Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

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Climb to the top of Kilimanjaro
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Gap year in Tanzania
Barranco Camp Tent Breakfast Group

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the magical Mount Kilimanjaro!
  • The full support of a knowledgeable guide
  • Experience awe-inspiring views
  • Camp at the heart of stunning natural locations!

Trip Summary

This is 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 excited adventurers! 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! You can arrive into Moshi whenever you like and head to your hotel to meet your guide and the rest of your group. This morning there’ll be a pre-departure meeting where you can ask any questions you may have and your guide will brief you on the days ahead. Chill out in your comfortable hotel tonight and get ready for the epic experiences that await you!

Day 2: Head to Machame Camp!

Today you’ll make the one hour journey from Moshi to Machame. You’ll be in a private vehicle, giving you the opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery! Once you’ve reached the Machame Gate your group will be registered and you’ll then begin your exhilarating 5 to 7 hour hike! You’ll be hiking through tropical rainforest across the lower slopes of the mystical Mount Kilimanjaro. Keep a look out for monkeys and exotic birds! You’ll cover an impressive distance today, and you’ll 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!

Today you’ll be hiking through moorland to Shira 2 Camp, experiencing the sensational view of Kibo Peak along the way. You’ll first head up to the edge of the rainforest before stopping for a break. Your trek today will take roughly 5 to 6 hours. Before you get to the camp you’ll continue up to Shira Cathedral where’ll you be overwhelmed by the panoramic view of Kibo Peak. Truly awe inspiring!

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

You’ll be hiking to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower today! You’ll first take a leisurely climb up rocky terrain to the Lava Tower. This route does become increasingly more challenging, but we’ll be going at a slow pace. 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 you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way! Once you get to Barranco Camp you’ll be blown away by the awe-inspiring panoramas that welcome you, and you’ll be able to settle down and enjoy the view!

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

You’ll be hiking to Karanga Camp via the Great Barranco Wall today, a stunning rocky expanse. You’ll be trekking up the eastern side of the wall, passing below the Heim Glacier and through the beautiful Karanga valley. If the weather permits, we’ll be able to take in an unrivalled view of the magical Mount Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier! 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

Today you’ll take a short 4 hour 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. Get to know your new home before dark and prepare for your journey to the summit!

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp

You’ll have a 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 begin the summit towards the Mweka Camp where we’ll be able to pack up. We should reach the Mweka hut by late afternoon with plenty of time 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. Once you’ve arrived in Moshi you’ll be able to take a shower and celebrate your adventures with a well earned drink! Then it’s time to 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! After spending some time with the women and learning about their rewarding and necessary work carried out by the project, you’ll be able to settle into your accommodation for some rest.

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 activties are subject to change. 

More Trip Info

  • 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

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance
  • Meals unless specified
  • Personal Expenses
  • Onward Travel
  • Airport Transfer

More Whats Included

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.  

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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 minutes drive from the airport to the starting point hotel. 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. 

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

More Arrival Info

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).

Visa Information

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

All visitors to Tanzania require a Tourist Visa, which must be used within 3 months from the date of issue. The most common visas allow for single or double entry and can be used for stays of up to 30 days. Single entry visas can be purchased on arrival or via an authorised Tanzania embassy or High Commission where you can also apply for multiple entry visas. Ultimately, it is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa required to travel. Please refer to the ‘Important Documents’ section of your online account for further information on visas. 

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