Hike to the sky on this exhilarating trekking challenge!

Challenge Highlights

  • Summit the world’s highest free-standing mountain
  • Trek along the beautiful Machame Route
  • Discover diverse landscapes, changing as you climb to the peak
  • Stunning mountain and valley views
  • See the sunrise over Mawenzi Peaks
  • Gaze in awe at a mountain on the equator capped with snow
Climbers at the peak of Kilimanjaro

The Challenge

Grab your boots and join us on an exhilarating trekking adventure to the top of Africa as we summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain standing tall at 5,895 m, a magnet for trekkers and climbers. Our trek takes us along the beautiful Machame route, which allows us to gradually acclimatise to the altitude as we climb to the summit. We’ll trek through dense tropical rainforest all the way up to the snow-capped peak to witness awe-inspiring views. This is a tough but spectacularly rewarding challenge, so join us and conquer the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro!

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Your Itinerary

Day 1

We will depart the UK for our overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 2

Upon arrival we will be met by our ground handler representative and transfer to our lodge in Moshi. Later in the day, we will have a climb briefing and equipment check and our local Head Guide will answer any questions about the challenge.

Day 3

Machame Gate to Machame Camp – 3,010 m

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Machame Gate where we’ll register and complete the National Park formalities. We’ll then start trekking, steadily ascending through stunning rainforest – a magnificent way to start our challenge.

Trekking distance – approx. 9 km/5-7 hours

Day 4

Machame Camp to Shira Camp – 3,840 m

Following breakfast at camp, we’ll push on with our ascent. Day 4 is a short day but rather steep and rocky in places. It’s a slow hike with plenty of rests and enough time to acclimatise. We’ll push on trekking until we reach the Shira Plateau, where we will be rewarded with great views of the mountain, and if we look back, magnificent views of Mount Meru rising above Arusha Town.

Trekking distance – approx. 7 km/5–6 hours

Day 5

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp – 3,950 m

Our day will start with trekking over high moorland. The changing scenery will change the whole character of our challenge. We’ll trek steadily uphill to the Lava Tower, where we’ll stop for lunch around noon. From the Lava Tower we will start our descent for about 2 hours to our camp at Barranco. Day 3 is good for acclimatisation, as we’ll climb up to 4,600 m and sleep at 3,950 m – the golden altitude rule is, “walk high, sleep low”.

Trekking distance –approx. 10 km/6–7 hours

Day 6

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp – 4,100 m

Following breakfast, we set off to conquer what the locals know as ‘breakfast wall’ – the Great Barranco Wall! It is a scramble using our hands and feet, (not technical like rock climbing) but certainly adds the adventure. Once we take in our achievements at the top, we will be able to witness stunning views across the mountain towards the Karanga Valley and will be able to spot our previous night’s campsite. We’ll continue undulating through the green valley until we reach our camp at Karanga Valley.

Trekking distance – approx. 6 km/4–5 hours

Day 7

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp – 4,600 m

We’ll push on with our challenge and start with a short, but steep ascent across the barren landscape where we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the Decken Glaciers. We’ll be keeping our pace to a slow rhythm as we will need to conserve as much energy as we can for the summit attempt later in the evening. We’ll reach our camp for an early dinner before a nap, as we will be woken at 11pm for our summit attempt.

Trekking distance – approx. 6 km/4-5 hours

Day 8

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak – 5,895 m then descend to Millennium Camp – 3,730 m

We’ll aim to leave camp at 12 am using our head torches to light the way. The next 4 hours will be spent trekking to Stella Point (5,750 m) over scree and rock, where we will be rewarded with magnificent and spectacular views of the ice cliffs which surround us, and the majestic views to the Mawenzi Peaks – trekking just does not get any better than this! We will make regular rest stops every 15 minutes or so, to aid our chances of reaching Uhuru Peak. We’ll push on to the summit with the sun rising over the stunning Mawenzi Peaks and aim to reach the summit by about 6 or 7 am. We’ll start our long descent via Stella Point, back to Barafu Camp, where we will enjoy some lunch and a good rest. Our descent will then continue down to Millennium Camp (3,730 m) – Day 8 is a very long, emotional day, but at the same time, so memorable and exhilarating.

Trekking distance – approx 6.5 km/7-8 hours to Uhuru Peak and approx 13 km/6-7 hours to Millennium Camp

Day 9

Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate – 1,660 m then transfer to Moshi

Continuing with our descent, we will continue trekking for around 5 hours to make the 1,300 m descent to the main park gate. Following lunch, we’ll take the transfer back to our lodge through beautiful coffee plantations and the traditional small villages of the Chagga people. Upon reaching our lodge, you’ll have time to relax with a hot shower or cool dip in the swimming pool. In the evening we will meet as a group and mark our achievements with a celebratory dinner.

Trekking distance – approx. 12 km/5-6 hours

Day 10

After breakfast there may be some free time to relax at the lodge or go shopping in Moshi before transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 11

Arrive home in the UK.

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(Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change, including the timings and distances detailed. Mountain weather conditions, the group’s ability and any other factors outside our control can impact on the schedule set out here).