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7-day Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route

Enjoy 7 days of hiking to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro through the Machame route, together with the guides team and local porters of Congema.

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7 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct




The Machame route, also known as the "Whisky Route", is one of the best to climb Kilimanjaro as it is optimal for acclimatization, allowing the climbers to "walk high and sleep low", and as a result enjoy one of the highest summit success rates of all the routes to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

This 7-day itinerary to climb Kilimanjaro offers a great acclimatization program. You will have 2 shorter days of trekking prior to your summit ascent in order to optimize your Kilimanjaro climb. Throughout the trek, we will go through stunning terrain and climb in five different climatic zones. Here are some of the key features of this program:

  • It allows travelers to "walk high and sleep low" enabling better acclimatization.

  • Ascent and descent via different routes.

  • Fully catered camping.

Owing to its high success rate, the Machame route can be busy, but we'll start early to avoid the crowds. I also ensure that my porter team arrives at the designated campsites early so that your tent will be set up and ready for your arrival, together with a nice hot drink prepared by our team cook.

Please get in touch with me and let's discuss your wishes for your Kilimanjaro adventure. I will be happy to guide you to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa! Of course, we can combine this program with some other great adventures including safari, beach stays and more.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through other routes is also possible: check out our programs up the Rongai, Marangu and Lemosho routes. 

Wish to read about an Explore-Share user who climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame route? Check out our blog post with photos of the ascent!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters


Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and meeting with my representative who will pick you up and drive you to Silver Palm Hotel for your overnight.

Day 2: Machame Gate - Camp Machame

Transfer from the Hotel by car until the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. We sign up at the Park’s office, at the gates of the Park. Then we get ready to start climbing. We go by a rain forest, a winding trail takes us up on a ridge until Machame Camp, our camping site for tonight. \*Altitude change: from 1800 m to 3000 m (+1200 m) \*Distance: 11 km \*Time: 5-7 h \*Environment: Montane Forest

Day 3: Camp Machame - Camp Shira

We have breakfast and then start our walk, during which we leave behind the rain forest. We continue ascending, traversing a valley and going up a rocky ridge, quite steep and covered in heath. Then we turn west, to the river’s gorge. We end the day at the Camp Shira, where we have dinner and spend the night. \*Altitude change: 3000 m to 3850 m (+850 m) \*Distance: 9 km \*Time: 4-6 h \*Environment: Moorland

Day 4: Camp Shira through Lava Tower - Camp Barranco

Today is crucial for acclimatisation, our bodies are getting prepared for the summit day. It’s an intense day and you may feel the altitude symptoms. We ascend until Lava Tower (4600m), where we have lunch and rest. Then we go down to Barranco campsite, where we will sleep. This camp is located in a beautiful valley under the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall. and the sunset here is memorable! It’s a special place to photograph. \*Altitude change: 3850 m to 4600 m to 3950 m (+750 m) \*Distance: 12 km \*Time: 6-7 h \*Environment: Semi-desert

Day 5: Camp Barranco - Camp Karanga

The day begins with a fun scramble, quite short, until the top of Great Barranco Wall. Then we cross over the scree to Karange Valley (3930 m), located under the icefalls of Kersten, Heim and Decken Glaciers. We spend the night at the camp Karanga. \*Altitude change: 3950 m to 3930 m \*Distance: 7 km \*Hiking Time: 4 h \*Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 6: Camp Karanga - Camp Barafu

Leaving the Karanga camp behind, we reach the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail for descent. Then we continue until the Barafu Hut. This marks the completion of the Southern Circuit. From here there are views of the top from different angles. We will camp, rest and enjoy some dinner. From here we can clearly see the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. \*Altitude change: 3930 m to 4600 m (+670 m) \*Distance: 6 km \*Hiking Time: 3 h \*Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Barafu Camp until the Summit - Hut Mweka

