Climbing Kilimanjaro – The Machame Route


Welcome to Africa!

The land of the dark forest, wild animal habitats, mesmerising victoria lake, world-famous rivers Nile, Congo, Kasai and the world’s highest single free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro, all are in Africa and are waiting to welcome you.

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania, has attracted world travellers, adventure seekers, and seasoned hikers for many years. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the Eastern Hemisphere. The snow-capped dormant volcano is situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

There are seven main routes to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. The distinct routes are Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit, and Umbwe routes to Uhuru Peak. We will follow the Machame route, allowing ‘walk high, sleep low’ options. The trekking route goes through five different climatic zones. Ascent and descent follow different routes offering different scenery and unique experiences.

Get ready to cross another amazing trip off your bucket list by climbing Kilimanjaro!

Before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro, you may like to practice your endurance level by high-altitude trekking in Nepal Himalayas. For example, Manaslu Circuit Trek or Everest Basecamp Trekking are good options for pre-climbing practice for Kilimanjaro Climb.

  • Day 1: Nairobi to Moshi

    Drive from Nairobi to Moshi Town for an overnight stay before the climb.

  • Day 2: Moshi Town-Machame Camp

    We’ll pick you up from Moshi Hotel at 8:00 am and drive to the Machame Gate (1800m). We’ll secure your permit papers, grab our equipment, and begin our climb. We’ll travel through a gorgeous rainforest in Kilimanjaro for around 5-6 hours and enjoy a picnic lunch. We’ll arrive at the Machame Camp (3000m) to settle in for the night and enjoy dinner.

  • Day 3: Machame Camp - Shira Camp

    Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we’ll begin our trek to the next campsite, Shira. We’ll travel through a scenic forest and into the foggy moorlands. The journey will take us between 4 – 5 hours, and we’ll pass through the fascinating fauna of Kilimanjaro and enjoy lunch. Then we’ll arrive at the Shira Camp (3840m), which rests in a wide open space with perfect views of the surrounding landscape and enjoy dinner before settling down for a good night’s rest.

  • Day 4: Shira camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

    Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we’ll continue through the moorlands into the Kilimanjaro alpine desert. Today’s climb will be one of the roughest, but seeing the magnificent Lava Tower (4600m) is well worth it. After resting with lunch, we’ll continue down from here to the Baranco Camp (3940m), which rests in the moorlands. This trek will take 7 hours. In Barranco, we’ll have dinner and relax beside the giant groundsels that grow here before settling in for the night.

  • Day 5: Baranco Camp - Karanga Camp

    Summary of The Day: Following breakfast, we’ll climb up the great Barranco Wall, an imposing and amazing site but not as tough as it sounds. From here, we’ll enjoy lunch and pass through the alpine desert to Karanga Valley (4033m) after 4-5 hours of hiking. Here we’ll enjoy the morning with stunning views of the surroundings and the cloud-covered landscape of Tanzania. Make sure to snap a photo to see how far you’ve come! After dinner, we’ll relax with our fellow travellers.

  • Day 6: Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

    Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey to the Barafu Camp (4650m), taking only 3 hours to arrive. Here we’ll enjoy lunch and dinner. Make sure to get a lot of rest tonight and sleep early for our 1 am climb to the summit.

  • Day 7: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak (Highest Point in Africa) - Barafu - Mweka Camp

    Summary of The Day: We’ll begin early at 2:00 am with a light breakfast before starting our ascent to the summit. We’ll hike to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak (5895m).

    Congratulations! You’ve made it.

    Savour the feeling of standing at the highest point in Africa! Pat yourself on the back, and make sure to take as many photos as you can. We’ll then begin our journey back to the Barafu Camp for lunch. After a short break, we’ll continue to the Mweka Camp (3100m) for dinner and a good night’s rest.

  • Day 8: Mweka Camp - Moshi Town

    Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we’ll finish our descent to Mweka Gate, catch our ride back to Moshi for a hot lunch, and transfer to your Hotel. Arriving in the afternoon.

