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Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route

8 days from £1925pp plus international flights.

Your chance to conquer Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa! The Machame Route gives you the best chance to make it to the summit and is a good all rounder in terms of value for money and length of the trek.

It is also a particularly scenic route as you ascend from the western side of Kilimanjaro and descend down the south face. Tribes has a very high success record for Kilimanjaro climb on this route.

The guides and crew that we use are excellent. Some of the local guides have climbed and been trained in the USA and on Everest and have years of experience on all the major routes. Some of the guides have summited over 400 times! They are key to your success, as they will motivate you and look after your every need, giving you the very best chance to get to the top. The high guide & porter to client ratio ensures a safe climb.

There's no getting away from the fact that it's a tough climb, but it's not technical (you don't need climbing tackle and ropes and so on). All you have to do is walk slowly so the altitude doesn't get you too much as you go higher, keep focused on your goal and keep positive. And of course you'll be walking through some incredible, awe-inspiring scenery, with the support of your excellent guides and porters who have done this many many times before. They will definitely keep you going, and look after you by putting up your tents and feeding you good energy meals each day. With you own effort and their help, you have every chance of making it to the top!

Ask Tracy!

Africa consultant Tracy Edwards was the last person to climb Kilimanjaro within our office. She did it in mid-2012, and made it to the top! So, if you want to talk to someone who's been through the pain and lived to tell the tale, call and have a word with Tracy Edwards. Alternatively, she wrote a blog about her experience which you can read here.

Mount Kilimanjaro


When you arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met, and drive the short distance to Moshi where your base hotel is. Overnight at the Keys Hotel. There will be an evening briefing on the climb. You will be able to sort your bags today and prepare for the challenge to come.  Dinner.

Trekking through the rainforest towards Machame Hut


To Machame Hut, 3000m. After a transfer to the park gate, a 5 hour walk through the forest takes you to Machame Hut. You camp throughout the climb, and your crew will take good care of you, erect and dismantle the camp, and provide you with tasty, filling food. Full board. 

Camp at Shira Cave


To Shira Cave, 3800m. An initial steep climb followed by a gentle incline. After lunch a descent and ascent brings you to the camp. Walking time approx. 6 hours. Full board.

Climbing Barranco Wall


To Barranco Wall, 3900m. Today you climb slowly for some 5kms. This is a fairly strenuous day as the altitude begins to tell. Walking time  approx. 8 hours. Full board.

Karanga region


To Barafu Camp, 4600m. Climb Barranco Wall to Karanga and excellent views of the West Breach and on to Barafu. This is your acclimatisation day. Full board.

Arriving at Uhuru at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro


Barafu to Uhuru, 5895m, then descend to Mweka, 3100m. You will wake at about midnight for the torchlight climb to Stella Point, approx. 7 hours with rest stops, and finally to the highest point, Uhuru Peak with fantastic views of glaciers and plains far below. Descend to Mweka or High Camp, arriving late afternoon. Full board.

Celebrating the climb!


To Moshi. A descent of some 4 hours takes you to Mweka Village where you are met and transferred back to the Keys Hotel. Whether you got all the way to the top or just part way, it's time to celebrate your achievement. Oh, and have a well-deserved hot shower!  Full board.

Glaciers of Kilimanjaro


You might fancy a few days on safari or at the beach to add to your African experience in which case, we'll be glad to arrange this for you. Otherwise, we'll take you back to Kilimanjaro Airport today in time for your flight home. Breakfast.

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1925 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing up to end June: £1925 for 2-5 people. A solo climb can be undertaken for £2120. Larger private groups can also be catered for. please ask. Prices from July onwards are still to be confirmed. Please ask.


Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, 2 nights accommodation at the base hotel, all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day, park and climb fees, guides, porters, all camping equipment except sleeping bags, standard mountain rescue fee.


Flights and taxes, drinks, personal expenses, visas, travel insurance, tips. (Note: tips can be a significant extra cost on all Kili climbs, no matter which company you climb with. Tips of about $220 per climber would be recommended, to be shared amongst all the climbing guides and porters).

Getting there: It is best to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Flights will cost from £700-950 depending on season and availability.

Departure dates: We can arrange Kili climbs at any time of year for parties of two upwards. Indeed, even solo climbs are possible at all times too, though there is an extra cost attached to a solo climb. 

We often arrange climbs for groups (small or large) whether it is a private group, or perhaps a group raising money for charity. Simply talk to us about when you'd like to consider climbing and we'll start helping you plan your challenge!

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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