We will wake up at 11:30PM, quickly have some tea and cookies and start the hike. The destination is the summit located between the Ratzel and Rembman glaciers. Heading to the north-west, we go up through scree to Stella Point, on the rim of the crater. This is probably the most challenging portion of the hike, both physically and mentally. At the Stella Point (5732 m) we have a short stop to rest, and the sunrise here will likely be the most marvellous you have ever seen, if the weather permits. At the Uhuru Peak (5895 m), we reach the culminant point both of Mt Kilimanjaro and of Africa. It can get really cold during the night. But it’ll be very warm at the end of the day of hiking. From the peak, we go down until the Hut Mweka campsite, via Barafu, where we have lunch. We need trekking poles for the loose gravel heading down to Camp Mweka (3100 m). Later in the day, we enjoy the last dinner on the mountains and a well-earned rest. \*Altitude change: 4600 m to 5895 m (+1295 m) (and down to 3100 m) \*Distance: 7 km ascent /23 km descent \*Time: 6-8 h ascent /6-7 h descent \*Environment: Stone scree, ice-capped summit / Alpine desert.

Day 8: Mweka Camp - Silver Palm hotel

We go down until the Mweka Park Gate where you receive the summit certificate. At lower altitudes it may be muddy and wet. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful. It’s convenient to have t-shirts and shorts for this part, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothes at hand. \*Altitude change: 3100 m to 1800 m \*Distance: 8 km \*Time: 3-4 h \*Environment: Montane Forest.



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Tips: The typical tip is $15-20 day for guides, $10-12 day for assistant guides, $10-12 day cooks, $6-10 day porter This is from the whole group, not per hiker.

Meeting point

We will meet at Kilimanjaro airport.

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

Please get in touch with me if you are interested by coming to Tanzania, for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or any other exiting adventure you wish to experience !
Our company was established with the aim of promoting both local and global tourism. May I say that nowhere else will you feel really in Tanzania than at our organisation. Years of experience have taught us to prepare special programs that take you off the beaten tracks (eg. Rubondo National Park, Gombe National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater Highland, Lake Natron, Oldonyo Lengai mountains, Longido Mountains and Monduli Mountains).
This of course, is in addition to the already popular places of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro in the North, and Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa in the South. Last but not least beach holidays on the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba are also among our programs. Some National Parks extension trips in Kenya and Gorilla tracking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are coordinated as well.
We have something to satisfy anyone's budget, from single seats on a vehicle safari, to exclusive safaris, incentive tours, educational and cultural safaris, ecological tours, and face-to-face safaris. You have the option to choose our basic "Canvas Safaris" or let us arrange a stay at luxury 5-star hotels.



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What people are saying about this trip



Nous sommes parti faire l'ascension du Kilimandjaro du 30 aout au 5 septembre 2017 avec le support d'Explore-Share qui nous a déjà accompagné il y a 2 ans pour l'ascension à ski de l'Elbrouz. Cette aventure sur le plan physique, sur la découverte de nouveaux paysages montagneux totalement différents des Alpes, des montagnes Européennes auxquels nous sommes un peu habitués (je précise que nous sommes 2 amis de longues dates, Alain : guide de haute montagne et moniteur de ski, et moi Sébastien : pilote de ligne et moniteur de ski), fut fabuleuse, et exceptionnelle sur le plan humain. Nous étions accompagnés par toute une équipe de guides, cuisinier, et porteurs tout au long de ces 7 jours; et ces personnes furent le mets exquis de ce voyage, toujours souriants, encourageants, tellement gentils dans le plus noble et beau sens du terme. Je tiens à remercier tout particulièrement l'ensemble des porteurs, le guide Elly qui a mené cette belle ascension, l'agence Congema, et son responsable Constantine qui a géré l'administratif, et bien sûr Explore-Share avec Gauthier Poncelet qui nous a permis une nouvelle fois de vivre une semaine, et un voyage merveilleux gravés dans nos mémoires.

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