Trek to Kilimanjaro (Machame 7 days route)
Arusha, Tanzania, Tanzania
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  • Trip introduction

    The trek to Kilimanjaro is one of the most epic treks in the world, and one of the most popular too. It is the highest mountain that you can climb without any technical experience, and draws amateur trekkers from around the world. With this itinerary, you'll be climbing to the highest point of Kilimanjaro, over 9 days, from Moshi to Moshi, including your acclimatization days. On summit day, you'll start climbing at night, walking in a line with only the glimmering headlights of all the climbers attempting the summit today. By the time day breaks, you'll be at Uhuru Peak, at the top of the world. It'll be a moment you'll never forget!

    THE ROUTE: On this Kilimanjaro trek, you'll take the Machame route, known for its scenic beauty. This route has some steep sections and gains altitude fairly fast on some days, so do be prepared for that.

    One of the most unique features of this package is that you'll be climbing with Kilimanjaro veterans who have summitted before, as well as a crew of experienced guides, so you can expect to hear some great stories.

    Destination

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, standing tall at 19,340 feet. The trek begins at an altitude of abour 2000 feet, and your route will lead you through rainforests with lush greeenery. You're very likely to get some rainfall at this stage. As you ascend, you'll see the trees thinning out and turning to low brush and shrubs. By the time you reach the summit, the landscape is dry and rocky.

    The views on the Machame route are breath-taking on a clear day, and you'll feel like you're very close to the stars at night. As you trek, you'll be able to see Mount Meru, Kibo Peak, Kibo glaciers, and more. You'll also get to take on Barranco Wall, Lava Tower, and of course, the final tests of Stella Point and Uhuru Peak.

    Destination highlights

    • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the Seven Summits of the world.
    • Set off in the dark and climb through the night to stand atop Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro, watching the first rays of the sun light up the land around you.
    • Spend 9 days amidst the epic natural beauty of Kilimanjaro.
    • Take on challenges like Barranco Wall, Lava Tower and more.
    • Feel a sense of community, camp in tents, learn a little Kiswahili, and sing songs with the porters on the Kilimanjaro trek.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    The permit for Kilimanjaro National Park is for one time entry only. If you exit the park, you will not be allowed back in unless you apply for another permit.

    Do get the appropriate medical and travel insurance for the entire duration of your travel and trek. Keep a copy with you at all times.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 0-90 days before departure of the Kilimanjaro trek: No refund will be given.

    For cancellations made 91 days or more before the departure of the Kilimnajaro trek: 50% refund will be given.

    No refunds will be issued for unused services or inclusions.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The Kilimanjaro trek does not require technical moutaineering experience, but it is a long and challenging trek that requires a good amount of fitness and stamina. If you plan to do this, please ensure that you begin training at least 3-4 months before your trek.

    Get a thorough medical check-up before your trek and do inform your doctor of the features of the trek that might affect your health: altitude, weather, duration, physical exertion, and location.

    You may choose to extend your trip after your Kilimanjaro trek and join the group to relax on the gorgeous beaches of Zanzibar, and book a safari at Serengeti National Park. Prices for 3 nights in Zanzibar (including domestic air fare from Moshi to Zanzibar) are approximately INR 50,000 to 1 lac per person. Prices for 3 nights safari in Serengeti are approximately 1.5-1.7 lacs per person. Please ask for the detailed packages if you are interested. Note: These are also group departures so will not be customizable in terms of departure times, number of days scheduled, etc.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Kilimanjaro International Airport
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    Drop off point
    Kilimanjaro International Airport
    Mode of transport
    Private vehicle
    Start point
    Moshi Urban
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    End point
    Moshi Urban
    Time of departure
    08:30 AM
    Time of return
    04:30 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    48 hrs
    Total distance covered
    67 kms
    Start point elevation
    15000 feet
    Maximum elevation
    19000 feet
    Minimum elevation
    2500 feet
    Average per day distance
    10 kms
  • Day 1 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Arrive in Moshi

    You'll be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport by a smiling guide and driven to your hotel. This is a rest day, planned to help you acclimatize, check your gear, meet your guide and fellow trekkers, and attend a briefing. Make sure you get to bed on time so that you're ready for your first day tomorrow. Overnight in hotel.

    Day 2 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Machame Camp

    Today you'll eat breakfast and check out, waiting to get to Kilimanjaro. You'll be driven to Machame Gate, where you can expect to wait for some time while permits and paperwork are checked. After this, you'll set your first footsteps on Kilimanjaro soil. You'll be walking through the lush rainforests, enjoying the flora and fauna of the region. This part of the trek could see some rainfall and humidity. You'll stop for the day at Machame Camp. Overnight in tents.

