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7 Days Machame Route

7-day Kilimanjaro adventure through the Machame Route, starting in Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your journey unfolds at a beautiful hotel on the mountain’s lower slopes, with a pre-climb briefing and equipment check. The climb commences from Machame Gate, leading you through lush rainforests, the Shira Plateau, and the Lava Tower, offering panoramic vistas and views of Kibo peak. The trek continues through the Great Barranco Valley, Karanga Camp, and Barafu Camp, culminating in the summit day ascent to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point. The rapid descent to Mweka Camp concludes the challenging day. The journey ends with a gentle descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where summit certificates are awarded. A private departure transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight marks the completion of your unforgettable Kilimanjaro Machame adventure.

Day1: Arrive in Moshi

Upon your arrival in Moshi, the gateway to Kilimanjaro Mountain, you’ll find accommodation at the Hotel, a beautiful establishment nestled on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, setting the stage for your adventure. At 5:30 pm, we’ll convene for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check, ensuring you have the required mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (Full Board)

The climb begins from Machame Gate (1830m), the entry point for your Kilimanjaro Machame Route expedition. You’ll trek through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, gradually ascending while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rainforest, eventually arriving at the first Machame Hut, located at 3000m above sea level (6-7 hours walking).

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board)

Embarking on a shorter day of climbing, you’ll ascend a steep ridge, leading to a small semicircular cliff known as a Picnic site. Your journey continues with a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, known for its beautiful wild alpine flowers. Shira Camp, situated at 3,840m, offers breathtaking views of Kibo peak (4-6 hours walking).

Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board)

Today’s trek presents a gentle ascent and panoramic vistas as you traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach. Following a hot lunch at the base of the Lava Tower (4,600 m), you descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley at 3,900m, concluding a 5-7 hour walking day.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board)

A steep climb up the eastern wall takes you just below the Heim Glacier, offering the potential for spectacular Kilimanjaro views. You’ll then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. The trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, ultimately leading to Karanga Camp at 4,000 m (4-5 hours walking).

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Full Board)

Your journey continues with a steep climb out of Karanga, leading to an easy path on compacted scree, with expansive views across this barren and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. From this vantage point, you can behold the two prominent peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi. After a hot lunch at the camp, the remainder of the day is dedicated to rest as you prepare for the final ascent with an early night summit walk (3-4 hours walking).

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board)

The most challenging day commences before midnight, as you ascend steep volcanic scree with well-graded zig-zags, eventually reaching the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. Here, you’ll have a brief rest to witness the sunrise over Mawenzi. For those still feeling strong, a slow two-hour round trip to the main peak (5,895m), the highest point in Africa, is an option. The descent to Barafu is astonishingly swift, with a rest and refreshment stop. The journey continues downward to reach Mweka Camp (3100 m), concluding an arduous 13-15 hours of walking.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi (Half Board)

A gentle descent through the rainforest takes you to Mweka gate, where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay (3-5 hours walking).

Day 9 Departure day

As you bid farewell to our dedicated team, a private departure transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) awaits you for your flight, marking the end of your Kilimanjaro Machame adventure.


  • Hotel the night before and the night after the climb. Bed and Breakfast.
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees by vehicle
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Porters and cooker
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Summit Emergency Oxygen


  • Tanzania Visa
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc
  • Meals before and after climb
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs)
  • Personal clothing and mountain equipment

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