Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Route
The popular Machame Route is hands down amazing. It circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, anticlockwise, passing spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final night ascent from Barafu Camp to Uruhu Peak goes via Stellar Point.
At a Glance
Ascend the world's tallest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the 'roof of Africa' at 5,895m (19,341ft)
Fully-supported trek with experienced private guide and support team
A personalized experience with never more than ten people in a group
Spend six nights in comfortable accommodation on the mountain
Take in the ever-changing landscapes, with no two days on the mountain being the same
Day 1: From Machame Gate, hike 6.2 miles (9.9km) up to 3,000m (9,843ft) through lower rainforest bush, into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. There you'll reach your first base, Machame Camp.
Day 2: On your steep climb to Shira Camp, situated at 3,840m (12,600ft), you cross a valley and stream before a final sharp ascent. The gradient levels out at Shira Plateau before you arrive at camp around mid-afternoon having covered three miles.
Day 3: Ascend six miles through alpine desert for between six to eight hours to reach Barranco Camp which sits at 3,950m (12,960ft).
Day 4: Climb the Barranco Wall to reach Karanga Valley and enjoy spectacular views of the Western Breach and southern glacier. Reach Karanga Camp, set at 4,100m (13,451ft), in time for lunch with time to relax in the afternoon.
Day 5: A short and steady climb today up a moraine ridge takes you to Barafu Camp in time for lunch. At 4,600m (15,092ft), this is where you'll rest up and prepare for the big day tomorrow.
Day 6: Rise early to summit Uruhu Peak! If you're lucky you'll reach the peak in time watch the sun rise from the 'rooftop of Africa'. Descent will take you some 8.7 miles over 16 hours to Mkweka Camp at 3,100m (10,170ft) where it's time to celebrate!
Day 7: After a leisurely breakfast, trek seven miles and roughly five hours through lower heathland and rainforest down to Mweka Gate at 1,798m (5,900ft). There'll you'll be met and driven to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge for one final evening with your climb team before heading home or continuing on safari the following morning.
Fresh fruit and home cooked three course meals are included throughout and served in a proper dining tent and prepared by a dedicated camp chef.
All of the climbs we organize use the best crew and highest quality equipment in excellent condition. The guides are the finest. They're well looked after and receive regular training to ensure that their knowledge is completely up-to-date. They also carry supplementary oxygen, pulse oximeters and customized evacuation stretchers as well as being fully-qualified in first aid, including CPR.
Accommodation throughout is of the highest standard and luxurious by Kilimanjaro standards. You stay in large dome tents with thick mattresses and sleeping bags with a thermal liner and pillows. The expeditions use a 'runner' whose sole job each day is to go on ahead to the next camp to bag the best site. The camp is set up for you ready for your arrival to allow you to spend your non-climbing time relaxing and preparing for the next day. There is also a separate portable chemical toilet tent which is only shared between your climbing group.
Location & Directions
When to go
Tanzania is a large country with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.