• 6 Days from
    $2200 p/p in USD
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Williamson Adventures

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

Known for being beautifully scenic, the Machame Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro also has the best summit success rate. This route allows you to climb high, sleep low, giving your body time to adjust to the changes in altitude over several days. Climbs can take six or seven days; with six days, you won’t camp at Karanga campsite, so you will walk for a longer distance to reach the base camp passing Karanga campsite.


General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Black & White Colobus
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,200 per person

What's Included

  • Private professional mountain guide
  • Camping facilities (tent, mattresses, mess tent)
  • All meals while on the mountain & drinking water
  • Hut fees, park fees & rescue fees
  • Fair & ethical salaries for the team
  • First aid supplies


What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Tips & any items of personal nature
  • Personal hiking gears such as boots, sleeping bag, warm clothes etc.
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Airport transfers


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Williamson Adventures
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Williamson Adventures‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day By Day Overview

After breakfast, you’ll get picked up from your hostel/hotel in Moshi and driven to the starting point at Machame Gate (approximately 45 mins). After registration, you will begin your journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using a well-maintained trail through Montane Forest. On the way, you’ll walk through dense rainforest and coffee plantations as your guide talks you through some of the local flora and fauna. Here you will also get a very good chance of witnessing black and white colobus monkeys, as well as many different species of brightly-coloured birds. The climb is steady with a gradual incline to Machame Camp which is located on the edge of the rainforest and giant heather zones.

Elevation gain: 1,200 metres / 3,900 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

On the second day, you’ll rise early for breakfast and begin climbing a slightly steeper gradient through the moorland vegetation zone. Here you will start to get fantastic views of Kibo, the summit cone of Mount Kilimanjaro while continuing along a rocky ridge to Shira Plateau. Shira is actually a collapsed volcanic crater and was the first of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones to expire. Once on the plateau, the trail becomes a little easier as you make your way to Shira Camp. If it’s a clear day, you’ll also get to enjoy superb panoramic views. Shira Camp is very exposed and will feel much colder with temperatures dropping below freezing point.

Elevation gain: 840 metres / 2,800 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Elevation gain: 750 metres / 2,500 feet
Hiking time: Approximately 7 to 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert

After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”.

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent in good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Barafu Camp. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Mweka Hut (3,100m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!

Elevation gain: 1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
Elevation loss: 2,785 metres / 9,100 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Mweka Camp
Habitat: Arctic conditions

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