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Machame Route - Climb Kilimanjaro

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route: The most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path.

It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. Our success rate for climbing Kilimanjaro is currently 98% due to the careful planning that we have in place, the choice of routes, and the experienced and skilled guides.

Our seven-day climb passes through some of Kilimanjaro’s most famous landscapes. 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. Safety on the mountain is our key concern. Our climbs use new, top-of-the-range kit and equipment. We use only high-quality guides who have constant training to keep knowledge up to date.

All our climbs are equipped with supplementary oxygen, pulse oximeters, and customized evacuation stretchers. All the guides are CPR trained. The guides we use have superb emergency training and the crew have the same access to emergency aid as the paying climbers.

Our departures do not include accommodation in Arusha before and after the climb. However, this can easily be arranged for a supplement. The maximum number on a scheduled departure climb on Kilimanjaro is ten climbers. Private trips can be any number within reason.

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 Kilimanjaro Hike

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)

Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park 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. Hiking Distance 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the Hiking time 5 to 6 hours through Montane Forest.

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


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

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.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 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 (4000m/ 13,000 Feet)

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” (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 acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Hiking Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the Hiking time 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)

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.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 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) Hike to Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

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.

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

Overnight at Karanga 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)

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.

Hiking Up Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

Hiking Down Distance 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles and the Hiking time 5 to 6 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit

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

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 (about 30 minutes).

Hiking Down Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Forest

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

Barafu Camp Kilimanjaro Climb

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Prices

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Rates Includes:

Oximeters + Hut or camping fees + National Park gate fees + All meals on the mountain + Salaries for all crew members + Rescue fees (as required by the national park) + Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes + Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils & Transport from Moshi to starting point on the mountain and return to Moshi

Dates From Dates To One Person 2 to 3 Guests 4 to 6 Guests 7 Guests or More

Child Aged 12 to 16 Years

1st Jan 2022

31st Dec 2022 2,895
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2,645
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2,495
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2,345
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Notes

* Budget for extras: 400 US Dollars to 550 US Dollars person for tips
* Mount Kilimanjaro’s Machame route is a popular hike favored by experienced backpackers
* The minimum climbing age is 12 years, but anyone between the ages of 12 to 16 needs to take extra care
* We can reserve for you a hotel in Arusha or Moshi before and after the climb. Kindly request us at the time of booking
* Please note that the distances and times given for each day are guidelines only and can vary according to conditions, numbers of other people, and how the climbers are progressing. The exact camps used may also be different from the ones named, dependent on how busy the mountain is, and the progress of the group


7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Sleeping bags and personal items
* Accommodation and meals in Moshi
* Tips or gratuity for guides and porters
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* 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)

Uhuru Peak Mt Kilimanjaro

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