. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. Continue a short distance until you reach the Machame Hut. Here you will make camp, rest, enjoy your dinner, and overnight. (BLD)
Situated at an elevation of 3026m on the Machame Route.
Day 3 - Shira Camp
Machame Camp 3,000m – Shira Camp 3,840m
5-7 hours trek – 7km
After breakfast, leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge at 3,658 m. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite. For acclimatization purposes, some parties stay here an extra night. (BLD)
Day 4 - Barranco Camp
Shira Camp 3,840m – Barranco Camp 3,950m
6-8 hours trek – 10km
From the Shira Plateau, continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. Your direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction, which brings you up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 m. Continue down to the Barranco camp at an altitude of 3,860m. Here you will rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation, as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatisation and will help your body prepare for summit day. (BLD)
Day 5 - Karanga
Barranco Camp 3,960m – Karanga 4,000m
After breakfast, leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley 4,200m and the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. Continue to the Karanga valley. Rest here for acclimatisation. (BLD)
Day 6 - Barafu
Karanga 4,000m – Barafu 4,600m
Travel to Barafu Hut, which is located at an altitude of 4,600m. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here you will make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. (BLD)
Day 7 - Uhuru Peak - Summit
Barafu 4,600m – Uhuru Peak 5,895m – Mweka Camp 3,600m
13-15 hours trek – 19km
Early morning, continue your way to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,985m. This part of the climb takes about 6 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, you now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite at 3,100m. This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. (BLD)
Day 8 - Moshi
Mweka Camp 3,600m – Mweka Gate 1,800m – Moshi
3-4 hours trek – 10km
After breakfast, continue the final descent down to the Mweka Park Gate and then transfer to your hotel for your celebrations. (BL)
Your final night on the trek to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. Tonight you get to enjoy the comforts that you have missed during your climb before continuing on your travels.
Day 9 - End of Kilimanjaro Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Kilimanjaro International 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.
Price excludes mountain gear, tipping and first aid kit.