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7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame Route

Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Machame is the climbing route which is more difficult route than the Marangu route. The route is known to be the most scenic route of the Kilimanjaro Mountain as it gives the climber an experience of the scenic view. The route is well known due to the success rate of summit for the climbers at it gives a great time for acclimatization on the ascending to the Lover tower and descending to Baranco before heading up to Karanga and the Barafu to the Summit. With this route on second day you will join other climbers from Lemosho and Shira routes before heading to the lover tower up to the summit and descending through the Mweka gate as it is different from the Marangu route, the ascending route for Machame route is not the same as the descending route, as you will be ascending via the Machame route and descending via the Mweka route to Mweka gate. The six days ascending and descending of the Kilimanjaro Mountain via the Machame route will be in the following manner.


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Day 1, Moshi to Machame gate and hike up to Machame camp

On this day you will be picked and have a 50 minutes drive p to the Machame, at the gate you will complete the registration formalities and start the hiking up to the Machame camp. Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 5 to 6hrs a distance of 11km Walking through: The misty montane forest What to see: A fairytale forest which is lush, deep, and green Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft Meal plans: Lunch & dinner

Day 2, Machame camp to Shira camp

the second-day f your adventure to the roof of Africa via the Machame route will starts in the morning with breakfast and after a star the hiking deep up to the Shira plateau where you will have your overnight. This is a short hiking day as you will have just an hour hiking after your lunch up to the Shira camp. Walking through: The moorland, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 5km What to see: Kibo peak, the Western breach the Shira Cathedra, and the sunset Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower then to Baranco

This is the long day climbing where you will be ascending up to the lava tower which is the volcanic plug that remains after Kilimanjaro was volcanic. Thereafter you will be descending down to the Barranco valley which is the massive landline of some years back. Climbers tend to reach the Baranco camp through Machame, Shira, Lemosho, and even the special northern route. Although at some point you might feel the shocking change of altitude and even experiencing the shortage of oxygen, it is the best day for adaptation to the environment changes. Walking through: The semi-desert rocky ground of the lava ridges Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 5 to 6hrs a distance of 10km What to see: Kibo peak, the Western Breach, and the southern glaciers Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 4, Baranco camp to Karanga camp

This day it is when you can keep and myth or proves it to be just a myth, as the day will begin with attacking the Baranco wall, where the myth says only experienced climbers made it but with your energy, you can make it. It is a steep slope, yes but it is no way that it needs a climbing experience. It takes an hour to climb it and from there you will suddenly see the great view of Kibo peak which is more closer from there, thereafter will be crossing the valleys until you reach the Karanga valley camp. Walking through: The Baranco wall and alpine desert valleys Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 4km What to see: Kibo peak, the Western Breach and the southern glaciers Elevation: 13,000ft to 13,100ft Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 5, Karanga to Barafu

After the morning breakfast from the camp, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Thereafter you continue the trekking up to the Barafu Hut. From there you have completed the South Circuit. This is the point which offers great 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. Walking through: Alpine desert Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 4km What to see: The Mawenzi and Kibo peaks Elevation: 13,100ft to 15,300ft Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 6, Summit and descend to Mweka camp

This is the dream come true day where you will be leaving in the midnight passing between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will be heading to the northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim where you can stop and have some rest. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit at the Uhuru peak and from there you will meet a Congratulation spot sight that you have reached the highest peak in Africa and you are on the list of the successful people who have made it to the roof of Africa as you will be certified for that. After the summit, you will take your way back descending down until you reach the Mweka camp. Walking through: The crater rim Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, on the summit, then joining the chef and porters at Barafu on descending back Time and distance: hiking of 5to 7hrs ascending and 5 to 6 hrs descending a distance of 5km up and 13km down respectively. What to see: the great view at the Uhuru peak Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft up and 3090m/10,150ft down Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 7, Mweka camp to Mweka gate then back to Moshi

This is the last day of your adventure to the roof of Africa where you will be taking your morning breakfast at the camp and then takes time to continue the descending up to the Mweka gate where you will meet Ngaiza Adventures staff waiting to pick you back to Moshi. On descending at the lower elevation it will be wet and muddy hence the gaiters and highly recommended to be used. Walking through: Wet and muddy forestry ways Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters Time and distance: hiking of 3 to 4hrs a distance of 10km What to see: The forest and its features Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft Meal plans: Breakfast .


  • Standard package Included:
  • • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • • Pre and after Trek accommodation at the hotel, 2 nights at hotel in Moshi with Full board (FB) meal plan.
  • Not Included:
  • • Both National and international Flights
  • • Visa cost which is 50$ except for Canadian and USA passport holders which is 100$
  • • Items of a personal nature such as Mountain Climbing equipment
  • • Medical insurance and doctor for the group
  • • Laundry Services
  • • Tips and gratitude for the mountain crew
  • • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)

Tour's Location

Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


Kilimanjaro asked questions
1) How much time do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? We recommend a minimum of eight days from the USA and Europe, although some people may wish more time for the trip. We can customize itineraries or routes to offer more days in the park(s). Some people may wish to climb nearby Mount Meru as well. If you have more than eight or nine days, you can choose any of the main routes on the mountain and still have time for a wildlife safari before or after your trip. 2) What is the best time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? You can climb any month of the year. At lower elevations, April, May, and November are quite wet while March and June are transitional months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January, February, July, August, and September are all popular climbing months. 3) How far do I hike each day? We can measure each day in walking hours rather than kilometers. Most days, other than the summit day, will begin with breakfast around 6:30 AM and departure at 7 AM. You will walk four to five hours with a break for lunch followed by another hour or two of hiking in the afternoon. These days are not long or difficult and you will be advised to walk slowly. 4) Why do we make the final ascent in the pre-dawn darkness? Most groups will start for the summit on ascent day around 11 PM to midnight, depending on the perceived fitness of the group, the weather and the route. The pre-dawn hours are ideal to start the ascent to the summit as it is cold but also calm and clear. It is rare find cloudy weather at the summit at dawn any time of year and at dawn, you have the best view. On the other hand, if you leave in early morning, it could be very windy and the ascent becomes more difficult. The ascent day is a long hiking day, so it is better start early and walk slowly. It can take up to 15 hours to reach the summit and descend to the camp for that night. 5) How much weight will I have to wear and where can I leave unnecessary luggage? You will simply carry a day pack of about two to four kilograms, although some people carry more or less. Your gear (not to exceed twelve kilograms) will be placed inside a waterproof duffle at the trail head and a porter will carry this for you. If you have things that you do not need on the climb, you may leave a bag behind at Arusha. 6) What kind of staff will accompany me on the climb? The usual ratio is three or four local staff for each climber, although small groups may have four or five staff per climber. The staff usually consists of an English speaking guide or guides, a professional cooker, and gear-carrying porters. We encourage you to interact with your staff. They are all trustworthy, local people who have grown up in the shadow of the mountain. Many of them have climbed the peak a hundred or more times.


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