  • Day 9: Moshi Town - Nairobi City

    Our journey back to Nairobi after breakfast. Arriving in the late afternoon.

Climbing Kilimanjaro – The Machame Route

Country Tanzania
Tour length 9 days
Travellers Details Small Group, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Adventure & Activities
Travel Style Fully Guided
Journey Start & End Points Moshi to Moshi
Max Group Size 6
Age range 18 to 55
Operated in English
From ₹1,56,333.36

(Price per person for a group of 6 people)

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    • Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge.
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking days.
    • All Activities, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as Per the Itinerary.
    • Accommodation in camp tent, mattreses during the trekking time.
    • Hotel (2 Nights) Bed and Breakfast only Before and After the Climb.
    • Services of Highly Professional and Technical Mountainner and Climber Guides.
    • Services of Porters, Local Guides and Expedition Cooks during the trekking days.
    • Public Shuttle to Moshi and Return Shuttle Bus Nairobi to Moshi and Moshi to Nairobi.


    • Flight Tickets.
    • Required VISA.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Your toiletries and medicines.
    • Personal beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
    • Personal entertainment equipment (music system, etc.).
    • Climbing or Trekking Hiking Gear or any other equipment.
    • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your rescue insurance.
    • Mineral water and extra tea or coffee outside of normal times are mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Trip costs do not ensure the supply of local SIM cards and paying bills for your usage.
    • The cost does not include any recreational activities or tours before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • Helicopter evacuation in an unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.
    • The cost does not include international airport departure taxes, transportation or ticket costs (airfare or train fare) before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • Tips, gratuities for Porters, Local Guides, Expedition Cooks, and Tour Leader or Mountaineering guide.
    Service on request: (extra cost applicable)
    • icon Air Tickets Purchase (for Indian Citizens Only)
    • icon Travel Insurance (for Indian Citizens Only)
    • icon VISA Application (for Indian Citizens Only)
    Fitness Level
    • icon This trekking trip is graded D, equivalent to physically demanding and challenging. A good fitness level is required.
    • icon Strength and endurance are essential for ABC trekking, as walking days are long. We recommend the previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude.
    • icon Walking or jogging for 1 to 2 hours at least twice a week on undulating terrain or a treadmill with an inclined angle for at least three months before departure.
    • icon Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions and regular cycling are excellent physical exercises to increase stamina.
    • icon We strongly recommend undergoing extensive physical training at least four months before the expedition.
    • icon Cardio exercise and core exercise can be helpful for high-altitude trekking.
    What to wear and bring for this trip
    • icon Passport.
    • icon Travel Insurance Copy.
    • icon Yellow Fever Vaccination Paper.
    • icon Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
    • icon Medicines, Painkillers, Insect Repellent.
    • icon Raincoat for unpredictable weather changes.
    • icon Down jacket, heavy jacket, or parka as a top layer.
    • icon Inner Thermals, Long Sleeves Shirts or Tops and Fleece Jacket.
    • icon Comfortable Trekking Pants or Trousers to wear on top of baselayers.
    • icon Woolen Caps, Balaclava, Woolen Socks. Gloves or Mittens - 2 - 3 pairs.
    • icon Comfortable trekking shoes or insulated boots. Flip-flops for the night times.
    • icon Water bottle, Universal adapter, Camera and Extra Batteries for your camera.
    Code of Ethics
    • icon Be a Responsible Traveller.
    • icon Be respectful to the locals and their cultures and religious belief.
    • icon No Alcohol consumption during the trekking / hiking period.
    • icon No loud music or noise pollution in the national forest and mountain areas.
    • icon Collecting, handling, or keeping specimens/any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Walking off roads during the trek is prohibited as this could be dangerous for the person and the team.
    • icon Tourists must obey all rules and regulations the Tanzania government and related authorities enforce.
    • icon Keep the mountain trail clean. Please do not throw your garbage. Carry it and dispose of it in the designated areas.