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Mount Kilimanjaro trek via the Machame Route, 7 days

Join one of our certified mountain guides to hop on this amazing week-long trek to Mount Kilimanjaro via the challenging Machame Route.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the top of Africa via the challenging Machame Route.

  • Witness incredible vistas of towering peaks.

  • See a beautiful sunrise from Stella Point, the crater rim of the peak.

Description

We invite you to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame route. For 7 days, you’ll hike on steep scree slopes while enjoying incredible views of the neighboring peaks and also get to sleep in tents for a complete mountain experience!

Also known as the Whiskey route, the Machame route is a challenging route popular among many climbers. Keep in mind that all this medium grade trek requires is a fit body and a high spirit! The climb is not technical, however, previous climbing experience is definitely welcome.

The journey will begin at Machame gate. Located at the southern base of the mountain, the gate leads onto a lush rainforest. The trail further leads onto Shira Plateau, before winding along the southern circuit, offering spectacular views all along.

As you’ll rise, you’ll see a dramatic shift in the landscape with rainforest giving way to moorland. We’ll climb up the Great Barranco Wall and pass underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers to reach the Karanga Camp. At the camp, you’ll have ample time for acclimatization, so you don’t have to worry.

The last days of the trek will take us to Barafu Camp where we’ll prepare for the daunting summit hike.

The final leg of the journey is a bit strenuous but equally thrilling. We’ll start just past midnight and climb up scree slopes for a good 4-5 hours to get to the crater rim, Stella Point to see an enchanting sunrise. The spot also offers wonderful views of Mawenzi peak. Another climb of an hour or so takes us to Uhuru Peak- a great accomplishment indeed!

After relishing our time here, we’ll descend via the same route until we reach Mewka gate to end this incredible hike.

So, if you are up for this exciting challenge in Tanzania, send a message now to book your seat on this amazing trek. Also, check out our page for some more exciting adventures in Tanzania.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

We’ll pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in the town of Moshi town.

Meals: No Meals Included

 

Day 2: Machame Gate( 1790 m) to Machame Camp(3010 m)

A drive of 1-hour will take us from Moshi to Machame gate, where after completing the park formalities, we’ll begin to climb! The initial trail passes through dense rainforest and includes some wet and muddy patches.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

Approx. time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010 m) to Shira Camp

We’ll continue up the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, from where you’ll get to see spectacular views of the mountain. You’ll see clear vistas of Mt Meru rising high above the town of Arusha.

Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi

Approx. time: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Shira Cave( 3845 m) to Barranco Camp ( 3960 m)

You’ll see a dramatic shift in the landscape with forest giving way to moorland. We’ll traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and cross the final section of the Western Breach to finally reach Barranco camp.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

Approx. time: 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960M) to Karanga Camp ( 3963 m)

We’ll climb the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a bit of a strenuous climb over the rock but is not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. Ascending up from Karanga valley, we’ll continue until we reach the Karanga camp (3963m). Here, we can also choose a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before returning back to camp for the night.

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi

Approx. time: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Karanga Camp ( 3963 M) to Barafu Camp( 4640 m)

We’ll set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. Ascending scree slopes, we’ll arrive at the camp and spend the afternoon resting and preparing for the summit hike the next day.

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi

Approx. time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Barafu Camp ( 4640 M) to Uhuru Peak( 5895 M) & Down to Millennium Camp

We begin at around midnight and climb the summit glaciers. Ascending on scree slopes for about 4 to 5 hours, we’ll reach the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) to see a beautiful sunrise. You’ll see stunning views of the Mawenzi peak from here. Continuing further for about an hour, we’ll get to Uhuru Peak (5895m).

We’ll descend via the same route to reach Millennium Camp.

Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi

Approx. time: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Descend from Millennium Camp (3790M) to Mweka Gate (1630M)

We’ll descend via the rain forest to get to Mweka Gate, and you will be transferred to your hotel in Moshi.

Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi

Approx. time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9: Depart from Tanzania

Say goodbye to Tanzania with some incredible memories.

Meals: Breakfast


About the guide

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My name is Manase Mwanga, I am the founder and Managing Director of Top Climbers Expedition, a small local company, offering a wide range of unique safaris, including Mount Kilimanjaro ascent, wildlife adventures, bike tours, beach holidays and cultural tourism. I am Tanzanian, born and raised in the Kilimanjaro region. I have extensive experience and a great team of people and guides, that guarantees the highest quality service to our clients.

As a Director my focus is on organizing tours with an ethical and professional approach to exceed tourist expectations. All our tours benefit native people i.e. hard-working local porters and guides by creating job opportunities in order to eradicate poverty. We utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, taking care of the benefits of it for present and future generations. We are not the agency that rents guides. WE are the guides and we always take care of your satisfaction.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2707 each

Group of 2

USD 2346 each

Group of 3

USD 2346 each

Group of 4

USD 2346 each

Group of 5

USD 2165 each

Group of 6

USD 2165 each

Group of 7

USD 2165 each

Group of 8

USD 1985 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

- Hot Shower

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad

Price details

Price of $ 1750 Per Person for a group of 8-10 and $ 1700 Per Person for a group of 11 people and above. Price Incudes: Taxes, Rescue fee, 3 Meals per day while on the Mountain, Portable Oxygen Tanks, Oximeter & First-aid kit.

Not Included:

Meals at your hotel before and after the climb, Travel Insurance, Portable Flush Toilet & Tips.


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