7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

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Tour Overview - Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route

The Machame route is the most popular way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also the most unique and best way to climb Kilimanjaro. Stats from Kilimanjaro National Park show that about 50% of climbers use the Machame route to get to the top of Kilimanjaro. This route is very beautiful and wonderful, and it gives climbers amazing views of different natural features and landscapes.
From Moshi to Machame gate, which is on the Machame route, is about 31.6 km. It’s designed for people who are physically fit and have some hiking/climbing experience, but plenty of first-time trekkers use the Machame route and do fine. The Machame route is very unique and rare, and you can see things like lake Jipe, tree hyrax, bush monkeys, and different kinds of birds.

Day by day itinerary

You’ll meet our Mangokili Adventures driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and he’ll take you to your hotel in Moshi town. There, you’ll meet your guide. He or she will talk to you about your upcoming hike and check your gear to make sure you have everything you need for the mountain. You can rent the gear you forgot on this day.
Spend the night at the Park View hotel or the Lindrin lodge. There is no extra cost for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Machame route gate and hike to Machame Camp. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from Moshi or Arusha to the park’s Machame route gate. The trip goes through Machame, which is a village on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We leave the park gate and walk up a ridge on a trail that winds through the rain forest. The trail can be muddy and slippery at lower elevations. This is a good place to use gaiters and trekking poles. From the Machame route gate, we go a short way until we reach the Machame Camp.

Height: 1830m (6000ft) to 3050m (9950ft) Distance: 11km (7mi)
— The hike takes 5 to 6 hours.
— The forest is a montane forest.

After breakfast, we leave the rain forest glades and continue on a path that goes up. We cross the valley on a steep, rocky ridge. Now, the path goes west along a river gorge until we reach the Shira campsite.

— Height: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
— Distance: 5km/3mi
— Walking Time: 4-5 hours
— Habitat: Moorland

From the Shira Plateau, we keep going east along a ridge, past a junction, and up to the top of Kibo. As we keep going, our direction changes to the south-east, towards the “Shark’s Tooth” Lava Tower, which is 4,650m (15,250ft) high.
Shortly after the tower, we come to the second fork, which leads to the Arrow Glacier.
Now, we keep going downhill toward the Barranco Camp. Even though you end the day at about the same height as when you started, this day is very important for getting used to the altitude and will help your body get ready for summit day.

— Height: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
— Distance: 10km/6mi
— Walking Time: 5–6 hours
— Habitat: semi-desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue along a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction with the Mweka Trail.
— From 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft in height.
— 5km/3mi in distance.
— It takes 3–4 hours to hike
— It lives in an alpine desert

We keep going toward the Barafu Camp. You have finished the South Circuit, which gives you a lot of different views of the summit. Here, we set up camp, rest, eat dinner, and get ready for the day we’ll reach the top.
— From 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft in altitude.
— 4km/2mi in distance.
— It takes 3–4 hours to hike
— It lives in an alpine desert

We keep going to the top between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers between midnight and two in the morning. You head northwest and climb up through a lot of loose rock to get to Stella Point on the edge of the crater.

This is the hardest part of the trek for both your mind and body. At Stella Point, you’ll take a short break and get to see the most beautiful sunrise you’re likely to ever see. Those who hike faster may be able to see the sunrise from the top.

From Stella Point, it could snow all the way to the top, which is an hour away. When you reach Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the whole continent of Africa!

From the top of the mountain, we head straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping for lunch at Barafu. For the loose gravel on the way down, you might want gaiters and trekking poles. We get to Mweka Camp and spend our last night on the mountain having fun.

