Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Machame Route
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- Hike up the slopes of magical Mount Kilimanjaro
- Benefit from the full support of a knowledgeable guide
- Enjoy the assistance of local porters and a chef!
- Take it slow with a full day to acclimatise to the high altitude before trekking to the top
- Experience awe-inspiring views from the summit
- Camp in the heart of stunning natural locations!
Embark on a journey for the lion-hearted! Your awesome trek will take you over one of the most picturesque paths to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit, trailing through beautiful forests and rocky ridges. The views you’ll experience along the way will be truly unique – from sweeping valleys to iconic peaks and panoramas! You’ll have the full support of local guides along the way and you’ll share the experience with a group of fellow adventure-loving travellers! Get stuck in and cross this once in a lifetime experience off your bucket list!
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Day 1: Welcome to Moshi!
Today your adventure begins! Arrive into Moshi whenever you like and head to your hotel to meet your guide and the rest of your group. Attend a pre-departure meeting and then prepare for the epic experiences that await you!
Day 2: Head to Machame Camp!
Today we’ll make the one hour journey from Moshi to Machame, where we’ll begin our first day of hiking! We’ll be hiking through tropical rainforest across the lower slopes of the mystical Mount Kilimanjaro. Keep a look out for monkeys and exotic birds! Round off the day at the Machame Campsite above the lush rainforest for some well-deserved rest!
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp and Kibo Peak!
Hike through moorland to Shira 2 Camp, experiencing the sensational views of Kibo Peak along the way. Our trek today will take roughly 5 to 6 hours. Before we get to the camp we’ll continue up to Shira Cathedral where we’ll be overwhelmed by the panoramic view of Kibo Peak. Truly awe inspiring!
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. It will take roughly 4 hours to reach the rugged Lava Tower, and we’ll then begin our descent to the Barranco Valley. It should take around 2 hours to get to the valley, and we’ll experience breathtaking views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way!
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Hike to Karanga Camp via the Great Barranco Wall. We’ll be trekking up the eastern side of the wall, passing below the Heim Glacier and through the beautiful Karanga valley. It should take approximately 5 hours to reach the Karanga Camp – an exhilarating journey that delivers big on awesome natural sights!
Day 6: Karranga Camp to Barafu Camp
Trek to Barafu Camp, heading through the Karanga Valley. The trail is dry and you’ll notice a drop in the temperature as you leave camp. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, and you’ll have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the camp once you arrive.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp
We’ll have a free day to acclimatise today before heading off on an 11pm night hike to Stella Point and onwards to the summit! We’ll take the hike at a slow pace as the terrain is fairly rocky, and should take approximately 6 hours. From Stella Point we’ll make the ascent to the summit where you’ll be awed by a sunrise unlike any other! Once we’ve had our fill of the magical views we’ll hike to Mweka Camp to rest and recharge.
Day 8: Mweka to Moshi
Today we’ll continue our descent, trekking through the scenic forested slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Mweka Gate before boarding a private vehicle to make the journey to Moshi. After a shower and a well-earned drink, we’ll experience Moshi’s rich culture with the women of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative. You’ll learn about this valuable project, and participate in a climbing ceremony where you’ll be presented with a gift and a certificate that symbolises your amazing climbing achievements!
Day 9: Farewell!
Your amazing trip ends today! You’re free to depart whenever you like, and your guide will be on hand to help you with any travel arrangements.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 8 nights accommodation
- Guided group trek up Mount Kilimanjaro’s Machame route
- The service of a guide, cook and porter during your trek
- 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
- Transport as per the itinerary
- A visit to the Moshi Women’s Cooperative
- Additional day to acclimatise during climb
- A climbing ceremony and gift
- All permits and fees
- 24/7 emergency support
- International flights
- Meals unless specified
- Personal Expenses
- Onward Travel
- Airport Transfer (can be arranged at extra cost)
Your accommodation includes two nights in simple yet comfortable hotels on twin or triple shared occupancy basis, and full-service alpine camping for all other nights. You can opt to book your own room or tent for the duration of this trip, and this will incur an additional cost. Your tents will be pitched for you, giving you more time to enjoy your surroundings. They are two person tents with built in insect nets, and comfortable mattresses will be provided.
During your time camping you will not have electricity or shower facilities, and the toilet facilities will be basic long drop latrines. The crew will prepare basins of warm water for daily washing, and all camping equipment will be provided apart from your sleeping bag and pillow. While you are camping your meals will be provided by the group’s cook.
You will need to arrange your flights to arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport on your programme start date, an important welcome meeting will be held in the early evening of this day, so please ensure that you arrive in time to attend this as you will receive a full briefing on your trek and adventure that lies ahead. It is approximately 40-minute drive from the airport to the starting point hotel.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your trip finishes on your programme end date, no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time on this date.
The minimum age for this trip is 18. Due to the nature of this trip, a high level of fitness is required.
Travelling at Altitude
This trip goes above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level, you therefore need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Travellers to Tanzania will need a visa. We recommend obtaining this visa in advance of travel, as although you may purchase one when upon arrival at the airport it can take around 2 hours. You can apply for an eVisa through the Tanzanian immigration website, and a single entry allows you to stay in the country for up to three months. You should ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
Before travelling to Tanzania, you must get a yellow fever vaccination. You will be required to show your Yellow Fever Certificate to immigration before entering the country. Please speak to your GP before you travel for up to date vaccination information.
Can I Travel Solo?
Absolutely! Many of our travellers opt to travel solo as our trips are very social and you’re bound to make lots of new friends. You can also travel with a friend or boyfriend or girlfriend. However you choose to participate, you’ll have a lot of fun and make great friends!
Can I Book My Own Room?
You can book your own room on this trip, but it will incur an additional cost. You’ll be unable to have your own room during your time camping. If you’d like your own room please contact us for prices and details.
What Can You Tell Me About My Guide?
Your guide will be with you throughout your tour and can help you to work out what you’d like to during your free time and help you to make the most out of the sights you’ll be seeing and places you’ll be visiting. Your guide has a wealth of local knowledge that will help you travel safely and with confidence.
What Sort Of Travel Insurance Do I Need?
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level so please make sure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.