Mt. Kilimanjaro - The roof of Africa
World's tallest free standing mountain
Standing at 5895 meters, Mt Kilimanjaro is the largest free-standing mountain in the world. With no supporting mountain range, Kilimanjaro bulges from the Serengeti and provides a stunning and picturesque trek to its summit.
After first climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010, we have fallen in love with Kili and the amazing Tanzanian people that help each of our expeditions get to the summit. Our local trek manager, Nteze, personally guides the majority of our expeditions and has proven to be a favourite amongst trekkers all over the world.
Join On Track Expeditions as we take you up the Machame Route to the Mount Kilimanjaro summit, Uhuru Peak, some 17,000 feet above sea level. With the support of the incredible On Track Expeditions guides and porters, you will be in great hands as you take on one of the world’s great treks.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, is a large volcano and is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. Uhuru Peak is the highest peak on Kibo’s crater rim. The Tanzania National Parks Authority, lists the height of Uhuru Peak as 5,895 m (19,341 ft).
In 1889, the first successful Mt Kilimanjaro trek was completed by German geographer, Hans Meyer, after six weeks of climbing. However, it is possible that Kilimanjaro’s summit was reached by locals prior to Hans Meyer, but was never recorded.
Our expeditions take us up the Machame route which has been described as the most scenic route on the mountain. Although not the easiest, the Machame route has become the most popular due to its spectacular vistas and its ability to be climbed in just 7 days.
At On Track Expeditions we want you to achieve the ultimate goal, which is making the summit of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The Machame Route will allow you to stand on the rooftop of Africa.
Arrive any time this day and be welcome by our team at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. See the town of Moshi and get acclimatised to the local area.
Preparation day and time to explore Moshi, time to get bags organised and rest before trek start.
Drive to the mountain. Trek through banana and coffee farms, before entering Kilimanjaro National Park and crossing into the beautiful rain-forest and heathland. The second night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3000m. The day’s hike takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Overnight at Machame Camp on full board basis
Steep morning climb, with some of the most magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and Kibo Peak. The third night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3720m. The day’s hike takes approximately 4-6 hours walking.
Overnight at Shira Camp on full board basis
Trek across the lava ridges of the glaciers. The fourth night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3900m. The day’s hike takes approximately 5-7 hours walking.
Overnight at Barranco Camp on full board basis
Steep morning climb up the Barranco Wall on the south eastern flank of Kibo. Later we have amazing views of the summit as we make traverse towards our campsite at an altitude of 4040m. The day’s hike takes approximately 5 hours.
Overnight at Barafu Camp.
Today we hike up to Barafu, the highest camp at an altitude of 4600. This is a short day, and during the afternoon we take it easy and rest, in preparation for our upcoming summit attempt.
After an evening nap, we get up around 11pm and prepare to set off.
Depart during the early hours for Stella Point, before the final trek to Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Peak at an altitude of Summit 5,895m.
After your celebration of a successful trek to the summit, you descend to Mweka Forest Camp where you will spend the night. The day’s hike takes approximately 11-15 hours walking.
Overnight at Mweka Forest Camp on full board basis
Easy-paced trek down to the gate. Takes approximately 4-6 hours walking. Transfer and overnight.
Overnight at Springlands Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
Today is a recovery and sightseeing day. You will be driven out to the amazing Chemka springs for some swimming and a relaxing day out.
Morning transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward arrangements.
* Highly experienced Australian guide with industry required First Aid available on expeditions with 10 or more bookings
International flights not included but can be booked and purchased through On Track Expeditions
Fully Comprehensive Travel and Evacuation Insurance
Porter Tips ($250 USD)
Single room available at and extra $100AUD per night
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