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Kilimanjaro National Park, in the East African country of Tanzania, is home to the continent’s highest mountain, snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Around the base of its tallest peak, relatively accessible hiking trails wind through rain forest inhabited by colobus monkeys and past the volcanic caldera of Lake Chala. Approaching the summit of Uhuru Peak, the slopes steepen and are studded with glacial ice fields.

  • Location: Tanzania
  • Area: 1,688 km²
  • Visitors: 52,000 per year
  • Established: 1973


The Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west, and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. Over 40% of all climbers now use the Machame route. The rain forest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of wildness once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route. The six days itinerary ensures good acclimatisation, and gives us the best possible chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please check your airline ticket for information.
Park fees Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
Guide gratuity

We can assist you with flight bookings and travel insurance!





  • Flights to Kilimanjaro: We can assist with Flights from anywhere on the globe to Kilimanjaro Airport (Please drop us a line or email to assist)
  • Travel Insurance: This is a very important part of the trip, we can assist if so required. Include hazardous activity cover.
  • Medical Insurance: Utmost important! Please we urge you to get Medical Cover for the duration of your adventure. Include pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Visas: Visas can be obtained at the port of entry (The Airport for a fee of $50US and for US Citizens $100US) Ref :http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information
  • Malaria: Consult with your Doctor or Healthcare professional for the correct medication.
  • Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Rabies Travelers to Tanzania may need a rabies vaccination if they will be staying in rural areas or spending much of their visit outdoors.
  • Hepatitis A: you can receive a single dose of immune globulin (IG) that can protect you from the disease for up to five months.
  • Hepatitis B: the CDC recommends that any adult or child traveling to the country should receive a hepatitis B vaccination prior to departure.
  • Typhoid Fever: Remember that typhoid fever immunization does not fully protect people from the disease, so use caution when eating and drinking in Tanzania.

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

As we are all aware flight times vary and we will accommodate everyone to get to the hotel. (Please notify us in advance of your Arrival times so we can arrange the transfers accordingly) You will meet up with our ground crew at the airport that will take you to your Hotel in Marangu or Moshi. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance that we require you to pre-arrange. We will also have dinner and some drinks before we hit the sack.

Day 2: Marangu or Moshi to Machame Camp

The climb starts from Machame gate (1800m) after a short walk through the amazing banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense mountain forest. This is the richest forest area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 98% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season it is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently we have lunch at a halfway clearing, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000m). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. (6-7 hours walking) Here we will spend the night after dinner.

Day 3: Machame to Shira Camp

We will wake up around 6am and have some Coffee(Kahawa) or Tea(Chai) and a quick wash, Breakfast will be served around 6:30 or so, and then we gather our gear for the next leg. A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good resting point too, the trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-5 hours walking). Here we will camp for the night and after dinner.

Day 4: Shira to Barranco Camp

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near lava camp (4540m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3900m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. (4-6 hours walking)

Day 5: Barranco to Barafu Camp

A steep climb up the Barranco wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern ice fields. Lunch is normally taken at camp, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu Hut (4600m.) by mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. (6-7 hours walking)

Day 6: Barafu to Summit to Mweka Camp

We normally start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steeply climb over loose volcanic scree has some graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella point (5735m.), in about 5-6 hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those are still feeling strong can make the 2hours round trip from here along the Crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5895m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descend to Barafu campsite is surprisingly fast, and after lunch and other refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3100m.) Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowed campsite. (11-14 hours walking)

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate

A sustained descend on a well maintained trail through lovely tropical forest alive with bird calls and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds to the National Park Gate at Mweka (1650m.). From here we will arrange your trip back to the hotel, where we will have supper and reside for the night.


Day 8: Departure Day

We will have breakfast at the hotel, before we make our way to the airport. (Flight Schedule dependent)


Before you pack your gear please acquire a standard travel bag for general clothing before and after the climb. We will make provision at the respected hotel to keep your bag safe until your return. The list provided here will be sufficient for the trek, however feel free to add items as you desire as every individual’s needs and taste differ.

** For Women      ## Differ For Different Routes      >> To Keep In Day Pack


  • 1 x Waterproof Rain Jacket with Hood >>
  • 1 x Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
  • 1 x (100) Fleece Jacket
  • 1 x (200) Fleece Jacket
  • 2 x Long Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x Short Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x T-Shirts
  • 1 x Waterproof Pants >>
  • 2 x Hiking Utility Pants (zip off legs) ##
  • 1 x Comfortable Shorts
  • 1 x Fleece Trail Pants
  • 2 x Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer Tops
  • 2 x Thermal Long Base Layer Bottoms
  • 2 x Sports Bra **
  • 4 x Pairs Moisture Wicking Underwear ##


  • 1 x Brimmed Hat
  • 1 x Beanie or Peruvian Hat
  • 1 x Buff (face and mouth cover) >>
  • 1 x Pair Ski Gloves (waterproof)
  • 1 x Glove Liners (thin gloves)
  • 1 x Pair Hiking Boots (Waterproof, broken-in)
  • 1 x Pair Trainers (to wear at camp)
  • 3 x Pairs Sock Liners (thin moisture wicking, seamless) ##
  • 3 x Pairs Wool Socks (seamless) ##
  • 1 x Pair Extra Thick Wool Socks (for summit night)
  • 1 x Set Gaiters (waterproof)


  • Passport
  • Yellow Card – Immunization Papers
  • Travel Insurance (include – hazardous activity cover)
  • Visa available at JRO (not applicable for SADC countries)
  • Trip Receipt
  • TSh or USD for tips


  •  1 x Sleeping Bag (four seasons – Warm)
  • 1 x Head Lamp (with spare batteries)
  • 1 x Duffel Bag 60 to 80L (for porters to carry limit 15Kg)
  • 1 x Day Pack 30 to 35L (with rain cover) >>
  • 1 x Set Trekking Poles
  • 1 x Camera (with spare batteries) >>


  • 1 x Pair Sunglasses (with UV protection) >>
  • 2 x 1L Stainless Steel Water Bottles (double wall, water bladder pipes tend to freeze) >>
  • 1 x Pee Bottle (** available for women)
  • 4 x Dry bags or Zip Lock-bags various sizes


  • 1 x 50ml body wash bio-degradable
  • 1 x Face Cloth and Travel towel (light weight and compact)
  • 1 x Small Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • 1 x Hair Brush Small (optional)
  • 1 x Lip Balm with SPF >>
  • 1 x Insect repellent – with DEET
  • 1 x Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes >>
  • 1 x Hand Sanitizer NB! >>
  • 1 x Sunblock SPF50 >>
  • 1 x Basic First Aid Kit (include blister plasters) >>
  • General pain medication
  • Prescription and chronic meds >>
  • 1 x Anti Chafing Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Fungal Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Pain Relief Cream (optional)


  • Rehydrate / Electrolyte Powder >>
  • Snacks >>

For bookings please see the booking calendar or email bookings@hikersedge.co.za. For information sessions for South Africa please see the info session calendar or request more info here.

Available tour dates:

24 November 2018 – 1 December 2018

26 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

22 March 2019 – 29 March 2019

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