Overview

Machame Route is  the most popular route to climb up Mt . Kilimanjaro, mainly  because it’s scenic characteristic. The climb via Machame route starts from the south western side of Kilimanjaro Mountain and ends on the Southern side. This 7Days climb is considerably easier than the 6Days climb of the same route as it  gives you a higher chance of summiting with the extra acclimatization day. Only tented accommodation is used on Machame Route.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB VIA MACHAME ROUTE 7DAYS/ 6NIGHTS

ITINERARIES

DAY 01

FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO HOTEL

Our friendly tour coordinator will be awaiting your arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport. Incase of further assistance at the Airport, she/he will be there to help. Drive to Moshi and Overnight at Kindoroko  Hotel. If you are arrive early, the guide will do a briefing on this same day.

 

Meal Plan: None

DAY 02

LONDOROSSI GATE (2100M) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2750M)

Hike time: 3 hrs

Elevation gain: 650m
Estimated distance: 15km

Habitat: Montane Forest

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Londorossi gate   (about 2hours drive ) for registration, then drive for another 45minutes passing through a  lush forest to Lemosho Gate. From here you will hike through the rain forest for 3hours to Mti Mkubwa camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 03

MACHAME GATE (1634 M) TO MACHAME CAMP (2834 M).

Hike time: 7.5 hrs
Elevation gain: 1200m
Estimated distance: 10km
Habitat : Montane Forest

 

Breakfast then  drive to Machame gate , after registration and other formalities  you will begin your Kilimanjaro Climb. This is a nice leisurely hike through the tropical rain forest. As you pass through the rainforest, you may spot  Black and White Colobus monkeys, and a Variety of Birds. En route to Machame Camp you will take your packed lunch. Dinner and overnight is at Machame Camp.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 04

MACHAME CAMP (2834 M) TO SHIRA CAMP (3749 M).

Hike time: 7 hrs
Elevation gain: 915 m
Estimated distance: 8km
Habitat : Moorland 

 

From the Machame camp you will hike to Shira Camp.  The trail takes you  a cross a stream onto the  west bank of Machame camp and  up a  steep rocky ridge – criss-crossing a few times before reaching tonight’s  camp, at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. A long the way you will stop for a short break  and a picnic lunch.Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 05

SHIRA ( 3847 M) TO LAVA TOWER (4630 M) TO BARRANCO CAMP ( 3950 M).

Hike time: 7 hrs 
Elevation gain: 103
Estimated distance: 15km

Habitat: Semi-Dessert

 

Today’s trail turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape up to lava Tower.  This is a great acclimatization day where you will reach an altitude of 4630m at lava tower, of which the next time you head this high is in two days time. The descent to Barranco camp via  the Great Barranco wall offers great views and an opportunity to take some memorable photographs .Tonight’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. This is definitely the toughest day so far. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 06

BARRANCO CAMP (3900 M) TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMP (3963 M)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +/-100 m
Estimated distance: 4km
Habitat : Alpine Desert

Today is a tough but short morning hike on a steep trail up the  Baranco wall and glacier valleys to Karanga Camp. You will reach the camp early enough to have  hot lunch prepared by your cook. In the afternoon if you have the energy take a walk with your guide to the spectacular sights of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp

 

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 07

KARANGA VALLEY CAMP (3963M) TO BARAFU CAMP (4600 M).

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: 600 m
Estimated distance: 4km
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today hike down into the Karanga valley, and then back up to Barafu camp. Dinner and overnight here. You need to go and rest early so that you can start off well on your big night to the summit.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 08

BARAFU CAMP (4600M) TO THE SUMMIT (5896 M) AND THEN TO MWEKA CAMP (3100 M)

Summit time: 7 hrs
Elevation gain: 1300 m
Estimated distance: 5km

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Descent time: 5 hrs
Elevation decrease: 2800 m
Estimated distance: 23km
Habitat: Montane Forest

Today  is the longest day. At around 12:30 am, you will begin your summit attempt. The path up to Stella Point zigzags back and forth along a gravel path. This portion takes about 6 hours. This can be quite mind-numbing as most of the hiking is in darkness with little to see. You then scramble over a few rocks and continue up to Uhuru Peak. After a few triumphant photos, you will head back down to Barafu camp for a short rest before making your way down to Mweka camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 09

MWEKA CAMP (3100 M) TO MWEKA GATE (1828 M).

Descent time: 4 hrs
Elevation decrease: 1250 m

Estimated distance: 15km

Habitat: Montane Forest

 

Enjoy your last views of the mountain as you descend through the moorland and rain forest zones on your way to Mweka Gate. The path will be muddy, especially if it rained recently. At the gate, you will receive your completion certificate if you made it to Stella Point or Uhuru Peak. Then it’s back to Moshi hotel for a long hot shower.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

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