KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN TREK | Budget Camping Hike up Kili

8 Day Kilimanjaro Mountain Trek (Machame Route)


+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 1400

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Tanzania
Starts Moshi
Ends Moshi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

8 Day budget camping Kilimanjaro Mountain Trek in Tanzania. Get peace of mind when planning any adventure in Africa, with African Overland Tours.



Tour Overview

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At 5895m above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and majestically straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Climbing to the top of this dormant volcano is the dream of many, and this seven day guided climb takes you to the roof of Africa. Making it to the summit and watching the sun rise above Kilimanjaro's crater rim is one of Africa's most exhilarating challenges.



  • Meals 7 Breakfast   5 Lunch   7 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport


  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package
  • Optional activities

SKU: CAE0477


Day 1: Tanzania – Moshi, Tanzania

The gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi, is also the joining area for many hiking excursions.  Today we are introduced to each other and are briefed about the journey and weather, as well as glimpse the world’s highest free-standing mountain at a spectacular height of 5,895 metres. If you are travelling your own way to Moshi, please let us know your estimated time of arrival so that our briefings can be organised accordingly.

With a population of approximately 150,000, the Tanzanian city of Moshi is home to both the Chagga and Masai tribes. The city is made up of two main roads, set around the central reference point of clock tower, the north-south road to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and an east-west road to Arusha. Countless residents maintain banana groves, or ‘migombani’, and coffee small-holdings, ‘vihamba’, on the fruitful escarpments of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Arabica coffee seeds that were introduced by Catholic missionaries in the 19th century were grown in Moshi. Due to the KNCU (Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union, established in the 1920s by Charles Dundas (the district commissioner), coffee is now the primary export of Moshi and Chagga coffee growers compete on equal terms on world markets with the European growers. Moshi also boasts the highest literacy rates in the region, largely because of e easyfforts put forth by the government, local authorities and Catholic/Lutheran missionaries. Moshi is frequently overlooked as a fantastic tourist destination with most travellers in northern Tanzania deciding to reside in close by Arusha. However, the town is now renowned for the Kilimanjaro Marathon which is swiftly developing in terms of popularity, and there are a couple of cultural tourism programmes taking place on the lower escarpments of the Mountain.

Accommodation: Two per room: The Keys Hotel
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: National Park Fees

Day 2: Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Camp (3 010 m), Tanzania

Following a hearty breakfast, you will be fetched from your hotel, and when you’ve completed a 45 minute drive you will reach the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. In a brief distance you will be in the heart of the lush, majestic mountain  rainforest. If luck is on our side we might see the splendid black and white thumb-less Colobus monkeys in the trees. Five to seven hours later you will arrive at today’s destination, the Machame Camp, located just beneath the tree line at 3,010 metres. Here, at the foot of the Mountain, you will indulge in your first dinner and stay the evening at the camp.

Accommodation: Camp: Machame Camp no website available
Route: Machame Gate to Machame Camp ±±9 km

Day 3: Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Camp (3845M), Tanzania

Following a start in the early morning we depart from the Machame Camp and timberland. The route gets steeper and the terrain transforms into a moor with heather and other low shrubs, providing a beautiful scenic view. Today’s leg of the journey is shorter than the final leg and by the afternoon we will have reached the New Shira Campsite, situated at the Shira Plateau. The camp provides incredible views of the mountain, particularly when the sun sets.

Accommodation: Camp: Shira Camp no website available
Route: Machame Camp to Shira Camp +/- 7 kms time

Day 4: Kilimanjaro National Park Barranco Camp (3960M), Tanzania

Today we hike around 800 metres and camp on a slope that is only a bit steeper than the evening before. This allows us to adapt to our environment and climate as we will reach a height of more than 4,600 metres in the following two days prior to returning to the base of the Mountain. The hike starts with a lengthy climb above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Towe Hut. Following approximately six to seven hours later we reach what is arguably the most splendid camp on the Kilimanjaro Mountain – the Barranco Camp.

Accommodation: Camp: Barranco Camp no website available
Route: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp. +/- 10 kms

Day 5: Kilimanjaro National Park Barafu Camp (4640M), Tanzania

Today’s hike begins with the ascent of the Barranco Wall. Safety is extremely important, therefore you will be secured when required along this path. Following the ridge as it undulates, it provides incredible views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will enjoy lunch in preparation for the 2-3 hour hike to Barafu Camp. Upon our arrival at camp we indulge in a delicious dinner and have an early evening to prepare us for the following day. Our guide will awaken us at 23h30 and we will continue our climb after midnight on Day 6.

Accommodation: Camp: Barafu Camp
Route:  Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp. +/- 8 kms

Day 6: Kilimanjaro National Park Uhuru Peak (Summit 5895M) – Mweka Camp (3080M), Tanzania

Just after midnight we start the hike to Uhuru peak. Ascending the Kibo steps you will reach Stella Point after five to seven hours of hard hiking. This is the crater edge of Kilimanjaro, from which we carry on for an additional one to two hours along the rim to Uhuru Peak. The comparatively easy climb down runs pretty much along the same path and just before afternoon we will reach Camp Barafu. Following a hard-earned rest of around two hours we continue to Camp Mweka where we indulge in a delicious dinner and have a fantastic evening’s sleep.

Accommodation: Camp: Mweka Camp no website available
Route:  Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak +/- 5 kms ascent; Uhuru Peak to Barafu Camp +/- 5 kmd decent; Barancu Camp to Mweka Camp +/- 10 kms descent

Day 7: Kilimanjaro National Park Mweka Gate (1630M) – Moshi, Tanzania

The last section of this incredible journey starts after a tasty breakfast and traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. We then embark on a slow two and a half hour climb down through the dense rainforest to Mweka Gate where our driver transports us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Accommodation: Two per room: The Keys Hotel
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mweka Gate to Moshi 10 kms

Day 8: Moshi, Tanzania – Tour Ends

Following a delicious breakfast, you are free to carry on with whatever other travel plans you may have. Please inform us if you need any more transport.

Accommodation:  Own Arrangements / Post night accommodation can be booked through us.



  • National Park entry fees R16 560 included in compulsory Activity Package.

Other Activities

TIPPING REQUIREMENTS AS PER THE KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Association Project) guidelines based upon a group ( not a person): 

  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Guide: USD $15 to $18 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Assistant Guide: USD $12 to 15 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Cook: USD $8 to $10 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Waiter: USD $7 to $9 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Summit Porter: USD $8 to $12 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Porter: USD $6 to $7 per day
  • Tanzania Kilimanjaro Tent Crew: USD $8 to $7 per day
  • Sleeping bag  $15.00
  • Pair of walking sticks  $15.00
  • Sleeping pads  $10.00
  • Sunglasses   $10.00
  • Warm Jackets  $15.00
  • Hat  $5.00
  • Rain Jackets  $15.00
  • Sweater  $10.00
  • Rain Trousers  $15.00
  • Liner  $10.00
  • Raincoat (poncho)  $15.00
  • Rucksack  $20.00
  • Warm Trousers  $15.00
  • Day pack  $10.00
  • T-shirt   $5.00
  • Day pack cover  $5.00
  • Pair of Socks  $5.00
  • Pair of Gaitors  $10.00
  • Pair of warm gloves  $10.00
  • Trousers  $15.00
  • Climbing boots  $20.00
  • Shirts  $10.00
  • Thermo underwear one piece  $5.00
  • Fleece top or trousers  $10.00
  • Balaclava  $5.00
(Price subject to change)



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+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 1400


+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 1400

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) ZAR 16560

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