Duration: 8 Days Price from: $5,000 Trip Dates: Year round
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The extinct volcano of Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most recognizable peaks as it rises  dramatically above the dusty East African plains to its impressive snow-capped summit. Our  expedition travels through one of Africa’s best-known game reserves and climbs through five  distinct ecosystems. Each Zone displaying unique and diverse flora and fauna as we climb,  providing ever changing perspectives of this beautiful environment. The ascent of Kilimanjaro is  an unforgettable, awe inspiring mountain and cultural experience. Located in the country of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the  world. “Kili” as it’s often referred to, is also the highest mountain on the African continent  standing at an impressive 19,341 feet, making it one of the ‘Seven Summits’. (You can browse + join our


We are able to carry so little on our backs, because we have the help of our Tanzanian hosts  and porters, who carry our loads and run our camps. Breakfast and dinner will be served in  our own dinning tent, complete with table and chairs to comfortably gather as a group to enjoy  our meals. At breakfast you can expect tea, coffee and other hot drinks to accompany  porridge, pancakes, eggs and fresh fruit. Dinner is rice, pasta, veggies and meat of various  combinations. 
Each day you can expect to be on the trail between 4-8 hours, climbing on average 2000’ a  day and between 4-6 miles. This is a leisurely pace with time to stop for lunch and have time  for plenty of water and snack breaks. Lunches will be packed by our cook staff and will be  things like boiled eggs, bread rolls, fruit and cookies. 


Temperatures vary greatly as we climb. On day one as we enter the park gates, you can expect  day time temperatures to be between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. As we climb temperatures  will decrease. At the summit the temperature can range between 20 and -20 degrees  Fahrenheit. Kilimanjaro stands alone as it rises out of the African plains, creating its own  weather system. Wind, rain and snow are not uncommon on this journey. We at ITCOG have  lots of experience guiding and teaching people how to stay safe and in relative comfort in all  sorts of extreme conditions.  


This Machame route has the advantage of abiding by the ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’ philosophy  of good acclimitiation. For example, we descend into a deep river gorge before climbing back up to the Shira Plateau on one day and on another we’ll to ascend 15,200’ before descending  2300’ to the Barranco camp to sleep at 12,960’.  

Properly adapting to altitude is a process that can vary from person to person based on a  variety of factors including: Fitness, diet, and hydration, as well as stress, fatigue and your  genes. Altitude sickness is common on the mountain and can be life threatening. We have  extensive training and experience; climbing, living, and guiding at altitude. We what works and  how to take care of others in these high altitude environments.  




Day 1

Transfer to hotel in Arusha for overnight

Transfer to hotel in Arusha for overnight

Day 2

Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame Hut (2980m)

Drive from the hotel to the Machame gate (1490m); from here we trek through the lush forest to Machame Hut (10,000ft/3000m) Camp for overnight.

Day 3

Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame Hut (2980m)

Drive from the hotel to the Machame gate (1490m); from here we trek through the lush forest to Machame Hut (10,000ft/3000m) Camp for overnight.

Day 4

Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)

We hike eastwards, ascending through the dry and rocky landscape via the lava tower for picnic lunch. Drop into Barranco Valley to reach Barranco Camp (3950m) to camp for an overnight.

Day 5

Barranco camp (3950m) to Karanga Valley (4000m) to Barafu 4670m

The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley and crosses the Karanga Valley (4000m) . Arrive Karanga Camp for Lunch. Overnight in the camp.

Day 6

Karanga Camp (4000m)-Barafu hut(4670m)

After Breakfast,climb along the ridge leading to Barafu Hut. This is a 3 hours hike arriving in time for lunch.
Dinner is at 1800hrs and retiring to sleep early so that we wake up at mid night for the summit.

Day 7

Barafu camp (4670m) - Uhuru Peak (5896m) - Mweka Hut (3100m)

It’s a long day and an early start at 12a.m mid-night to reach the Crater rim at Stella Point (5730m) for sunrise. Continue the ascent for 1hour to Uhuru peak (5896m), the highest point in Africa. After a timely photography descend to Barafu for breakfast. Walk downward to Mweka hut (3100m) to stay overnight.

Day 8

Mweka camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1980m)-Arusha

Descend to the Mweka park gate (1980m) from where you will be transferred back to your hotel in Arusha for overnight.

Day 9

Home or Safari

Transfer to Airport for your flight home, Or for those doing a safari we begin or Safari

  • Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel in Machame Village
  • A night’s accommodation both before and after your climb
  • All climbing costs, including salaries, food, fees, etc (please note that this does not include tips for the crew or guides)
  •  All transfers to the mountain and back to your hotel.
  • 7 days on the mountain including 3 meals/day, porters, cooks, and guide
  • 3 day Safari if purchased
  • Transfers back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flights
  • ITCOG Mountain Guide
  • Accommodation includes bed and breakfast in standard range hotels, double occupancy

  •  Flight and overland transfers from anywhere other than Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Visas, which can be obtained upon arrival and costs $50
  • Tips for your mountain staff
  • Additional nights beyond the standard two hotel nights included
  • Hotel upgrade costs if you request an alternative hotel outside of the standard hotels
  •  Items considered to be non-essential, such as soft drink, snacks, etc.
  •  Trip Insurance
  •  International Travel fees
  •  Alcohol
  • Kilmanjaro can be done year round.
  • $5000 per person / per trip
  • *Pricing is for climb only. Safari is available for an additional $2500 per person for 3 day Safari
    or $3000 for the 4 day Safari.
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