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ZZZKilimanjaro Climb - in comfort

7 days from £2750pp plus international flights.

The Machame Route is our personal favourite, combining dramatic and beautiful scenery and an excellent chance of making a successful ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

You spend your first night in Arusha, meeting your fellow climbers who you will get to know well over the next week, and having a full climb briefing.
The next morning your adventure begins in earnest as you set out from the Machame Gate on your trek. Over the next 6 days you will pass through a varied range of scenery including forest, valleys and plateaus as you climb ever higher up the mountain. This is not a technical climb, but it is strenuous and physically challenging. However, you have the expert support of experienced guides, who will encourage you and help you to walk at the correct pace - not too fast - to give you the very best chance to make it to the top.
There are no huts on this route. You will be staying in 2-person mountain tents with custom-made ground sheets and cold weather sleeping mats. Porters carry all the camping and cooking equipment and your main luggage, so you need carry only your day pack.
You need good food to fuel your climb, of course. You will have three tasty and energy-rich meals each day you are on the mountain. You will be amazed at what your chef can conjure up in these challenging conditions! You will also be supplied with tail snacks and home-made biscuits between meals.
Climbing Kili is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is sure to be one of your most memorable holidays, so what are your waiting for?!

The Outpost Lodge


Today you arrive at the Outpost Lodge in Arusha. You will meet your fellow climbers and have a comprehensive climb briefing. Your climb goes via the east-facing Mweka route to the crater rim. The scenery is rugged and impressive. The climb will take 6 days, which is physically challenging for most people but certainly achievable. You will have dinner together at the lodge. Tonight you will need to prepare your day pack as you have an early start in the morning. Dinner
Heather and Shira Cathedral


The group leaves Arusha at around 8am for the 90 minute drive to the Machame Gate. After the entry formalities have been completed, you will start the climb. Your team is led by a head guide and there is a crew of guides, porters and a chef. There are no huts on this route so you will be staying in mountain tents with good quality sleeping mats and ground sheets. There are private toilet tents with portable flush toilets. The trek time is between 5 and 7 hours today to reach Machame Camp (3,000m), where you will enjoy a hearty dinner in the mess tent. Tonight you should have a good night's sleep in your tent. Full board
The Shira Plateau


Wake to a steaming mug of tea or coffee in your tent followed by breakfast with the group. Leaving camp, you climb up a steep track through tall grasses, heather and erica trees. You may get a glimpse of the Western Breach and its glaciers. After scrambling around large boulders you enter the moorland zone, with its volcanic rocks, lobelia plants and alpine flowers. Descend into a small valley then climb up onto Shira Ridge to your camp at 3,840m. Trekking time is about 4 to 5 hours.  Full board
Descending into the Barranco Valley


This morning you climb over long ridges of high desert for about 4 hours then stop for lunch at about 4,420m. Later continue to Lava Tower, a 90m tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 4,600m. In the late afternoon descend along a steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Here you will find your camp (3,950m), on a col enclosed by steep valley walls and the Kibo massif on 3 sides. Trekking time today is 6 to 7 hours. Full board
Lunch stop


After breakfast you scramble up the steep Barranco Wall then trek for about 3-4 hours, stopping in the Karanga Valley for a welcome hot lunch. The trail continues uphill, the temperature falls and the vegetation becomes more sparse as you approach Barafu Camp (4,630m). The camp is on a small exposed flat area on a ridge and will be the base for your summit attempt. You now need to eat and drink as much as you can before heading to your tent for a few hours sleep. Full board
At Uhuru Peak


You will be woken at midnight with a hot drink to set you up for your final effort, which will be between 12 and 17 hours of trekking. The path initially follows a long series of switchbacks as you pass glaciers at early dawn. After about 6 hours you come to the edge of the crater at Stella Point, 5,790m. From here there is a gentle uphill slope for about an hour to Uhuru Peak (5,895m). You've made it! Spend a few minutes savouring your achievement. The descent begins with a steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp, where you have a brief rest. Continue down to Mweka Camp for the night and enjoy a well-earned sleep. Full board
Descending to Mweka


Descend from Mweka Camp to the gate, about 2 to 3 hours, where you have lunch and will be awarded your climbing certificate. You will be transferred to Arusha and dropped off at either the hotel of your choice or at Kilimanjaro airport. Breakfast, lunch.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2750 (ex. international flights)


Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, park and climb fees, guides, porters, all camping equipment except sleeping bags, standard mountain rescue fee.


Flights and taxes, visas, travel insurance, tips.(Note: tips can be a significant extra cost on all Kili climbs, no matter which company you climb with. Please ask us about this).

Getting there: 

It is best to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Flights will cost from £750-950 depending on season and availability.

Departure dates: This group tour departs on specific dates from June to March. It operates with a minimum of 4 people, though can be run for fewer at a higher price.

places you will see

places you will see

Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro, Meru & West Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and its little sister, Meru, offer spectacular scenery and a chance for personal challenge. Surrounding Maasai lands offer wildlife with a stunning backdrop.

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