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7 Day Luxury Kilimanjaro Machame Climb:  Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. Our seven-day climb passes through some of Kilimanjaro’s most famous landscapes.

It’s an excellent route to the summit and one with very high success rates. The luxury climb offers 3m x 3m dome tents, thick mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, and a thermal liner for a comfortable night’s sleep, a separate loo tent, high-quality food, equipment and experienced English-speaking guides.

The climb starts at Machame gate, ascending through Afro-montane forest and then into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. The route circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, passing some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys.

The final night-time ascent is from Barafu Camp, reaching Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route. All our climbs provide a large staff including chief guide, an assistant guide, cook, and porters.


* See the Shira Plateau
* Minimum age is 16 years
* Unforgettable views of glacial valleys
* Hike through glacial valleys & Alpine desert
* Hike through the dense Afro-montane forest
* Witness the stark beauty of the Alpine desert
* Summit the “Roof of Africa” at 5,896m (19,341ft)
* Full support team to help you each step of the way
* Six nights on the mountain in tented accommodation
* Comfortable tents, delicious meals & fully trained crew
* Up-to-date liability insurance & qualified first responder guides
* Climbing the world’s tallest free-standing mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro
* Professional guides to help make your climb to the top as smooth as possible
* Lava Tower – a great vantage point from which to view the route you’ve taken
* Seven days with a maximum group size of ten guests on set departure trips for a highly personal experience

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
Day 2: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Day 3: Hike Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

Machame Route - Mount Kilimanjaro

7 Day Luxury Kilimanjaro Machame Climb Package Includes:

* Cook(s)
* Camp beds
* Solar lights
* Camp pillow
* Pulse oximeter
* Walk in mess tent
* Stocked first aid kit
* Private 4×4 transfers
* Hyperbaric pressure bag
* Altitude sickness checklists
* Full trip and safety briefing
* Private emergency stretcher
* Food resupply (once on trek)
* Hot lunches on the mountain
* Large comfortable dining tent
* Camp shower (1 per 5 people)
* Portable toilet (1 per 5 people)
* Kilimanjaro map for the group
* Sleeping bag (-18 Celsius rated)
* Hot water bottle for sleeping bag
* Lightweight tables & Backed chair
* Filtered water with Katadyn filter
* Dining chairs with backs and arms
* Personal porter for carrying day pack
* Extra sleeping pad or 1 double thick pad
* Resupply of fresh food (2-3 times on trek)
* Solar lighting in dining tent and personal tent
* Walk-in tent (4-person, 4-season) for 2 people
* Celebration dinner at hotel after returning from trek
* Assistant guide(s) (Up to date red cross first aid certificated
* Mountain guide (Wilderness First Responder + instructor level)
* Special Kilimanjaro guide with Wilderness First Responder certification
* Solar panel for charging USB devices (charges battery, which charges devices)
* Each oxygen cylinder gives +- 7 hours of constant flow supply, we supply min 2 tank per group or 1 per 5 clients, whichever is more

All of our Kilimanjaro treks include:

* Morning tea in tent
* Foam sleeping pads
* Dining tent with table and stools
* Wash water with soap and towel before meals
* Boiled water at camp in morning and in evening
* Wash basin with soap in morning and upon arrival at camp
* Daily health monitoring (twice daily with oximeter, or more if needed)

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate (1830 Meters/ 6000 Feet), Hike to Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet)

This morning you will be driven to Machame Gate entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, which takes about two and a half hours. You will be assisted with registering with the National Park authorities, and required to show your passport.

Lunch will be prepared and served while the porters’ loads are being checked, and the paperwork completed.Once everyone is ready, you begin the climb, trekking to Machame Camp this afternoon through the lower rainforest. Depending on the weather, this can be a tough first day.

You may see colobus and Sykes monkeys as you trek.You will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, taking six nights to do so. All meals, snacks, hot drinks, water, and a completely private camp and staff are included in your climb.

Hiking Distance 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the hiking time is 5-6 hours through Montane Forest

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}
Overnight at Machame Camp

Day 2 : Hike Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet) Hike to Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet)

Today you trek slowly up the side of the Shira volcano, climbing out of the hagenia, podocarpus and juniper forest as you gain height. The vegetation becomes visibly sparser, with high altitude plants taking over, and you enter the giant heather moorland zone later in the morning.

The gradient is relatively steep for about three hours this morning, but levels out considerably after this, allowing you to enjoy fantastic views of Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach if the weather is clear.

You stop for a picnic lunch on the way across the Shira Plateau, and arrive at Shira One Camp by mid-afternoon.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 4 to 5 hours through Moorland

Overnight at Shira Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3 : Hike Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet) Hike to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)

You will be trekking for between six and seven hours today, ascending to the alpine desert through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation such as lobelia and senecios.An acclimatisation trek up to Lava Tower, where you may have lunch, will give you an opportunity to experience altitude and the effects on your body.

