Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) via The Machame Route
Hike the most scenic route to the summit of Africa’s highest peak.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Hikers looking to gain a remarkable achievement and conquer a notorious peak on a popular route with a high summit success rate.
The Machame route is one of the most popular routes for good reason, offering climbers scenic vistas as they conquer this notorious peak, and higher success rates than most other routes. The paths will take you through forests and moorland zones, beneath glaciated precipices, and on a steady incline to the summit on every adventurer’s hit-list – Mount Kilimanjaro.
*You may also like to combine your climb with a safari.
- 7 days trekking
- 6 nights camping
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi
- Local, certified guide and support team inc. assistant guide, porters and cook
- Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
- Meals and drinking water
- Local transfers
- Airport transfers
- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport
Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.
Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.
Day 2: Machame Gate – Machame Camp
This morning, you will leave the town of Moshi for the 45-minute drive through the mountain village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.
The trek will begin through rainforest and windy trails as your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. Gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended at these lower elevations as the trail can be muddy and quite slippery.
After 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach your first camp.
7 miles trekking, 5-6 hours, elevation: 1830m to 3050m
Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Camp
After a good night’s rest and breakfast at camp, you’ll leave the rainforest behind on an ascending path to cross the valley along a steep rocky ridge.
From here, the route turns west onto a river gorge which you will follow all the way to Shira Camp.
You’ll reach camp on the southern edge of the plateau at 3847m; climb the slope above camp for a clear view over the plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you.
3 miles trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 3050m to 3850m
Day 4: Shira Camp – Barranco Camp
After breakfast this morning, you’ll spend the day exploring the Shira Plateau and ultimately acclimatising.
From the plateau, you’ll continue east towards Kibo’s glaciered peak, then switching to south-east towards the lava tower known as the Sharks Tooth (4650m).
You’ll begin to descend slightly to your overnight camp at Barranco for a good night’s rest.
6 miles trekking, 5-6 hours, elevation: 3850m to 4000m
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
An important acclimatisation and contingency day this one which boosts chances of summit success. After breakfast, you’ll continue on a steep ridge to the Barranco Wall which will take a steady 1-2 hours to scale.
This is a challenge of both physical and mental agility; the wall appears higher than its 257m, and although it is a challenge, slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top. Most hikers find it was easier than they anticipated - so fear not!
At the top of the Wall, you will have a great view of Heim Glacier. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley to reach your base for the night.
3.5 miles trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4000m
Day 6: Karanga camp - Barafu Camp
Continue your trek towards Barafu Camp – the last camp before summit day. The trek is a short but steep one through alpine forest and ever-thinning air.
“Barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. You’ll have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning, and get some sleep. Nearly there!
2.2 miles trekking, 2-3 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4700m
Day 7: Summit day and Mweka Camp
Summit day arrives early at 02:00 as you begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek.
You’ll ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim before a 1-hour snowy ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment.
After a rest and photographs, you’ll descend over loose gravel and volcano ash terrain to Mweka Camp; have your gaiters and trekking poles ready for some steep and tricky paths.
Up: 3 miles, 5-7 hours, elevation: 4700m to 5895m
Down: 8 miles, 5-6 hours, descent to 3090m
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi
After breakfast this morning it’s time to say farewell to the group and continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. The weather 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 be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Mochi (30-minute drive).
Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.
6 miles trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 3090m to 1680m
Day 9: Time to Head Home
Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
Your first and final nights will be spent at the Kili Wonder Hotel just 4km from Moshi Town and 40km from the airport.
This 4-star boutique hotel has a restaurant on-site where you can enjoy an international breakfast and a la carte dinner. If you fancy something a little more casual, there’s the 4th-floor Summit Bar offering live cooking of fresh pizzas and flame grilled BBQ meats, as well as a stunning view of Mt. Kili and Moshi Town.
The rooms are modern and comfortable with en-suite bathroom and free WiFi.
During the trek, you will camp at a number of camps along the Machame route.
You will be sharing a twin room for hotel nights and a tent will be provided per two people for camping nights. There is the option to upgrade to a private room or tent if you would like to do so - please see Optional Extras.
There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.
The Machame route, also known as the whisky route, is considered one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. Its paths will take you through forests and moorlands with endless panoramic views along the way. Whether it be due to the steady incline or the scenery, this route has one of the higher summit success rates.
Kilimanjaro Airport - Anytime
Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) with your private airport transfer at any time of the day. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Once arrived, you’ll be met by your guide for a quick gear check and meeting at your hotel in Moshi.
Alternatively, if you’re in Tanzania already, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point in Tanzania upon request (not included). You’ll meet your fellow adventurers the next day for the start of the trek.
Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi - Anytime
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 a private airport transfer for any flight departing that day. The airport transfer takes circa 2 hours.
The optional single supplement charge would be halved in this instance.
Yes! An extra nights accommodation would be £60 night. Just mention this in the enquiry form when you book.
