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Trekking the Machame route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, 7 days

Climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania, via the challenging Machame route, with this 7-day trek, along local experienced guides from the Enosa Expeditions team.

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

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the demanding Machame route

  • This route takes you through steeper and higher sections compared to others

  • Discover unique varied landscapes along the way

Description

We invite you to join us on this 7-day challenging trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) via the Machame route. This route takes you to Africa’s highest peak through steeper passages and higher altitudes compared to other routes, but also through an amazing variety of landscapes.

The Machame route offers occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rainforest, moorland and alpine desert. Along the way, you will be sleeping in tents, under the stars, enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Our adventure will begin at the Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the peak, within a lush rain forest. From there, we will make our way through the Shira Plateau before continuing our way up to Mount Kilimanjaro. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below. 

During these days, you will be amazed by the wild and stunning views all around, enjoying a spectacular sight from the top of Uhuru peak. After taking some time to appreciate your accomplishment at the top of the mountain, we will descend along the Mweka Trail.

Please note you need a very good fitness level if you want to climb via the Machame Route. We also recommend prior climbing experience.

So, if you are in for this unique climbing experience, just contact us and book your trip! Let us guide you to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, enjoying an unforgettable experience.

We also offer other programs, of different duration and difficulty level, to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro via different routes.

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Disclaimer

Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro Airport, Moshi

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. Our transfer driver will welcome you and take you to a nice and comfortable hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure – relax at the hotel pool or take a taxi and explore the town of Moshi. In the late afternoon you will meet one of our Kilimanjaro team members, for a briefing on your upcoming trek. Dinner

Day 2: Machame Gate (1,790m) – Machame Camp (3,010m)

After breakfast, we will picke you up at tye hotel and make the 45-min drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. After completion of all the necessary paper work, your adventure begins. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp, a 5 – 6 hour hike. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with large ancient trees, primeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. You might also spot black and white thumb less 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.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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

Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heath land. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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

Acclimatization is on today’s menu, where you will climb roughly 700 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 (4,640m), where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 – 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecio’s, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Karanga Camp (4,035m)

Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route, with numerous ascents and descents, allows for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. The trek will take between 3 – 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,035m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)

We will wake up to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit. After a hearty breakfast, we will set out to today’s destination – Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desert terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 3-4 hours we will reach Barafu Camp, for an an early dinner and overnight stay, as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away…
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)

At around midnight we will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for the final ascent. The moon and our headlamps will be our only source of light as we make our way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7 hours. Another 1 – 2 hours will take us to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), where we can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around us. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, we will start our descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where our team awaits us with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed we will make our way to Mweka Camp for our last night on the highest mountain in Africa.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m)

A scrumptious breakfast is followed by a traditional farewell ceremony fromyour mountain crew, before we start our final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka gate in about 2 – 3 hours. You will be met at the gate and taken back to hotel for a shower and some relaxed time by the pool. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure and giving yourself a pat on the back for conquering the famous Kilimanjaro! Breakfast; Dinner

Day 9: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast we will take you to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can opt to extend your trip with a safari or a beach holiday on Zanzibar.


About the guide

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We are an experienced Tour Operator company, offering high-quality service and unique mountain trekking, safaris and beach holidays in Tanzania.

All our treks to the mountain are led by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they have made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+.

The guides are all fluent in English, have been trained in first aid and hold a valid license to climb all routes on Kilimanjaro. In case of an emergency they will help you to come down via the evacuation tracks to the nearest gate. All our guides, like many Tanzanians for that matter, have a good sense of humour and will help make your trip the experience of a life time.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are organized in the Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA). Each guide is in charge of his team consisting of assistant guides, cook(s) and porters.

Get in touch with us and we will help you create your dream holiday in East Africa!


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