Mt. Kili Climb – Machame

10 Days


Daily Departures, June 2023 to June 2025

$7,270 – $7,740

Minimum 2 People

This program is operated in conjunction with Tanzania’s finest climb guide, Ake Lindstrom. Ake knows more about the mountain than any man alive. As a result, Ake’s climbs have the highest success rate and safest history of any company in Tanzania.


There are six established routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The vast majority of climbers (about 20,000 annually) traveled the Marangu Route, referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route because there are sometimes lines of walkers for as far you can see, and overnights are spent in large, government-operated dormitories along the way. EWT does not operate the Marangu Route. The Umbwe and Rongai routes are challenging and we suggest only experienced and very fit trekkers should attempt them. If you are interested in either of the Umbwe or Rongai routes, please contact us directly. The Mweka Route is used by virtually all climbers to descend.

With few exceptions EWT recommends either the Lemosho or Machame Route. Both routes travel the most scenic parts of the mountain in a fairly gradual ascent.

The Machame itinerary allows you the time to see all of Kilimanjaro’s main areas and with a 7 day ascent it also allows you a great chance of successfully making it to the roof of Africa!


EWT’s basic outfitting is included in this 7-day Machame ascent and includes between 15-20 crew to accompany you, depending upon conditions at the time. The crew includes professionally trained guides certified in the highest safety standards and strategies. All non-personal gear is supplied, including pup tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, etc. There is a 24 x 7 ground watch whereby climb staff are in constant contact with the base, so in sum we provide one of the safest, most enjoyable and beautiful experiences possible on Kili.

We routinely upgrade the outfitting with larger walk-in tents and beds, camp chairs, toilet and shower tents and even portable altitude chambers on request for a surcharge.

Much of the staff carries camp forward ahead of the climbers. Camp is ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Only the finest and most appropriate foods are prepared not only to satisfy you, but to make sure you are not energy-depleted.


Day 1 :

Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and transferred to the Arusha Hotel. The first-class 4-star hotel is "base camp" for almost all Kilimanjaro climbers, located in the city and therefore in proximity to a variety of restaurants and other services. There are many other choices in the Arusha/Kilimanjaro area, including some of Tanzania's finest boutique hotels and lodges. Please contact us for additional choices in your base lodging.

Day 2 :

The day is spent in Arusha National Park on the mid slopes of Mt. Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain. The day is intended to help you acclimatize to higher altitudes. This is a big game park with most of Africa's traditional game, most of which is found at altitudes of 6,000' or more. A picnic lunch is carried for you. For an additional nominal charge, you may hire armed rangers to accompany you on day hikes to altitudes as high as 10,000'. You'll return to your hotel for the afternoon climb briefing, where you are given a full briefing and equipment check with the Climbs Manager and your guide. Overnight at the Arusha Hotel.

After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalize packing and after finishing with formalities you start off from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a gradation of forest zones! Overnight at Machame Camp.

From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive Helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight at Shira Camp.

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is a long day but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time – great acclimatization day! Overnight at Barranco Camp.

You now have a relatively short day to Karanga Camp, after conquering the Barranco Wall. The selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1,000 meters (over 3,000 feet) above you. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. Your guide will brief you fully for the final ascent which begins shortly after midnight. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. The going is slow, and often quite frustrating on the scree, but persistence and patience ensure steady progress. Near the summit you pass through the gap between the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. At Stella point you can then choose to return - you are after all already higher than any point in Africa! Otherwise, continue to Uhuru peak (5,896m). Despite the distance being relatively short, progress is slow - there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level! Uhuru Peak provides a unique satisfaction and usually releases a plethora of emotions. If progress is good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa!

What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. Overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 9 :

The final descent takes you through the lower heath section that quickly turns into rainforest. Your time on Kilimanjaro ends at Mweka Gate where your landrover will be waiting to transfer you back to the Arusha Hotel. You may now relax, take a hot shower or even lounge by the pool! Join your climb guides in Arusha town this evening for a grand celebration!

Day 10 :

You will be privately transferred to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports for your departure.

Don't go yet! The great safari savannas are just ahead! Check out our many short East African safaris or call us for suggestions.

Cost Inlcudes

  • A Professional Guide who stays with you throughout and manages the entire program
  • Several assistant guides -- depending upon the size of the group -- plus a complete staff complement of cooks, assistant cooks, tent hands and porters
  • Comprehensive pre-climb literature to help you prepare for the climb
  • Private transfers
  • Accommodations as described
  • Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below
  • All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes

Additional Expenses Not Included

  • Meals not included
  • All beverages
  • Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations
  • Tipping