Kilimanjaro climb – Machame Route

Reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via this popular scenic climb. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment, you’ve earned it!

Kilimanjaro climb – Machame Route

8 days


Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa and a bucket list item for many. It’s not a technical climb and hard-core climbing experience is not required, however, don’t be lulled into thinking this isn’t a challenge.

The Machame Route is one of our favourites. Considered one of the more scenic routes, it offers great value for money, and a good chance of success. It’s still a tough climb but if you take it quite literally one-step-at-a-time, and take your time, the altitude won’t be such an issue and you’ll be focused on making it to the summit.  The scenery alone is awe-inspiring and together with your guides and porters you’ll make steady progress and each day your goal will be closer.

To help you along the way and giving you the best chance to reach the summit you’ll be accompanied by superb guides and crew. They will be there with you to motivate you, encourage you and look after you and help you to reach the summit. They’ll pitch your tents, provide food to sustain you and give you energy and look after your every need.

If you want a first-hand account of what it’s like to climb Kili, then look no further than Tribes travel’s own Tracy Edwards, she took on Kilimanjaro and made it to the summit. Tracy will give you an honest run down of what to expect, the highs and lows, and she might have some top tips to help get you there.


  • Summit the highest mountain in Africa

  • Experienced guides and porters

  • Enjoy spectacular views along the way

  • High success rate on this route

  • Sunrise at Stella Point on Summit Day

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You’ll be met by a friendly face at Kilimanjaro International Airport and whisked off to your hotel in nearby Arusha.  Enjoy some R&R after your long flight and prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. Later this afternoon you’ll be given a briefing on the climb and then you’ll have time to sort out your bags as the excitement builds.



It’s time! The first part of the journey is a drive to the Machame Gate (60-90 mins). Then you leave the vehicle and begin your first day of climbing. After leaving the park gate, you’ll walk along a winding trail through dense rainforest to Machame Camp where you’ll spend the night at 3000m. It’s around 5-7 hours walking, depending on the pace. Your guide and crew are with you every step of the way and will set up camp, pitch tents and provide tasty food that will give you energy to tackle the climb each day.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


The climb today has an ascent of 800m taking you to 3840m above sea level. Walking time today is around 6 hours starting with a steep climb followed by a more gentle incline. After a well-earned lunch break a descent into river gorge and another gentle ascent to the Shira Plateau will bring you to camp where you can rest up for the night.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


A fairly long day lies ahead, about 5-6 hours of walking. You’ll start off with a steady climb for around 5km. Take it slowly as it is quite strenuous. You’ll reach a high elevation of 4600m, helping with acclimatisation before descending again towards Barranco Camp with rewarding views of Kobo peak. Whilst you might only be camping 100m or so higher than you were last night, the day has been spent at higher elevations getting you used to higher altitudes.  

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


You’ll be climbing the Barranco Wall, whilst not a technical climb it is steep. You’ll walk across scree and ridges into the Karanga valley (4100m) enjoying superb views of the West Breach and southern glacier along the way.  From Karanga you’ll continue up a moraine ridge towards Barafu. Take your time, keeping a steady slow pace and enjoy the views of the southern glaciers and glacial valley.  The last stage into camp is quite steep and will be slow going.  Prepare for the final push tomorrow, summit day – an early night is advisable.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


The trek to the summit starts early, midnight to be precise. Start off by torchlight, the first destination is Stella Point which will take around 7 hours with rest stops. It’s slow going and can be frustrating but taking it steady is key to success.  From Stella Point it’s a gentle slope upwards for the final push to Uhuru Peak at 5896m. This is what it’s all about! Take in the wonderful views of glaciers and plains that lie far below. After the obligatory photos, and whoops and tears of joy, begin the descent to Mweka at 3100m. You’ll arrive late afternoon, tired but exhilarated. You’ll sleep well tonight.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


Downhill all the way, you’ll descend to Mweka Village which takes about 4 hours. A vehicle will be waiting at Mweka Gate to take you back to the same hotel where you spent the first night of the trip. Whether you reached the summit or got part way up the majestic mountain you’ve got a good reason to celebrate. Top it off with a well-earned hot shower and a tipple of your choice then enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep in a comfy bed.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


After a tasty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Airport or, if you feel like topping off this adventure with a bit of relaxing beach time, let us know, we’ll be happy to arrange this for you. Breakfast.

Please ask for prices

Includes: 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.

Excludes: 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 $500 per climber, for 2 people trekking together, are suggested, to be shared amongst all the climbing guides and porters of which there is a very large team to support you).

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

Departure dates: Please ask

There are a number of set departures throughout the year and we are happy to find the one closest to your preferred travel dates. We can also arrange Kili climbs at any time of year for parties of two upwards. Solo climbs are possible throughout the year, 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!

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