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Uhuru Peak at Mount Kilimanjaro summit, Tanzania.
5.0
| 21 reviews

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) via The Machame Route

8 nights
Challenging

Hike the most scenic route to the ‘Roof of Africa’ – the continent’s highest peak

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, certified guide and support team

Hotel & Camping

6 nights camping and 2 nights in a hotel

Meals

All meals while on the trek, plus breakfast on departure day.

Transfers & Porterage

To and from the airport and everything in between

Permits

All permits, taxes and licenses

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

5.0
| 21 reviews
Great Trip, I missed my
February 2024
Charles T.
Great Trip, I missed my
February 2024
Charles T.
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...
November 2023
Michelle
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...
November 2023
Michelle
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...
November 2023
Michelle
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...
August 2023
Claire
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...
August 2023
Claire
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...
August 2023
Claire
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
August 2023
Maria
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
August 2023
Maria
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
August 2023
Maria
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
August 2023
Maria
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
August 2023
Maria
Absolutely loved the hiking group, all of t...
February 2023
Claire
Absolutely loved the hiking group, all of t...
February 2023
Claire
Absolutely loved the hiking group, all of t...
February 2023
Claire
Absolutely loved the hiking group, all of t...
February 2023
Claire
My first experience with MBA and I was impr...
February 2023
Brett
My first experience with MBA and I was impr...
February 2023
Brett
My first experience with MBA and I was impr...
February 2023
Brett
As many others have written, this was also...
January 2023
James
As many others have written, this was also...
January 2023
James
As many others have written, this was also...
January 2023
James
As many others have written, this was also...
January 2023
James
As many others have written, this was also...
January 2023
James
Our trek to Kilimanjaro could not have been...
January 2023
Marcy
Our trek to Kilimanjaro could not have been...
January 2023
Marcy
Our trek to Kilimanjaro could not have been...
January 2023
Marcy
Our trek to Kilimanjaro could not have been...
January 2023
Marcy
An unforgettable experience with an amazing...
October 2022
Nicole

Climb to the summit that's on every adventurer's hit-list: the iconic 5895m peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

Bask in a backdrop of endless scenic vistas on a trail that offers a better chance of success than other, shorter routes

Trek through a variety of ecosystems including rainforest, moorland, alpine desert and beneath glaciated precipices

Fancy adding a safari to your summit? Our alternative trip to Climb Kilimanjaro and Go on Safari does just that

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania!

View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Moshi, Tanzania.

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your accommodation at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, where your host will be waiting for you. After meeting your guide for a detailed briefing and equipment check, you can get to know your fellow travellers and then retire for an early night, ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Machame Gate (1800m) to Machame Camp (2835m)

Illuminated tents at night in Machame Camp in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, under the stars.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 11.2km · 1220m up

Take a 45-minute drive through the mountain village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate where your ascent will begin. Hike through the lush rainforest and along winding trails and learn about the local wildlife, perhaps even spotting a blue monkey or a tree hyrax. Have your gaiters and trekking poles at the ready, as the trail can be muddy and slippery at the lower elevations. Reach your campsite, settle in and enjoy your first night on the trek.

Day 3

Machame Camp (2835m) to Shira Camp (3750m)

Tents pitched at Shira Camp with a cloudy backdrop on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

4-5hrs · 4.8km · 915m up

Leave the rainforest behind you and take the ascending path through the valley and along a steep rocky ridge. From here, the route turns west into a river gorge which you will follow all the way up to Shira Camp. Drop off your daypack in your tent and climb the slope above camp for dramatic views over the surrounding plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you next.

