Tailored from £2,950 per person excl. flights
8 Days Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro
8 Days Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro
Conquering Kilimanjaro is the ultimate adventure on every trekker's bucket list; reaching the summit of Africa's highest peak and watching the sunrise from the top of the world's tallest freestanding mountain.
Machame is the most popular route for climbing Kilimanjaro, faster and also tougher than the Lemosho route. Although not technically difficult, the trails are more strenuous and steeper.
However, Machame is popular for a reason. This route has a great track record, with a reported 60% of climbers reaching the summit. Learn more by reading our guide to how to choose the best Kilimanjaro route for your trek.
The Machame trek is camping-based and we believe that this offers a more adventurous trekking experience. Although the camping conditions are simple, the service from our porter team is fantastic.
This Kilimanjaro itinerary can be tailor-made to your preferences and requirements, including additional time on safari or relaxation time on Tanzania's coast or Zanzibar.
We will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to your lodge in Arusha. Make sure to get a good night’s rest in preparation for the trekking adventure ahead of you.
After breakfast, you'll be met by your local guide and take a short drive from Arusha to Machame Gate. Here, you'll go through registration, your briefing session and you'll 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.
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.
This will be your hardest trekking day so far, as you trek to Lava Tower (4,630 metres above sea level) shortly after lunch and most trekkers will feel the effects of the high altitude.
From Lava Tower, you'll make your way down into Barranco Valley and 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 acclimatisation day, as you trek high above 4,500 metres but sleep low at around 3,900 metres.
Today, you'll overcome the Barranco Wall, where in parts you will go into "four wheel drive" by using both hands and feet to climb. Your effort is rewarded with some wonderful views of the Hiem Glacier.
Next, you'll descend into Karanga Valley and the temperature grows colder as you experience the mystical world of the alpine desert.
Finally, you'll 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 you will summit to see the sunrise!
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 5,685 metres, where you will be rewarded with the most extraordinary sunrise of your life. The first rays of sunlight spur you on for the final push to Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres above sea level - the rooftop of Africa.
Take a few moments to savour 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'll 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.
On your final day on Kilimanjaro, you'll 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 will 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, but you'll welcome the time to relax, shower and have a celebratory drink!
Today, you'll check out of your hotel and head back Kilimanjaro Airport in plenty of time for your onward flight.
As part of your tailor-made Kilimanjaro trekking trip, you may wish to extend your adventure with a safari in one of Tanzania's amazing national parks or ease your muscles with time on the idyllic white sands of Zanzibar.