7 Day Machame Route Itinerary
Machame Route is becoming the second most popular route on Kilimanjaro. It is more scenic and steeper than Marangu. Machame approaches Kilimanjaro from the southwest side into lush rainforest, as heavy rains frequently visit this side of the mountain. Alpine moorland is another characteristic landscape in the early stages of this ascent. It can be muddy and slippery experience…for those with energy; scramble up the imperious Lava Tower can be an option.
Access to the Machame Route is relatively straightforward and this is reflected in it’s costing slightly less to climb than all the other routes. This route takes 7 days to climb, but fit adventurer can climb it in 6 days. Accommodation is in tents that add the sense of adventure. Extra day of acclimatization means a higher success rate!
With our professional and extremely experienced team, we will take care of all the arrangements for your ascent, essentially to give you the best experience that you can hardly find it somewhere else. Happy Climbing!!!
Day 1: Machame Gate (1,490m/4,890ft) to Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780ft).
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours.
Your first day begins with an early morning briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive to the Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) from Moshi. Your guides and porters will be preparing your pack, equipment and supplies when you arrival. At the village you will receive a lunch pack. You can buy mineral water in there as well. If the road is very muddy, it may not be possible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate. Should this be the case, it will take an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, your ascent begins by entering the rain forest first. Heavy rains often transform the trail on this side of the mountain into mud, so good footgear, gaiters, and trekking poles are extremely helpful. After having lunch at the halfway point, you will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Porters will have erected your tent in advance of your arrival. The porters will boil drinking and washing water in the evening, while the cook prepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to as low as freezing at the Machame camp area.
Overnight at Machame Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 2: Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
After breakfast, you will climb for an hour to the top of the forest and then begin 2 hours of walking through a gentle moorland. After lunch and rest, you continue up the rocky ridge to the Shira Plateau. At Shira Plateau, you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. At times, the Western Breach walks are draped with curtains of ice. You are now on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route and west of Kibo. After a short hike west, you arrive at the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp, due to its exposure, will be colder and temperatures will. drop below freezing.
Overnight at Shira Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Your hike begins by climbing eastward up, a path becomes steep above the highest vegetation towards Kilimanjaro. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft). This remnant of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic past is several hundred feet high. The trail passes right below it. Some hikers can climb quickly to the top of the tower for fun. After a lunch near the Lava Tower, you will descend for 2 hours below the lower cliff of the Western Breach, to the Breach Wall to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls. This provides a scenic sunset while waiting for dinner. On this day, you may experience signs of altitude sickness.
Overnight at Barranco Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Camp (3,992m/13,100ft)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
Overnight at Karanga Camp:Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5:Karanga Camp (3,992m/13,100ft) to Barafu Camp (4,463m/15,300ft)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Overnight at Barafu Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 6: Summit Day!
Barafu Camp (4,550m/14,930ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Hiking Time: 8 hours up and 7-8 hours down
At 11:30 PM, you will wake up to steaming tea and biscuits. You will then take off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an outstanding sunrise. At Stella Point, you join the top part of the Marangu Route. You cannot stop for long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to fatigue and cold. Depending on the season and recent storm activity, you may encounter snow on the remaining part of your hike along the Uhuru Peak rim. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment, knowing you are creating a day you will remember the rest of your life. After a 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path to the moorland below and enter the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, where you can expect rain and mist in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, beer, soft drinks and chocolates.
Overnight at Mweka Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft) to Moshi (890m/2,920ft)
Hiking Time: 3 hours
After breakfast, you will take a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. You should not give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do not forget to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to Mweka Village, for a 1-hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch and afterwards be driven back to Moshi for a hot shower and comfortable at your hotel.
- Transfer to / from the mountain
- Kilimanjaro National Park Permits, camping / hut fees & rescue fees
- All food and catering equipment’s.
- 3 liters of treated/boiling water while trekking
- Service of a professional & qualified mountain guide
- Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions & passenger private bags
- Certificate of achievement
- Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hike
- Airport transfers.
- 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi/Arusha on Bed & Breakfast (before & after climb).
- Personal mountain gears
- Any kind of insurance e.g. personal or luggage insurance.
- Oxygen ($100 per person)
- Portable private toilet ($100 per person)
- All type of hard and soft drink
- Any expense of personal nature
- Any excess luggage more than 15 Kgs per client while trekking
- Tips & gratuities to your guides, porters and cook