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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame route!

The machame Route is one of the most scenic routes and known as the world’s most beautiful routes to climb. The trail circles around the mountain with spectacular views across the Maasai plains and Barranco Wall. Pass the Shira Plateau and Lava Tower while you can enjoy wildlife in their natural habitat.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the routes check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. You never pay more than the price on booking.com.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2:Machame Gate (1,800 m/ 5,905ft) - Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,840ft)

Elevation gain: 1200 meters/ 3,935 feet

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi in the morning and drive you to the Machame Gate. After registration and meeting you guides, porters and cooks you climb starts. On this first day you hike through beautiful green forest. The forest will slowly change into heathers. After 6-7 hours you will arrive at the camp, called Machame Camp.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/ 12,600ft)

Eleveation gain: 840 meters/ 2,760 feet.

The climb today is a bit shorter. It starts with a steep uphill trek to reach a semicircular cliff, known as the Picnic Rock. Enjoy the amazing views of Kibo (peak of Kilimanjaro) and Shira Plateau (collapsed volcanic crater). After lunch, you continue the beautiful route on a 5-6 hours hike to Shira Camp.

Day 4: Shira Camp (3,840 m/ 12,600ft.) - Barranco Camp (3,850 m./ 12,960ft)

Elevation gain: 710 meters, 2,329 feet

Elevation loss: 700 meters, 2296 feet

The climb starts today east, for 4 hours up to the beautiful Lava Tower. The views are beautiful. After reaching the Lave Tower you will descend 1-2 hours back down to the Barranco Valley. This day is important for acclimatization (hike up and sleep down so your body get used to higher altitudes). Barranco Camp is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route, located at the feet of the Barranco Wall.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,850 m./12,631 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600 m./1591 ft)

Elevation gain: 750 meters/ 2460 ft

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast in the direction of the Barranco Wall. This is a challenging trek where you sometimes need to use your hands to pull yourself up. This is the favourite part of the climb for people who like adventure. After reaching the top of the Barranco Wall you will be rewarded with spectacular views. The trek continues in a circle around the mountain. On your left side you can view Kibo, at your right side Mount Meru. After this you descent into the green Karanga Valley and arrive at Barafu Camp. From this point you can see the mountain peaks Kibo and Mawenzi. Enjoy dinner in the evening and prepare yourself for reaching the summit the next morning!

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600 m./ 15,100ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m./ 19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,110 m./ 10,170ft)

Elevation gain: 1295 meters / 4,240 feet

Elevation loss: 2785 meters / 9,170 feet

Early morning, around midnight, you start the final ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru peak. It will take 6-8 hours before you reach the top. The trail to Stella Point is very steep. From the crater rim at Stella Point to the Uhuru Peak is a more gradual climb. You can enjoy the amazing sunset and celebrate you reached the highest point of Africa, the top of the mighty Kilimanjaro! After this victory, you start to trek 6 hours down to Mweka Camp where you can treat yourself to a well deserved meal.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,110 m./10,170 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,830 m./ 6000 ft)- Moshi

Elevation loss: 1280 meters / 4199 ft

After breakfast, you will finsih the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Pass Kilimajaro’s forest on a beautiful 2-3 hours trek. There is a chance of seeing monkeys. Your Kilimanjaro adventure is finished at the Mweka Gate. Our driver transfers you to your hotel in Moshi.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8: Moshi - Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations. If you choose to fly home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you will arrive back home on day 9.

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. Fortunately the Machame Route offers good opportunities to ‘walk high and sleep low’ which is essential to avoid altitude sickness. This route has a gradual ascend and the trails are pretty good. Not many people experience altitude sickness on this route to the summit.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Price information

Machame prices per person2 persons4 persons6 persons
all seasons $ 2207 $ 1857 € 1762

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1762 p.p.*
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