7 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route

PRICE: FROM $2,500


The 7-Day Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route is the best since it allows climbers to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness. So, roughly 53% of trekkers choose the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro during the 7-day climb, and the Machame route is preferred by the most experienced trekkers. Many tourists come here to participate in charity climbs, solo climbs, or private climbs.

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The tour starts from: Arusha/Moshi Town

The tour ends in: Arusha/Moshi Town

Tour Style: Group/Private trekking  

Departure day: Every day of the week

Optimal Season: Dry season

Best time to travel: January, February, June to October every year

The vehicle used on transfers: Shuttle bus for big groups of climbers and Min van 4WD for small groups 

Duration of the trekking: 7 days

Accommodation:  included in the tour cost.

Day 0: Arrive in Arusha/Moshi town

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), your driver guide will pick you up and drive you to Moshi or Arusha for your overnight at your booked hotel for resting and preparing for your Safari. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.


Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (Full Board)

The climb starts from Machame gate (1830m), and we walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive at the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000m above sea level. If is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3,000 m): 6-7 hours of walking. 



Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board)

A shorter day climbs up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as a Picnic site and continues up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo Peak can be seen from Shira Camp.
Machame Hut to Shira Camp (3,840m); 4-6 hours walking.


Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board)

Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach after hot lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m.).
Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours of walking.


Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga Valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga Valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong, we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to the camp for the overnight.


 Day 5: Karanga Camp acclimatization day (3963) 1-2 hours walk.

The Machame trail is longer and better acclimatized than Marangu (2175 meters vs 2800 meters gained in 3 days) and is the most popular choice for fit and experienced trekkers who opt for the six-day climb. People over 40 years who are overweight or less fit and inexperienced trekkers are advised to take an extra day to acclimatize and adapt to high altitude conditions. The route covers around 62 kilometres from the Machame Gate in the south to the summit, via several different habitats and stunning viewpoints, returning along the steep Mweka descent trail. The first leg, through the montane forest to the Shira Plateau, can be muddy and later aridly dusty. Trekking poles and gaiters are recommended. The trail continues east along the mountain through moorland with breathtaking sunset views. A climb close to the Karanga wall and dropping back at a lower altitude at Karanga Camp gives an excellent chance of acclimatization.


Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Full Board)

After breakfast at the camp, we take a steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk. Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 7-9 hours of walking.


Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board)

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree that has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hours round trip from here along the crater rim to the main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, we descend to Barafu amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp. Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours of walking.


Day 7: Descent – Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha (Full Board)

A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch, we drive back to Arusha/Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours of walking.


Departure Day

After saying bye to our team in operation then you need a private departure transfer which is included to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight back home



Price Includes

  • Airport transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport
  • Accommodations and meals as per itinerary
  • All national park entry fees
  • Inclusive service of a professional driver and guide
  • Food, drinking water
  • All game drives with four-wheel drive Toyota land cruisers open sides guarantee each person to have a window

  Not included:    

  • International airfare, 
  • Alcohol
  • All items of person nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Laundry will be an extra fee
  • Tip for your professional tour driver guide

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