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Machame Route 7 days

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Kilimanjaro Climb-7 days Machame Route Itinerary

Duration: 7 days 6 nights

Best time to travel: all year round

Day 1 Machame route 7 days  – Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers

Habitat: Montane forest

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue driving 3 kilometers or walk to the Machame Gate (1490m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Machame Camp (2980) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 2 Machame route 7 days – Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers

Habitat: Moorland

After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

Day 3 Machame route 7 days – Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Semi-desert

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.

After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

Day 4 Machame route 7 days – Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine desert

After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

Day 5 Machame route 7 days – Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine desert

Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 6 Machame route 7 days – Summit Attempt

Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka

Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent and 23 kilometer descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 7 Machame route 7 days – Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Machame route 7 days Rates including VAT:

1 person $2,500
Per person for 2 people $2,346
Per person for 3 people $2,258
Per person for 4 people $2,233


Items included:

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:

Professional, experienced, mountain guides:

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Items not included:

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)



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  1. Ariba

    5 out of 5

    If you’re debating over who to climb Kili with or explore the Tanzanian Safari with- I highly recommend Tanzania Expeditions. Living in the US and doing a solo journey caused me to have a lot of questions that Justin (the CEO) happily answered. My guide, Frank (nicknamed 100% for the probability he will get you to summit, totally legit) was amazing and cared greatly about my health and summiting success. The company cares a lot about the type of teams they create and I’m so grateful for that. I had a team of 5 porters, 1 guide and 1 cook- each of whom were always pleasant to be around and taught me tons of Swahili. =)

    I did the 7 day Machame route and a 3 day Safari afterwards, the Safari part felt like a vacation afterwards.

    The guides for both portions were well educated on what they spoke about and made sure I got to see every flower, game, and vegetation! Whenever I looked around, I definitely felt as though my guides were going the extra mile to make sure I was safe and getting the most out of my time there. The chef, Cassein knows how to cook nutritious and delicious food. I felt lucky to have him through both parts of my visit! The type of people that work at Tanzania Expedition really care about you (me), Tanzania and the magic it has to offer. Doing a solo journey, I had a lot of time to myself and really needed to be with a reliable team that I would feel safe around. Tanzania Expedition was exactly that and more! I was always taken care of, fed, and provided with plenty of information. Justin made sure I always had what I needed.

    They understand that this is a once in a lifetime experience for the trekkers, and they care about our success summiting, having a great time and staying healthy. This is what makes them so unique and if I go back, I’d call them in an instant! Thanks so much Justin!

    Overall- Kili changed me and I am so grateful for it.

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  2. Alice Riley

    5 out of 5

    I climbed Kilimanjaro with Tanzania Expeditions via the 7 day Machame route and it was an incredible experience. The guides and porters were really friendly and attentive, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. I was also really impressed with the food- which was much better than I was expecting given the circumstances!

    I travelled with friends and all 3 of us managed to make it to the summit, despite what people say about the success rate! We were also provided with airport pickup, and a night in a hotel before and after the climb with the option of leaving our suitcases in their storage for not a great deal extra, which was a huge help. So overall, I would definitely recommend the company.

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  3. Nabi K

    5 out of 5

    Tanzania Expeditions arranged my hike to Kilimanjaro and it was an incredible experience. The team of porters and guides that Justin (the owner) arranged were amazing. So warm, friendly and welcoming and always concerned with my health and how I was doing along the way. Every morning they would sing to me to cheer me on for the days hike. No other company on the mountain did that. On the worst days this helped me push through. After I made it to Uhuru peak they baked me a cake in the middle of one of our camp sites with nothing but a few ingredients and a small flame. I have no idea how they did it but it was the sweetest gesture and no other company did that. I could not have been more safe with this group of champion porters, guides and the cook. One of the greatest experiences of my life. I paid a fraction of the cost of what I would have paid for other companies and got so much more than I could have ever imagined. If you are looking for a company to climb Kili, look no further. Tanzania Expeditions is the only option.

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