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Kilimanjaro - 7 Day Machame Route + 2 Hotel Nights

From US$ 2,400 per person
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Overview
With out doubt the most popular route on Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the perfect 7 day option as it gives its trekkers the best possible chance of reaching the summit. Kandoo operate a "walk high, sleep low" profile which enables trekkers the best chance of acclimatizing to the altitude by spending less time at high altitude points.

You approach the Machame route from the southwest of Kilimanjaro. The route then ascends up through the jungle to Shira camp and then traverses south towards Barranco via Lava Tower. From there you climb up the Great Barranco Wall before arriving in base camp at Barafu. The final climb is via Stella point and the descent is on the Mweka route.

The Machame route is a camping trek and your gear, food and tents will all be carried and set up for you by our dedicated team of porters. We employ fully qualified chefs to cook all your meals and you have the option of eating outdoors or in our large dining tent. Kandoo guides are all first aid trained and have trekked the mountain hundreds of times to ensure you're in the safest hands possible. None of our guides are outsourced and we take great care in training our staff to meet our exceptionally high standards.
customer reviews about Kandoo Adventures
5.0 - Excellent Based on 12 reviews
Amardeep's review for another Kandoo Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“The whole experience was simply amazing from start to finish! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would like to give a big shout out to the 3 guides Abraham, Deus and Amadeus, as well as the cook and the 24 porters... it was completely down to their combined hard work, boundless enthusiasm, and expert planning that all 7 of our group managed to summit without a problem!

The food was excellent; very nutritious and plentiful in supply, and they catered well for my vegetarian diet. The celebratory cake made for us after summiting was a very nice touch, as was the very refreshing glass of juice waiting for us as soon as we came down to Barafu!

The tents were of high quality, and the strong winds roaring at Barafu did test this feature out, but thankfully the tents withheld with no problem and provided a great protection against the elements.

All in all the whole experience was truly excellent and very memorable, both thanks to the local onsite team in Tanzania, and through the support and useful info provided by the team in the UK.

Personal highlight for me was definitely the local songs on the last day at Mweka C there was a strong energy and passion behind them at this point and it was great for us to share that special moment with the full expedition team!”
Dean's review for another Kandoo Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“Great guides, helpful info before and during the trip, we were well looked after and cared for all the way to EBC and back - thanks Kandoo.”
Jane's review for another Kandoo Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
“Thank you Kandoo Adventures for a fantastic experience in Nepal.

Tony and I have just returned from Trekking to Everest Base Camp via the stunning Gokyo Lakes and Chola Pass, from the moment we were met by the Kandoo team in Kathmandu we felt we were in safe professional hands. We were privileged to have wonderful guides Pimba , a twice times Everest summiteer,Dorchi, Hira and Dukchung who all have a wealth of mountaineering and trekking experience, they took care of our every needs ,always smiling and unfailingly helpful. Their knowledge of the mountains and the history of the area enhanced our experience. The route we took was truly wonderful starting with tree lined gorges and memorable bridges with tantalizing views of Everest and Ama Dablam,we stayed in remote mountain villages where the way of life for the locals looked impossibly hard. We then reached the more barren areas above the tree line as we became surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides.

Unfortunately I developed a chest infection ,again the care I received was outstanding, we were guided to a medical clinic where I could see a Doctor and receive treatment ,then after 3 days I was able to resume our trek towards Everest Base Camp, without Hira's wonderful lead I am not sure I would have made it ! Kandoo are incredibly well organised their daily medical checks of O2 saturation and pulse measurements ,as well as questions pertinent to symptoms of altitude sickness ensure that the health of their clients in this harsh environment is monitored, our gradual ascent and careful pacing by our guides also ensured that nobody in the group had any problems with the altitude sickness. Overall it was a real holiday of a lifetime ,we cannot thank the wonderful team of guides and porters enough. Thank you also to Paul and Jane Deakin who have created this fabulous company they have much to be proud of. We are already planning 2 more adventures with Kandoo ,we can't wait! Our very best wishes to Dukchung for his climb of K2 ,stay safe.

Jane and Tony Fox”
All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – see here for detailed flight information. From JRO you can either catch a taxi to your hotel in Moshi or we can arrange an airport transfer for you. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and potentially your Kandoo guide, and have a full pre-climb briefing.
Elevation (m): 1800m to 3000m, Distance: 11km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest
Transfer from your hotel to Machame Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Machame Camp.
Elevation (m): 3000m to 3850m, Distance: 9km, Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we start walking, leaving the rainforest behind, and continue our ascent, crossing a small valley and up to a steep rocky ridge, covered with heath. Our route now turns west onto a river gorge until we reach Shira 1 Camp.
Elevation (m): 3850m to 4600m to 3950m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert
Today we will climb up to 4600m to the base of the Lava Tower for lunch and acclimatization. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to Barranco camp, following “walk high, sleep low” golden rule of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall
Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
A short, but fun day, starting with a scramble, to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.
Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Time: 3 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for summit night. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m to 3100m), Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent, Time: 6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit.
You will be woken at 23:30 with tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and hopefully be in time to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Forest
Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel.
After a much need shower and rest, you will either make your own way back to your onward destination or if you have arranged airport transfers / a safari through us we will collect you for the next part of your adventure.
what’s included
  • All transport to and from the mountain
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees.
  • All food - 3 hot meals a day and drinking water
  • A fully supported climb (average ratio of support staff to climber is 4:1 in open groups)
  • A private portable toilet
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable foam mattress
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • A certificate documenting your summit ascent
what’s excluded
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Crew tips
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Snacks and personal medications
  • Visas and vaccinations
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 9 days
Tour Type
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5895 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Starts/Ends Moshi, Tanzania/Moshi, Tanzania
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical Information
During the main trekking season we run at least one open group climb on the Machame route each week, and often more. Each group can accommodate 12 people, and we guarantee to run every booked climb, no exceptions.
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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