Climb Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

City Mountaineering - Reading
City Mountaineering - Reading
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You've heard of the mountain, you probably know someone that's climbed it... How about reaching the summit of Africa yourself?

Find out more about what it takes to trek Kilimanjaro at our free Webinar on Thursday 4th March:

The Mountain and the Route

At 5,895m, The peak of Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the Africa continent and is the highest free-standing volcano in the world.

There are many different routes used to reach the summit and we have chosen one that provides the group with the greatest chance of successfully summiting this wonderful lump of rock.

The route chosen is The Machame Route. This is a hiking route and not a technical climbing route. The hiking is easy and on defined trails with the distances covered each day as follows (note: A detailed description of the hike can be found at the bottom of this page):

• Day 1: 9km (4-6 hours)
• Day 2: 9km (4-6 hours)
• Day 3: 15km (6-8 hours)
• Day 4: 5km (4-5 hours)
• Day 5: 4km (3-4 hours)
• Day 6 (summit day): 7km then 12km (12-14 hours)
• Day 7: 10km (4-5 hours)
More itinerary details can be found here:

As you can see, the pace will be very slow and the distances very manageable, with a final push for the summit being the typically longest day

The main challenge on this trip is dealing with the altitude of this big mountain, plus the ability to hike for 7-days in a row, without showers (that's what wet wipes are for!) and sleeping in tents

We have chosen the Machame Route to provide you with the best opportunity possible to acclimatise in order to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro!!


The Detail

Over the past few months I have been liaising closely with local and trustworthy guiding companies, to keep the costs as low as possible, while receiving the same great service offered to 3rd party groups.

The cost of the trip is just £2,650 and includes:

- Transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Hotel accommodation for one-night night before, and one-night after, the hike
- 7-days fully supported Kilimanjaro hike (including local guide, team cook and a porter team that will carry all but your light day-pack for the entire trip)
- All food on the mountain
- Fully supported training plan (I am an experienced high altitude/big mountain mountaineer and can tailor specific training programmes to suit your own needs, taking into account your busy day-to-day schedules)
- 6 weeks free subscription to The Altitude Centre gym (worth £600!)
- 10% discount on all City Mountaineering weekend mountain trips, to enable a cost effective training programme* (note: trips to the UK mountains as training are highly advised, but not compulsory)
- Full compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations (including Financial protection)


Not included in the price

- Flights from London (currently £425 return)
- Tanzanian Visa costs
- Vaccinations
- Personal Travel Insurance (The BMC offer very good insurance at great rates (
- Equipment (although equipment can be hired at a discount from the African ground crew)
- Tips/gratuities for the local team
* The 10% discount will be applicable on all trips (subject to availability) that take place before we travel to Tanzania on 26th August.