7 Days Machame Route

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

After arriving at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transferred to one of the hotels in Arusha town by our tour guide who will also brief you on your upcoming trek and do equipment check to ensure every necessary mountain gear has been covered. This day is set aside for renting any missing gear.

  • Hotel: BB

Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.​

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi to Machame gate, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb.The initial segment of the route passes through the magnificent, dense rainforest. This is area is less traversed through, so some overgrown can be seen in some places and it often gets wet and muddy.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

The route will lead us through the forest up until Shira Plateau which requires a steep ascent. After reaching at the plateau, you’ll enjoy all round rewarding view of the mountain with Mt Meru in the distance rising above the Arusha Town.

  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking on high moorland, the landscape will change the entire character of the trek. We’ll get to traverse the southwest side of Mount Kilimanjaro and pass underneath the Lava Tower and then the final section of the Western Breach. After crossing these two points, we’ll reach the camp. The entire day will be spent at an altitude of up to 4600 meters, but we have still followed the mountaineering etiquette of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hrs
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

We’ll start the day with descending into the start of Great Barranco which is a huge ravine. We’ll then exit the Great Barranco Wall steeply and get divided from the south-eastern slopes of Kibo. The climb is over a rock, but not technical, rather long and tiring. We’ll pass underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head towards the Karanga Valley. Then from the Karanga Valley, the climb will be steeper up until Karanga Camp which will be our night’s camp at 3,963 meters. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

  • Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. We’ll have to climb across a desolated scree slopes which has no vegetation around at all. It’s going to be a tough steep walk and the high altitude increases the difficulty level. After arriving at the camp, we’ll have our lunch and spend the afternoon resting and preparing for the long night and the next day. It’s important that you keep yourself warm and hydrated. After having an early dinner, we’ll get some good sleep and have to wake up between 11pm and 12pm to resume our climb to the summit..

  • Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

The trekking will start at around midnight and we’ll walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. Going through heavy scree for 4 to 5 hours, we’ll gain incredible height over a short span of time. We’ll be making it to the Stella Point at 5,739 meters before the first ray of sun hits us. The view from the top is spectacular. The ice cliffs within the crater area surround us and the views of jagged Mawenzi peak and area beyond are simply breathtaking. Trekking for another one hour will get us to the summit of Uhuru Peak located at an elevation of 5,895 meters. After spending few hours at the peak, we’ll descend down to Stella Point and then further to Barafu Camp through heavy scree slopes and track. After having breakfast at Barafu, you’ll head down to Millennium Camp where you’ll have your well-earned sleep

  • Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.
  • Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi
  • Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: BLD

Day 8: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome hot shower.

  • Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: BL

Day 9: Departure 

  • After breakfast.
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania


Rates

1 Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax +
$ 1,920$ 1,890$ 1,850$ 1,800$ 1,750$ 1,730

Safari Overview

DURATION

7 Days
  • Also known as the Whiskey route, Machame is known for being a tough climb which is in stark contrast with the Marangu route which is referred to as the Coca Cola route. As opposed to the gradual incline and hut accommodations on offer on Marangu Route, the climber on Machame experience steeper trails for long distances while sleeping in tents. A minimum of six days or five nights is required to complete trekking through Machame Route.
  • However, seven days or six nights is recommended for better altitude acclimatization scheduling. The journey will start at Machame Gate which is located in the southern base of the mountain characterized by lush, fertile rainforest. The route advances towards the Shira Plateau before circling along the southern circuit in the middle. Trekkers are exposed to excellent vistas from all angles. You’ll ascent the summit from the east and descent from the Mweka trail.

Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Elevation  5895m
  • Location Tanzania, Africa
  • Number of Climbers 25,000 Annually

Rates Includes

  • Private transport fees to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in Arusha.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights at a hotel in Arusha
  • Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro gate
  • Fees of mountain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
  • Hot meals three times per day on the mountain
  • Ample bottled water and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
  •  Hot water for washing
  •  Fair wages as decided by Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  •  Government taxes
  •  Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  •  Emergency first-aid kit

Rates Excludes

  • Any lunch, dinner, and drinks ordered at your hotel before and after the climb.
  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Gear for your climb
  • A flush toilet which is portable is available at an extra charge of $70 for the entire trek.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Tips provided to the mountain crew (guides, porters, helpers)

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