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7 Days Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route (Option 1)

7 Days Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route (Option 1)

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Duration:
7 Days / 6 Nights
Safari Type
Mountain Climbing
Can be Tailor-made:
Yes
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Activities

Climbing / Trekking

Overview

The most popular route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro these days is Machame route, and for good reason. Forested traverse to Barafu. This trail offers stunning views, a reasonable challenge, and plenty of time to acclimate, making it a good choice for those who have a bit of extra time in their schedule. 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day – Arusha / Moshi Town
Hotel

Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to hotel in Moshi/ Arusha. A pre-climb briefing can be organized where we will provide you all the information to prepare for your climb. This will include a day to day guide of your climb, the gear required as well as discussing acute mountain sickness and all health and safety on Kilimanjaro.

Day 2
Arusha / Moshi Town – Machame Gate (1800 m) - Machame Camp (3010 m)
Machame Camp

Transfer from your hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame. After registration and preparations we start our trek into the lush rainforest. There is the possibility of spotting some Black-and-White Colobus monkeys on the way to Machame camp for Dinner and overnight.

Distance: About 5 km | Hiking time: 5-6 hours | Habitat: Montane forest

Day 3
Machame Camp (3010 m) - Shira Camp (3845 m) 
Shira Camp

After a short forest hike we continue a steep ridge passing through open moorlands crossing a large gorge to reach Shira Camp, beautiful views of the Shira Plateau and sometimes Mount Meru. Overnight stay at the camp

Distance: About 5 km | Hiking time: 4-6 hours | Habitat: Moorland

Day 4
Shira Camp (3845 m) - Lava Tower (4630 m) - Barranco Camp (3950 m)
Barranco Camp

We will take an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower for lunch, before descending to the Barranco valley. For those who have energy, and if time and weather permit, there’s the possibility to scramble up the Lava Tower itself. The scenery is amazing today, passing through different zones of the mountain before dropping again to reach Barranco camp (This camp is considered by many to be the most beautiful and scenic on Kilimanjaro) for Dinner and overnight.

Distance: About 11 km | Hiking/Descending time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Moorland, Semi desert

Day 5
Barranco Camp (3950 m) – Karanga Camp (4035 m)
Karanga Camp

Today you will tackle the steepest part of this route – the famous Barranco Wall, also known as the ‘Breakfast Wall’. It’s not as difficult as it looks, and your guide will assist you through this passage in just a little more than an hour. On top of Barranco Wall you can get a glimpse of the southern glaciers of Kibo and take a short rest before continuing towards Karanga Camp. 

This camp is located less than 100 meters higher then Barranco Camp which gives your body some more time to acclimatize to the altitude. After your lunch at the camp you have the option to do a short round trip towards Barafu Camp for further acclimatization, or you can just relax at your camp. Overnight, stay at the camp.

Distance: About 5 km | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Moorland

Day 6
Karanga Camp (4035 m) – Barafu Camp (4640 m)
Barafu Camp

After breakfast we take the trail that passes through striking alpine desert expanses and leads you to your final camp before the summit hike – the Barafu Camp. You will have some time to relax before the evening meal is served. After dinner you are advised to get as much sleep as possible before summit attempt. 

Distance: About 6 km | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 7
Barafu Camp (4640 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)
Mweka Camp

Summit Attempt 
Along day with an early start to reach the crater, ream at the Stella point in time for sunrise, then to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating with photos at the summit descend to Mweka Camp (Mweka Camp is a descent-only campsite from the Shira, Lemosho, Machame and Umbwe Routes). Overnight, stay at the campsite.

Distance: About 6 km ascent + 15 km descent | Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak | Descend time: 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, Rain Forest

Day 8
Mweka Camp (3080 m) – Mweka Gate (1630 m) - Moshi / Arusha Town 
Hotel

Make the final descent through the rain forest to Mweka Gate. Here we will collect or summit certificate, have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before drive back to Moshi/Arusha for dinner and overnight.

Hiking time: 3-5 hours | Habitat: Montane forest

Day 9
Departure Day / Go on a Safari

After breakfast, depart for your next destination, which is optional or can be arranged:

  • Safari to the National Parks
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport
  • Transport to Other Towns in Tanzania i.e. Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
  • Nairobi via border town Namanga
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