Climbing Kilimanjaro (Machame Route)
Why take this trip?
- Stand on the roof of Africa above the clouds and watch the incredible sun rise from 5,895 meters!
- Best in class expedition equipment and safety devices including: pulse oximeters, first-aid kits, oxygen and AMS scorecards.
- Professional, full-time, highly-trained guides with over 250 successful summits and international fIrst-aid responders certification (WFR-USA). All porters are first-aid trained.
- Wild Guanabana summit success rate of 98% (industry average just 65%).
- A mentoring program that provides information on gear rentals, how to pack, and how to train for this incredible experience!
The trip was beyond awesome!!
I feel like a new person already! It was the hardest thing I ever did and the most rewarding! The best trip i have ever taken in my life!
You end up forging an unbreakable link by sharing this experience together. Together you’ve beaten the mountain, and you’ve seen sides of each other that no one else has! Nothing can convey what it's like there!
The hotel in Moshi was charming! The staff were super friendly and the setting was nice.
The guides on the mountain were excellent!
Support and service before and during the trip were outstanding!
The staff was very friendly & Charles -our guide- was great, he was very knowledgeable & we trusted him. WG picked a good team for us and we never felt like we were at a disadvantage compared to other groups – we felt the opposite, actually.
Karim and Sara-Kristina Nour
It was a great experience and definitely one of the most memorable of my life. The staff, porters and guides were excellent and gave us a lot of personal care and attention. We knew we were in good hands.
The people who were there to help us were polite and eager to help. I can't say enough about Markos, our guide, Peter, the camp manager, Loni, our cook & Jonas, the assistant guide. I felt looked after. I had a fun & life altering experience.
Overall, the experience was really fantastic because of the great organisation and planning.
Aly El Shalakany
Wild Guanabana exceeded my expectations. I came back from this experience with new friends!
I had a great overall experience. I acquired interesting insights about myself, others and nature. It was a trip true to its "life-changing journey” objective.
I loved how friendly our guides were.
Amazing experience! Godson, our guide, was amazing and the entire team was outstanding. The organisation was just perfect from beginning to end.
Fantastic overall experience, you guys know what it's all about :).
Done, done and done! Incredible trip. I loved every minute on the mountain. An unforgettable trip- one of the best I've ever had!! The overall experience was incredible. I can't wait to go another trip with Wild Guanabana. You guys rock!
Most incredible, challenging and rewarding adventure I have done in my life!! Thank you Wild Guanoabana for such a magical and surreal experience. Our Head Guide, Olavir, was outstanding and truly a "man of the mountain". He put our safety and health at his primary concern and was a great motivator and inspiration. The support team, including Harune (asst. guide), Zacharia (camp mgr), Michael (fantastic cook!) and all the porters were so attentive, courteous, friendly, helpful and gracious. Without them I could have never made it. Thank you WG!!
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival In Arusha (1,254m) - (B)
You are picked up from the airport and transported to the Arusha Hotel (or similar). Make sure you arrive early on this day as there is a lot to get done. Once you've had a chance to settle in, the guides will arrange a final briefing and gear check to make sure that you are perfectly ready before the start of the climb the next day. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure but make sure you get a good night's rest as the next day starts pretty early!
Day 2: Hike to Machame Camp (2,980m) – (B/L/D)
After breakfast you depart by a private vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate, you will sign in and after the formalities you will start off from Machame gate. Today's hike is through verdant fromontane forest to Machame camp and en route you will stop and have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Stay overnight in Machame Camp.
Day 3: Hike to Shira Camp (3840m) – (B/L/D)
From Machame camp you'll hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today if the weather and time permit. 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. Stay overnight at Shira Camp.
Day 4: Hike to Barranco Camp (3950m) – (B/L/D)
Today is a "walk high sleep low day." You ascend into alpine desert and for those feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. You'll have a picnic lunch en 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! Stay overnight at Barranco Camp.
Day 5: Hike to Karanga Valley (3,930m) – (B/L/D)
From Barranco camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day and we'll lunch at Karanga camp. In the afternoon, you'll take a walk with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Stay overnight at Karanga Camp.
Day 6: Hike to Barafu Camp (4,550m) – (B/L/D)
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again, we'll lunch at the 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. We'll eat a relatively early dinner before heading to rest for the evening. Stay overnight Barafu Camp.
Day 7: To the top of Africa and down to Mweke Camp (3,100m) – (B/L/D)
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of the game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear - most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa (5,895m)! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. Stay overnight at Mweka Camp. If we are late summiting then we may camp at the closer Millenium Camp.
Day 8: Departure back to Arusha – (B)
After breakfast, you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day, after bidding your crew farewell, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower! Last of all, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation inc. physical and mental
- Hotel accommodation first night and day-use on the last day on a double room basis
- Highly experienced guides with over 100 summits of Kilimanjaro and Wilderness First Responder Qualification
- Top and highly qualified assistant guides
- Top and well trained expedition cooks
- Camp crew to set up tents
- An average of 3:1 Porters to every client to carry personal gear, food and equipment. Every one of our porters is first-aid trained and have a route within the organization to becoming a guide with sufficient training
- Operation team on the ground checking in with guides twice daily
- Customized food menus that meet all dietary requirements
- Bottled water at the trailhead on day 1. After that all water from the streams are filtered, boiled and passed through a ceramic filter
- Thick foam pad for sleeping
- Top of the line expedition tents and group equipment
- Pulse oximeter, altitude sickness checklist, stocked first aid kit, custom evacuation stretcher, supplementary oxygen
- All car transfers in Tanzania (to/from airport and to/from mountain)
- Offsetting all carbon emissions of the journey in an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya (Wild Guanabana is the Middle East and North Africa’s first carbon neutral travel company)
- International Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
- Kilimanjaro portion single supplement fee of US$111
- Travel and medical insurance
- Vaccinations and Malaria medicine (we send a detailed list)
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
- Bottled beverages (we’ll boil and filter plenty of water on the climb)
- Tips and Gratuity (average of $150-250 per person for Kilimanjaro)
- Gear rentals available at a separate price (please let us know if you would like to rent gear)
- International Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania