7Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

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Overview

The Machame route is renowned among trekkers for its challenging terrain and demanding ascent, making it an ideal choice for those seeking an adventurous and exhilarating journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to its difficulty level, this route is often recommended for hikers with prior backpacking or trekking experience.

Despite its arduous nature, the Machame route offers trekkers a truly spectacular and diverse landscape. As you ascend toward the summit from the southwest, you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenery, ranging from lush rainforests to rugged moorlands and alpine deserts. Along the way, you’ll encounter iconic landmarks such as the expansive Shira Plateau, providing awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding terrain.

One of the highlights of the Machame route is the optional scramble up Lava Tower, a striking rock formation that offers trekkers the chance to test their climbing skills while enjoying unparalleled vistas of the mountain’s slopes and valleys below. Additionally, climbers will have the opportunity to conquer the Great Barranco Wall, a thrilling ascent that rewards with sweeping views and a sense of accomplishment.

Throughout the journey, trekkers will also traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field, a mesmerizing experience that showcases the mountain’s majestic glaciers and icy landscapes. While the Machame route may be popular among climbers, it’s important to note that the increased number of trekkers can sometimes diminish the sense of solitude and tranquility typically associated with high-altitude adventures.

In summary, the Machame route offers a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience, characterized by stunning scenery, thrilling climbs, and unparalleled views of Mount Kilimanjaro. For adventurous trekkers seeking an unforgettable journey to the summit, the Machame route presents an ideal choice, combining adrenaline-fueled challenges with unforgettable natural beauty.

Included/Excluded

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp Kilimanjaro

Embark on a 45-minute drive from Moshi to Machame Gate, traversing the picturesque village of Machame nestled on the mountain's lower slopes. This scenic journey sets the stage for the adventure ahead, offering glimpses of the lush landscapes surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro.

Upon arrival at the park gate, commence your trek through the verdant rainforest along a winding trail leading up a ridge. Be mindful of muddy and slippery terrain at lower elevations, where gaiters and trekking poles prove beneficial. As you ascend, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Montane Forest habitat, teeming with diverse flora and fauna.

After a moderate hike, reach the Machame Campsite, nestled amidst the enchanting forest canopy. Here, amidst the tranquil surroundings, enjoy a hearty meal as you prepare for the days of adventure that lie ahead.

  • Elevation: From 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp Kilimanjaro

Awaken to the crisp mountain air and savor a nutritious breakfast before bidding farewell to the rainforest's embrace. Today's journey takes you on an upward path, leaving behind the glades of the forest and ascending towards the Shira Plateau.

Traverse a steep rocky ridge and cross the valley, marveling at the rugged beauty of the landscape. As you ascend, soak in panoramic vistas of the surrounding moorlands, a stark contrast to the lush forests below. Arrive at the Shira Campsite, situated amidst the vast expanse of the plateau, and relish in the sense of accomplishment as you settle in for the evening.

  • Elevation: From 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp Kilimanjaro

Set out from the Shira Plateau towards the iconic Lava Tower, known as the "Shark’s Tooth," a prominent landmark along the route. Ascend to higher elevations, traversing semi-desert terrain as you approach the towering edifice of Lava Tower. Take in the awe-inspiring views before continuing your descent towards the Barranco Campsite.

  • Elevation: From 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Kilimanjaro

Embark on a challenging ascent, navigating the imposing Barranco Wall and ascending to the Karanga Valley. Pause to admire the rugged beauty of the landscape and catch your breath amidst the alpine desert habitat. Arrive at the Karanga Campsite, where you'll spend the night in preparation for the final push to the summit.

  • Elevation: From 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Kilimanjaro

Continue your ascent towards the Barafu Camp, the last stop before the summit. Traverse the alpine desert landscape, marveling at the rugged beauty of the terrain. Arrive at Barafu Camp and take in the breathtaking views of the summit looming overhead.

  • Elevation: From 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp Kilimanjaro

Embark on the final push to the summit in the early hours of the morning, ascending through the darkness towards Stella Point. Witness the breathtaking sunrise as you reach the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.

From the summit, begin your descent towards Mweka Camp, retracing your steps through the alpine desert and stone scree. Arrive at Mweka Camp, where you'll spend the night amidst the lush forest surroundings.

  • Elevation: From 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft (Summit), down to 3090m/10,150ft (Mweka Camp)
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up, 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up, 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel Kilimanjaro

Descend through the lush forest terrain to Mweka Gate, where you'll receive your summit certificates and bid farewell to Mount Kilimanjaro. Board a vehicle for the return journey to your hotel in Moshi, reflecting on the incredible journey you've undertaken.

  • Elevation: From 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast

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