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7 Day Kilimanjaro Machame Route

7 Day Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Program Highlights

Duration:  7 Days
Category:  Kilimanjaro Trekking
Destinations:  Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame Route
Major Attractions:

  •  Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro

Tour Guides Language:

  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari -additional fee may apply.

Start in: Arusha/Moshi
End in: Arusha/Moshi
Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.

Additional note:

  • Porters will escort and guide you all your climbing along the mountain
  • Machame known as “Whiskey route” is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes

Itinerary Description

Day 0: Arrival, Tour Briefing and Resting

  • You will be picked up from the airport in Moshi (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and be transferred to the booked hotel in Arusha
  • Get the safari general briefing from the prepared safari consultant/guide
  • Dinner and overnight at the booked hotel in Arusha

Day 1: Transfer to Machame Gate for a climb

  • Start climbing from Machame Gate (1,800 m) after walking through attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village
  • Climb through montanne forest enjoying the beautiful mountainous view
  • Have lunch at ‘Halfway Clearing’, a small opening in the trees
  • Continue walking till Machame Hut (3,000 m) for resting and spending the night

Day 2: Climb Through Shira Plateau To Shira Hut

  • Start climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock
  • Enjoy the excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau
  • The trail continues less steeply (4-6 hours walking) to reach Shira Hut (3,840m) with a view of Mt Meru floating on the clouds
  • Rest and camp at the hut for overnight stay

Day 3: Climb through Lava Tower Junction to Barranco Camp

  • After an early morning breakfast, trek through semi desert and rocky landscape to reach Lava Tower (4630m) after 5-7 hours of walking
  • Packed lunch is served at the Tower
  • After lunch and a bit resting, descend to the Barranco Campsite (3950m) for 2 hours walking
  • Rest at the camp enjoying the sunset while dinner is served

Day 4: Climb Through Ice fields To Karanga Camp (4000m)

  • Start climbing conquering the Great Barranco Wall to have view of the Heim glacier
  • Continue through lush vegetation to reach Karanga Camp (4000m) for about 4-5 walking hours
  • Rest and have refreshments while waiting for dinner

Day 5: Climb to Barafu Campsite (4600m)

  • Trek out of Karanga camp to reach Mweka junction (4150m)
  • Continue walking until Barafu campsite (4600m) about 2-3 hours
  • The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night
  • It is recommended to sleep as early before 19:30

Day 6: Ascend To The Summit at Uhuru Peak (5895m)

  • Wake up at 23:00 for some tea and covering yourself with warm layers of clothes
  • Start ascending for the summit at 00:00 where within 6 hours will reach Stella Point (5,735 m)
  • Rest enjoying the sunrise at Mawenzi
  • Those who are still strong can make the two hour round trip along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m)
  • After some photographs and feeling accomplished, start descending to Barafu
  • After 3 walking hours, you will reach Mweka Hut (3100m)
  • Have dinner and spend the night recuperating at the hut

Day 7: Retrace Through Forest to Mweka gate

  • After breakfast and much celebrating, continue with the descend
  • The trail through forest takes 3 hours to arrive at the Mweka gate
  • Its where climbers will be awarded with certificates according to the reached level
  • Stella Point hikers receive green certificates while Uhuru peak hikers receive golden certificates
  • Retreat back to Mweka village about an hour walk where you will transfer to Moshi or Arusha for hot showers and resting



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Tour Code: NSBS849

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