Kilimanjaro Trek

Walking & Trekking in Tanzania, Africa

7 Day Trek along the Machame Route



Not included

Join us on the trek of a lifetime to the roof of Africa. Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest freestanding mountain at an incredible 5,895m above sea level.

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Kilimanjaro is the world’s largest freestanding mountain and standing at 5,895m above sea level makes for an epic adventure of a lifetime.

In addition Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and is also 1 of the world’s seven summits.

Kibo, the highest of the 3 extinct volcanic cones that make up Kilimanjaro is home to the highest point, Uhuru Peak. It is here you will find the iconic sign to mark the summit.

Despite its credentials it is a trekking peak with no technical ability needed to climb it although this does not make it easy by any means.

Our 7 day trek along the Machame Route gives you 5 days of ascent to help the acclimatisation process and therefore increase the chance of success and reaching the summit of this iconic mountain.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world from the roof of Africa!


Personal trek crew – In addition to local guides UK qualified Mountain Leaders will also support your trek

Meet and greet – Our services start when you land in Tanzania where we will meet you and transfer you to the B&B for the night before the trek begins

Camping – Enjoy wild camping in magnificent, scenic locations

Transfers – All in country transfers included

Training weekend – 1 night, 2 day training weekend in the UK before the trip

Key facts

Training Weekend

1 night, 2 day training

Group Size

Max. 12 people


Mountaineerin staff x 2, Local guide. Drivers, Porters & Cooks


2 nights B&B, 6 nights tented accommodation

Meals inclusions

Breakfast x 8,
Lunch x 8
Dinner x 9

Walking Grade

Challenging to Tough

Your mountaineerin team

Simon and Paméla Ogunlana, founders of Mountaineerin will accompany you on the trip.

Get a glimpse in to life on Kilimanjaro.

Here is a brutally honest account of Mountaineerins’ 7 day trek along the Machame route to Kilimanjaro.

Written (and un-edited!) by one of our participants, Natalie, it documents the daily highs and lows of life on Kilimanjaro.


Items that are included in the cost of THE tour price.

  • 1 Nights B&B accommodation (before the trek)
  • 6 Nights mountain tented accommodation
  • 1 Nights B&B accommodation (after the trek)
  • All in country airport transfers unless making onward journeying plans
  • Transfers to and from the Park gates
  • Porters and cooks
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress, mess tent, chairs and tables), toilet tent
  • Local mountain guides
  • UK mountain leader
  • All meals and filtered drinking water during the trek
  • All national park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Flying doctors evacuation insurance
  • 10% Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports discount voucher
  • Ongoing support from point of booking including private group Facebook & WhatsApp group
  • 2 Day, 1 night UK based training weekend

What's not included?

Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) ✘
  • Visas ✘
  • Personal trip/accident insurance ✘
  • Tips for guides, cooks and porters ✘
  • Personal trekking equipment ✘
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks ✘
  • Personal snacks ✘
  • Meals when not trekking other than breakfast ✘

Trip notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all everything you need to know about this trip.


Upcoming dates and availability for solo travellers & small groups

Itinerary - Machame Route - 7 Day Trek

Overnight at B&B in Arusha.

On arrival at JRO you will be met by a member of the Mountaineerin team and escorted to the B&B where you can relax, freshen up and start to settle in to your surroundings.

Transfers from the airport will either be by private taxi, safari vehicle or tourist mini bus.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (This will be dependent on your arrival time.)

After breakfast we will load the bus and transfer by tourist bus to the Machame gate and entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park.

There is a bit of admin to do here and all our porters must have their kit weighed which can take time. This is a good opportunity for photos and to relax a little before we start the trek up the mountain.

Once the admin is done and we have signed into the park we will begin the trek to Machame camp. The trail works its way through the trees and ascending to the very top of the forests that surround the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.

If you’re lucky we will spot some of the local wildlife also.

On arrival at camp you will be shown to your tent and snacks, hot drinks and washing facilities will be made available.

Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Water & hot drinks

As you leave your tent in the morning if the cloud is clear you should get your first glimpse of the highest peak on Kilimanjaro, Kibo. Every morning hot water will be made available for washing prior to breakfast and water bottles collected so they can be refilled. Drinking water is both boiled and filtered.

Once breakfast is done you will have a short time to finish packing before we start the trek to Shir Camp. The route is more exposed than day 1 with trees no longer present and the vegetation more like shrub and moorland. The route is rocky and a little craggy in parts but as you ascend the view just gets better and better.

There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take
photos as well as a lunch stop. We aim to arrive at camp during mid-afternoon and your tent will be ready for you on arrival.

After some time to unpack, rest and have a cup of tea we’ll head out for a short acclimatisation walk around the Shira Plateau. The view down to the villages below are breath taking.

In addition Kibo will be fully visible with the task ahead becoming clear. We’ll return after around 30 minutes for dinner.

Elevation Gain: 840 meters
Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner water & hot drinks

You’ll now be used to the morning routine of hot water, breakfast and packing ahead of setting off.

Today will be the highest point of the trek so far as we ascend to Lava Tower and then back down towards Barranco Camp. The ascent to Lava Tower, which is a massive rock formation left from Kilimanjaro’s volatile days is a slow and steady ascent.

The terrain and vegetation are noticeably different to lower down and height gain gives us a really sense of  trekking at higher altitudes.

After lunch at Lava Tower we descend towards camp following small streams and weaving in and out of the unusual plants that inhabit the mountain.

On arrival at Barranco Camp you can rest and check out the route for the next day up the Barranco Wall.

Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters
Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner water & hot drinks

Today is a relatively short day and with the final camp being lower than Lava Tower (reached the day before) you should hopefully feel relatively normal in terms of affects of the altitude.

The day start with your breakfast routine followed by an ascent of the Barranco Wall. The wall requires a little bit of scrambling but nothing most people can’t handle and your guides will be on hand to support if needed.

Once at the top you can have a snack, take in the view and have a short rest. The route from here to camp is relatively simple and largely flat other than a few lumps and bumps to walk over.

On arrival at camp your tent will be available and lunch will be served in the mess tent. The camp sits on the shoulder of the mountain with incredible views both up and down.

The final part of the mountain, Kibo, feels much closer now and the sense of what you’re achieving is becoming more apparent. After lunch the rest of the day is yours to relax and take some time out.

Elevation Gain: 250 meters
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner water & hot drinks

Today is a relatively short day and with the final camp being lower than Lava Tower (reached the day before) you should hopefully feel relatively normal in terms of affects of the altitude.

The day start with your breakfast routine followed by an ascent of the Barranco Wall. The wall requires a little bit of scrambling but nothing most people can’t handle and your guides will be on hand to support if needed.

Another short day follows to get us Barafu Camp. The route heads straight up from Karanga camp leading to simply incredible views of Mt Meru in the distance and the surrounding areas.

The sun is normally out but often a cold breeze crosses the path and you see the clouds bubble up below. There’s a real sense of height at this point and after the initial ascent the path flattens out and heads to Barafu Camp. Barafu is our final stop before heading to the summit and the aim is to get to camp before lunch to allow as long as possible for rest and relaxation before the night ahead.

Lunch will again be at camp on arrival.

Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner water & hot drinks

After trekking to Barafu and resting for most of the day we will end day 6 with snacks before leaving camp at around 23:00pm to start the final ascent of Kilimanjaro.

Summit day will start in the early hours of the morning and you will be guided up the mountain by torch light in the hope to see the sun rise from near the summit of Africa’s highest peak.

The pace will be purposefully slow and steady as we ascend through the night following the zig-zag path heading for Stella Point.

If you’re lucky there will be a sky full of stars above and the lights of camp will grow ever dimmer as you ascend higher.

It is a long night but by sunrise we hope to be reaching Stella Point just 45 minutes from the summit.

