Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
August 5-13, 2018
An immensely rewarding challenge for both body & mind, this trek is give-back focused and designed for all-level trekkers. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco wall, the 6-day Machame route is breathtakingly beautiful complete with rainforest, glaciers and desert terrain
$2495 per person
Safari Add-ons available
We’ve partnered with Urth Expeditions for an incredible venture up the highest free-standing, walkable mountain in the world. At 19,341 feet Mt. Kilimanjaro is often referred to as the Roof of Africa and you do not have to be an expertise mountaineer to climb it. We’ll be hosted by expert guide Gabriele Brown, who has summited 9 times along with a full local team. Funds directly support local Kili portors as well as our community partner’s business vocational school, women’s co-op, and education sponsorships.
- 8 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights local B&B + 5 nights camping
- Daily breakfast, Welcome & Farewell dinners + full board meals during the trek
- Entrance fee + transfers to/from the Kilimanjaro National Park
- 5-day Machame trek with tents, sleeping mats, equipment porters, a chef, medical supplies, and full board nourishing meals
- Clean, filtered water provided throughout the trek
- 1 dedicated local guide + 1 Traverse representative 24/7
- Airport transfers
- Small group experience, max 12 people
- Optional add-ons including 3-day safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 1: Sunday – Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro airport, your driver will transfer you to Moshi for your overnight stay. Settle in & meet your guide & fellow trekkers before our Welcome Dinner of fantastic traditional cuisine and cultural education.
Day 2: Monday – Moshi & Community Partner Day
After breakfast, we will have a detailed group orientation covering all aspects of the climb. Then, we will visit our community partner, Give a Heart to Africa, a local co-operative that empowers women via education & entrepreneurship. The afternoon is yours to grab a bite to eat in town and rest up for our first climbing day tomorrow!
Day 3: Tuesday – Machame Gate to Machame Camp
After breakfast we’ll drive to Machame Village where your guides & porters will prepare your equipment and supplies. After registering at the park office, you will start your ascent and enter the rainforest. You’ll enjoy a lunch stop halfway up before we arrive at Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Your tents and in the evening enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your cook. Nights can be below freezing, so layer on the clothes and get comfy in your sleeping bag for a good nights sleep.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 9,400 feet Distance: 6.8 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 4: Wednesday – Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast we’ll leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a little valley along a steep, rocky ridge covered in heather. After lunch and a rest stop, we’ll continue on to the Shira Plateau where you can see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You’ll be west of the Kibo volcano cone where the Uhuru Peak is located. After a short hike westward, you’ll reach the Shira campsite. Enjoy a nourishing dinner before bundling up in your tent to rest.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 12,500 ft Distance: 3.1 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Moorland
Day 5: Thursday – Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
After a hearty, healthy breakfast we’ll continue on our way. From the Shira Plateau we’ll continue to the east up a ridge, past the junction toward the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast toward the Lava Tower, called the Shark’s Tooth. Shortly after the tower, we’ll arrive at a second junction that heads to the Arrow Glacier at an elevation of 16,000 feet. We’ll continue down to the Barranco Hut to rest, enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. Though we end today at the same elevation that we started, it is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 13,000 feet Distance: 6.2 miles Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Semi Desert
Day 6: Friday – Barrano Camp to Karanga Camp
After spending the night under the Great Barranco Wall, we’ll climb over this obstacle, a challenging trip highlight. We’ll top out just below the Heim Glacier where you can really appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro is. The Machame route then windes down through the Karanga Valley through intervening ridges & valleys to join the Mweka route, which you will use later to descend the mountain. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. We’ll rest at the Karanga Camp and enjoy a restful evening.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 13,100 feet Distance: 3.1 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 7: Saturday – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Today we’re approaching the famous snow-covered Kilimanjaro. We’re headed to Barafu Camp – “barafu” is Swahili for “ice.” Completely exposed to the ever-present winds, Barafu is on a ridge overlooking the rugged terrain below. We’ll prepare equipment and warm clothing for an early-morning summit, and we’ll get to bed early for rest.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 15,300 feet Distance: 2.5 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 8: Sunday – Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
We’ll start close to 2:00 in the morning to continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We’ll head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree toward Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally & physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point – 18,600 feet – we’ll stop for a short rest before a magnificent sunrise with possible snow along the 1-hour ascent to summit. At Uhuru Peak, you’ll be at the highest point on Mt Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After the summit, we’ll make our descending climb to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. We’ll end back with the upper forest, likely with light rain and mist. Later in the evening, we’ll enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Meals: B, L, D
Peak Elevation: 19,345 feet Distance: 10.6 miles Hiking Time: 11-14 hours Habitat: Arctic
Day 9: Monday – Mweka Camp to Moshi
After breakfast, we’ll continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate where you’ll receive your summit certificate. We’ll continue another hour to the Mweka Village where our driver will be waiting to take us back to the hotel in Moshi. Settle back in to our comfy B&B, get some food in town, and celebrate your accomplishment!
Meals: B, L
End Elevation: 5,400 feet Distance: 6.2 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rainforest
Day 10: Departure
Depart any time today or add on a 3-day safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater.
$2495 per person, double occupancy
$2995 per person, single supplement
3-day safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater. Please contact us for details.
Trip Does Not Include:
- International airfare
- Additional meals, excursions and activities
- Required travel insurance
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YOUR trek leader
After working in corporate America for more than 35 years, Gabriele dedicated her life to traveling and helping others discover themselves in rustic adventures and new surroundings. After visiting Tanzania in 2012 and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, she fell in love with the people, culture and landscapes. Since then, she has led groups to the summit 9 times and also leads safaris. Gabriele's passion is inspiring others to live life to the fullest.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A non-refundable 25% deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 8 weeks prior to trip start date.
Payment is made directly through Urth Expeditions through payment link provided on registration.
Due to the nature of this itinerary, cancellations are non-refundable.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.