Machame Route gives a diverse landscape and fantastic views offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness finesse, and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rain-forest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. Varying altitudes, as well as a little help from lady luck, offer a good environment for acclimatization, enhancing your chances of reaching the summit. Overnights on these routes are in the tents.
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟎 | 𝐀𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet Kiliholidays representative, and transfer to Weru Weru River lodge (https://www.weruweruriverlodge.com/ ). The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.𝐁𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐁𝐞𝐝
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤-𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝟏:𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐌.
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟏 | 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐤𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩
A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the lodge in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:
Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently) Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 1,800 m to 3,010 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 5-6 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 5 km
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟐 | 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐤𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐓𝐨 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩
After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300-meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.
Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫.
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,010 m to 3,845 m
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 5 km
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑 | 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐤𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐓𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐯𝐚 𝐓𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐨 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩
After breakfast you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.
Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,845 m to 4,630 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄:6-8 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 11 km
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟒 | 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐤𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐨 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.
Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete ascend to Barafu Camp (4,640 m) where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝.
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,960 m to 4,640 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄:8-10 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 11 km
𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Alpine desert
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟓| 𝐀𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐔𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐮 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩
Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m). 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭, 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫
Note: Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
4,640 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,820 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄:8-12 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 15 km
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟔 | 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐰𝐞𝐤𝐚 𝐆𝐚𝐭𝐞
The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the 𝐖𝐞𝐫𝐮 𝐖𝐞𝐫𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭; 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,820 m to 1,640 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄:4-5 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 12 km
𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝟳 | 𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening
flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.
The climb cost includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
- Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
- Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
- All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
- One night at 3* hotel (Weru Weru River Lodge or Similar) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
- Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents).
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
- Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike
- All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-
free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
- All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭:
- 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
- All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
- Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
- Complete medical kits.
- Climbing crew:
- Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 10+years of successful mountaineering experience;
- Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬:
- Airline tickets;
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Personal gear rentals;
𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐊𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐚𝐫𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝!! 𝐀 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐛: 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝟏𝟎% 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞: $𝟐𝟎-$𝟑𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
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𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤: $𝟏𝟎-$𝟏𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟖-$𝟏𝟐 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲 *
𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟔-$𝟏𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