• 7 Days from
    $1800 p/p in USD
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    Year Round

Great Lake Expedition

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Make your way up the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro via the popular Machame Route, offering climbers the greatest chance of success for reaching the famous summit of the ‘roof of Africa’. A 7-day trekking safari that will take you through rainforest, moorlands and alpine desert as you climb from 5,380 ft to 19,341 ft on a journey with spectacular views of the surrounding Kilimanjaro National Park. Discover the overwhelming feelings of accomplishment as you reach the top of the mountain and enjoy the most magnificent sunrises you have ever seen. A truly beautiful adventure awaits those who wish to conquer the snow-capped giant of Tanzania.

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General Information

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

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,800 per person

What's Included

  • Tents & mattresses while on the mountain
  • 2 x nights hotel accommodation in Moshi
  • All meals & drinking water during the climb
  • Professional English speaking guides & mountain crew
  • Services of porters & cooks during the climb
  • Emergency oxygen, pulse oximeters & first aid kit
  • Mountain rescue fees in case of emergencies
  • All camping equipment required & private toilet
  • Return transfers between Moshi & Kilimanjaro
  • Pick-up & drop-off airport transfers
  • Government taxes & park fees
  • 24-hour support from our office during safari

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Personal hiking gear


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

Day by Day Overview

Make your way from Moshi to Machame Gate for the start of your climb. The journey passes through the Machame village, located on the lower slopes of the mountain. You will hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until you reach Machame Camp where you will spend the evening.

Elevation: 5,380ft – 9,350ft | Distance: 11 km’s | Hiking Time: 5-7 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest

Today you leave the rain forest and continue your journey up a steep rocky ridge until you reach the Shira Plateau. Pass through the heather and open moorlands before crossing a large river gorge and arriving at Shira 2 Camp.

Elevation: 9,350ft – 12,500ft | Distance: 5 km’s | Hiking Time: 4-6 hours | Habitat: Heath

Initially you will head towards the east as you make your way up a steep ridge before turning towards the south as you hike up to the Lava Tower, a 300ft volcanic rock formation. You will then descend down to Barranco Camp through a beautiful Senecio Forest. End the day at a similar altitude that you started at after making your way higher up the mountain, aiding in your acclimatization.

Elevation: 12,500ft – 15,190ft – 13,044ft | Distance: 10 km’s | Hiking Time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

Begin the day by descending into a ravine at the base of the Great Barranco Wall before climbing a non-technical but steep 900ft cliff. After the Barranco Wall you will cross a series of hills and valleys before dropping down into the Karanga Valley. One more steep climb leads you to Karanga Camp where you will spend the evening.

Elevation: 13,044ft – 13,106ft | Distance: 5 km’s | Hiking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leave Karanga in the morning and make your way towards the Mweka Trail. Continue up a rocky section, completing the southern circuit, offering stunning views of the summit. Reach Barafu Camp for a chance to rest and have an early dinner as you prepare for your summit day while enjoying views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.

Elevation: 13,106ft – 15,331ft | Distance: 4 km’s | Hiking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

A midnight wake up for your push to the summit. This is the most challenging portion of the hike as you ascend the slopes in the the cold winds, surrounded by darkness. Stop for short breaks to catch your breath as you make your way to Stella Point at 18,900ft where you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you have ever seen. Complete the final stretch and finally arrive at the summit, having made it to the top of this iconic mountain. Enjoy the views from the ‘roof of Africa’ and take some photos before heading back down to Mweka Hut with an en-route stop at Barafu Camp for lunch. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well deserved sleep.

Elevation: 15,331ft – 19,341ft – 10,065ft | Distance: 17 km’s | Hiking Time: 11-14 hours | Habitat: Arctic & Rain Forest

Your last day of the trek sees you making your way to Mweka Gate to collect your summit certificates. Head to Mweka Village from the gate where you will meet your transfer vehicle that will take you to the hotel in Moshi.

Elevation: 10,065ft – 5,380ft | Distance: 10 km’s | Hiking Time: 3-4 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest

Kilimanjaro up to Uhuru Peak
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