Kilimanjaro Trek 7 days

  • Private tour
  • Family friendly

At 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and one of the continent's magnificent sights, it has three main volcanic peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The name itself "Kilimanjaro" is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans.

Above the gently rolling hills and plateaux of northern Tanzania rises the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area, carefully regulated for climbers to enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence. The mountain’s ecosystem are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse.

The trek lasts 7 days however we have included in the itinerary optional welcome and farewell days to assist you before and after the trekking.

Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania

Optional day (included in price).

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative).

Meals: No Meals Included

Day 2 Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7miles

Approx. time taken: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 3 Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4miles

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 4 Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp. The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7miles

Approx. time taken: 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4miles

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 6 Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9miles

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 7 Barafu Camp (4640m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi Peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3miles

Approx. time taken: 12 - 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 8 Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Overnight at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative).

Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5miles

Approx. time taken: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

Day 9 Depart Tanzania

Optional day (included in price).

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

*We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region.

Meals: Breakfast Included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Cold drinks
  • Guiding in selected language
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Meals (full board)
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Park/ museum entrance fees
  • Taxes
  • Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeter
  • Private transfers
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)

Available in

English, French, German, Spanish, Suahili


Available for

Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Kilimanjaro , Tanzania

Pick up times available: 07:30, 09:00, 09:30

Pick up location: Arrival gate at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Ends at: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)



Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

from $3000 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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  • Machame Route
  • Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Uhuru Peak
  • Kilimanjaro Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Mountains
  • Mountaineering Expedition
  • Mountaineering