Itinerary - Kili

Itinerary – Kilimanjaro, Machame Route

This is a challenging trek at altitude on the Machame Route

Day 1. Depart UK for Kilimanjaro on an overnight flight


Day 2. Upon arrival we transfer to a hotel in Moshi where we relax after our long flight. Today you’ll meet the guides, go through a trek briefing and sort out our kit.


Day 3. A short drive to Machame gate, the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro, where we meet our crew of porters and start our climb! The first day of the route climbs steadily through magnificent forest where we  camp at Machame camp, 3100m.


Day 4. Our route continues out of the forest as we make our ascent along a steep ridge on to the shira plateau giving panoramic views of Mt Meru rising high above the clouds. Here we camp at the Shira hut 3800m.


Day 5. Today we head east towards Kibo as the landscape changes a great deal, we make our way to the Lava tower crossing the Western Breach then finally descending to the Barranco Hut 3900m. The day has been spent at high altitude so we sleep low to avoid altitude sickness and allow our bodies to acclimatise.


Day 6. We start with a short scramble to the top of the Barranco Wall, it’s a rock scramble and extremely rewarding. We then traverse over scree and ridges below the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers to the Karranga Valley at 4000mts which is our last water stop. After climbing out of the Karranga Valley the route ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut at 4600m. 


Day 7. Kilimanjaro Summit day !. A long day ahead of us, an early start by torch light is needed for the ascent to the rim of Kibo Crater and the Glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5-6hrs as you gain incredible height. We hope to be on the crater rim at Stella Point 5750m as the first rays of sun light hit us and enjoy sunrise over Mawenzi where the spectacular views of the ice cliffs are just breathtaking. We’ve made it !!!
Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5896m) the roof of Africa. After a short rest for some breakfast we continue to descend down to Millennium Camp (3800m). Approx 10- 12hrs


Day 8. A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1650m) through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. From here we drive back to the hotel in Moshi where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!). 


Day 9. Free morning, allowing you to explore Moshi with its markets, and time to relax with your fellow achievers. We return to the hotel mid afternoon in time to transfer to the airport for our international flight home. Lunch and dinner not provided.