Kilimanjaro Bare Bones Budget Adventure

Are you interested in a Kilimanjaro mountain trek without the fluff? Then the 10 day Kilimanjaro Bare Bones Budget Adventure is for you.


Same mountain.

Same guiding team.

Same exceptionally high standards.


The only difference is we remove all of the extras from the Global Shenanigans group expedition, streamlining the trip to focus on the mountain. You will still be accompanied by expert mountain guides and will still be using the Global Shenanigans network of trusted professional adventure providers.



Kilimanjaro Bare Bones Budget Adventure Price: $2890


You won’t find a trip of this standard, for this price, anywhere else. 


2024 Dates: September 6 – 15 SPACES


This trip can run at any time of year, to your convenience. Just reach out to me with your preferred dates and we can make it happen. (minimum 4 pax otherwise slight price increase) 


Follow the link below to book your place, or get in touch to arrange a free trip meeting!

Kilimanjaro budget adventure tour trek

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Kilimanjaro Bare Bones Expedition Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Moshi.
Elevation: 800m
Distance: 36 km
Driving Time: 60 min
Habitat: Town
Your driver will meet you at JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. The day is spent resting and relaxing by the pool.

Day 2: Chemka Natural Springs
Elevation: 600m

Driving time: 60-90 min
Habitat: Forested oasis in savannah 

The perfect spot to recover from jet lag and settle into the adventure. Chemka Natural Springs is a swimming hole oasis that pops out in the middle of the dry savannah. You’ll spend a few hours splashing around, exploring and flipping from the rope swing. You’ll then head back to the hotel for a trip meeting and final packing. 

Day 3: From Hotel /Machame Gate /Machame Campsite.
Elevation: 800m to 1700m to 3000m.
Distance: 13 km.
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.
After breakfast, head to Machame gate. The hike begins through the rainforest to Machame camp, where you’ll find the tents are already setup for you. 

Day 4: Machame Hut Campsite to Shira Campsite
Elevation: 3000m to 3800m
Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
Leaving the rainforest and continuing to ascend by crossing little valleys and a steep rocky ridge to the western side of the mountain. This camp provides spectacular views of Mt Meru, Shira Plateau and Kibo Peak.

Day 5: Shira campsite to Barranco campsite
Elevation: 3800m to 3950m.
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
Heading to the Lava Tower Rock 4600m for lunch and acclimatisation. Afterwards, time to head down to Barranco camp. The camp is located in the bottom valley of the Barranco wall.

Day 6: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite
Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Habitat: Moorland / Alpine Desert.
In the morning, you’ll start climbing the famous Barranco wall, reaching 4200m for acclimatisation. You’ll then continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for a hot lunch.

Day 7: Karanga Campsite to Barafu Campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 4620m.
Distance: 8 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
The trek up to the Barafu Ridge campsite is tough as you reach higher altitudes. The walk will take a few hours at a slow pace to avoid fatigue as you will trek across an alpine desert. Chances are that a strong, cold wind will be blowing from Kibo Peak. An early dinner at 17:00 and then rest until midnight, when the hike to the summit begins!

Day 8: Barafu Camp/ Uhuru Peak/ Mweka Camp
Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.
Wake at midnight and prepare for the summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach the crater shortly before or after sunrise. The trail is a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reaches Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861m. At this point, you will have a view of the crater and glaciers facing in front of you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim, you will arrive at Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. After summit celebrations are finished, time to descend back to Barafu campsite for lunch, rest, pack up camp and continue down through the moorland to Mweka campsite. 

Day 9: Mweka campsite to Mweka gate.
Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.
Today is the last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend to Mweka gate walking through Montane forest. The descent will take 3-4 hours. Here at the gate, you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle for the transfer back to the hotel for more celebrations!

Day 10: Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After overnighting back in Moshi, transfers will be arranged to get you to the airport – or stay in Tanzania for a few more days and continue the adventure!