Kilimanjaro trekking Machame Route 7days

Choosing Machame route for your Kilimanjaro hike means smooth acclimatization and astonishing views.

The Machame route is the most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. All of the campsites and resting points used on this route do not have any built accommodation Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by our mountain crew. These is a very beautiful and scenic route, It is also one of the challenging routes, earning itself the nick name “whisky route”, as there is nothing sweet or enjoyable about it to beginner climbers, however experienced ones may find it easier.

This is the standard route, tailor made routes are available and may follow a different schedule some do the whole route in five days, 7days, 8days where others do it in 9 days

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Day 1: arrival Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO)

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, or Shuttle from Nairobi, you will be met and greet by our representative, assisted with your baggage and transfer to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi Town. After shower and rest our Tour consultant together with our mountain guide will meet with you for a comprehensive briefing of the tour, pack your mountain gears and equipment ready for trekking next morning (it all depends with your arrival time otherwise it will be done the next day morning before departure).
Overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
Meals: bed and breakfast
Accommodation: hotel

Day 2: Arusha /Moshi to Machame Gate 1828m-machame camp 3000m

Approximately time: 7 hours
Distance approximately: 10.8 km
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast at the hotel pack your luggage ready to drive to Kilimanjaro National park entry gate. After completion of all registration formalities, you will start your adventures, by trekking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjari. You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. On arrival at the camp you will have sufficient time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before nestling into your tent for the night.. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp on F
Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: in tent

Day 3: Machame Camp 3000m -Shira Camp 3847m

Approximately time: 5-6 hours
Distance approximately: 5.2 km
Habitat: Moorland
Wake up early morning for breakfast and ascend through gentle moorland heading to Shira Plateau, and be able to see Kilimanjaro great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The elevation is (3,840m. depend with weather you will have a spectacular view of mount Meru. Dinner and overnight at Shira camp (alt 3840m). Overnight at Shira Camp on FB.
Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: in tent

Day 4: Shira Camp (3847m) to Lava Tower (4640m) to Barranco camp (3950m)

approximately time: 6-7 hours
Distance approximately: 10 km
Habitat: Semi-desert
Acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700 m, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower (4,640m), where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours (3.3 km) and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and great Barranco enjoys the panoramic view of sundown.
A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.
Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: in tent

Day 5: Barranco camp (3980m) – Barafu camp (4600m)

Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Distance: Approximately 9.4 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
Early wakeup for breakfast and then start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more challenging hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and on the way you will break for lunch after regaining your energy, begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,600 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can have sufficient time to relax .Overnight at Barafu Camp on FB.
Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: in tent


Approximately time: 14-16 hours to reach Uhuru Peak & descend to Millennium Camp
Approximately Distance: 4.5 km ascent and 10.8 km descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Wake up around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits depart from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) and start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a shot rest proceed to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).
Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: in tent


Aproximently distance: 12 km
hiking aproximently time: 4–5 hours

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit “Mweka Gate 1,650m”. After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, here you will have a chance to share your feelings with the crew. Lastly, we will present you with a commemorative certificate provided by park’s management “KINAPA” then you will be transfer back to the hotel for hot shower and dropped off at the airport.

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Note: you can extend your tour (Depend with your flight schedule) for a Day trip into Arusha national park, Tangier national, Lake Manyara national park and Ngorongoro crater. There is lot to do like extending your tour to Zanzibar for breath taking into its white sand beach.

This is the standard route, tailor made routes are available and may follow a different schedule some do the whole route in five days where others do it in 9 days.

- Return transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- 4X4 Landcruiser with English speaking driver guide for Safari.
- Lunch box,
- Accommodations on BB in Arusha,
- Accommodation on full board basis during Safari,
- Crater fee
- All park entrance fees including government taxes.
- International and domestic flights and taxes,
- Tips
- Laundry,
- Drinks ,
- Visas to Tanzania and items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
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