Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

Embark was founded on Mt. Kilimanjaro 20 years ago, when the owner lived in one of the highest villages that borders the national park. This adventure of a lifetime is done in style with a fully-supported mobile camp.  Enjoy hiking from camp to camp while base camp is transported by our highly trained and experienced mountain crew.

Wake each day to a hot drink in your tent and arrive at your camp where warm meals await you in our all-season mess tent.  Don’t be mistaken though, even without lugging your tent to the top, this is still a major physical and emotional endeavor and your summit will be well-earned.  Test your strength and fortitude as you move through five ecosystems, from the dense forest and heather up through alpine desert and, finally, the coveted summit.

When you finally set foot on top, you will feel the strength and support of your mountain family, your accomplishment celebrated together as one.  This experience will leave you with a lifetime of profound memories.



Trip Highlights

  • Experience a remarkable crew of guides rated as some of the best on Kilimanjaro; most have more than 300+ summits
  • Climb with Embark; which actively supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, paying fair wages!
  • Get access to our exclusive resources, curated over years of experience trekking Kilimanjaro. Includes a custom 4 month training plan
  • Custom private trips available year round

Trip Summary

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi​

Welcome to Moshi- the more quaint, laid-back of the small towns sitting at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met by our Embark representatives, who will provide transportation to your hotel. No activities are planned for the day. You are free to explore picturesque downtown Moshi.

Day 2
Free in Moshi. Overnight in hotel

Group briefing and pre-trip discussion. You will be introduced to your trekking guide and have a comprehensive gear check. You are free to explore some more, take part in informal group tour around town; visit the market or a local coffee shop for lunch. Moshi is a relatively small, comfortable city that has a reputation for being somewhat laid-back compared to its sister city of Arusha, so feel free to wander. There will also be time to do last-minute shopping for the trek if needed.

Day 3
Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Depart Moshi for Machame Gate where you will complete entry formalities. With flora and fauna heavier and richer here than on any other route through the thick rainforest, the Machame Route cuts through underbrush that is so untouched it at times grows right across the narrow trail. After 5-7 hours, we'll reach our camp for the night.

Day 4
Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. You will hike over streams, a river gorge, and moorlands. Camp is located on the Shira Plateau, providing views of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.

Day 5
Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Today is an important acclimization day as you travel up to 15,000ft, then descend to the Barranco Camp at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at almost the same elevation as when you started, the day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 6
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day mean for acclimatization.

Day 7
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for Summit Day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position.

Day 8
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 1:00 am), we begin our journey to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 9
Mweka Camp to Gate

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Day 10

Departure for airport for international flight home or add-on safari (if participating in a safari; please make sure to book your international flight home in the evening).

Dates & Pricing


Double Occupancy
  • Sep 2
    Sep 11
    $3195 USD
  • Sep 16
    Sep 25
    $3195 USD
  • Sep 23
    Oct 2
    $3195 USD
  • Oct 1
    Oct 9
    $3195 USD
  • Oct 14
    Oct 23
    $3195 USD
  • Dec 23
    Jan 1
    $3195 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • All international and domestic airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Moshi and breakfasts while at the hotel
  • Park fees
  • All meals and accommodations while on climb
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guide and porter
  • Fairs wages for the porters!

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Lunch and dinner in Moshi prior and post-climb
  • Any sightseeing tours in Moshi
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)
  • Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
  • Tanzania visa

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