    Day 3 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Shira Camp

    Today you'll ascend above the forest line and you'll start seeing the trees melt away into low bushes and drier ground. It's a shorter trek today - only about 5 hours - so take your time and enjoy the views. Shira Plateau is a common point for many of the different trekking routes, so you'll meet plenty of other trekkers. The atmosphere at camp is lively and fun, and you'll enjoy your evening here. Overnight in tents.

    Day 4 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Barranco Camp

    Today's climb will be quite a challenging one. You'll climb from 12,500 to Lava Tower which is a 300 foot high formation of volcanic rock. This takes you to 16000 feet, and then you'll come back down to 13,000 feet. This is to help you acclimatize to the increasing altitude, and you might feel the thinning of the air at the higher points. Drink water in sips, maintain a regular pace, and enjoy the views around you. Once you get down to Barranco Camp, you'll feel better, and now your body is ready to take on the climb tomorrow. Enjoy a hot dinner and head to your tent for a good night's sleep.

    Day 5 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Karanga Camp

    Today's an easy day in terms of altitude gain, with just about 60 feet increase over 4 hours. This is so that you can acclimatize better. However, you'll get to explore a variety of different terrain, from scrambling up Breakfast Wall, descending into ravines, and climbing up steep cliff faces. You'll get some great views of Kibo's glaciers too. A few ascents and descents later, you'll be at Karanga Camp, with plenty of time for a relaxed day. Overnight in tents.

    Day 6 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Barafu Camp

    Today you'll trek to Barafu, which is the spot from where you'll be making your summit attempt. You'll feel the temperatures dropping here, and the vegetation gets very sparse. You'll arrive at the point where the Machame route and the Mweka route meet. The mood at all the camps is either excited and anxious about the summit climb to come, or celebratory if the trekkers have achieved their climb. You'll be setting off for the summit in darkness tonight, so the rest of the day is spent prepping for your climb.

    Day 7 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Summit day

    You'll be woken up in the darkness to get ready for your climb. It feels like everyone is holding their breath for the long climb ahead. All around you, other camps are waking up too, trekkers getting ready and headlamps gleaming everywhere. It's a long climb to Uhuru, but you'll get to see the sun rising over the Tanzanian landscape, illuminating the peaks around you. The climb to the top is only 5 kms but takes about 6 hours, and the last stretch can be very difficult, but the rewards are very sweet. You'll only spend a short time at the summit, and then it's time to descend to Barafu again. From here, you'll trek onwards to Mweka Camp, where you can finally stop for the day and slip gratefully into your sleeping bags. Overnight in tents.

    Day 8 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Mweka to Moshi

    Today you set off on the last stretch of the trek. You'll be happy to be back in the greenery of the forest, but more than anything, the thrill of having summited Mount Kilimanjaro will make your feet lighter. You'll be driven back to the hotel where you can shower and relax before checking out and being driven to the airport. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Moshi
    End point
    Moshi
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Moshi
    End point
    Machame Camp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Machame Camp
    End point
    Shira Camp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shira Camp
    End point
    Barranco Camp
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Barranco Camp
    End point
    Karanga Camp
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Karanga Camp
    End point
    Barafu Camp
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Barafu Camp
    End point
    Mweka Camp
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Trekking distance
    17 kms
    Trekking time
    14 kms

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mweka Camp
    End point
    Moshi
    Day start time
    12:25 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Airport transfers in Moshi
    • Accommodation for two nights in Moshi in a comfortable hotel, in twin-sharing rooms
    • Attached washrooms with Western toilets and hot running water
    • Complimentary English/Irish breakfast on Day 2
    • All meals on trek, including hot beverages and snacks in the evenings
    • Spacious three-person tents shared by two people
    • Air mattresses in tents
    • Dining tents with tables, chairs, solar lights
    • Private (for the group) toilet tents equipped with hand sanitizer and toilet paper
    • Experienced crew of 1 head guide, 3 assistant guides, 1 camp master, 32 porters, 2 cooks (per 12 trekkers)
    • All permits and paperwork required to enter Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Medical kit
    • International payment transfer fees
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Airfare to Tanzania
    • Any sightseeing or activities before or after the trek
    • Any personal expenses like tips, laundry, phone calls, internet or WiFi use, snacks or beverages apart from those in inclusions, etc
    • Camera fees
    • Any medical or travel or life insurance
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Trekking boots with ankle support
    • Trekking socks
    • Thermal layers (if required)
    • Hiking pants
    • Long-sleeved tee or shirt
    • Lightweight fleece jacket
    • Gore-Tex shell jacket
    • UV-blocking sunglasses
    • Hat that covers ears
    • Sunscreen of the highest SPF
    • Gloves
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Denims