Day 4

Shira Camp (3750m) to Barranco Camp (3900m), via Lava Tower

Views from camp on the Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro, with a man drinking tea silhouetted against the mountains.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 9.6km · 150m up · 700m down

Spend the day acclimatising as you continue the route along the alpine desert of the Shira Plateau. Hike east towards Kibo’s glaciated peak, then southeast towards Lava Tower (also known as the Shark's Tooth) at 4600m. You'll stop for lunch here to aid with acclimatisation before continuing your trek through moorland dotted with Giant Senecio trees, descending slightly to your overnight camp at Barranco where you'll have a hearty dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 5

Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (3995m), via the Barranco Wall

Near the Barranco Wall, on the Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

4-5hrs · 5.6km · 95m up · 300m down

Today is another important acclimatisation and contingency day to boost your chances of summit success. After breakfast, follow a steep ridge to the base of the Barranco Wall. This is a challenge both physically and mentally, as the wall appears higher than its 257m. Slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top (most hikers find it easier than anticipated, so fear not!). At the top, look out over the Heim Glacier and then wind up and down the Karanga Valley to reach your base for the night.

Day 6

Karanga Camp (3995m) to Barafu Camp (4673m)

Hikers following the Machame trail towards Barafu Camp, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

2-3hrs · 3.5km · 700m up

Follow a short but steep trail through the ever-thinning air to Barafu Camp – your last stop before summit day. This camp is located on a rocky and exposed ridge, 'barafu' means 'ice' in Swahili. Have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning and get some sleep. Nearly there!

Day 7

Summit day

Uhuru Peak at Mount Kilimanjaro summit, Tanzania.

Hiking

10-13hrs · 17.7km · 1195m up · 2805m down

Set off in the dead of night to begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek. With head torches on, ascend slowly through heavy scree towards Stella Point (5756m) on the crater rim, followed by a further ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m) – the highest peak on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in the whole of Africa and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment. After a rest and some photographs, begin the long descent over dusty terrain forged by volcanic ash, eventually dropping back down into moorland as you reach Mweka Camp (3100m) for a well-deserved rest.

Day 8

Descend from Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate

Three trekkers hiking through misty forest on the descent to Mweka Gate, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

3-4hrs · 9.6km · 1410m down

Continue your descent to the Mweka Park Gate through lush forest – eyes peeled for fluffy black and white colobus monkeys as you reach the lower elevations. The weather here will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles handy. When you reach the park gate, you’ll collect your summit certificate before driving back to your hotel in Moshi where you can enjoy a hot shower and celebrate your adventure. Following your trek, there will be a tipping ceremony for the crew who helped you to scale the mountain – please see the FAQs below for more information on this important local custom.

Day 9

Time to head home

View of Kilimanjaro from the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel rooftop, Moshi, Tanzania.

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast to mark the end of a remarkable trip and then head back to the airport, or continue your adventure in Tanzania.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 7

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Plate of typical Tanzanian lunch including rice, curry and vegetables.

Throughout your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals. Breakfast will usually be some combination of fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs, bread, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch will be a mix of vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwich options (egg/cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and bread. Dinner, meanwhile, will usually consist of soup, bread, salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, curry, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad and fruit with custard. On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits, and when you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting as a reward all your hard work. If you have any special dietary requests, let your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them. Vegan and vegetarian diets can be fully catered for.

What is the accommodation like?

View of the pool at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, Moshi, Tanzania
Moshi

You'll spend your first and last nights of the trip in a twin-share room at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, located just 4km from Moshi Town and 40km from the airport. This 4-star boutique hotel has an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy an international breakfast and an a la carte dinner, or if you prefer something a little more casual, there’s also the 4th-floor Summit Bar which offers pizza and flame-grilled BBQ alongside stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rooms are modern and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Woman looking at the view from inside a tent at Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Along the Machame Route

During the trek, you will camp at a number of sites along the Machame Route in twin-share tents, with camping and cooking equipment provided (you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag, or hire one, though). You'll also have a mess tent where you'll be served all your meals, and a toilet tent used only by your group. Your team of porters will set up and break down camp for you each day.

Upgrades

For solo travellers wanting their own space, there is the option to upgrade to a private room or tent if you would like to do so, subject to availability. See Optional Extras for prices.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Kilimanjaro Airport

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi or Kilimanjaro Airport

Any time on Day 9

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where your driver will be waiting for you outside the Arrivals area. Alternatively, if you’re already in Tanzania, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point upon request (not included). Your adventure ends with an overnight stay at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi; from here you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania or ask your host to arrange an airport transfer for any flight departing that day. The airport transfer takes around an hour.

