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8 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatize.

The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatization. There are however two drawbacks on this route:
•    First hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.
•    The second problem relates to the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that other routes join the Machame route on the 3rd day onwards – higher numbers of hikers can be therefore encountered on this route.

Day 1 Arusha Airport | Moshi Hotel

On your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative then transfer the Hotel in Moshi (910m) for an overnight, accommodation based on bed and breakfast in readiness for the next day's climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. You will also have time to assemble your climbing gears and get to introduced to the head guide.

Day 2 Machame Gate | Machame camp 

The day starts early with trip briefing, followed by breakfast and then a 45-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but when muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area (2980m) in the late afternoon. Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

    Hiking time: 7 hours  
    Distance: About 18 km's  
    Habitat: Montane forest

Day 3 Machame camp | Shira camp    

You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you will climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at (3 840m). The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

    Hiking time: 6 hours  
    Distance: About 9 km's  
    Habitat: Moorland

Day 4 Shira Camp | Lava Tower | Barranco camp

Here the route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of (4630m) after about 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m), definitely, the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area (3930m) and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. Then descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours 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 Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

    Hiking time: 7 hours  
    Distance: About 15 km's  
    Habitat: Semi desert

Day 5 Barranco camp  | Barafu camp   

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so better to remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut (4550m) The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 1900h and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

    Hiking time: 7 hours  
    Distance: About 13 km's  
    Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 6 Summit Attempt | Barafu camp | Uhuru Peak | Mweka Camp

You will rise around 2330h, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walks to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m). The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
    Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent
    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7 Mweka camp | Mweka Gate (1980m)

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! There after you now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at Annex Hotel

    Hiking time: 3 hours
    Distance: About 15 km's
    Habitat: Forest

Day 8 Moshi | Kilimajaro Airport

After your breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule, may relaxing at

What’s included

    Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport and drop off after the tour
    2-3 nights at Stereo hotel or related hotel(Bed and breakfast)
    Salary for guides/Cook and porters
    All park entry/camping/ rescue fees
    Camping Equipment/sleeping tents/mess tent/table/chair and sleeping matt
    Transport from hotel to Climbing Gates
    3 meals a day while on the Mountain
    Oxygen and Ox- meter available for body evaluation
    Soft Drinks
    Private Toilet

What’s not included

    International or Domestic flight
    Tipping for Guides/Cook and Porters
    Personal climbing Gears

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