7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Machame Route

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This route, with its steep passages and higher altitudes, offers you occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rainforest, moorland and alpine desert.

The Machame Route, with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness finesse and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. Overnights on the Machame Route will be in tents. It is not difficult to climb because you will be guided by our professional tour guide.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before Trekking.
Professional English-speaking guide Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
Meals during the climb All national park fees
Drinking water All mentioned transfers
Flights Tips
Optional activities Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Alcoholic and soft drinks Travel insurance
Visa fees



Day 1: The Climb to Machame Camp

our 7 days Machame route climbing starts with driving you from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate which takes about 45 minutes. After paperwork, the journey starts passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue for a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

•Elevation: 1,830m/6,000ft to 3,050m/9,950ft
•Distance: 11km/7mi
•Climbing Time: 5-6 hours


Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

•Elevation: 3,050m/9,950ft to 3,850m/12,600ft
•Distance: 5km/3mi
•Walking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Moorland


Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Baranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to move east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft).

Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.

•Elevation: 3,850m/12,600ft to 4,000m/13,000ft
•Distance: 10km/6mi
•Walking Time: 5-6 hours
•Habitat: Semi-desert


Day 4: Climb Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

•Elevation: 4,000m/13,000ft to 4,050m/13,250ft
•Distance: 5km/3mi
•Climbing Time: 3 – 4 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 5: Climb Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

•Elevation: 4,050m/13,250ft to 4,700m/15,350ft
•Distance: 4km/2mi
•Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert


Day 6: Climb Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head northwest and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. When you get to Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

•Elevation: 4,700m/15,350ft to 5,895m/19,340ft
•Down to 3,090m/10,150ft
•Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
•Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
•Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit


Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Moshi.

  • After breakfast, we continue descending down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). This brings us to the end of our 7 day Machame route climb.

    •Elevation: 3,090m/10,150ft to 1,680m


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