7 Days Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame Route
The 7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame Route offers the best experience to test your willpower, fitness level, and mental strength. The route takes you through the lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam.
Kilimanjaro Machame Route will give way to heather and moorland with its many ferns and Erica plants. The varying altitudes on this adventure offer a good environment for acclimatization increasing your chances of reaching the summit.
Included7 Days Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame Route
Day 1. Machame Gate – Machame Camp
After breakfast, your adventure to the roof of Africa will begin. A journey of 2 hours drive will be maximum to reach the Machame Gate. Your hike will begin soon after completing the necessary registrations at the gate.
We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, 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.
Dinner & Overnight at Machame Camp
- Hiking Distance: 11km / 7 miles
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Zone: Rain Forest
Day 2. Machame Camp – Shira Camp 2
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge.
The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite around mid-afternoon. At the Camp, you will have lunch and relax before the evening.
You can enjoy great views of Kibo peak from New Shira Camp at sunset. later in the evening, you will be served with dinner before an Overnight
- Hiking Distance: 5km / 3 miles s
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Day 3. New Shira Camp– Lava Tower– Barranco Camp
Today’s journey is long and tough which takes about 5 – 6 hours to complete. The route turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower.
On arrival at Lava Tower, you will be served your lunch before proceeding for another 2 hours walk to Barranco Camp.
We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
In the evening you will be served dinner before overnight.
- Hiking Distance: 10km/6mi
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Day 4. Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
Today’s hike is a short one and ideally for acclimatization After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall.
At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley up to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Dinner & Overnight at Karanga Camp
- Hiking Distance: 7km / 5 miles
- Hiking Time: 7 hours
- Zone: High alpine zone
Day 5. Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. 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.
- Hiking Distance: 6km / 4 miles
- Hiking Time: 3 hours
- Zone: High alpine zone
Day 6. Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak (Summit) - Mweka Camp
After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins around midnight when the lava ash is still frozen, and walking on it is easier.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will enjoy your last evening on the mountain at Mweka Camp.
- Hiking Distance:5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
- Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
Day 7. Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
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).
Our vehicle will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel
- Hiking Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles
- Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
- Zone: Rainforest
|All activities (Unless labeled as optional)|
|A professional driver/guide|
|All Meals (As specified in the itinerary)|
|Drinks (As specified in the itinerary)|
|Tips form safari driver/guide and chief|
|travel insurance, visa fees|
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