Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route


You pick the date! 8 nights

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Can you picture yourself on top of Kili? Your Journey wants you to make it to the top, so we have added an extra day on the mountain to help you acclimatize and have a better chance at making it to the top.

As you hike through the lush green rainforest from the Machame Gate you realize that you have just embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.

Giant tree ferns flourish underneath huge tropical trees decorated with Oldman’s Beard and pretty flowers including a variety of lilies and hibiscus. Colobus and Blue Monkeys may often be seen jumping between these ancient trees with an abundance of birdlife and these forests are never quiet.

As you gain altitude the rainforest is left behind and you head for the Shira Plateau on the second day of the trail. On day three you enter the picturesque alpine desert where the harsh terrain ensures that only the hardiest of plant species can survive. From here the summit beckons – permanently iced she tempts you to reach the highest point in Africa – Uhuru peak. A magnificent feeling.

Continue the hike on the southern slopes of the mountain admiring giant glaciers on the higher peaks along the way. Great photo opportunities unfold with red sunlight playing on the cliffs and ice fields visible from the camp at dusk and dawn. Hikers can expect to wake up above the clouds on the fourth day on the mountain with breath-taking views into the distance below. On day three you trek through an area called the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many of the huge senecio plants. Further along the trail it leads you up and down the rocky path to the base camp before heading for the summit. There are stunning views of Mwenzi Peak and Kibo’s glaciers.

A long early morning hike in pitch darkness takes you to the crater rim with most hikers arriving just before dawn. Uhuru Peak (19,340ft/5 895m), the highest point in Africa and the summit of the worlds’ highest free standing mountain is now tantalizingly close, just a few hundred metres away! A soft red-yellow glow on the horizon greets you en-route to the summit – as you experience a once in a life time sunrise over Africa!?? After all the excitement of the summit the trail leads you back down the dusty path past the base camp towards Mweka Camp, where you spend your last night on the mountain.

The last day is a short walk through montane forest to Mweka Gate from where you will be taken to the Keys Hotel, for your last night in Moshi and with plenty to celebrate!


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Itinerary Highlights:

8 night / 9 day Machame Route climb package starting and ending in Moshi including two nights accommodation at Keys Hotel (bed and continental breakfast), 6 night / 7 day Machame Route climb, camping fees, all food on the climb, transfers to and from the gate, guides and porters, tents, and mattresses and round trip airport transfers.

  • Trail length: 7 day/6 night hike
  • Start: Machame Gate (1,490m/4,890ft)
  • Highest point reached: Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340ft)
  • Finish: Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft)
  • Total trail distance: 90 km / 55 miles

You pick the date! to November 30 (8 nights)


Max Group Size: 16


Accommodations: hotel, camping


$1,550USD + Park Fees $980USD based on min 2 people

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Day 1 Arrival transfer to Moshi:

Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to our hotel in Moshi. A climb briefing is scheduled for today in order to meet your guides and discuss the expedition, check out your packing skills, with you in person.
Overnight at Keys Hotel.

Day 2 Machame Gate (1,490m/4,890ft) – Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780ft):

Walking distance: 11 km/7 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,490m/4,890ft

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Machame Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park from where your hike starts. Today, walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail, with short sections of steep climbs. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide. The first campsite, Machame Camp, is on the edge of the dense rainforest, offering your first peek of the mountain in the distance.

Day 3 Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780ft) – New Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft):

Walking distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Walking time: 4-6 hours
Altitude gain: 860m/2,820ft

From Machame Camp the trail continues over steeper terrain interspersed with easy walking. The vegetation changes to increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorland. There are generally plenty of Proteas and Erica flowers en-route as you gain height along the path. Views of Kibo and Uhuru peak with it’s snow-capped summit becomes a regular sight as you near Shira Camp. The camp itself is one of the most scenic as it allows views towards the west with Mt Meru in the distance and offer views of Kibo (the top of Mt Kilimanjaro). You often see the most spectacular sunsets from Shira with the clouds below you and the higher mountain peaks peeking through to catch the last bit of sunshine. Just a short hike from the camp is the Shira Caves. This makes a very nice acclimatisation walk before you enjoy a sumptuous dinner and good night’s rest.

