Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route – 7 Day

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Tour Description

Machame route is the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro also it’s the unique route and recommended route on Kilimanjaro mountain. According to static from Kilimanjaro national park, its appropriate 50% of climbers use the Machame route to ascend Kilimanjaro mountain, the route is very beautiful and marvelous it provides climbers with incredible views of different natural and amazing features and varying landscapes.

The Machame route is approximately 31.6 km/ from Moshi to Machame gate. it’s designed for physically fit people with some hiking/climbing experience, but plenty of first time trekkers use the Machame route as well and do just fine, Machame route is very unique and rare in the eyes and you can view natural features of the earth like lake Jipe, flora and fauna example tree hyrax, bush monkey and different species of birds.

Itinerary - Day by Day

  • Arrival in Arusha, Tanzania

    You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha town. During the short drive (approximately one hour) your driver/guide will brief you on your African Safari. Today you will spend your time at your leisure and relax for your upcoming exciting adventure.
    Accommodation Masailand Hotel, bed and breakfast

  • Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro national park Machame route gate, hike to Machame Camp

    Drive from Moshi o Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro national park machame route gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

    We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp from Machame route gate.

    — Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
    — Distance: 11km/7mi
    — Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    — Habitat: Montane Forest

    Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Machame Camp

  • Day 2: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

    — Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    — Distance: 5km/3mi
    — Walking Time: 4-5 hours
    — Habitat: Moorland

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Shira Camp

  • Day 3: Hike Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (BLD)

    From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft).

    Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier.

    We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatisation and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    — Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
    — Distance: 10km/6mi
    — Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    — Habitat: Semi-desert

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp

  • Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

    — Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    — Distance: 5km/3mi
    — Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    — Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Karanga Camp

  • Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

    — Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    — Distance: 4km/2mi
    — Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    — Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp

  • Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

    This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

    From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

    From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

    — Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    — Down to 3090m/10,150ft
    — Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
    — Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
    — Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

  • Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi or Arusha

    After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (about 30 minutes). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

    — Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    — Distance: 10km/6mi
    — Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    — Habitat: Forest

    Meals included: Breakfast

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– All accommodations per itinerary
– All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
– All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
– All transportation and transfers per itinerary
– National Park gate fees
– Transport from Moshi to trailhead and return to Moshi
– Camping fees
– Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
– Salaries for all crew members
– Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
– Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
– Oximeters
– Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)

– International and domestic flights
– Meals not listed
– Beverages and alcohol
– Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
– Optional tours
– Single room supplement
– Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
– Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $400-550/person)
– Sleeping bags and personal gear $45 for a single tent
– Low season discount in April/May