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Kilimanjaro 7-day Trek via Machame route (with 2 nights in hotel)

Hop on this 7-day hiking tour to get to the summit of Kilimanjaro through the Machame route with one of our certified local mountain guides.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Get to the top of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame route.

  • Explore the amazing wildlife of the area and see colobus monkeys on the way.

  • Reach the 'top of Africa' in a comfortable 7-day time frame.

Description

If you wish to see dramatic landscapes as you get to the top of Kilimanjaro, join us on this 7-day journey via the Machame route to reach the summit.

Also known as the Whiskey route, Machame tests your physical fitness and mental strength. You’ll walk through a lush rain-forest and moorland and appreciate all the ferns and ericas on the way until you reach the mountain top. You’ll also get to explore the amazing wildlife of the area and it will not be uncommon to see colobus monkeys and other animals frolicking in their natural home.

We’ll begin the journey to Kilimanjaro, driving from Arusha to the Machame Gate. From there, walking through a gorgeous rain forest, we’ll head towards the Shira Plateau. Then, we’ll begin to ascend.

The journey includes 2 nights in a hotel and the for rest of the days, we’ll be staying in various camps. The camps are surrounded by towering peaks and offer stunning views of the stars above.

As we’ll proceed towards the top, the rainforest will change into moorland. Passing by the Lava Tower, we’ll spend the next few days at the Barranco Camp and the Karanga Camp until we reach Barafu. The trek to the summit will begin from Bafafu.

Crossing Stella Point (5,730m) on the way, we’ll reach Uhuru Peak in around 7-8 hours to see stunning views. It sure will be an incredible experience to stand on the roof of Africa!

We will then make our descent along the Mweka Route to end the trip.

As the Machame Route is a bit challenging, it is necessary for you to be in excellent shape and have prior mountaineering experience before signing up.

So, if you are up for the challenge, we’ll be glad to guide you on this amazing 7-day adventure to the top of Kilimanjaro. Send a request to book your seats.

We can also get to the top via the Lemosho Route, on this another 7-day trip.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

We’ll pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport transfer you to Tulia Hotel and Spa or a similar hotel in Arusha. You’ll spend the day relaxing in the hotel and exploring Arusha.

In the late afternoon, you will meet one of our team members, and get a brief about the upcoming trek.

Included: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 1: Arusha to Machame Gate (1,790m) to Machame Camp (3,010m)

After breakfast, we’ll head towards the Kilimanjaro National park gate-Machame. After registration, the adventure begins. Hiking through the lush rainforest of ferns and endemic flowers, you’ll continue towards Machame camp. You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 2: Machame Camp (3,010m) to Shira Camp (3,845m)

Starting early, we’ll begin our journey to Shira Camp.

As you’ll ascend, you’ll notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to heathland.

Once you arrive at the camp, you’ll see stunning views of the glaciers of Kibo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp (3,845m) to Lava Tower Hut (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)

Acclimatization is on today’s menu!

You will climb roughly 800 m, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower. From there, you’ll continue to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, taking you through the stunning Barranco valley of lobelia plants and giant senecios.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035m)

Today you’ll capture the Barranco Wall

Tackling various ascents and descents, walking along the ridge you’ll finally get to   Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 3 to 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,035m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Today, you’ll set out towards Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with spectacular views of Kibo.

After 3 to 4 hours, you’ll reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and take rest to prepare for the summit hike.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)

Starting early at around midnight, you’ll begin on your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point (5,730m), reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours.

Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape. After capturing the incredible view, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, from where you’ll head to Mweka Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,080m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Arusha

After breakfast and a  traditional farewell ceremony, you’ll again traverse rainforest to get to the Mweka gate.

From here, we’ll take you back to Tulia Hotel and Spa or similar, ending the trip.

Bed and Breakfast included


About the guide

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Mack was born and raised in Arusha, northern Tanzania, in a lovely Ilmaasai tribe family. He is the eighth child of ten and has spent the majority of his career as Tour Guide covering East Africa.

Mack studied Information Communication Technology and has also specialized in the field of Procurement and Supply Management. However, he feels at home in the African wilderness!

Travel and Tourism Management is where his heart lies. As he gained more experience, Mack realized that he wanted to create safaris of his own using the skills he acquired during his travels. He wanted to use his personal touch to provide the best possible customer experience! His intense love for nature and conservation has contributed richly to the quality of the safaris he offers.

Mack has the uncanny ability to coordinate and organize tours for large groups of people making his tours a hassle-free and seamless experience.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1908 each

Group of 2

USD 1908 each

Group of 3

USD 1908 each

Group of 4

USD 1908 each

Group of 5

USD 1908 each

Group of 6

USD 1908 each

Group of 7

USD 1908 each

Group of 8

USD 1908 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Clean, drinkable water during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad

Price details

Price does not include: Flights, Sleeping bags, Drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Travel insurance.


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