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Kilimanjaro Machame Summit & Safari

Hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame route while camping under the stars, plus view wild game on a private camping safari!


Trip Highlights

  • Trek through lush rainforests, grasslands, alpine desert, and up to the mountain summit

  • Camp in tents along the way with the brilliant Milky Way shining above

  • Summit the highest peak in Africa at sunrise (19,341 ft)!

  • Enjoy a safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater


This itinerary is for private expeditions only. Pricing is based on group size. See pricing chart below. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.



Day 1: Arrive in Moshi
Day 2: Hike to Machame Camp
Day 3: Hike to Shira Camp
Day 4: Hike to Barranco Camp
Day 5: Hike to Karanga Camp
Day 6: Hike to Barafu Camp
Day 7: Hike to Summit to Mweka Camp
Day 8: Complete trek and return to Moshi
Day 9: Head to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon safari
Day 10: Game drive in Tarangire National Park, sleep at Ngorongoro Crater
Day 11: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and return to Moshi
Day 12: International departures

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in country. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

See our Cancellation Policy.


My guides, Issa and Rama, were absolutely fantastic, and I could not have succeeded without them. I am so grateful for their expert guidance on the trip. And our Safari guide was outstanding, very funny and absolutely phenomenal at finding all the wild animals on the Serengeti.
— Helen B.
I thought the experience as a whole was life-changing. The guides were so comfortable and knowledgeable that they made me feel safe. I also like the way that OneSeed contributes to the community and shares in the experience of being local to the destination. The staff on the expedition as well as in Denver was more than courteous and helpful in every way.
— Mark O.
This was my second trip with OneSeed and I will continue to recommend them to friends. I love the model, the guides they hire, and the way they create such a good experience during and surrounding the hike.
— David F.

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Day 1:  MOSHI

Arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport where our team will be awaiting your arrival. Drive 1 hour to the town of Moshi to check into our partner lodge to catch up on jet lag. Join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

Inclusions: Welcome dinner (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; accommodations



After an early breakfast, drive 1 hour to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to get your trekking permits. Depart with only a daypack and begin your ascent through the mossy rain forest at a "pole pole" pace (slow slow!) to the Machame campsite. Slow hiking over the next few days helps with acclimatization to the high altitude. Keep an eye out for monkeys and other animals as you explore the lush forest. Enjoy a delicious meal before getting some well-deserved rest at the Machame Camp.

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.2 km) / 5-7 hours of trekking

Peak Altitude: 9,400 ft (2865 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services


Day 3: MACHAME Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue your ascent. Cross a small valley and walk along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather until the ridge ends. Head west into a river gorge until you reach Shira Camp for some relaxation and a delicious hot meal. Spend your second night sleeping in tents under the stars.

Total Hiking: approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) / 4-6 hours of trekking

Peak Altitude: 12,500 ft  (3810 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services


Day 4: Shira CAMP to Barranco Camp

Enjoy warm tea and coffee before beginning your trek to Barranco Camp. From the Shira Plateau, continue east up a ridge passing the junction towards Kibo peak. The trail gradually steepens becoming a rocky semi-desert landscape. Once at Barranco Camp, enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful sunset. Although you end the day at the same elevation as you started, it's very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Total Hiking: approximately 6.2 miles (11 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 13,000 ft  (3962 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services



After breakfast, leave Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge, passing the Barranco Wall.  Continue for a short time through the Karanga Valley to the Karanga Camp where you will stop for the night. This will be a short day meant for acclimation to the increase in elevation.

Total Hiking: approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 13,255 ft  (4040 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services



After breakfast, leave Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge past the Barranco Wall and through the Karanga Valley. Continue up to the Barafu camp where you will have great views of the summit. Make sure to rest up, enjoy a hearty dinner, and prepare for the long summit approach starting in the middle of the night.

