Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route (Group Trip)

Multiple departure dates

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route (Group Trip)

Multiple departure dates

Dates: Only 10 Spots on each departure

  • March 8, 2020
  • Sept. 6, 2020

Trip Introduction

Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the south-west, we take the popular Machame Route, with a total trip time of nine days, thus giving us even more acclimatization time and an even better chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterize the Machame Route, a trek which is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra time given to acclimatize. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in tented camps – a true adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
  • A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
  • Stunning views as you ascend.
  • Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco.
  • Climb the Lava Tower.
  • Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way.

*Daily departures available on request, please inquire


Day 1: July 7 | Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Location: Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Meru View Lodge in Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the lodge or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening there will be a briefing in preparation for the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Dinner Included

Day 2: July 8 | Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours

Altitude ↑1220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the entrance gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination: the Machame Camp which is situated just above the treeline. Here, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.  

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: July 9 | Machame Camp – New Shira Camp

Hiking Time: 4 - 6 Hours

Altitude ↑835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours

After an early morning start, the path steepens. The landscape changes into heath and moorland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day, and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain, and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: July 10 | New Shira Camp – Barranco Camp

Hiking Time: 6 - 7 Hours

Altitude ↑795m (2,608ft) |↓680m (2230 ft); walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Today you will climb about 800 m, but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4500 m will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain: the Barranco Camp.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: July 11 | Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp

Hiking Time: 5-6 Hours

Altitude ↑680m (2230ft); walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Today's stretch starts with the climb of the Barranco Wall. Safety is paramount, and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp. Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: July 12 | Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

Hiking Time: 10 - 14 Hours

Altitude ↑1255m (4117ft) |↓2815m (9235ft); walking time approx. 10-14 hours

After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By headlamp, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point (5730m), the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak. Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360 degree view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you should arrive at Barafu Camp where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp where supper and a well-earned rest await you.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: July 13 | Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha

Hiking Time: 2 - 3 Hours

Altitude ↓1450m (4757ft); walking time approx. 2-3 hours

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Meru View Lodge and after a hot shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.

Breakfast | Dinner  

Day 8: July 14 | Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport ( or extention)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari or relax at the Indian Ocean.

Included: Breakfast

Optional Safari Extention

Please inquire 5 day safari extension: $1,650 USD per person

Day 1 | Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a short briefing in the morning, you will be taken to the Tarangire National Park. The park with its endless tree savannah including the impressive baobab trees and seasonal marshes, is also home to the largest elephant herds in northern Tanzania. In addition to elephants you are also likely to spot giraffes, buffaloes, lions, zebras, wildebeests and other types of antelopes and gazelles. Upon arrival at the park, your guide will open the roof of the vehicle and the extensive wildlife viewing will begin. Lunch will be taken at a picnic spot and in the afternoon, you will get to see more of this amazing and beautiful park. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the Lake Burunge Tented Lodge, located outside of the park for your overnight stay.

Lunch | Dinner

Day 2 | Tarangire Area – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 5-7 hours

After breakfast you will depart towards the Rift Valley, passing through Mto wa Mbu and Karatu, in the cooler regions of the crater highlands. You will enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stop for a short look into the crater from a viewing point. Continuing your journey around the crater, you will descend the other side, enjoying your free “African massage” on the bumpy road, passing Maasai villages on your way to the Serengeti National Park. At the Naabi Hill entrance gate you can walk to a viewpoint with spectacular views across the plains of the Serengeti savannah. You will then continue towards the Seronera Area in the central part of the Serengeti. The park offers a multitude of wildlife including the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Late in the afternoon you will arrive at the Kati Kati Tented Camp. The camp is in a secluded area, in the heart of the bush, and the stars at night are breath-taking. Lunch will be enjoyed en-route.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 | Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast, you will spend the whole day on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park and have lunch at a picnic spot en-route. Depending upon the time of year, you might even have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests, zebras and Thompson gazelles. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and north-western part of the Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can of course change, resulting in the animals migrating during different times and routes. Your guide will try his outmost to find the animals and will make sure that you can see them from the best spot in the national park. Naturally, the migration also attracts predators and with luck you might see a kill in action. You will spend another night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Please note that should you travel between the beginning of January and mid-March, you will stay at the Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Camp. This camp is also situated in the Serengeti National Park but closer to the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the Ndutu Area. As the herds can either be on the Serengeti or Ngorongoro side this increases your chance of seeing the famous migration.

Day 4 | Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

Distance approx. 170 km (107mi); driving time approx. 3-5 hours

After breakfast at daybreak, you will start early on your outward journey from the Serengeti back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, leaving behind the beautiful Seronera Valley. As predators are livelier in the cooler hours of the day, you might even see them in action. Lunch will be taken en-route at a designated picnic spot. On reaching the crater’s edge, the 19-kilometre diameter caldera opens up before you in all its stunning glory and you will descend into the crater on an adventurous trail. This World Heritage Site is seasonally home to over 25,000 animals including a wide variety of birds, hyenas and the Big Five. Exiting the crater on a different ascent road, you will drive to Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands, where you will spend the night at one of the three beautifully located Tanganyika Wilderness Adventure Lodges.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 | Karatu – Arusha

Distance approx. 160 km (99 mi); driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a relaxing breakfast, you will return to Arusha, arriving around noon. Those who wish to combine this safari with a trip to Zanzibar can take a flight from the local Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport. Lunch will be taken en-route.

Breakfast | Lunch

Included: transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle | professional, English-speaking guide | 4 nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked) | meals according to the itinerary | mineral water | activities as per itinerary | all national park fees | Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excluded: flights (international and domestic) | meals not indicated in the itinerary | alcoholic and soft drinks | optional activities | tips | personal expenses | visa fees | travel insurance

Additional Trip Info

Transport: Coaster Bus

Trip Crew:
English Speaking Mountain guide
Mountain chef
Mountain porters

Included as listed

Accommodation: 2 night in Arusha, 7 nights on the Mountain
Day 1: Meru View Lodge
Day 2: Machame Camp
Day 3: New Shira Camp
Day 4: Barranco Camp
Day 5: Barafu Camp
Day 6: Mweka Camp
Day 7: Meru View Lodge

Park Entrance Fee:
Park Fee
Camp Fee

Camping Equipment:
* Sleeping Tents
* Dinning Tents
* Sleeping mattress
* Utensils
* Tables and chairs

International Flights and Insurance

$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)

Own Room
My Own Room (additonal cost)

All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
* Laundry

* Sleeping Bag
* Toiletries

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