It’s time for a short rest and some pictures of the incredible Mwenzi Peak now below you. From Stella Point the route follows the crater rim of the old volcano around to the iconic Uhuru summit.

The views are simply unbelievable and the surrounding glaciers, the terrain and the achievement are often a lot  to take in.

There is a little time for photos at the famous sign and congratulations before starting the descent back to Barafu.

After successfully summiting you will start 2 days of descent down the mountain.

We descend in the daylight back to Stella Point and head down the steep scree slop from the crater rim. Camp is visible in the distance and it’s often surprisingly warm considering the freezing temperatures during the night.

On arrival at camp you will have a few hours rest and a well earned lunch.

After lunch we will pack up and continue the descent to Mweka camp descending through all the terrain areas seen on the days ascending and ultimately ending back in the trees where we started on day 1.

We’ll arrive at camp late afternoon to a well earned cup of tea, snacks and then your evening meal.

Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters
Hiking time: 12-14 hours
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner water & hot drinks

Everything you need to know

The total distance covered along the Machame Route from start to finish is roughly 62 kilometers (37 miles), encompassing the entire ascent and descent.

The elevation gain from the starting point to the peak measures 4,157 meters. It is climbed over 6 consecutive days, with each day’s trek lasting approximately 5 to 7 hours.

The six camps along the Machame Route are:

  • Machame Camp (Altitude 3,000m)
  • Shira Camp (Altitude 3,850m)
  • Barranco Camp (Altitude: 3,950m)
  • Karanga Camp (Altitude 3,950m)
  • Barafu Camp (Altitude: 4,600m)
  • Mweka Camp (Altitude: 3,800m)

Although Kilimanjaro does not require any technical mountaineering ability it should be remembered that it is 5,895m high and is a serious physical undertaking.

You will spend a minimum of 7 days trekking (depending on your itinerary) with most of those days at altitude.

You should be physically fit enough to be able to walk for at least 12 hours if not longer. Your summit day for example will be a physically and mentally challenging day with a large ascent followed by a considerable descent also.

Why not check out our blog – How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

For most, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your experience and although it is difficult to train for trekking at altitude there are forms of exercise that will at least help you prepare.

Advice will be available when booking on how best to train for this trek. Increasing your general fitness level from time of booking to departure would be of great benefit for the trek.

Whilst in country we often use a range of transport depending on the requirements needed, group size
and other considerations.

This can range from private taxi, minibus, tourist coach and safari jeep. We appreciate that vehicle standards can differ outside of the UK but work to ensure that vehicles used in country are fit for purpose and safe.

This way your journey will be as comfortable as possible. If vehicles are not deemed fit for purpose alternative options will be sought.

Porters, guides and your cooks will be a vital part of your trek on Kilimanjaro.

They will carry your bags, set up and pack up camp whilst your cooks will prepare your meals.

It is important to us that they are treated fairly.

We only use porters who are employed under the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project’s Proper Porter Treatment guidelines. The project works to ensure the working conditions are improved for porters and monitors those companies using porters to ensure the fair treatment guidelines are met.

The porters and guides are there to support you as much as possible and also look out for your welfare. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival so when you arrive you can relax and take in your surroundings however high up you might be.

Guides, porters and cooks are paid a wage however it is customary to tip them at the end of your trek. If you think about it, they will have carried all your kit (possibly on their head) for 7 days, cooked and cleaned for you also so a little extra is most likely deserved.

There are guidelines to tipping amounts and usually provided in US dollars. Further guidance will be provided closer to your trek.

Note: tips are not included in the cost of your trek. Mountaineerin Ltd is also a Partner for responsible travel with the Kilimanjaro Porters Association Project, which ensures that we along with our in country partners treat porters fairly and inline with specific guidelines. For more information visit:

Old Kit – Many of our porters do not have quality personal kit such as fleeces, boots, jackets etc. If you have any old kit you would like to gift to our porters then please bring this with you. Any kit and any size will be considered as long as it is not damaged. We’ll take it off you when you arrive.