The following are not included in the trip price:
- Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Visa fees
- Dinner on Day 1. Lunch and Dinner on Day 8.
- Equipment hire
- Energy snacks and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips for the guides
- Travel insurance
Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technique climbing mountain; anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just need to be prepared and determined. The Kilimanjaro National Park authority allows children from 12 years.
The following equipment is provided by your host:
- Sleeping Tents are Mountain Hardwear Brand Trango 3
- Mattresses, which are made foam material in Tanzania
- Dining tents to accommodate enough people with a solar light on
- Comfy chairs with backrest
- Oxygen tanks on each climb
- All cooking equipment
Please see our ‘optional extras’ for a list of items that can be hired upon arrival.
Groups run with minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people.
It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from December to March, and July to October. The finest weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.
Due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, this region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least; rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.
Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
For 2 clients you'll be accompanied by 14 supporting staff members:
- 1 lead guide
- 1 Assistant guide
- 1 Cook
- 1 Waiter
- 1 Pilot (toilet porter)
- 9 Regular porters, who carry any additional equipment
During your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals.
Breakfast: Fruit juice and fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs prepared at request, breads and toast with jam margarine and honey, French-toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.
Snacks: peanuts, crisp, popcorn, cookies, chocolate, dried fruits.
Lunch: Sliced vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwiches options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and breads.
Dinner: soup of the day, breads, salads, rice, pastas, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, currys, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.
On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits. When you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting for you to reward all your hard work.
If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Unlike many operators, your host carries oxygen on all climbs and guides perform daily health and pulse oxymeter checks, which measures both your heart rate and percentage of oxygen in your blood. We want to ensure and monitor your health and safety at all altitudes. Your guides are well trained to identify AMS signs and to resolve them immediately.
You do not require any technical equipment on Mount Kilimanjaro; however you will experience changing weather conditions and be exposed to temperatures ranging from +30 degrees to -25 degrees, so you should be prepared for this. You should take thin layers that can be added, or taken away depending on the weather conditions.
The list below provides a good overview of what you need to bring:
Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
Weather rated Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
Long sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
Short sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
Waterproof Pants, breathable
Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) (2)
Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) (2)
Underwear, briefs (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)
- Gaiters, waterproof – 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)
- Head lamp, with extra batteries*
- Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment*
- Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear*
- Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
- Knit Hat, for warmth
- Balaclava, for face coverage (highly recommended)
- Bandana (optional)
- Gloves, warm (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, must have 2-3 Liters combined)
- Water Bladder* Camelback type – note disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain per National Park regulations
- Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
- Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
- Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
- Trip Receipt
- Visa (available upon arrival )
- Yellow fever vaccination card
- Insurance Documents
*Can be rented locally - see optional extras for a price guide.
If you need to be taken down to a lower altitude as a matter of urgency, there are two options.
In most instances, steel framed, mobile stretchers can be pushed by porters to descend quickly. Most people feel immediate relief at lower altitudes. You will be evaluated and if the guides determine you are well enough, you will wait for others in your group at a lower camp or taken to the gate for transfer to Moshi for rest and medical treatment if necessary.
For more serious concerns, through a partnership with Kilimanjaro SAR, emergency helicopters can be deployed within 5 minutes for evacuation, with in-flight medical treatment. If you require further medical attention upon landing, you will be taken to their modern private High Altitude Medical clinic ideal for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Please ensure you have appropriate insurance coverage for trekking with evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level.
Guides have been trained at Mweka Wildlife centre to learn everything about the routes. With over 10 years of experience, they have been to the summit over 100 times. Additionally, all of the guides are certified First Aid Responders and CPR trained.
There is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kit bag must be a maximum of 20Kg. You will also have a rucksack that will contain your basic kit for a days walking.
If you wish to bring more than 20kg it is best to arrange another bag and an extra porter charge will apply.
Your host can advise you on what to pack before setting off, and you can leave excess luggage securely at the base before you set off for the trek.
No, you are accompanied by experienced mountain guides.
Yes, you host is one of the pioneers in the field of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.
You must ensure you have travel insurance which covers high altitude trekking, with evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level. Please be aware that coverage and eligibility requirements for this benefit differ by policy.
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TANZANIA PLASTIC BAGS BAN
Plastic Bag Ban with effect from 1st June 2019: Tourists can face very heavy fines for using Plastic bags. The use, manufacture or importation of plastic bags, including garbage bags and shopping bags, is illegal and convicted offenders, including tourists, can face very heavy fines, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.
Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Tanzania. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags. Please check your hand luggage before disembarking at entry points and any plastic bags should be left in the plane.
Similarly the transparent "zip-lock" plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc separately in hand luggage are also not permitted to be brought and should be removed and left on the plane before disembarking.
Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but the norm in Tanzanian culture means there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:
- $200 per person.
Of course, you are free to tip more or less and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
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