7 Days Machame Kilimanjaro Trek + 2 nights hotel stay

Machame Route Itinerary

Day 1:  Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi Town

Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and driver, and you will be taken to the hotel in Moshi Town. In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by our professional Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing. Dinner and overnight at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790 m) – Machame Camp (3010 m)

  • Distance: 11 km
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

The Kilimanjaro National Park gate is only a 1-hour drive from Moshi. You will be picked up after breakfast and make your way there for the start of your climb. Once you have arrived, your guide will get started with the formalities (entrance forms) while you observe all the different teams and mountain crew getting ready for your expedition. It’s always a fascinating experience for clients to watch them load all the different items for the trip. As soon as everything is prepared, your adventure will begin. The destination for today will be the Machame Camp which you should reach in about 5-7 hours.

On route, you will experience a beautiful rainforest with ancient trees, primaeval ferns, liana & lichen to mention but a few. Another favourite to look out for on this day is the black and white thumb fewer colobus monkeys. Once you arrive at your campsite for the night, you have time to relax before enjoying a well-deserved dinner prepared by our cook.

 Day 3: Machame Camp (3010 m) – Shira 2 Camp (3810 m)

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Although today is a shorter stretch then yesterday you will still have an early start which will allow you to reach today’s destination around mid-afternoon. The landscape changes dramatically from the green mountain rainforest into moor and heathland. You will have a beautiful view of the mountain range from your campsite which is situated at the Shira Plateau. The glacier of Kibo also lights up as the sun sets for the evening.

 Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3810 m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640 m) – Barranco Camp (3960 m)

  • Distance: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower (7 km) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (3 km)
  • Trekking time: 2 Shira Camp – Lava Tower (2-3 hrs.) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (4-5 hrs.)
  • Habitat: Alpine-desert

Today is a good day for the body to acclimatize for the days to follow. You will climb roughly 700m but will sleep on a level not much higher than the night before. We will start at Shira Plateau and make our way up to Lava Tower at around 4640 m, after a rest, we will continue through the Barranco Valley until we reach our destination for the day the beautiful Barranco Camp. Today’s trek will be approximately 6-8 hours, during which time you will experience the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant Senecio. You will sit down for a well-deserved dinner before it’s time to rest in preparation for the next day.

 Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960 m) – Karanga Camp (4035 m)

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Just after breakfast, we concur the famous Barranco Wall. You might need your hands once in a while for better grip, but with that being said, there are no climbing passages, and as safety is critical, please listen to our guides who will ensure you get to the top safely. There will be a lot of ascents and descents today followed by a walk along the mountain ridge. This will reward you, will get a great view of the glacier of Kibo. Walking time today will be 4-5 hours with the Kibo summit all the time on your left accompanying you to your camp for the night.

 Day 6: Karanga Camp (4035 m) – Barafu Camp (4645 m)

  • Distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Barafu Camp is our destination for today and will be reached after 4-5 hours. Most of this time you will be walking through the moon-like alpine dessert. After a satisfying dinner, you will have an early night and a good rest. The highlight of your trip is now only some hours away.

 Day 7: Barafu Camp (4645 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)

  • Distance: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5 km) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (12 km)
  • Trekking time: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (7-8 hrs.) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (4-6 hrs.)
  • Habitat: Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

The climb will start at midnight. You will be woken up just before that to have some tea and biscuits. Around 5-7 hours later, you will reach Stella Point, which is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. After another 1-2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at the height of 5895 m. This is truly a magnificent sight standing on top of Africa’s Highest Mountain watching the sunrise. This view will be one to remember and will make every minute of the last couple of days trekking worth your while.

You will descend along the same way back to Barafu Camp, which you will reach after 1-2 hours. The rest of the mountain team will be there waiting for you with some well-deserved snacks and refreshments. You will rest for an hour or two before making your way to Mweka Camp where you will spend your last night on the mountain.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3080 m) – Mweka Gate (1640 m)

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast, you will have a traditional farewell ceremony from all your mountain crew. After a short 3-4 hours walk through the rainforest, our driver will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate. You will then be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel for a well-deserved shower, a cold drink, a debrief and the awarding of your certificate of achievement. The rest of the day is yours to relax and to reflect on this once in a lifetime experience.

Day 9: Moshi Town – Kilimanjaro Airport

After getting some rest and refreshment at the hotel, your driver-guide will take you to the Kilimanjaro International Airport ready for your flight back home. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on wildlife encounter safari or relax at the tropical islands and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Price:

7 Days Kilimanjaro Trek Machame Route Price in USD (Per Person Sharing)
2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
$2,301 $2,201 $2,141 $2,061 $2,001

INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi Town
  • Full board accommodation on the mountain
  • All park fees
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables)
  • Oxygen cylinder - only for emergency
  • English speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Mentioned transfers

EXCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flights
  • Laundry
  • All Meals and drinks in Moshi town