8 days

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak

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  • Climb to the top of Africa! The Machame route offers incredible views. The trek up Kili isn't a technical climb so it's well within reach of the novice trekker.


    An additional night will be spent trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro and therefore extending the duration from 8 to 9 days.

    Why we love it

    • The chance to tick an item off your bucket list and trek 5895 metres to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro
    • Celebrating your achievement with a swim, a cold beer and the best hot shower of your life at Aishi Lodge
    • Pass through a variety of different climactic and vegetation zones on the mountain, including lush farmland, delightful rainforest, alpine moorland, volcanic desert, glaciers, ice and snow!


    Day 1 - Marangu

    • Your adventure will begin at the Marangu Hotel in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will be able to see the beautiful snow-capped mountains from the hotel grounds on a clear day.
    • Please make sure you are at Marangu Hotel by early evening, as your tour commences here with a full briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber, in preparation for the start of our trek. Please note that it is sometimes necessary to have this meeting on the morning of Day 2 if someone arrives late. Please check at reception for up to date information on where and when this important meeting will take place.

    Day 2 - Machame Hut

    • Today you’ll meet up with your porters and guides after breakfast, and transfer the short distance to the Machame Gate, situated at the entrance to the forest at around 1800 metres. After completing registration procedures at Machame, you should be on your way by late morning.
    • Today’s walk is about five to six hours, gradually ascending through the forest to a ridge between two streams, before eventually emerging into heather at around 3000 metres. Please note that it can be wet in the rainforest.
    • The night is spent camping near Machame Hut, at much the same altitude. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your kit, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather gear, camera, lunch and water. Generally speaking, the porters will walk ahead so they can reach camp first and put up your tents prior to your arrival.
    Machame Hut Camp - 3100m or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Shira Hut

    • After breakfast, you'll set off around 8.00am to head up to the Shira Plateau. From your overnight campsite you will cross a small valley and continue up along a steep ridge, through open moorland, to about 3600 metres. The peak of Kilamanjaro lays straight ahead, an inspiring site on what can be a challenging day’s walk!
    • After around three to four hours the route veers left before flattening out into a gorge, and from here you’ll gradually ascend towards the Shira Plateau, and your overnight camp, Shira Hut, at 3850 metres, to the west of Kibo.
    Shira Hut or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Barranco Hut

    • Today is an important acclimatisation day as you'll travel up to 4250 metres before spending the night at Barranco (3950m). The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo. This is a high altitude desert, offering glorious views of the Western Breach of Kibo.
    • After about four hours the path forks to the right and descends into a gorge (‘barranco’ in Swahili). There will be a fair amount of ‘up and down’ walking today. Turning south-east towards the lava tower known as Shark’s Tooth, you will reach Barranco Hut and your overnight campsite at 3950 metres. With any luck you’ll be treated to a great sunset tonight!
    Baranco Hut or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Barafu Hut

    • Today is a tough day hiking up and down the craggy landscape as you make your way up to Barafu Camp. Barafu is Kiswahili for 'ice' and it is a very fitting name. You will start the day off with a most challenging ascent and then embark on a fascinating walk through the dry desert region of the mountain with spectacular views of the Hiem, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers above.
    • It is a rather tough slog up a final ridge to Barafu Camp but the knowledge that you'll conquer the summit tomorrow is wonderful motivation.
    • From Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp, you will ascend to 4,600 m (15,100 ft) and cover 12 km.
    Barafu Hut Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Summit day

    • Today will be the longest and most challenging climbing day! Leaving your campsite between midnight and 2am, the climb from Barafu to Stella Point will be fairly steep.
    • At Rebmann Glacier (4870m) you will head north between Rebmann and Ratzel Glacier, which will bring you up to the crater rim just west of Stella Point (about six to seven hours), where you’ll join the main trail for the last leg (about an hour) to the summit at Uhuru (5895m).
    • You’ll then head back down, via the Mweka route, where your tents will be pitched for the last time. The section from Uhuru down to Barafu (four hours) is scree (as on the way up), then you’ll head down through the various vegetation zones, on a continual downhill, into Mweka which is located on the edge of the rainforest area (three to four hours).
    • At an altitude of approx 3100 metres, it will be nice to have some 'air' to breathe!
    Mweka Hut Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Machame Village

    • Today you will continue to descend the mountain, traversing alpine meadows and rainforest to the Mweka park gate. From Mweka Camp to the Mweka gate, we trek for 10 km (approximately 3-4 hours) descending a total of 1,300 m (4,300 ft). Here you'll have lunch after checking out of the park and then you will be transported back to the Marangu Hotel for a relaxing shower or bath - a real treat after the physical exertions of the last few days! Relive and share your experiences of the past six days on the mountain with fellow travellers.
    • Your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 8.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine’s specialist English-speaking local mountain guide.
    • The services of porters and a cook on the trek.
    • 6 days in Kilimanjaro National Park ascending along the Machame Route and descending along the Mweka Route.
    • Entrance and park/mountain fees.
    • 5 nights camping in spacious dome tents set up for you by the porters.
    • 2 nights in a comfortable hotel located at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - there is no opportunity to do laundry whilst trekking
    • Tips
    • Personal items
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFJM
Group size 4 - 15
Start City: Marangu Hotel
End City: Marangu Hotel
Style: Small Group

What to know

Physical preparation is essential to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You will trek on terrain with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep trails, and at altitude.

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