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7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route Trek

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  • Great success rates of successful summit climbs
  • Spot monkeys and different species of beautiful birds.
  • Transport To/From Kilimanjaro Gate is included on the given price.
  • Enjoy a fascinating trek in one of the most beautiful trekking destinations on the planet
The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Kibo Peak. The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu route and the Rongai route and is slightly more demanding.

This route is probably the most popular route up Kilimanjaro with roughly 50% of all trekkers using it. The route can be completed on a 6 or 7 day itinerary and the route provides a fantastic landscape and scenery. Both the 6 day and 7 day routes have a great climb high, sleep low profile and summit success rate is high because of this, especially for climbers spending that extra day to acclimatize.

In fact, the 7 day Machame has an average summit success rate in excess of 85% whilst the 6 day option has a 73% success rate on average.
6 hours Camping
Machame Gate to Machame Hut (9,300)
Hike time: 7.5 hrs, Elevation change: +1200 M
Estimated distance: 10 km, Final elevation: 3100 M

An early pick up from hotel and then drive to Machame gate (5,400) where trekking formalities take about 30 minutes. From the gate, we begin our trek following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest.

The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground.

We will reach Machame Campsite in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200–meter (3,936) ascent and 5–7 hours of walking.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 - 7 hours Camping
Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M
Estimated distance: 6 km, Final elevation: 3800 M

From Machame Hut, we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks.

We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000) in 5–7 hours and about 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 - 7 hours Camping
Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Final elevation: 3900 M

From Shira Hut, we hike to Lava Tower (15,000) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Our hike will take most of the day.

The Barranco campsite located at an elevation of 3950m.
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5 hours Camping
Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Estimated distance? Final elevation: 3900 M

From Shira Hut, we hike to Lava Tower (15,000) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Our hike will take most of the day.

The Barranco campsite located on elevation of 3950m.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Camping
Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +600 M
Estimated distance: 4 km, Final elevation: 4600 M

The day involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 - 7 hours Camping
SUMMIT DAY! Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M
Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M
Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M
Estimated distance: 12 km, Final elevation: 3100 M

We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen.

The 1,100-meter (3,600) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340'), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4–7 hours to Mweka Camp.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2 - 3 hours
Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M
Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M

Today, we descend about 1400 meters (4,592) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3 – 4 hours to reach Mweka Gate where you will be picked by our driver and transferred back to Arusha.

Stay overnight in a hotel of your choice on your own arrangements.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • Overnight stays in the mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, chairs, tables.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Boiled drinking water during the trek
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
what's excluded
  • Sleeping bag
  • Town accommodation
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc
  • Travel insurance
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