7 days kilimanjaro trek via Machame Route

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route:

per adult from

$4,173

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Parking Fees
    • Sleeping bag
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Other dietary requirements on request
    • Airport pickup and Drop-off
    • All camping equipments
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • International Flights
    • All things of personal nature
    • Tips and gratitude for driver Guide and safari cook
    • Travel insurance
    • Visas

  • Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    Distance: 11 km
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Rain Forest
    The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

    We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, 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.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: MACHAME CAMP

    Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft

    Distance: 5 km
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Moorland
    After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: SHIRA CAMPSITE

    Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Semi Desert
    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.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: BARRANCO HUT

    Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
    Distance: 5 km
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Alpine Desert
    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: KARANGA VALLEY CAMPSITE

    Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
    Distance: 4 km
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Alpine Desert
    After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: BARAFU HUT

    Day 6: Barafu Camp from Summit to Mweka Hut

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
    Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
    Vegetation Zone: Arctic
    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: MWEKA HUT CAMP

    Day 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Vegetation Zone: Rain Forest
    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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: ROYAL CITY LODGE
  • Departure Point :
    Arusha, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick travellers from Airport or Hotels as soon as we get the detailsAirports
    • Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport Rd, Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by AMBOLELE TOURS

Activity ID: V-201321P24

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