7 Days from$1800 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
The very scenic and beautiful Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. The route can be completed in six days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in seven days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route: firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights while secondly the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that other routes join the Machame route from day 3 onwards, means higher numbers of hikers can therefore be encountered on this route. The route utilises the Mweka route as a descend route.
Safari types:Camping Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Kilimanjaro International Airport
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,800 per person
- 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
- Mountain tents & sleeping mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- 2- way airport transfers
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- Flights & visas
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry services
- A doctor for the group
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)
Day by Day Overview
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where a representative will pick you up and drive you to Silver Palm Hotel for your overnight.
Transfer from the hotel by car to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. We sign up at the park office located at the gates of the park. Then we start climbing, passing through rain forest, a winding trail taking us up on a ridge until Machame Camp, our camping site for tonight.
- Altitude change: from 1800 m to 3000 m (+1200 m)
- Distance: 11 km
- Time: 5-7 h
- Environment: Montane Forest
We have breakfast and then start our walk, leaving behind the rain forest. We continue ascending, traversing a valley and going up a rocky ridge, quite steep and covered in heath. Then we turn west, to the river’s gorge. We end the day at the Camp Shira, where we have dinner and spend the night.
- Altitude change: 3000 m to 3850 m (+850 m)
- Distance: 9 km
- Time: 4-6 h
- Environment: Moorland
Today is crucial for acclimatization, our bodies are getting prepared for the summit day. It’s an intense day and you may feel the altitude symptoms. We ascend until Lava Tower (4600m) where we have lunch and rest. Then we go down to Barranco campsite where we will sleep. This camp is located in a beautiful valley under the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall and the sunset here is memorable! It’s a special place to photograph.
- Altitude change: 3850 m to 4600 m to 3950 m (+750 m)
- Distance: 12 km
- Time: 6-7 h
- Environment: Semi-desert
The day begins with a fun scramble, quite short, until the top of Great Barranco Wall. Then we cross over the scree to Karange Valley (3930 m), located under the icefalls of Kersten, Heim and Decken Glaciers. We spend the night at Camp Karanga.
- Altitude change: 3950 m to 3930 m
- Distance: 7 km
- Hiking Time: 4 h
- Environment: Alpine Desert
Leaving Camp Karanga behind, we reach the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail for descent. Then we continue until the Barafu Hut. This marks the completion of the Southern Circuit. From here there are views of the top from different angles. We will camp, rest and enjoy some dinner. From here we can clearly see the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
- Altitude change: 3930 m to 4600 m (+670 m)
- Distance: 6 km
- Hiking Time: 3 h
- Environment: Alpine Desert
We will wake up at 11:30 pm, quickly have some tea and cookies and start the hike. The destination is the summit located between the Ratzel and Rembman glaciers. Heading to the north-west, we go up through scree to Stella Point on the rim of the crater. This is probably the most challenging portion of the hike, both physically and mentally. At the Stella Point (5732 m) we have a short stop to rest – the sunrise here is likely to be the most marvelous you have ever seen, if the weather permits. At the Uhuru Peak (5895 m), we reach the highest point both of Mt Kilimanjaro and of Africa.
It can get really cold during the night. But it’ll be very warm at the end of the day of hiking. From the peak, we go down until the Hut Mweka campsite, via Barafu, where we have lunch. We need trekking poles for the loose gravel heading down to Camp Mweka (3100 m). Later in the day, we enjoy the last dinner on the mountains and a well-earned rest.
- Altitude change: 4600 m to 5895 m (+1295 m) (and down to 3100 m)
- Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
- Time: 6-8 h ascent / 6-7 h descent
- Environment: Stone scree , ice-capped summit / Alpine desert
We go down until the Mweka Park Gate where you receive the summit certificate. At lower altitudes it may be muddy and wet. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful. It’s convenient to have t-shirts and shorts for this part, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothes at hand.
- Altitude change: 3100 m to 1800 m
- Distance: 8 km
- Time: 3-4 h
- Environment: Montane Forest