The package includes 2 nights B&B accommodation (1 day before and 1 day after the trek.) This will be provided in same sex twin rooms (please advise if you would prefer a double room).

Single rooms are available subject to availability however there may be an additional charge. Please ask for details.

Accommodation during the trek is provided in tents at several camps on the mountain.

Tented accommodation is normally in same sex 3 person tents (2 sharing).

Also provided is a mess tent for meal times, toilet tent, tables and chairs so you can relax after a tough day on the trail.

Breakfast is normally a range of things consisting of porridge, sausage, omelette, baked beans, fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. 
Lunch depending on the days itinerary will either be a packed lunch with chicken, snacks, sandwich and fruit or we will eat at the camp.
Dinner always starts with soup. Meals can include  spaghetti bolognese, chicken casserole, beef stew and rice, potatoes and more.
There is always too much food and we can never eat it all!
Snacks are also provided on arrival at camp. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits, nuts and popcorn. 
All drinking water is filtered. Hot water and soap are provided to wash with prior to meals. 

Kilimanjaro has two main trekking seasons, which avoid the wet/rainy season. This does not mean that it doesn’t rain during these times but it’s usually drier than the wet season.

January to March and June to October are regarded as the best options especially if wanting to experience cloud free

This does not mean to say you cannot go outside of these months however there is a greater chance of spending long days in the rain and experiencing cloud covered summits.

Temperatures during the January/March season are often lower than June/October and there is a possibility of encountering snow on the paths higher up.

Although we hope you do not incur delays in your outbound and homebound journeys to and from the start/end points we can never rule them out.

There are not necessarily any arrangements in place for such an issue but your trip guide and Mountaineerin Ltd will do everything possible to support you should this happen.c


After reviewing our kit list, risk assessments and procedures, it would not be defensible to go against the recommendations set out. 

With this in mind Mountaineerin will be advising that all participants need to wear walking boots with ankle support as per our kit list.

The terrain can be rocky and uneven, and given the nature of the event with people progressively getting more fatigued boots provide the best way of reducing the risk of strains, sprains or worse. We appreciate an ankle injury is not always a major problem however in mountain terrain far from help it can pose significant logistical issues and seriously impact the event. 

As per our kit list all participants are expected to be suitable equipped with the correct recommend footwear which is walking boots. You may be refused participation if you do not have the appropriate footwear. 


You do not need any specialist equipment for climbing Kilimanjaro however specific mountain clothing would benefit you greatly rather than hoodies and sweatshirts.

The best system for mountain walking anywhere is to have several layers that you can put on and take off as and when you get too hot or too cold. Each layer traps a certain amount of air, which over time, your body heats up therefore insulating your body.


Your kit will be put into 2 bags for the trek, 1, which you will carry (your daysack) and 1, which your porter will carry (normally a larger rucksack or duffle bag).

You will carry all the items you need for each day in your daysack whereas the porters will carry everything else, such as group equipment, sleeping bags, extra clothes, food etc.

Kit List

A complete kit list will be provided upon booking.

Personal trip insurance is essential for a trip of this kind and you should be specific in telling your insurer about what you are doing. For example most insurers cover you as standard up to a certain height on well known trekking routes.

The highest point of this trek is 5,895m high and it is unlikely that an ascent of this kind would be covered under a standard policy due to the increased risk.

You should read any policy very carefully before committing to it and make sure it covers everything you expect it to. If you are unsure about any sections then contact the insurer for clarification prior to purchasing any policy.

You will be asked to provide your policy number and insurance details prior to the trek should we need to contact them in the event of an emergency.

We advise reading any policy fully before committing to it.

Personal trip insurance is available from Travel & General and a quote can be obtained by following this link.

Travel & General Insurances Services Limited (t&g) is a specialist intermediary focused on the travel industry. t&g have been providing travel bonds and travel insurance to travel organisers in the UK and Irish travel markets since 1983 and have gained a wealth of experience over the last thirty years making t&g an ideal insurance partner.