— Height: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
— Down to 3090m/10,150ft
— Distance: 5km/3mi up, 13km/8mi down
— Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up, 5-6 hours down
— Stone scree and an ice-covered peak are their homes

After breakfast, we keep going downhill until we reach the Mweka Park Gate, where you can get your summit certificates. It can be wet and muddy at lower elevations. Helpful items include gaiters and trekking poles. Most likely, shorts and t-shirts will be enough to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, Mweka Village is another hour away. At Mweka Village, a car will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (about 30 minutes). Remember to give your guides and porters tips.
— From 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft in height.
— 10km/6mi in distance.
— It takes 3–4 hours to walk there.
— It’s in a forest.

Stay at the Park view hotel or the Lindrin lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the price.

After the Kilimanjaro trek, you have the rest of the day to relax before your flight home. Depending on what time your flight leaves, you could go to Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport. If you want to see more, you can add Zanzibar and other things to your trip to Tanzania.

Pricing for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route

12 - 45 - 78 & above
$2630$2360$2150$1925

Price Includes:

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi in FULL BOARD (FB).
  •   Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees
  • Crater fee (if any)
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats 4 inches (10cm) thick
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks
  • Ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet and tent
  • Mountain climbing certificates

Price Excludes

  • Drinks at your hotel before and after the climb.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at the hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook

What Our Clients Say About Us

Based on 21 reviews
Serina P
Serina P
2022-12-02
Excellent! We really enjoyed the safari, everything was well organized, it was wonderful.Dickson our guide was very professional, he did everything so that we could see as many animals as possible, it was a wonder every day.this Safari will remain an unforgettable memorythank you to the whole Mango Kili Adventuresi team
Moritz W
Moritz W
2022-10-23
Kilimanjaro Hike and visit of Tarangire and Ngorongoro Nationalpark We spent around 10 days with Mangokili adventures doing both a hike up Kilimanjaro, along the Lemosho route and visiting Ngorongoro and Tarangire Nationalpark. The hike up Kilimanjaro was amazing and the support we received by the team in terms of service and kindness was great, we really loved it. Also the trips to the Nationalparks were great and very interesting.
Gian Luca Reiss
Gian Luca Reiss
2022-08-25
Very nice! We were a group of 3 friends who climbed the Kilimanjaro with the Lemosho-Route in 6 days (normally 7 days) and did a 2-day safari afterwards. From the point of interest to the actual engagement, every worry and question was taken care of by Mangokili Adventures. The organization worked out super well. We had 2 great guides, 11 great porters for the Kilimanjaro-hike and 1 great guide for the safari. Especially good for trips with a budget. We paid in total about 2.400 USD.Super content.
Christoph S
Christoph S
2022-04-15
Einfach super Super Erlebnis.Wir hatten eine Tagestour und es war traumhaft. Immerwieder gerne.Alles war so wie geplant.Wie werden beim nächsten mal wieder buchen...
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cbarazaruiz
2022-04-02
Todo perfecto Todo perfecto y organizado. Amabilidad, juventud, profesionalidad y seguridad. Erick no solo nos hizo de anfitrión sino que se convirtió en un compañero más.Eficaz solucionando problemas y llevando la organización de forma perfecta.
Ruben R
Ruben R
2022-03-14
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Herman F
Herman F
2021-08-20
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Leo N
Leo N
2021-08-17
The tour was great with a very friendly guide and driver, the accommodation was outstanding The tour was great with a very friendly guide and driver, the accommodation was outstandingThe communication was great, always replied to our questions. The driver was good and even helped us spot animals on the safari while driving, the guide was easygoing and replied to any of our questions.The accommodation should be displayed as premium, we did not expect to arrive at a toilet inside the room, a bottle of water to brush your teeth, soap and clean towels provided, amazing food and chef, a lounge to chill and take beers/drinks. Pictures of the accommodation and food should be displayed as it was way more than we expected given the surroundings
Oyesiku E
Oyesiku E
2021-08-17
Excellent trip with an excellent guide Excellent trip with an excellent guideWe received exactly what we have expected. Even more!Erick our guide was funny and supportive of all our wishes.We have seen everything whatever can be wished to be seen!
Anthony J
Anthony J
2021-08-17
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