Trek to the summit the highest point on the African Continent; tough but achievable.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the highest point on the African Continent. It is just 300km south of the equator. This is a genuinely tough but achievable challenge.
The Machame route is one of our preferred routes, trekking up through dense rain forest before emerging onto the high plains. It has total of 7 days/6 nights on the mountain and subsequently good acclimatisation.
Having arrived and spent a night in Moshi, your trek begins 1 hour away at the Machame Gate. Having met your trek crew, you head off into the forest for the first day (complete with monkeys!) before emerging onto the moorland and then alpine desert. The average altitude around the southern circuit is between 3500 – 4000m and therefore excellent for preparing for what is to come. The ascent up the infamous Barranco Wall is unexpected! Expect basic facilities on this trek; there are no showers. Water is available for washing but clothes are unlikely to dry so be prepared for that. It can also be quite dusty. Daily walking times can be short at times; all part of the acclimatisation process.
The trek to the lofty 5895m (19,305’) summit is demanding; it will be cold, dark and you have a 6 – 7 hr climb, initially to Stella Point (on the rim of the Kibo crater) and then onto the Uhuru signpost, which marks the summit. Savour the moment and make sure that you get your photo taken as you won’t want to hang around at this altitude (and low temperatures) for very long!
Watch the sunrise over the earth’s curvature at dawn
Trek through 5 climatic zones from rain forest to alpine glacier
Kilimanjaro is one of the 7 summits on 7 Continents
Options to extend to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Thank you so much.. for the most amazing experience. The porters were unbelievebale...I would definitely not have made the summit without their help and support. The Guides went beyond the call of duty. Here I am at work, sore feet but so proud to have done it. No hesitation in recommending Travel and Trek; so professional, it ran like clockwork.
Travel and Trek; cracking company. They clearly know their stuff and their passion shows through with their advice and chats on the phone if you're unsure about anything. They make sure you're well prepared; makes a big difference. I have a fab time and a successful summit, as we all did. Great Guides too who looked after us very well.
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
21 Jun – 1 Jul 2017
7 – 17 Sep 2017
24 Jan – 3 Feb 2018
31 Jan – 10 Feb 2018
6 – 16 Jun 2018
Other dates are available, ask for details
The deposit for this trip – £250
Requested sole occupancy – £99
The min overall group size on this trip – 2 (solo bookings are always welcome).
Prices quoted rely on a reasonable time frame of 6 months prior to departure for international flight bookings. If the booking is less than 6 months, the flights may increase. Prices will be advised and confirmed prior to booking.
Day 1. Depart UK
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Moshi.
Fly from London bound for Kilimanjaro.
Day 2. Arrive Tanzania
You will be collected by our Staff at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your Guide will be there to meet you and brief you on the timings for tomorrow and offer any further assistance.
You are then free to settle in and prepare for the trek the following day. Our friendly hotel staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.
Day 3. Moshi – Machame Gate (1640m) – Machame Camp (2850m)
Your Guide will meet you at the hotel and after breakfast, drive to the Machame Gate, which is less than an hour from the hotel.
After registering at the gate (compulsory), meet your porters and begin this fantastic trek.
This first day slowly ascends through the wonderful dense rain forest and keep your eyes open for the monkeys! BLD
Day 4. Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp (3810m)
Continue your trek up through the rain forest, stopping for lunch en route.
It won’t be too long before you begin to emerge from the forest onto the high moor with some interesting flora and fauna.
By the time you get to the Caves (or close), you will be up onto the Plateau for real and enjoying the wider views. BLD
Day 5. Shira Cave via the Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco (3970m)
A good acclimatisation day as we ascend to the well known Lava Tower for lunch (4590m, approx 4 hrs of trekking). Cracking views of where you have come from.
The second half of the day is a descent back down to 3950m, where you will camp at Barranco. Right in front of you is the wonderful Barranco Wall, the first thing you will go up in the morning. 6 hrs, BLD
Day 6. Barranco – Karanga (3990m)
This is another trek high, sleep low day with the first hour and a half ascending up through the Barranco wall. Some fantastic views once you get onto the top of this.
After a short break you will walk along the old original Machame Route, descending until you arrive in the Karanga valley.
It is a relatively short day but all geared to your acclimatsation. Never be tempted to skip this day and move on to Barafu. 3 – 4 hrs, BLD
Day 7. Karanga – Barafu (4650m)
Another short day but a very important one.
The ascend to the Barafu should be taken slowly and when you do arrive, take your time to rest, drink and take an early dinner in preparation for the overnight ascent to the summit.
Ensure that all of your kit is ready for the climb; snacks, water, torch, batteries, etc… Check, check and check again. 3 hrs, BLD
Day 8. Barafu – summit (5895m) – Mweka Hut (3100m)
Summit day; this is the day you have been waiting for!
At approx midnight you will begin the ascent. You are likely to see lots of lights ahead of you and behind you. It is not a race, take your time to get into the climb.
The initial target is Stella Point (5730m) with the summit (Uhuru) just another 40 mins away. You should reach this by sunrise.
Get up to Uhuru and enjoy the view, enjoy the moment for just then, there is no human on the African Continent standing higher than you!
The descent is much faster and in daylight, you will see why. The upper reaches of the mountain is made of soft ash, perfect for scree running!
Once you have descended back down to Barafu, rest a little, eat, drink and then continue the long descent to Mweka Camp. Total trek time today is up to 15 hrs with a 1300m ascent. BLD
Day 9. Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Hotel
From here, it’s just a 3hr trek down through the rain forest to exit the park at the Mweka Gate, where you will be presented with your Certificate.
Your transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel for a well earned rest and shower. BL
Day 10. Depart
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the aiport for your flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules, it is possible that you will arrive UK same day. B
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