7 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing – Machame Route

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This is one of the most beautiful routes for Mt Kilimanjaro trekking. It is also referred to as the whiskey route. The climb approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the southwest leading into the rainforest and follows a path that offers views of the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The Machame route is characterized by steep passages and higher altitudes compared to the other routes and is slightly more demanding but the views are rewarding. This route records the highest success rate.

Package includes

  • Return transport from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in Moshi
  • Return hotel-mountain-hotel transfers
  • Services of qualified mountain guide, assistant guide, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • All camping equipment (tents, camping chairs & sleeping mat)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt


The Price Excluded:
• Laundry

  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Climbing gears
    • Items of personal nature
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Day 1: Departure for Moshi, Tanzania

Leave Nairobi at 8:00am drive through Namanga boarder check in then proceed to Arusha further to Moshi for Overnight in a hotel. 8hrs drive

Day 2: Machame Gate (1,828 m) – Machame Camp (3,020 m)

After breakfast depart for Machame Gate. After registration begin the ascent. Break for lunch during the hike to reach the Machame camp (3020m) in the late afternoon. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3,020 m) – New Shira Camp (3,847 m)

Commence our trek with an hours climb to the top of the forest followed by 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short break for lunch continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. After a short hike arrive at the Shira campsite at 3 847m. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 4: Shira Camp (3,847 m) – Lava Tower (4,642 m) – Barranco Camp (3,984 m)

Head to the Lava Tower after breakfast, where you reach an altitude of 4642m after around a 5 hour trek. After the lunch break descent for 2 hrs by almost 658m to the Barranco camping area. Memorable pictures can be taken during the descend of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,984 m) – Barafu Camp (4,681 m)

Begin our ascend after breakfast. The route heads down through Karanga Valley and then joins up with the Mweka route. After another hour arrive at Barafu Hut. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”. The summit at this point is 1214m higher and you will begin your ascent the same night. It is advisable to carry water in a thermal flask to prevent freezing. After dinner sleep at around 19h00.

Day 6: Summit attempt: Barafu Camp (4,681 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,090 m)

Wake up at 2320hrs, and after breakfast begin the trek. Ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. At Stella Point (5739m) you will stop for a short rest. If the weather permits, you will experience the most splendid sunrise you are ever likely to see. After a 2-hour trek arrive Uhuru Peak. Take time to enjoy your accomplishment! Descend to Barafu for about 3 hours. Have a well-earned but short rest before heading down to Mweka hut (3090m). Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,090 m) – Mweka Gate (1,641 m) – Moshi

After breakfast, descend for around 6 hours to the Park gate. This is where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Head for Mweka village, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Linch will be served at Mweka village. After lunch you drive back to Moshi for a hot and relaxing shower, dinner and overnight.

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