Our preferred way up Kilimanjaro, the Machame route, has provided us with an extremely high success rate. The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before summiting. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. As we traverse the flanks of Kilimanjaro, we will walk through six different ecozones. The beautiful foliage and stunning scenery add to the mystique of this great mountain.

Let us help you gain an incredible sense of accomplishment upon reaching the “Roof of Africa” today.




TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights


Double Occupancy

$ 4,900

Per Persion

Single Supplement

$ 5,305

Per Person


  • Conquer one of the Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro – and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain
  • Experience 5 different ecozones on a mystical journey to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Extend your adventure with one of our fascinating safari add-ons






Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania Africa
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, where we will hold a welcome reception
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Cultural Walking Tour

  • After breakfast this morning, we will take a walking tour of some of the foothill villages surrounding Kilimanjaro, stopping to take a tour of a coffee plantation along the way
  • In the afternoon we will conduct a mountain briefing
  • You will pack one duffel for your porter to carry on the mountain, and pack another to leave at the hotel with your travel and safari gear
  • Your guide will personally check each guest’s gear to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included; B/L/D

Day 3: Trek from Machame Trailhead (5,380') to Machame Camp (9,350')

  • Today we will travel to the Machame trailhead, winding through coffee fields, small villages, and forests of ferns and flowers
  • At the trailhead we will meet the rest of our crew and mountain team and register with the Kilimanjaro Park Service
  • We will trek for about six hours underneath a beautiful rainforest canopy to the Machame Camp, stopping for a sit-down lunch on the way
  • Overnight: Machame Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Machame Camp (9,350') to Shira Camp (12,500')

  • This morning we will leave the Machame camp to cross the valley and continue our ascent
  • The environment changes from heath forest to moorlands
  • Halfway up the trail we meet the river gorge and ascend across the Shira Plateau
  • Each day along the trail, we stop for a sit-down lunch and we set up our private, flushing toilet tents
  • Overnight: Shira Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Shira Camp (12,500') to Lava Tower Pass (14,950') to Barranco Camp (13,077')

  • Today we will ascend from the Shira Camp up the Shira Plateau
  • While crossing the ridge at the Lava Tower, we will have great views of the African plains far below
  • Here we will eat lunch, acclimate and admire the ancient glacier ice of the Breach Wall from the Lava Tower
  • We will then descend about 2,000 feet into Barranco Camp for the night
  • Overnight: Barranco Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Barranco Camp (13,077') to Karanga Camp (13,235')

  • Today after our hearty breakfast, we will climb the Great Barranco Wall, also known as the breakfast wall
  • We will top out at about 14,500 feet before traversing across the Karanga Valley to our camp at the Karanga River
  • This completes another day of acclimatization as we pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa
  • Overnight: Karanga Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Karanga Valley Camp (13,235') to Kosovo Camp (15,750') and Leave for Summit at Midnight

  • From the Karanga Valley camp, we climb for four to five hours to Barafu (Ice) Camp, where we will enjoy a sit-down lunch and a short rest
  • Afterwards, we will continue to climb for about 1.5 hours until we reach the Kosovo Camp above the next rocky bench
  • We acquire a special permit that allows us to stay at this quiet camp
  • It puts us closer to the summit for our climb and closer to our camp on our descent
  • While our cook staff prepares our dinner, we will spend our time packing and preparing for our midnight departure, the final push for a sunrise summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Overnight: Kosovo Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Summit Day! Trek to Uhuru Peak (19,341') and Return to Millennium Camp (12,566')

  • We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the mountain glaciers
  • Following a distinct ridge we approach the crater’s rim, then traverse northwest along the rim to the main summit, Uhuru Peak
  • We are now on the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and the highest point on the African Continent!
  • After enjoying the view from the roof of Africa, we descend to Kosovo Camp, rest, eat, break camp, and begin our trek down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain
  • We descend down into the jungle to Millennium Camp for our last night on the mountain
  • Overnight: Millennium Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Descend from Millenium Camp (12,566') to Mweka Gate (5,413')

  • We will descend through the rainforest, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere
  • After reaching the Mweka gate we say our farewells to the mountain staff and drive back to our lodge to enjoy a celebration dinner
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures or Add-On Adventure

  • Return to Kilimanjaro International Airport for international departure
  • Or, begin an Add-On Adventure


One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.


Best time of the year to visit

Our personal favorite time to travel is from mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.

Arrivals and Departures

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, and Immigration

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.


Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new North Face tents. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

Our Team

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff  is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have questions about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, separate toilet attendants, and anything else you can think of.


A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.


Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

Health & Safety

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.


As in many parts of the world, gratuities area  symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. Currency exchangers subdived the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend looked searching online to find the current rate.