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private vehicle for all transport as per itinerary
    • Spacious all-weather tents for three persons, used on double-sharing basis
    • Full length air mattresses
    • Dining tent with tables, chairs, solar lights
    • Private (for the group) toilet tents with hand sanitizer, toilet paper
    • All safety gear as required
    • Medical kit
      You need to get
    • Backpack or duffle bag of 55-60 litres with raincover
    • Day pack of 10 litres with raincover
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Sleeping bag (0 or -10 rating degrees F)
    • One pair of trekking poles
    • 1 pair of leg gaiters
    • 1 pair of Gore-Tex wind/rain pants
    • 1 Gore-Tex rain/wind jacket or shell
    • 1 warm fleece jacket
    • 1 pair of warm hiking pants
    • 2 synthetic tees with long sleeves
    • 2 pairs of thermals - upper and lower layers
    • 1 pair of underwear per hiking day
    • 3 pairs of hiking socks
    • 2 pairs of woollen socks
    • 1 warm hat that covers ears
    • Scarf or balaclava
    • One bandana
    • 1 pair of warm gloves or mittens
    • 1 pair of waterproof gloves
    • 1 cap or sun hat
    • 1 pair of waterproof trekking boots (must have sturdy ankle support and good grip soles)
    • Extra pairs of laces for shoes
    • 1 pair of shoes to wear at camp (should be comfortable and suitable for very cold weather)
    • Plastic bags (to use as garbage bags, to store wet clothing, to keep your essentials dry in case of rain
    • 1 head lamp with 2 sets of extra batteries
    • 3 waterbottles of 1 litre each
    • 1 pair of UV sunglasses (with side protection) that are comfortable enough to wear all day
    • 1 quick dry towel
    • 1 pocket knife or Swiss Army knife
    • Safety pins
    • Extra cash for personal expenses - at least USD 500 in small denominations
    • Your favourite dry snacks, candy, etc.

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
    • You should have in your kit:
    • Band-Aids of assorted sizes
    • Mole skin and blister bandags
    • Elasticized support bandage
    • Small pair of scissors
    • Safety pins
    • Tablets like Diamox for altitude illness
    • Anti-malaria medicine
    • Anti-nausea/vomiting medicine
    • Antacids
    • Anti diarrhoea
    • Analgesics: Tylenol, Crocin, Ibuprofe, Aspirin
    • Antiseptic cream for small injuries
    • Pain relief balm/spray
    • Cold/flu medicine
    • Sunscreen of the highest SPF
    • Insect repellent
  • Day 1 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Arrive in Moshi

    Check in to hotel in Moshi.

    Today you'll be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel in Moshi. You'll be staying in a comfortable hotel on twin-sharing basis, with attached washrooms. There are no meals included today, but you're free to explore Moshi and find your own meals. Overnight in hotel.

    Day 2 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Machame Camp

    Overnight at Machame Camp in tents.

    After a hearty breakfast buffet today, you'll be driven to the start point of your trek and will begin from there. All your meals on the trek will be included. At night, your tents will be set up and meals cooked. You'll have a spacious 3-man tent shared by two people, so you will have plenty of room. You'll also be provided with full-length air mattresses. Overnight in tents.

    Day 3 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Shira Camp

    Overnight at Shira Camp in tents.

    Apart from your tent, the crew also sets up multiple dining tents: one for the trekkers, one for food preparation, and one or two for the crew members to relax in. You'll also be provided with toilet tents equipped with hand sanitizer and toilet rolls. Overnight in tents.

    Day 4 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Barranco Camp

    Overnight at Barranco Camp in tents.

    You'll be enjoying your evenings as you get used to your trekking schedule. Today's camp provides spectacular views to enjoy. You'll be surprised at the delicious variety of the meals provided on the trek, and will find yourself looking forward to dinners in the warm dining tent.

    Day 5 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Karanga Camp

    Overnight at Karanga Camp in tents.

    Although today's trekking time is only 4 hours, you'll feel like you've covered a lot because of the acclimatisation exercises. You'll be glad to arrive early at camp and relax for the evening. Overnight in tents.

    Day 6 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Trek to Barafu Camp

    Overnight at Barafu Camp in tents.

    It's finally SUMMIT day! You'll trek to Barafu Camp and begin the prep for your summit climb. After dinner, you'll get a few hours sleep so you can wake up before dawn to start your climb.

    Day 7 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Summit day

    Overnight at Mweka Camp in tents.

    After a long night climb, you'll see the sun rise over the peaks of Tanzania. You'll be standing at the top of the world, living a moment that you'll never forget. On your return, you'll trek back to Barafu camp and then onwards to Mweka Camp, where you can finally rest and eat a full meal. You'll be staying here for the night.

    Day 8 of the Kilimanjaro trek: Mweka to Moshi

    Trip ends by late afternoon.

    Today you'll be returning to lower altitudes, and with every step, you'll feel your breathing gets easier. This, combined with the increased greenery and the prospect of a hot shower, will make the last stretch go by quickly. You'll be picked up in vehicles at the park exit and driven to your hotel where you have rooms for half the day. You can shower and relax before you are driven back to the airport. Trip ends here.

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