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Machame Route 7 Days
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Machame Route 7 Days

Machame Route is one of the most common routes to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The route offers the best ascent and descent opportunities and therefore it is good for acclimatization, however, you must be physical and mentally strong to enjoy your journey to the summit.

Our tour guides are experts on Mount Kilimajaro and have years of experience, they are sure about every detail that they discuss with you. They know exactly what you need to do in order to reach your ultimate goal and stand proud at Uhuru Peak, they will give you the best advice and tips possible to make your challenge as enjoyable as possible.

All of our trips and tours are customizable and you can always include other activities before or after climbing Machame Route 7 Days.

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More information about Machame Route on Wikipedia.

Itinerary For Machame Route 7 Days

Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west, and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo.

The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of wilderness once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route.

The seven day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatization, and also gives us plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. This is our first choice when choosing The Machame Route and it takes 7 days to climb Kilimanjaro.

The climb begins and ends in Moshi.

Day 1

Arriving any time at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a private transfer waiting at the Airport to pick you upand take you to the hotel in Moshi where is noted for overnight stay.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also check and confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2

After breakfast at the lodge transfer straight to the Machame gate and after registration formalities the climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m/ 6,000 ft) after passing through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village.

The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96 % of the water on Kilimanjaro originates.

On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently!

We have lunch at ‘Halfway clearing a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000 m/ 9,900 ft).

We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.

[6-8 hours walking, Distance 11 km/ 8 miles, Habitat – Rain Forest zone].

Day 3

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock.

There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau.

We camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m/ 12,600 ft) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro, close
to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds.

[4-6 hours walking, Distance 5 km/ 3 miles, Habitat – Heather and Moorland zone].

Day 4

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach.

After lunch at Lava Tower (4,550 m/ 15,200 ft) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m/ 13,000 ft.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below.

[5-7 hours walking, Distance 10 km/6 miles, Habitat – Alpine desert].

Day 5

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields.

We camp at Karanga (4,000 m/ 13,100 ft), the last water point, in a steep valley. The afternoon can be spent resting or exploring the valley to help acclimatization. 

[3-4 hours walking, Distance 5 km/3 miles, Habitat – Alpine desert zone].

Day 6

After getting out of Karanga Valley, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the campsite above Barafu (4600 m/ 15,300 ft). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

[3-4 hours walking, Distance 4 km/3 miles, Habitat – Alpine desert zone].

Day 7
 We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 12 midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m/ 18,900 ft), in about five or six hours.

We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the 1 hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m/ 10,100 ft) at the edge of Mweka Forest.

[11-15 hours walking, Distance 13 km/ 8 miles, Habitat – summit zone].

Day 8

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m/ 5500 ft).

[4-6 hours walking, Distance 10 km/6 miles, Habitat – Rain forest], after signing out at Mweka gate drive back to Moshi and overnight at Moshi.

Day 9

Transfer back to  Kilimanjaro airport and fly back home.

You can always extend this tour to include other wildlife and beach safaris with our company, Kilimanjaro Bound.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”


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“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”


Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”


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