7 Days Machame Route Tour

7 Days Machame Route Tour

Package Duration
7 Days / 6 Nights
Destination Covered

Book Now

  • Description :
    The seven day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.
    The 7 day Machame route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.
    Package Includes :
    • 2 Nights accommodation in Keys Hotel or Parkview inn in Moshi is included
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
    • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
    • All Park fees
    • Rescue fees
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Arrival and Departure transfers
    • 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:
    • Sleeping Mattress:
    Package Excludes :
    • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
    • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
    • Meals not listed above
    • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
    • Tips and any items of personal nature.

  • Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    Distance: 11 km
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest
    The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
    We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

    Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
    Distance: 5 km
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Moorland
    After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

    Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    Habitat: Semi Desert
    From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the 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." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
    Distance: 5 km
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

    Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
    Distance: 4 km
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

    Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

    Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
    Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
    Habitat: Arctic
    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    Day 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

    Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    Distance: 10 km
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest
    After breakfast, we continue the descent 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).
    From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Contact Detail

Braventure Africa

Contact Person :-

Bruno Costantine

Address :-

P.o Box 936, Old Moshi Road, Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania

Latest Tour Packages by

Braventure Africa

5 Days Zanzibar Holiday Package - 5 D / 4 N

Zanzibar - Stone Town