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7-Day Machame Route: Conquer Kilimanjaro's Majesty

7-Day Machame Route: A Journey to Kilimanjaro's Summit


Embark on an unforgettable adventure via the Machame route, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and successful summit ascents. This route provides an opportunity to sleep in tents, expertly transported by our support crews. While the Machame route can be completed in six days, we highly recommend a seven-day itinerary for optimal acclimatization. The route's unique topography allows hikers to ascend to higher altitudes and then rest at lower ones, significantly enhancing the acclimatization process.


DAY 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
- Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
- Distance:11 km/7 miles
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart from Moshi to Machame Gate to start the Machame Route. The trail winds its way through lush rainforest, allowing glimpses of Kilimanjaro through the canopy. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife, including blue monkeys. The path leads to Machame Camp where we'll rest for the night.

DAY 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
- Elevation:*9,350 ft to 12,600 ft
- Distance:*5 km/3 miles
- Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
- Habitat: Heath

We ascend through the moorland, gaining elevation and enjoying panoramic views of Kibo and Shira Plateau. The trail takes us to Shira Camp, providing a stunning backdrop for our overnight stay.

DAY 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
- Elevation: 12,600 ft to 12,950 ft
- Distance: 10 km/6 miles
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Semi-Desert

Today, we navigate the rocky terrain of the Lava Tower and descend into the Barranco Valley. This acclimatization hike aids in adapting to higher altitudes. Barranco Camp, nestled in a valley below the imposing Barranco Wall, is our next resting place.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
- Elevation: 12,950 ft to 13,106 ft
- Distance: 5 km/3 miles
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert

After conquering the Barranco Wall, we traverse the glacial valleys of Karanga. This shorter trek allows for acclimatization and offers breathtaking views of the southern glacier.

DAY 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
- Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
- Distance: 4 km/2 miles
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert

Continuing our ascent, we approach the Barafu Camp. This high-altitude base camp offers mesmerizing views of the summit. Rest and prepare for the final push.

DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
- Elevation (Barafu to Uhuru Peak): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
- Distance: 5 km/3 miles ascent, 12 km/7 miles descent
- Hiking Time (Summit): 6-8 hours
- Hiking Time (Descent): 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Arctic / Rain Forest

A challenging ascent awaits as we embark for Uhuru Peak. Witness a breathtaking sunrise over Mawenzi Peak. After celebrating our achievement, descend to Mweka Camp for well-deserved rest.

DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
- Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
- Distance: 10 km/6 miles
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest

The final leg of our journey leads us through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate. Here, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle awaits to transfer us back to Moshi for a well-earned celebration.

Embark on this extraordinary 7-day adventure, ensuring optimal acclimatization for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro summit experience.

Image by Tom Cleary


Starting from 1599 USD

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What is included

  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides

  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees

  • Government Climbing Taxes

  • Climbing permits

  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain

  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries

  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters

  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

  • Safety Equipment

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Pulse Ox meter

  • Hot drinks at every meal

  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day

  • Emergency rescue fees

  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide

What is not included

  • International airfares and departure taxes

  • Personal items and toiletries

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry services, and visa and international flight ticket fees

  • Private portable mobile toilet with a tent on the mountain

  • Tips for guides, porters, and cook

  • (Tipping guide: 10-20$US for Porter, 15-25$US for Cook, 20-30$US for Guide, per day and per group) Please expect 15% -20% Tipping

Embark on this extraordinary journey and conquer Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, a true testament to human endurance and the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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