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8 Days Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro

The Machame Route balances a shorter trekking duration with stunning scenery as you ascend to Uhuru Peak

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate adventure for trekkers on holiday in Tanzania. During your Mt Kilimanjaro Machame Route, you will be tested both physically and mentally, but the highly accessible summit attracts amateur climbers from every corner of the world. Uhuru Peak stands at 5,895m and watching the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience which you will never forget. Each holiday we design is individually tailor made, so call us or enquire online to have a Tanzania specialist craft your holiday around your interests.

What’s included:

  • Activities & transport as in full itinerary
  • Full-service alpine camping
  • National Park fees
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • Local English speaking guides
  • porters and cooks
  • Oxygen cylinder

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Your Holiday at a Glance

Day 1

Airport transfer & rest in Arusha

Day 2

Trek Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Day 3

Trek to Shira Camp

Day 4

Trek to Barranco Camp

Day 5

Trek Barafu Camp

Day 6

Trek to summit, descend to Mweka Camp

Day 7

Trek to Mweka Gate

Day 8

International return flight

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha

Day 1 - Airport transfer & rest in Arusha
Aerial view of Arusha city, Tanzania

We will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to you lodge in Arusha. Make sure to get a good night’s rest in preparation for the adventure ahead of you.

Day 2: Machame Camp

Day 2 - Trek Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Day 2 - Trek Machame Gate to Machame Camp Listing Image

After breakfast you are met by your local guide and it is a short drive from Arusha to Machame Gate. Here we go through registration, your briefing session and you meet the rest of your team of guides, cooks and porters. Begin winding your way through the rainforest and keep an eye out for wildlife on the trail up to the first campsite.

Day 3: Shira Camp

Day 3 - Trek to Shira Camp
Day 3 - Trek to Shira Camp Listing Image

Leave Machame Camp after breakfast and continue on an ascending trail, allowing your guide to share expert knowledge of the indigenous flora and fauna of the mountain. Few things are as humbling as being passed by porters on a mountain trek so don’t forget to cheer on your porters who will set your tent, fetch water and prepare the equipment at the next campsite.

Day 4: Barranco Camp

Day 4 - Trek to Barranco Camp
Barranco camp mount kilimanjaro

Your hardest trekking day so far as we trek to Lava Tower, at 4630m, shortly after lunch and most trekkers will feel the effects of high altitude. From Lava Tower we make our way down into Barranco Valley and you feel the benefits of dropping altitude. The descent further down to Barranco Camp offers fantastic views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall making for some spectacular photo opportunities. Today is a real challenge and a key acclimatization day as you trek high above 4500m but sleep low at around 3900m. 

Day 5: Barafu Camp

Day 5 - Trek Barafu Camp
Day 5 - Trek Barafu Camp Listing Image

Today you overcome the Barranco Wall where in parts you will go into ‘four wheel drive’ using both hands and feet to climb. Your effort is rewarded with some wonderful views of the Hiem Glacier.  We then descend into Karanga Valley, the temperature grows colder as you experience the mystical world of the alpine desert. Finally we climb again and reach Barafu Camp where two of the three peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, can be seen from your final campsite before you attempt to summit. In the early hours of tomorrow morning we summit to see the sunrise!

Day 6: Mweka Camp

Day 6 - Trek to summit
Day 6 - Trek to summit Listing Image

A hot drink and a light midnight snack precede the most challenging and rewarding day of your trek. Wayfairer guides have led hundreds of successful treks to the summit and their leadership provides that extra motivation when you need it most.

You climb slowly using all your strength to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m from where you are rewarded with the most extraordinary sunrise of your life. The first rays of sunlight spur you on for the final push to Uhuru Peak, 5895m above sea level, on the rooftop of Africa.

Take a few moments to savor your accomplishment - you will remember this day for the rest of your life. From the summit you descend steadily back to Barafu Camp where you take a short rest and collect the gear you left behind. Your lungs welcome every breath as you drop altitude and the magnitude of what you have just achieved starts to sink in. You then continue all the way down to Mweka Camp for the best sleep you’ve ever had.

Day 7: Arusha

Day 7 - Trek to Mweka Gate

Your final day on Kilimanjaro, you wake up full of oxygen, and it’s a short, leisurely descent to Mweka Gate. Enjoy the forest on the lower slopes of the mountain and on arrival at Mweka Gate you receive your certificates: green for Stella Point, gold for Uhuru Peak.

Then it’s back into Arusha, it may feel a little strange to be back in town, and time to relax, shower and have a celebratory drink!

Day 8: Fly home

Day 8 - Fly home

Today you check-out of your hotel and are driven to Kilimanjaro Airport where you check-in for your return international flight. 

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Why Wayfairer

Many Mount Kilimanjaro operators throughout history have taken advantage of abundant labour in Tanzania by paying their porters illegally low wages and leaving them to rely on tips for their livelihood. At Wayfairer, we pay the highest porter wages in the history of Kilimanjaro treks at $18 per porter per day - well above the legal requirements of around $4.5/per porter per day. 

We share all local wages with you in your travel documents so you can view your holiday as already inclusive of tips. In this way we transparently remove the dependency on tipping for livelihoods and also remove those awkward tipping ceremonies where you're never quite sure what amount is appropriate. 

Why Wayfairer Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

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