Total Hiking: approximately 8 miles (13 km) / 8 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 15,095 ft  (4601 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

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Day 7: Barafu CAMP to Kili Summit to Mweka CAMP

Prepare for a spectacular (and long) day! Wake up between midnight to 2 am to hike up to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Be prepared for a very cold summit with plenty of layers and enough battery to snap that summit shot. Head northwest and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. After hiking through the night, enjoy a spectacular sunrise as you reach Uhuru Peak at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft). From the summit, descend straight down to the Mweka camp site (10,171 ft). Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain with your team of porters and guides.

Total Hiking (Ascent): approximately 3.1 miles (5 km) / 7-8 hours trekking
Total Hiking (Descent): approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) / 4-6 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 19,341 ft  (5895 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services


Day 8: Mweka CAMP to Moshi

Soak in one last view from Mweka camp and enjoy singing and dancing with your OneSeed team. Now is a good time to tip the porters, cooks, and guides. Continue down the trail to the Mweka Park Gate where a vehicle will meet you to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi. After a hot shower and rest, enjoy a delicious celebration dinner!

Total Hiking: approximately 6.2 miles (10 km) / 3-4 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 10,171 ft (3100 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services


Day 9: Moshi to tarangire national park

Time for safari! Depart Moshi after breakfast to drive to Tarangire National Park on a scenic 4-hour ride. At the park, pop the roof of the car and begin a game drive. Spot elephants, ostrich, waterbuck, giraffe, zebra, lions, and more. Wrap up the game drive and head to your campsite nestled within the park. Settle down for a beautiful night of camping under a star-filled sky.

Peak Altitude: 3,325 ft  (1014 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; camping accommodations



Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching troops of baboons wander by the campgrounds. After a hearty breakfast, take a morning game drive in Tarangire to spot more animals before having lunch at the park gates. After lunch, drive three hours to Ngorongoro for your first views of the massive crater teaming with wildlife. Continue on to your group campsite on the rim of the crater. 

Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft  (2286 m)

Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; camping accommodations

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Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater to Moshi 

Wake up early and drive into the spectacular crater. This UNESCO World Heritage site was formed by an imploded volcano over 3 million years ago. Now the conservation area is home to over 25,000 large animals where you can spot rhinos, zebras, lions, wildebeests, and impalas. Return to the campsite for lunch before the 4-hour drive back to Moshi, arriving around 5pm.

Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft  (2286 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; transportation; accommodations


Day 12:  MOSHI

Enjoy one last Tanzania coffee and say goodbye to Moshi town. OneSeed will provide airport transportation for all international departures. 

Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer



  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • snacks during trek

  • beverages outside of designated meals



  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to expedition start date

  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 12

  • camping accommodations on trail

  • 3 nights accommodation in Moshi

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • welcome and farewell dinners

  • guide & porter services

  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)

  • all ground transportation to/from trail

  • 2 nights camping on safari

  • guided safari excursions


*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.

Trip Extensions



You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the lodge in Moshi during your trek and safari. See current weather conditions for Kilimanjaro and Moshi.

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. The 22 lb weight limit for porter transport should include your sleeping bag.

Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available:

  • Sleeping Bag - $42 USD

  • Trekking Poles - $21 USD

  • Gaiters - $15 USD

  • Contact Us to rent gear (must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to expedition start date)

Don't forget


We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below. It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.


Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Tanzania.


Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.


Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Tanzania here.


The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for town - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Day pack (30 L)

  • Day pack cover

  • Waterproof duffle bag (porters carry)

  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)

  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)

  • Rain jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Wind jacket

  • Synthetic long underwear (1-2)

  • Fleece leggings or pants for summit night

  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Sun hat

  • Ski gloves & glove liners

  • Waterproof hiking boots (which can accommodate thick hiking socks and liners)

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)

  • Water bottles (2) or bladder may be substituted for one water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • SPF 50+ sunscreen

  • 100 percent UV protection sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine

  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Bug spray

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Bandana or Buff (for dust and wind)

  • Extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

  • Yaktrax

  • Universal outlet adapter

  • Extra batteries or power pack to charge phone and/or electronics

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date

  • Photocopy of passport

  • USD for 15 or 30-day Tanzania Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Yellow fever vaccination card (if applicable, not required for travelers coming from the USA)

Safari Gear

  • T-shirt (2)

  • Hiking pants

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Fleece

  • Sleeping bag

  • Down jacket (Ngorongoro Crater will be cold in the mornings and evenings)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Avoid wearing black or dark blue clothing while on safari as the Tsetse fly is attracted to darker clothing and will bite skin, leaving a bite similar to that of a mosquito

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail

  • Swimsuit for the lodge swimming pool

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Binoculars for safari

  • Camera

  • Trekking poles

  • Gaiters

  • Hiking sock liners

  • Energy bars

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

  • Ear Plugs


*Measured in feet



Due to its elevation, Kilimanjaro contains 5 sub-climates from base to peak --bushland, rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, and arctic. Both precipitation and temperature vary greatly between each zone. Expect to hike from flat, dry plains through rain forest and semi-alpine environments before reaching the rocky, snow capped summit.

Because Kilimanjaro is located near the equator, the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year. Highs at the base of the mountains are in the upper 70s and lows in lower 60s. As you increase in altitude on the mountain temperatures drop significantly and the evenings can drop well below freezing and into single digits higher up on the mountain.

The rainy season peaks in April, and late March and early May can be quite wet as well. Bringing warm clothes and good rain gear will keep you prepared for any weather you may encounter.


Tanzania Weather

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are required for US citizens. You can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival to Tanzania ($100 USD) OR obtain your Visa prior to traveling to Tanzania. Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.
  • Visit the State Department website for Tanzania travel information for the most up-to-date Tanzania travel requirements.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short


  • Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
  • Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you're traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
  • Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic


Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.


  • REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive in Tanzania! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues.
  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuit, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta or rice, chicken, beef or fish, avocado/green pepper salad, and fruit.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.


You will be sleeping in tents every night on the trail. Tents and sleeping pads will be provided, but you must bring your own sleeping bag (or rent one in Moshi).

How many people will be on my expedition?

  • Private departures will only be the members of your group.
  • For group departures, we generally cap the number of travelers at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition. We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.


If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.


Tipping in Tanzania can be very confusing, so we've provided this blog post to help guide you as you prepare for your trip and what to tip!


The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 19,341ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.


Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 22 lbs. The weight limit for porter transport should include your sleeping bag. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.


  • This chart outlines the number of support staff on your expedition based on group size. One common misconception is how many staff members it takes to help hikers reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Each group requires a skilled team of guides, porters, and cooks. Nothing can be stored on the mountain, so everything from food and utensils to clothing and sleeping bags are carried up and down by porters.
  • OneSeed Expeditions is a partner of the Kilimanjaro Ports Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP works with operators like OneSeed to ensure the protection of porters and guides on Kilimanjaro based on pay, accommodations, health, and safety. Their monitoring and partner accreditation program has truly moved the needle on porter welfare on Kilimanjaro and OneSeed has supported their work since our launch in the region.


ou will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Moshi. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your trek is free of charge.


Daily mileage can range from 5-13 miles and 5-16 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires excellent physical fitness. Treks include longer days, greater elevation gain, and more challenging terrain at higher altitude. Participants should expect high levels of physical exertion at times. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Tanzania is highly recommended.


Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Kilimanjaro.


We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

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The mistreatment of porters can be a troubling challenge in the climbing industry. We are an approved Partner company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP – and the International Mountain Explorers Connection – IMEC – Partner for Responsible Travel Program. We voluntarily participate with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the treatment of our porters on all of our climbs. By climbing with us you can be assured that your porters are well taken care of.

KPAP also helps to improve the working conditions of porters by:

  • Lending donated clothing at no charge to the mountain crew for use while climbing

  • Educating the public on porter working conditions and climbing responsibly

  • Providing industry guidelines for proper porter treatment

  • Offering educational classes to porters


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