Airport transfers are included in the price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 12. For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, extra nights at the hotels and airport transfers can be arranged with your host at an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Kilimanjaro (JRO) from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

  • Tent - Mountain Hardwear brand, Trango 3
  • Foam mattress
  • Dining tents with a solar light
  • Comfy chairs with backrest
  • Oxygen tanks
  • All cooking equipment

What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof jacket - breathable with hood
  • Weather rated insulated jacket - synthetic or down
  • Soft jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • Long sleeved shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
  • Short sleeved shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
  • Waterproof pants - breathable
  • Hiking pants - convertible to shorts recommended (2)
  • Fleece pants
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Long underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended (2)
  • Underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended
  • Sports bra (women)
  • Hiking boots - warm, waterproof, broken-in with spare laces
  • Gym shoes - to wear at camp (optional)
  • Socks - thick, wool or synthetic (3-5)
  • Sock liners - tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (3-5)
  • Waterproof gaiters – highly recommended to prevent loose gravel and sand
  • Sleeping bag - warm, four season rated
  • Sleeping bag liner - for added warmth (optional)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
  • Daypack to carry your personal gear
  • Brimmed hat for sun protection
  • Knit hat for warmth
  • Balaclava for face coverage (highly recommended)
  • Bandana (optional)
  • Warm gloves (waterproof recommended)
  • Glove liners - thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth*
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Backpack cover (waterproof)
  • Poncho (during rainy season - optional)
  • Water bottle (Nalgene recommended) AND a water bladder (CamelBak type) - must have 2-3 litres combined; please note that disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain due to National Park regulations
  • Towel - lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • Pee bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
  • Stuff sacks or lightweight dry bags - various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (for in town - it's not usually needed on the mountain)
  • Hot water bottle for the night
  • Extra water purification tablets (water will be purified by your trek team on the mountain so this is optional)
  • Nail brush
  • Trip receipt
  • Passport
  • Visa (available upon arrival)
  • Insurance documents

What can I hire?

  • Walking poles
  • Headtorch (you will need to bring your own AAA batteries)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack (with or without waterproof covers)
  • Duffel bag
  • Nalgene water bottle/water bladder
  • A range of clothing (fleece pants, waterproof pants, walking trousers, windbreaker/ski trousers, waterproof jacket, light fleece jacket, heavy fleece jacket, down/ski jacket, hat, thermal top & bottoms, scarf, sunglasses, thin glove liners, thick ski gloves, hiking boots, gaiters, poncho, socks)
  • Pricing ranges from $5-$50 per item for the whole trip. Please request any items you would like to hire in the extras section on the booking form or contact your host prior to departure for confirmation of pricing and availability.
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Private room & tent upgrade (nights 1-8)

Payable Before Departure

Private room & tent upgrade (nights 1-8)

Per Person

Private room upgrade (nights 1 & 8 only)

Payable Before Departure

Private room upgrade (nights 1 & 8 only)

Per Person

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

Paul F.(February 2024)
Brilliant set up,the guides and

Brilliant set up,the guides and the porters go above and beyond with their help setting up camp,food and overall work ethic. I can't rate these men high enough,superb in every department,my thanks go to these guys for getting our challenge completed,we couldn't do it without you⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shaun B.(February 2024)
Perfect

The whole team were amazing. Great atmosphere hard work. Thanks

Charles T.(February 2024)
Great Trip, I missed my
Great Trip, I missed my
Great Trip, I missed my

Great Trip, I missed my flight going out and contacted much better adventures to advise them they helped getting an additional flight and also contacted the Team in Kilimanjaro to let them know the situation. Great customer service and a well organised trip, a truly memorable experience. Would highly recommend Much Better Adventurer.

Timothy(November 2023)

Title: Conquering Kilimanjaro: A Dream Made True by Much Better Adventures

Review by Timothy Roosen

Embarking on the Much Better Adventures’ Kilimanjaro climb via the Machame Route was an unforgettable experience that has set a new bar for my future travels. This wasn’t just a climb; it was a transformative journey, one that challenged my limits and expanded my understanding of our world's natural grandeur.