Day 4 New Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) – Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft) – Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft):

Walking distance: 15 km/9.3miles
Walking time: 7-9 hours
Altitude gain: 10m/360ft (680m/2,230ft to Lava Tower)

Today you hike up to 4,630 m (15,190 ft) while crossing a ridge and view the plains far below. Hiking through the alpine desert with boulders scattered around and dust hugging the rocks gives the illusion that you are walking on the moon. At Lava Tower, a big rocky outcrop, you have views of the ancient glacier ice of the Breach Wall on Kibo before descending to Barranco Camp. The path passes the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many of the huge senecio plants as well as lobelia plants. Sunset and sunrise at this camp is breath-taking. The sun paints the rocks in front of camp a dreamy red-yellow colour with the white ice of the high peaks shining bright. Looking towards the south you may see the little town of Moshi far below. You often sleep above the clouds at Barranco Camp.

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) – Karanga Camp (4,040m/13,255ft):

Walking distance: 5.8km/3.4miles
Walking time: 4-5hours
Altitude gain: 55m/185ft

After breakfast you cross the Great Barranco Wall, topping out at about 4,420m before dropping to the camp at the Karanga River at about 4040m. The hike up the Barranco Wall is steep. You pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. The Breach Wall climbing route, known as “The Icicle”, was first climbed in the early 1970’s by Reinhold Messner. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 26C, while evening temperatures often drop below freezing.

Day 6 Karanga Camp (4,040m/13,255ft) – Barafu Camp (4,550m/14,930ft):

Walking distance: 3.5km/2.2miles
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 510m/1,675ft

Today’s path takes you up and across a rocky zone where very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litter the ground. You leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Amazing views of Kilimanjaro’s two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, are to be seen from Barafu Camp. An early dinner will be served in order for you to get the maximum rest before the final ascent starting at around midnight.

Day 7 Barafu Camp (4,550m/14,930ft) – Summit via Stella Point (5,752m/18,871ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) and descent to Millennium Camp (3,820m/12,530ft) or to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft):

Walking distance: 7km/4.3miles ascent + 23km/14.2miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 7-8 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between 10-16 hours)
Altitude gain: 1,202m/3,940ft (Stella Point) or 1,345m/4,410ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2,795m/9,170ft Mweka Camp

Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Stella Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Stella Point on top of the crater rim Uhuru Peak is in sight. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 40-45 min to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit – definitely one for your collection.

Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Stella Point on the Mweka route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Barafu Camp before descending down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp. Most of our expeditions overnight at Mweka Camp this evening.

Day 8 Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) – Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft):

Walking distance: About 15km, 9.3miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Descend: 1,120m/3,670ft

Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. It is not a rare sight to spot Black and White Colobus Monkeys in the trees as well as Blue Monkeys. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Mweka Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to overnight and celebrate (breakfast included).

Liaise with your head guide regarding tips – we recommend an amount of USD180-USD200 for the 7-day climb, which the guide will apportion out amongst the group. Whilst the above figure is anticipated for a job well done – anything above that is totally at your discretion.

In accordance with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project guidelines, we’ve introduced a system where every climber, on completion of the climb, completes a form with the amount that you are giving as a tip.

This evening your guides will meet you to hand out your Kilimanjaro Certificates. Option to enjoy a barbeque at the hotel to celebrate your hike (needs to be booked prior to the climb and is for own account).

Day 9 Departure:

After breakfast you are free to relax at the hotel. Transfer to the airport or stay on for a safari or enjoy an extension to Zanzibar.

USD 1495 per person sharing + USD 830 Park Fees
single room and single tent surcharge is $295 USD

Park fees subject to change as per the Tanzanian Government.


  • Return airport / hotel transfers
  • Two nights accommodation at Keys Hotel including breakfast
  • 6 night / 7 day Machame Standard Route climb
  • Park fees, camping fees, all food on the climb, transfers to and from the gate, guides and porters, tents, and mattresses


  • International flights and taxes, Visas, drinks, meals not stated, tips (USD 180-USD200 per climber for a 6 night climb), items of a personal nature, travel insurance, health requirements, and any services not specified.
  • Non Refundable deposit of $250 USD per person due to confirm space
  • Final Payment Due 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation charges

  • 61 days or more $250USD deposit + plus any hotel deposit that may be required.
  • 60-31 days prior to departure 50% non refundable
  • 30 days or less 100% nonrefundable

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