Note: You are welcome to choose whichever insurer suits your needs however it should include suitable
cover for evacuation in case of emergency.

We reserve the right to refuse any participant whom we do not feel has obtained suitable insurance or who is unwilling to share details of the policy.

Mountaineerin ltd is fully insured for all the activities and packages it offers. If you require any further information regarding out policy details please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The affects of altitude vary massively from person to person but in most cases improve with time spent at altitude. If they don’t action may need to be taken. Some symptoms of altitude sickness could include: headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue and more.

Acclimatisation is very important when trekking at altitude and it is vital not to ascend too quickly. Your guides during the trek will keep a close eye on you to ensure any affects of altitude can be managed appropriately.

It should be noted that the best solution to solving altitude sickness is to descend and if it is felt by the guide that this is the best option then they will support you in doing so. The British Mountaineering Council has some good advice and tips on mountain sickness.

As well as the possible implications of altitude sickness there are also some other things those travelling to Tanzania should consider.

It is recommended that you visit your GP at least 2 months prior to your trip to discuss the current inoculations required and any other advice they might have.

It may also be wise to discuss any previous illness/conditions you may have had to ensure travelling to Tanzania will not compromise your current health.

You can also visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre webpage on Tanzania for some more information. You can also visit the UK Government Foreign travel advice website for up to date travel advice for Tanzania.

British nationals are required to have a visa, which costs approximately $50 in order to enter Tanzania.

Visas can be obtained at the airport on arrival but there can be  long queues and applying prior to arrival may make the transition through the airport smoother.

Visas are available on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and at some land borders. You can pay in US Dollars at the airport.

Note: Credit/debit cards are not always accepted for visas.

More information about entry requirements can be found on the UK Government foreign travel advice website.

Tanzania is an amazing place with great safari opportunities as well as magical island destinations within a few hours of Kilimanjaro.

It is for this reason we do not include flights with our treks.

By arranging and booking your own flights you are able to plan your own itinerary and stay on longer to go on safari or grab an internal flight to the island of Zanzibar. Whatever your plans we can support you with creating the perfect itinerary.

There are several airlines flying from the UK to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Prices range from around £450 – £900 depending on when you want to travel. Flights are not usually direct.Some of the airlines flying from the UK include:

KLM – Flights normally via Schiphol (Amsterdam)

Turkish Airlines – Flights normally via Istanbul (Turkey)

Qatar Airways – Flights normally via Doha (Qatar)

Etihad Airlines – Flights normally via Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Emirates – Flights normally via Dubai (UAE)

1 Pay in full

You can pay for the trip in full using a credit or debit card via our website.

2 Pay a deposit

Alternatively you can pay a deposit and then the remaining balance 60 days before the trip date.

3 Monthly instalments via direct debit

Paying by direct debit is very simple. We set up the plan and email you the link to fill in your bank details. Once completed an agreed set number of payments will be taken from your account for the set amount.

The direct debit can be stopped, amended or cancelled at any time by contacting us.

When paying by direct debit there is no deposit to pay. There is no extra charge for paying in this way.

In short the answer is yes your booking is safe. Find out more here.

As an activity provider we do not get involved with the fundraising aspect of any trek, but you are more than welcome to arrange your own funding pages and raise money for charity on your trek.

We are more than happy to give you some ideas of how best to do this if you need some support.

Yes! The training weekend normally takes place in Snowdonia in bunkhouse accommodation. Accommodation is purposefully kept minimal to reflect that in country.
The training weekend consists of 2 mountain day walks of 6-8 hours in terrain that you can expect to find on the trek. Its a great opportunity to test both current and new kit and check it is fit for purpose. 
As well as the above the weekend gives people an opportunity to spend time with the team they will be trekking with as well as meet their UK guide(s).
The weekend will also consist of an informal presentation about the trek and a Q&A session so you can ask questions etc.