The summit push to Uhuru Peak was the crescendo of this adventure. Standing at the peak with dawn breaking over the horizon was a transcendent experience. It was an emotional summit, where the bonds forged along the way and the raw beauty of the surroundings created a memory etched in time.

The magic of this journey was significantly enhanced by the incredible team of guides and porters. Their professionalism, expertise, and genuine warmth turned a daunting challenge into an achievable dream. They were the heartbeat of this adventure, ensuring our safety, cheering us on when the going got tough, and sharing insightful stories that enriched our understanding of local customs and the mountain's history.

Their support transcended the usual client-crew relationship; they became our mentors, friends, and silent heroes who carried the spirit of Kilimanjaro in their unwavering smiles and encouragement. The success of our climb was a reflection of their dedication. They are the unsung champions of the mountain, and the dream of reaching the summit was realized through their remarkable efforts.

Much Better Adventures also demonstrated a laudable commitment to sustainability. Their respect for the environment and the local community was apparent in every aspect of the climb, from their Leave No Trace ethics to their engagement with local staff. It’s clear that they are not just running trips but are also invested in the conservation of these magnificent landscapes and the well-being of those who call it home.

Health and safety were top priorities on this trip. The guides conducted regular health checks and were vigilant about our well-being, ensuring everyone had the best chance to enjoy and complete the trek successfully.

In sum, the Kilimanjaro climb with Much Better Adventures was an epic adventure crafted by the hands of those who know and love the mountain most. The crew’s dedication, combined with the company’s responsible approach to travel, created an experience that was nothing short of extraordinary. For those who dream of reaching the roof of Africa, there is no better companion than Much Better Adventures. Their team doesn’t just guide you to the summit; they elevate the entire experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Rating: 5 stars

Megan(November 2023)

A great way to hike Kili

Michelle(November 2023)
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...
Would definitely book with MBA again, commu...

Would definitely book with MBA again, communication was excellent throughout. The team in Tanzania were outstanding, from ensuring you had packed all the correct gear at the start to the closing ceremony back in Moshi, which included a group lunch with all the team that got you to the top - a lovely touch. The trek itself was a magical and unforgettable experience. I felt very safe throughout, and the guides paced us perfectly to reach the summit for sunrise.

Bob(October 2023)

We made it! The local host team did a great job of making us feel as comfortable and confident as possible during our hike. The meals were varied and plentiful, the guides and porters were excellent company, and the small/extra comforts (of having a hot water bottle at night, a private toilet, extra porters during summit night) made all the difference! The whole experience can be quite emotional, and you're truly "stuck" on the mountain with each other for a full week, so it was also amazing to feel how you started to bond with the team. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!

Claire(August 2023)
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...
Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit...

Wow, this was such an adventure! The summit night is tough, don't underestimate that, but the guides do everything they can for you to achieve getting to the top. They are so attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We had the best group to climb with and it definitely takes the whole team (26 of them!) for you to summit Kilimanjaro. When we booked we thought it would be pretty basic but we're surprised by the luxurious extras such as tea and coffee brought to your tent to wake up with, hot bowls of water to clean with in the morning, a portable toilet, a dedicated dining tent with 2-3 course meals which were always delicious. The company definitely look after their team with all the porters wearing suitable footwear (unlike some other companies porters we saw), paying a fair wage, and at the end of the climb we had a lunch and beers with the whole team to celebrate and personally give them the tips so you know it's going directly to them.

Maria(August 2023)
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...
One of the best experiences I've had! An in...

One of the best experiences I've had! An incredible, exhausting, challenging journey for which teamwork is essential. Met amazing, strong, warm people, my teammates and the guides and Kili superheroes that took us through the journey. It was more difficult than expected and I ran into a couple of unfortunate setbacks, being unable to fully acclimatise and then having a fall. But, it is in situations like these where you really test the professionalism and care of your tour operator and guides, and they went above and beyond to make sure I was safe and well taken care of: so grateful to Iza, Ema, Bibi and the team

Claire(February 2023)