Climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route in 7 days

Join the certified guides from Tanzania Travelers Tours as they lead you on this truly special and spectacular 7-day climb of Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, one of the most scenic, gorgeous and beautiful ways to climb this famous mountain, as you wind your way up to the summit.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group

Highlights

 
  • Reach the summit of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro!

  • Take in and admire the stunning views out over the African landscape

  • Test yourself mentally and physically with the high altitudes

  • Trek through rainforest, rocky plains, vast valleys and semi-arid terrain

 

I will guide you on this absolutely amazing, epic and awesome 7-day climb of Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, an exquisite trail that takes in the best scenery the mountain has to offer, from picturesque rainforests and rocky ridges, to mesmerizing glaciers and sublime views back out over the land from the highest point in Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro, nestled within the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, is a mountain standing 5895m high, and is famous for being the highest mountain in Africa. Ascending to the summit of the mountain is an immensely popular activity, with people also wanting to bear witness to the massive glaciers that dot the landscape.

Our journey begins in the town of Moshi, located very close to the mountain, and from here we drive to our starting point, Machame Gate.

After spending the first night in the Machame Camp (2980m), the subsequent 2 days are spent traipsing and travailing around rainforest, moorland, and arid, rocky terrain, with overnight stays at both Shira Camp (3840m) and Barranco Camp (3950m).

Most days of this trip are devoted to helping everyone acclimatize to the very high altitude that we encounter, with ascents to higher altitudes during the day before descending to lower heights at night.

Highlights of days 4 and 5 include tackling the Great Barranco Wall and views of Heim Glacier above the clouds.

Day 6 is the climax and undoubted highlight of our adventure, as we scale the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This part is very demanding, both physically and mentally, but the payoff is fantastic, as after 8 hours of intense hiking we make it to the highest point, Uhuru Peak (5895m), an astonishing place where we will allow you to admire the views and take photographs, feeling like you’re on top of the world!

We then begin our descent all the way back to our overnight camp of Mweka (3100m), and the finish the trip at Mweka Gate on day 7, hopefully weary, happy, satisfied and proud at having accomplished such a mighty feat.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a true bucket list item – book now so you don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1821 USD

Group of 2
1616 USD

Group of 3
1606 USD

Group of 4
1596 USD

Group of 5
1586 USD

Group of 6
1576 USD

Group of 7
1566 USD

Group of 8
1556 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

    After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue  to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.

    Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

  • Day 2Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m)

    After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

  • Day 3Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m)

    Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.

    After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

  • Day 4Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

    After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

  • Day 5Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)

    Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

  • Day 6Summit Attempt - Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

    Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

    At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

  • Day 7Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

    Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). After receiving certificates, you will drive back to your hotel in Moshi.

 
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next datesInfo
15/09/2019 to 21/09/2019
2 spots left
29/09/2019 to 04/10/2019
6 days program. 2 spots left
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

Moshi Town, Tanzania

Accommodation

Camping tent accommodation every night.

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Please wear: Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, cold weather jacket, gloves, pants, spare clothing.

 

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