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7 Days Machame Route

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Tanzania is home to the best and most exciting trekking adventure of Africa, the fascinating Mount Kilimanjaro, rising to a height of 5,895 meters. The mountain is the tallest in the continent and is also known as the rooftop of Africa. This tour takes you along the Machame Route, arguably the most scenic route to the top fo the mountain. The trek starts in a dense rainforest, makes way through giant heather zoons, continues onto moorlands and finally culminates in highland deserts. As a result, you get to see a vast variety of sights and attractions, unique wildlife and exotic birds, and some of the most beautiful scenes on the planet.

Each night we will stay in mountain dome tents where you will enjoy meals prepared by our mountain camp chefs. You will be led by a local Tanzanian guide whose expertise and vast knowledge of the mountain you will notice as he explains fascinating details about the route, flora and fauna. He will also attend to the endless details that make a climb successful and will look out for your safety.

One day before your climb, you will meet and greet with your mountain guide from Kanuth Adventure Safari for a breefing about the climb.
Day 1 Moshi/Machame Gate to Machame Camp 5 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

After breakfast and a short briefing, we will transfer to the Machame National Park Gate, located at a distance of forty minutes from the Kilimanjaro airport. The journey passes through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After registration and all the formalities, the porters and guides you accompany you through the park gate and walk wit you along the rainforest on a winding trail up the ridge. The trail can be muddy and slippery and trekking poles are generally a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2 Machame Camp to Shira Camp 5 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the rainforest, cross the little valley by walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather, right up to its very end. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. We stop for rest and dinner.

Overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 3 Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp 7 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to northeast up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower. We stop for picnic lunch, and shortly after the tower, we can see the second junction which brings us to the Arrow Glacier (4,876 meters).

We continue down to the Barranco Hut (3,860 meters). Here, we rest, enjoy dinner, and stop for the night. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization as it helps your body prepare for a trip to the summit.

Day 4 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 3 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall all the way to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Day 5 Karanga Camp to Barafu High Camp 3 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 4200 to 4600m
Elevation (ft): to 15,100ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and continue to the Barafu High camp. By now, 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 can also be seen from the campsite.

Day 6 Barafu High Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut 14 hours Camping

Elevation (m): 4200 to 4600m
Elevation (ft): to 15,100ft
Distance: 6 km
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most challenging portion of the trek (mentally and physically), but also the most rewarding one.

At Stella Point (5685m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu high camp for lunch.

You will want gaiters and trekking poles for navigating the loose gravel while going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi 4 hours 3 Star Hotel

Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.
A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you to Moshi town for relaxing at the hotel Kilimanjaro crown Lodge.

what’s included
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport
  • 2night accommodation in Moshi-Dar es salaam
  • Park, camp and rescue fees
  • 2 Experienced English speaking guides
  • Porters
  • Transfers to and from the mountain gates from and to Moshi and to Airport
what’s excluded
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Hire of any clothing / equipment, sleeping bag, personal toiletry requirements
  • All items of a personal nature.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Private Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English, French & Spanish
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kilimaniaro, Seychelles
Good to know A child under 13 year old is not allowed to do this tour.
Tour require following things:
-Sleeping bag (at least 3 seasons)
-Water purifying tablets, Insulation pad,
-Boots and light walking shoes
-Balaclava and Woolen hat or Scarf Snow goggles / Sun glasses
-Sweaters / Jumpers Pants and Jackets (waterproof)
-Water bottle
-Anorak / raincoat
-Several pairs of socks
-First aid kit and insect repellent Sun protection cream and Lip salve, -Personal toiletry requirements, Flash light with spare batteries, -Whistle and some plastic Bags
-Walking stick
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
other information
Kanuth Adventures Safari / Product Category: Trekking
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