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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro- Machame route

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7 Days 6 Nights

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7 Days Machame route

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 sleeping 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.


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DAY 0: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met at the airport and be
transferred to the Hotel in Moshi for overnight

Day 1 Machame Gate to Machame Camp

1 day Machame Gate to Machame Camp 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.
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft Distance: 11 km Hiking
Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

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 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.

Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft,
Distance: 5 km, Hiking
Time: 4-6 hours,
Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

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.
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km Hiking
Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 4 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

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. Elevation (ft):
13,000ft to 13,100ft Distance: 5 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

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.
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km Hiking
Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6 Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

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 the 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. Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 1345ft (and
down to 10,000ft) Distance: 5 km… ascent / 12 km descent Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6
hours descent

Day 7 Mweka Camp to Moshi

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.

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km Hiking
Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest


  •  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.
  •  4 Season mountain tents
  •  Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  •  Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  •  3 meals daily while on the mountain
  •  Filtered water throughout the trek
  •  oxygen cylinder
  •  Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  •  Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel, 2 nights at the hotel in Moshi which include
  • bed & breakfast.
  •  Flights
  •  Items of a personal nature
  •  Laundry Services
  •  A doctor for the group
  •  Tips to mountain crew
  •  Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent

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