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Kilimanjaro climb via Machame Route 7 Days


Tour Overview

Machame 7 days route, 6 nights on mount Kilimanjaro, Machame is also known as the “Whisky route”, has become very popular. This is camping route which offers spectacular views of various landscapes such as Mt Meru, Pare Mountains, Lake Chala and Lake Jipe. While the 6 day itinerary is very possible, it is very benefitable to have the Machame 7 days climb because of having one more extra day for acclimatization and resting before the summit day. Doing this will maximize your chance of reaching the top.


Airport transfers
Service of an English speaking mountain guide
(2 nights of accommodation in Moshi Bed and Breakfast)
Rescue fees (part of park fees)
Drinking water and full board meals on the mountain
All National Park fees, Crew Permits and VAT
Fair and Sustainable Salary for crew as approved by KINAPA
Kilimanjaro gate transfers
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
Oximeter on the mountain
Sleeping Mattress
4 Season mountain tents
Visa fees
Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
Gamow Bag
Tips and gratuities
Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc

Tour Plan

After breakfast our vehicle will transport you from the hotel drive to Machame gate. Here you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest to Machame camp where you will find the tents are already setup for you. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. Elevation:1,800m to 3,000m. Distance: 13 km. Hiking time: 5-7 hours. Habitat: Montane forest. Meals Full Board

After breakfast leave the glades of rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rocky ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able get the spectacular view of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak and sunset; then dinner and overnight. Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame Elevation: 3000m to 3800 Distance: 9km Hiking time: 6-7 hours Habitat: Moorland. Meals Full Board

This is long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek East to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight. Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame Elevation: 3800m to 3950m Distance: 13km Hiking time: 7-8 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals Full Board

Today is short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4235m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame Elevation: 3950m to 4235m Distance: 6 km Hiking time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals Full Board

Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of short distance but is steep which required a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong, cold winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you commence your push for the summit. Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame Elevation: 4235m to 4600m Distance: 8 km Hiking time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals Full Board

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure for the summit is at 12:00AM. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend time for taking photo’s. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your gear, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite. Summit attempt of Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame Elevation: 4600m to 5895m to 3100m Distance: 15km Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours Habitat: Desert and ice Meals Full Board

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations. Accommodation at Park View Inn Elevation: 3100m to 1,640m Distance: 9km Descending time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Montane forest Meals Breakfast and Lunch

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