You may have an hour or so here before descending towards the Barranco Valley. Although quite steep, the descent to Barranco Valley is particularly rewarding and very beautiful, with some wonderful vegetation and scenery.

It also makes a nice change to be going downhill after climbing for two days, and this is also good for strengthening your legs.The camp will be ready for you at Barranco when you arrive.

Hiking Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 hours through Semi-desert.

Overnight at Barranco Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4 : Hike Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet)

This morning you will have an early start, with the aim of leaving camp before anyone else. This allows you to ascend the Barranco Wall, which takes about two hours, without being disturbed or impeded by other climbers.

Although daunting, most people find it much easier to scale than expected, with well-placed foot holds and guides on hand to aid your ascent.As a reward for starting your day so early, you may also be able to have breakfast at the top of the Wall.

After another two to three hours crossing glacial valleys, you will arrive at Karanga Camp in time for lunch.You stay here for the night, and this afternoon you’ll have a briefing about the final ascent and a detailed check of the clothing and equipment you will need for it.

You’ll also have a practice in the dark, walking uphill at the pace required for the final summit ascent while wearing all of the clothing you intend to use for it.Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1,000m (over 3,000ft) above you.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Karanga Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5 : Hike Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet) to Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

This morning, it takes about two hours of walking uphill to join the Barafu path, which is part of the Mweka Trail. A further two to three hours on the Barafu path (the last section of which is quite steep) takes you to Barafu Camp, perched astride a ridge with amazing views of much of the mountain.

Arriving a little after midday, you can enjoy lunch at the camp before either taking an acclimatisation trek or relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The scenery here is superb, and the views of Mawenzi and Kibo are excellent.

Hiking Distance 4 Kilometers/ 2 Miles and the hiking time is 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Barafu Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) Hike to Summit (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet), down to Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet)

You’ll begin your final ascent to the summit very early in the morning, setting off at about 1.00am with the aim of arriving at Stella Point for sunrise.Each climber is assigned a summit guide and a porter to ensure that everyone makes it to the top, or returns in complete safety if need be.

The going is slow, and often quite frustrating on the scree, but persistence and patience ensure steady progress. Near the summit you pass through the gap between the Ratzel and Rebmann Glaciers.At Stella Point you can choose to return – you are after all already higher than any other point in Africa other than Uhuru Peak.

If you are feeling good, have a cup of tea and something to eat, and then continue to Uhuru Peak. Despite the distance being relatively short, progress is slow – there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level. Reaching Uhuru Peak is incredibly satisfying and is an emotional high point.

If progress is good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa. Most people start the downward climb soon after arriving, as lingering at such altitude is not recommended, and the return journey is a long one.

Once photos have been taken and you have celebrated your achievement, a rapid descent down the scree slopes to Kosovo or Barafu Camp is a great relief after a week of climbing. You’ll stop at last night’s camp for a hot brunch and a rest, and then continue your descent.

You should arrive at Mweka Camp in the middle of the afternoon, in good time for a hot shower and some rest. You’ll spend the night here, with the chance for beautiful views of the summit of Kilimanjaro in the distance

Hike time and distance from Barafu Camp to the summit: 7 hours and 5 km (3.2 miles)

Hike time (Down) and distance from the summit to Mweka Camp: 5 hours and 12 km (7.5 miles)

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 7 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) Hike to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), Drive to Moshi/ Arusha

This morning you will have the chance of taking photographs with the crew before setting off down the mountain to Mweka Gate, where the climb finishes. It’s a downhill walk through beautiful forest which takes about five hours.

Your vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka, and once you have thanked your porters, camp crew and guides, and said your goodbyes, you will be driven back to Arusha.

Hiking up Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 3 to 4 hours through Forest.

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Meal Plan: 

Luxury Kilimanjaro Machame Climb

7 Day Luxury Kilimanjaro Machame Climb Prices

Luxury Kilimanjaro Climb 7 Day Machame Route Hike Rates Includes:

Oxygen + Oximeters + Camp pillow + Portable toilet + Extra sleeping pad + Hut or camping fees + National Park gate fees + Hyperbaric pressure bag + Dining chairs with backs + All meals on the mountain + Hot lunches on the mountain + Salaries for all crew members + Large comfortable dining tent + Kilimanjaro map for the group + Personal porter for carrying day pack + Camp shower for groups of 4 or more + Rescue fees (as required by the national park) + Celebration dinner at the hotel after returning from trek + Membership to Flying Doctors (emergency evacuation) + Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes + Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils + Special Kilimanjaro guide with Wilderness First Responder certification & Transport from Moshi/ Arusha to starting point on the mountain and return to Moshi/ Arusha

Dates From Dates To  1 Guest 2 to 3 Guest 4 to 6 Guest

7 + Guest

1st Jan 2022

31st Dec 2022 4,595 US Dollars 3,695 US Dollars 3,445 US Dollars 3,145 US Dollars

Single Tent supplement is 20 US Dollars per day

Luxury Kilimanjaro Climb 7 Day Machame Route Hike
 Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Accommodation and meals in Moshi/ Arusha
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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