Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world

Mountaineering is sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking, backpacking and climbing

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1726 - $2236
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
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Machame is one of the most popular routes on Kili, but for sure it is not the simplest one. Alaitol recommends this route for the climbers with previous mountaineering experience and good physical preparation. The climb starts at 1830 m point and traverses al climatic zones of Tanzania. The travelers enjoy the opportunity of contemplating a new scenery every day. Seven days in the mountains under this climbing option are sufficient for successful acclimatization process, which the key ingredient for reaching Uhuru. Furthermore, if your travel is scheduled for a rainy season (April-May), torrential rains may wash out the treks and your climbing will be more challenging.

Day 1. Arrival 

The group arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel under the program.
Our manager will visit you in the evening, bringing a printed, signed and sealed agreement. He will give you a brief trekking orientation and check your equipment.

Important info:
The hotel price includes breakfast only.
Hotel check-in starts at 2 PM.


Day 2. From Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Our guides and climbing crew will come to the hotel. You will have the transfer to the entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Gate (1640 m). After the guides arrange park permits, and register the crew with the emergency service, the group will start trekking to Machame Camp (2980 m).
The first leg of the route lies through the tropical forest. The chances of a torrential rain are high. We recommend taking not only a change of clothes, but also raincoats (or waterproof ponchos).  

It will be your first day on such elevation. We highly recommend you following these simple instructions:

• Reduce caffeine consumption;
• Drink 4 liters (or more) of water (you should better drink in small portions, but frequently);
• Once you find the symptoms of the high altitude sickness, intake of Diamox is advisable. Moreover, you can take the pill as a preventive measure at the beginning of the trekking. Please, consult your physician on the possible individual allergic reactions. 

Acclimatization is more difficult at night because of respiratory activity decrease multiplied by high altitude. Once you discover any symptoms of high altitude sickness, ask the guides for help. 

Elevations: Machame Gate (1640 m) – Machame Camp (2980 m)

Trekking distance: 11 km

Duration of trekking: 5-7 hours   


Day 3. From Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, you will start trekking to the second high-altitude Shira Camp (3820 m.) Once you leave the tropical forest, amazing views on Shira Plateau will open for you.  This trekking is not physically demanding, but you start feeling changes in altitude. Be attentive to your condition and remember that keeping a proper pace is among the critical factors of successful climbing.  

After you arrive at the camp, the team will serve a lunch and then make an acclimatization hike up to 300 m towards Lava Tower and go back to the camp.

Important note: 
Acclimatization hike is an easy trekking up to some minor altitudes. Please, kindly note, that these acclimatization hikes are very important in order to reach Uhuru Peak successfully and will help you to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness).

Ascent from Machame Camp to Shira Camp:

Elevations: Machame Camp (2980 m) – Shira Camp (3820 m)

Trekking distance: 5 km

Duration of trekking: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Elevations: Shira Camp (3820 m) – Set point (4120 m)

Trekking distance: 2 km

Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours


Day 4. From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

After the breakfast, the group leaves Shira Camp and heads for another key point of our route – Lava Tower (4630 m). Many ups and lows lie ahead. Experiencing some discomfort is common among the amateur climbers at this stage of the ascent. In order to make acclimatization process smoother it is advisable spending 1-2 hours there. The cooks will offer a warm lunch to make your stamina stronger. 

Your Lava Tower adventures are followed by descent to Barranco Camp, which amazes with its magnificence and steepness. Conquering it may seem to be daunting, but in reality it is a simple challenge – a nice walking path traverses it. 

Important Note:
If high altitude sickness or other health disorder cowardly attacks one or some of the team members, you can bypass Lava Tower by taking the porters’ route. In this scenario, the group does not have to reach 4630 meters, the maximum altitude here on the porters’ route is 4400 meters only.

Elevations: Shira Camp (3820 m) – Lava Tower (4630 m) – Barranco Camp (3970 m)

Trekking distance: 12 km

Duration of trekking: 6-8 hours

 Day 5. From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Early wake up, breakfast and you start conquering the Barranco Wall. We recommend you to start as early as possible to outstrip other groups. Ascending the wall of the gorge is not a complexity at all. It takes only about one hour. After this accomplishment, you will have an opportunity to rest and take some photos, having Kibo volcano as a spectacular background. 

Then a relatively complex trekking awaits you. The rest of the way to Karanga is full of highs and lows, but, no worries, our guide will choose the most optimal trekking speed for you. After you reach the camp, a warm lunch will be offered. After a couple of hours, you will have an additional acclimatization hike up to 300 m towards Barafu and go back to the camp.

Ascent from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:

Elevations: Barranco Camp (3970 m) – Karanga Camp (3995 m) 

Trekking distance: 5 km

Duration of trekking: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Elevations: Karanga Camp (3995 m) – Set point (4270 m)

Trekking distance: 2,5 km

Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours

Day 6. From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Our cooks will serve a breakfast; then you will climb to the summit camp Barafu (4673 m). From there you will make a night push to Uhuru Peak (5895 m). 
Our crew will erect a camp for you, prepare the tents and warm sleeping bags to give you a complete rest. After a proper recovery, another acclimatization hike to Kosovo Camp will follow. After going back to Barafu Camp, a hot dinner will be provided. The guide will advise you going sleep early and taking in Diamox and other pills if necessary. They will reduce the unpleasant symptoms of high altitude sickness. Try to drink much water and rest more. Always remember that acclimatization is the best with minimal physical activity.

Ascent from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp:

Elevations: Karanga Camp (3995 m) – Barafu Camp (4673m)

Trekking distance: 6 km

Duration of trekking: 4-5 hours

Acclimatization hike:

Elevations: Barafu Camp (4673 m) – Kosovo set point (4800 m)

Trekking distance: 2 km

Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours


Day 7. From Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and down to Millennium Camp

At night, the team leaves the Barafu Camp (4673 m) and starts conquering Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Technically, this leg of your journey is not difficult, but high altitude is really a challenge. A guide will accompany each couple of the climbers. He will monitor your stamina and fortitude. Once Uhuru is successfully conquered, the group may descend to the glacier.
Then, the group will go down to Barafu Camp. After a two hours rest, you will continue descending to Millennium Camp (3750 m). 

Important note:
Do not forget that the 90% of all accidents (broken hands, legs, fractures and strains) befall on the way down. Legs and feet are the most vulnerable areas (especially toenails).

Elevations: Barafu Camp (4673 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Millennium Camp (3750 m)

Trekking distance: 15 km

Duration of trekking: 8-12 hours


Day 8. From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

The camp is located amidst the dense tropical forest. Waking up in the morning, satisfied with your accomplishment, you will feel great relief because of lowering altitude. Our cooks will offer you a warm breakfast, and you will start going down to the exit from the National Park – Mweka Gate (1640 m). Then, the team will salute and congratulate you. You will have an opportunity to leave your memories in the Mountain Kilimanjaro guestbook.

We will present you Kilimanjaro Climbing certificates in our office and then transfer you to the hotel. 

Elevations: Millennium Camp (3750 m) – Mweka Gate (1640 m) 

Trekking route distance: 12 km

Duration of trekking: 4-5 hours


Day 9. Departure 

Rest at the hotel. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Important note:
Hotel check-out is at 11:00. In the event of necessity (e.g. your flight is scheduled for evening time) you can prolong your stay for extra payment (charged by the hotel). 


Machame Route Advantages

  • Relative affordability. Machame is the only route on the mountain Kilimanjaro with a high percent of climbing success for a modest price.
  • The route starts at 900 m above the sea level and traverses all the climatic zones – from the tropical forests to the ice glaciers of the Kibo volcano.

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