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7-Day Kilimanjaro Trek Via the Machame Route
- Our guides, the best of the best, hired through the most thorough recruitment system and paid well above average
- Impressive views and a variety of habitats of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world
- Travel via the scenic Machame Route, the second most popular route on the mountain
- Our local tour experts will advise on the best time of year and optimum itinerary for your budget
Machame, also named Whiskey Route, is one of the most popular in Kilimanjaro, but also considered a difficult route.
The total Machame Route distance is approximately 62 kilometers.
Designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, plenty of first time trekkers also use the route and do just fine.
It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s best routes and we can say it lives up to its reputation!
- Rescue fee
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- Camping equipment
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (aspecified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinking water (on all days)
- Sleeping bag
- Climbing gear
- International flights (to/from home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Bath towels
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Extra porter (each porter can carry up to 15 kg)
- Portable hot shower (includes extra 2 porters as one will be carrying a shower facility, the second a gas tank for heating water)
- Portable toilet (includes the costs of extra porter, who will be carrying the facility)
- Satellite phone
- Celebration dinner on Kilimanjaro (in the evening after summiting)
- Single occupancy in the tent
- Extra night in the crater (includes portable toilet hire which is required under the park rules, extra camping and park fees & additional food supplies)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Kilimanjaro!
You'll be collected from the airport or your hotel.
After a briefing with our climb managers the day before, the guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing.
Then, you will travel by vehicle to the Kilimanjaro National Park entrance called Machame Gate.
After the quick formalities of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m).
The trekking route includes passing through the rainforest -where tropical showers are highly probable)- so we recommend to take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats!
Continue to Shira Camp
After breakfast, you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, the Shira Camp (3,845 m).
Today you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time you'll be able to see the stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you.
Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking.
When you reach the camp you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards the Lava Tower Camp with a 300m gain in altitude.
Back down at the Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.
Reach the Lava Tower and See the Massive Barranco Wall
After breakfast, you will leave Shira Camp (3,845m) and start your way to the key point of the route: the Lava Tower (4,630 m).
This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600m.
It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimatize to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.
Then, descend to the Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness!
Tomorrow you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.
Get to Karanga Camp
Wake up early, have breakfast, and begin summiting Barranco Wall, (we recommend that you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups).
Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and it only takes around an hour.
After the climb, you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo Volcano.
Then, start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group.
When you reach the camp you will be offered warm lunch.
After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of the Barafu Camp with a 200m gain in altitude.
Descent back down to the camp.
Move on to Barafu Camp
In the morning after breakfast, you'll begin your way to the Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summitting of Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).
Our team will set up a camp for you in advance, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax.
After regaining strength, you'll have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner.
It's better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summitting.
Make it to the Summit of Kilimanjaro
Depart from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and start the hike to the summit of Kilimanjaro: the 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 the Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to the Millennium Camp (3,820 m).
Exit Through Mweka Gate
The Millennium 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.
Have a warm breakfast you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m).
After your descent, the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook.
Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.
The day after you can rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport, if needed.