Duration
7 Days
Tour Type
Climbing
Group Size
30 People
Tour Guide
05 People
Kilimanjaro

7 Days Machame Route

Tour Highlights

  • The seven-day Machame variation is considered the ideal schedule for climbers embarking on the Machame route on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • This division is strategically important because the summit day begins very early, usually around midnight, when climbers are already physically and mentally exhausted.
  • By incorporating a shorter day before the summit attempt, climbers can obtain much-needed rest and rejuvenation, enhancing their chances of a successful summit.
  • The 7-day Machame route is highly recommended by experienced climbers and is widely regarded as one of the most popular options for ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • This particular route offers a balanced itinerary that allows climbers to acclimatize properly to the increasing altitude, reducing the risk of altitude-related issues.
Destination Tanzania
Route Machame
Arrival Moshi
Departure Moshi
Included
  • Airport transfers- (Return)
  • Hotel (Budget)- can be upgraded by paying extra
  • All park entry fees
  • All hut fees
  • All the camping equipment except personal gear, available for rent or bring from home
  • Rescue fees
  • Emergency Oxygen cylinder
  • Ox-miter machine
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Guide, chef and porters salaries
  • Guides, chef and porters
  • Meals( 3 times per day)
  • Cook and kitchen utensils
  • English speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and CHild CPR)
Excluded
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters
  • Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

At early morning after breakfast, leave Moshi for Machame Gate, where you will meet our guides, that will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. Then you will drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. Your first day’s destination is Machame Camp. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers.

  • Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today’s trek includes several uphill sections. As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high-altitude plants, Senecio Kilimanjaro and Lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day.

  • Elevation: 12,600ft to 13,044ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. Barranco Camp, set among stands of Senecio Kilimanjaro, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.

  • Elevation: 13,044ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. 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. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331ft
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After morning breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night.

  • Elevation: 15,331ft to 19,341ft to 10,065ft
  • Distance: 5 km / 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours / 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic / Rain Forest

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

  • Elevation: 10,065ft to 5,380ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. ECO Tours vehicles will be waiting at the Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

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