7 Days Machame Route

7 Day Machame Route + 2 nights hotel stay

Route Overviews

The Machame Route, with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness finesse and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. The varying altitudes on this 7 day tour as well as a little help from lady luck offers a good environment for acclimatization, enhancing your chances of reaching the summit. Overnights on the Machame Route will be in tents.

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Arusha or just relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night at the Tulia Hotel and Spa
Bed and Breakfast included

Day 1 From Arusha to Machame Gate – 1790m  then Machame Camp -3010m

Altitude: ↑ 1,220 m
Walking time: 5-7h

After breakfast you will be picked up at the Tulia hotel and Spa Arusha and taken to the Kilimanjaro National park gate. After completion of all the necessary paper work, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp, a 5 – 6 hour hike. Soon you will be hiking 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 thumbless colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night.
Bed and Breakfast included

Day 2 Machame Camp – 3010m to Shira Camp 3845m

Altitude: ↑ 835 m
Walking time: 4-6h

Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heath land. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 3 Shira Camp – 3845m to Lava Tower Hut – 4640m then Barranco Camp -3960m

Altitude: ↑ 795 m ↓ 680 m
Walking time: 6-7h

The acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700m, 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 – 4640m, where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take about 6 – 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecio’s, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4 Barranco Camp 3960m – Karanga Camp 4035m

Altitude: ↑ 75 m
Walking time: 3-4h

Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. You trek will take between 3 – 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Karanga Camp 4035m – Barafu Camp 4640m.

Altitude: ↑ 605 m
Walking time: 3-4h

The awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination – Barafu Camp. Most of they day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 3-4 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and overnight as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 6 Barafu Camp 4640m – Uhuru Peak 5895m – Mweka Camp 3080m

Altitude: ↑ 1,255 m ↓ 2,815 m

Walking time: 10-14h

Just in the midnight you will be awoken by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7 hours. Another 1 – 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak 5895m where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 7 Mweka Camp 3080m – Mweka Gate 1630m – Arusha

Altitude: ↓ 1,450 m
Walking time: 2-3h

After a nice breakfast is followed by a traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka gate in about 2 – 3 hours. You will be met at the gate and taken back to the Tulia hotel and Spa Arusha for a long shower and relaxed day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. In the morning after breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can opt to extend your trip with a safari
Bed and Breakfast includes

Departure

In the morning depend on your fight, after a charmingly and nice breakfast our Zicasso driver will drop you at the airport read for fight, unless you have arranged for safari to extend you holiday.

Items included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.