7 Day Machame

Prices starting from

USD 2,024 per person

Introduction

The Machame route is very popular because access is relatively straightforward from both Arusha and Moshi, but unfortunately for that reason it does become very crowded. On the Machame Route, most trekkers opt for the 7 day itinerary in order to err on the side of caution with respect to being well rested and adequately acclimatised prior to their summit assault. Timings on the 6 day itinerary are still safe and most people with active lifestyles and who are younger than around 45 years of age, and not carrying significant excess body mass, will usually manage very well. With the 6 day itinerary we would simply do away with the rest day on day 5 which you would enjoy on the 7 day itinerary.

Travel Tanzania offers the Machame route as a six or seven-day climb.

Day 1:  From Machame Gate to Machame Hut Camp

Elevation:  1,828m to 3,020m Distance: 10.8 km | 6.7 miles
Hiking Time: 5 hours Habitat:  Rain Forest

Your day starts with a drive to Machame Gate for registration and permits, after which you start trekking with lunch to be had en route after about a 2-and-a-half-hour trek. After lunch, and another 2-and-a-half-hour trek we arrive at Machame Hut Camp which sits at the edge of the rainforest, for overnight.


Day 2: From Machame Hut Camp to Shira Cave Camp

Elevation:  3,020m to 3,847m Distance: 5.2 km | 3.2 miles
Hiking Time:  4 hours Habitat:  Heath / Moorland

Day 2, sees the group trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp on southern edge of Shira Plateau. It is normal to experience mild headaches on this day which should be alleviated with paracetamol.


Day 3: From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

Elevation:  3,847m to 4,642 to 3,984m Distance: 10.7 km | 6.6 miles
Hiking Time: 7 hours Habitat:  Moorland / Alpine / Moorland

After breakfast we start the days trek from Shira Camp to Lava Tower for lunch. If the weather’s good you can ask your guide to lead you to the summit of the Lava Tower from where the views are excellent. After lunch we descend to Barranco Camp for overnight.


Day 4: From Barranco Camp to Barafu Huts

Elevation:  3,984m to 4,681m Distance: 9.4 km | 5.8 miles
Hiking Time:  7 hours Habitat:  Moorland / Alpine

Starring out from Barranco Camp you will make your way to Barafu Huts via the 257m high Breach Wall across the valley from Barranco Camp. You should be aware that there are three rises and falls before reaching Karanga Camp where we will have lunch at 4040m. From Karanga the route ascends 640m to Barafu for overnight.


Day 5: Barafu Camp

Elevation:  max. 4,863m Distance: possible trek for about 1km
Hiking Time: 2 hours Habitat:  Alpine

Day 5 is your official rest day, in preparation for the summit bid the following day. You will spend the day at leisure at Barafu Camp with optional acclimatisation excursions at your and the guide’s discretion.


Day 6: From Barafu to Summit to Mweka Camp

Elevation:  4,681m to 5,895 to 3,090m Distance 15.3km | 9.5 miles
Hiking Time: 12 hours Habitat:  Alpine/Arctic/Alpine/Moorland/Heath

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. Ascending from Barafu via Stella Point, is by far the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek, as the wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme (so be prepared!). You will be ascending in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks before arriving at Stella Point (5,752m), where you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive to Uhuru Peak (5895m) the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend retracing our steps to Stella Point, heading down via Barafu for lunch and later to Mweka Camp for overnight. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Distances:

  • Barafu to Summit via Stella Point: 5km
  • Summit to Barafu: 5km
  • Barafu to Mweka Camp: 3km


Day 7: From Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation:  3,090m to 1,641m Distance: 8.5 km | 5.3 miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours Habitat:  Heath/Rain Forest

On our last day, most of the long trek is downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Mweka gate, you will  be able to collect your summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here and drive us to Moshi for lunch with the crew before returning to your hotel in Arusha.

  • Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Two nights stay in a hotel on B&B basis (usually one before the trek and one after)
  • Transfers to and from the mountain
  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and permits while on the mountain
  • All camping equipment
  • All food and drink on the mountain
  • Wages of trek crew (guide/assistant guides, cooks and porters) at KPAP rates
  • Financial failure protection so your money is safe!
  • Personal advice and service every step of the way leading up to your trek and any assistance needed while you are in Arusha and on Kilimanjaro.
  • Flights (we can advise you on which flights go to and from Kilimanjaro)
  • Visas
  • Hire of clothing
  • Insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Food and drink away from the mountain (except for those meals that are part of your B&B booking at your hotel)
  • Tips/gratuities for your mountain crew
  • Side trips/extensions in addition to your trek, such as excursions or safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Zanzibar etc.

We know that the devil is in the detail, so here for your safety, and peace of mind is our complete and reliable Kilimanjaro packing list. Please also share our list with fellow trekking partners, or link to it from your blog or social networks as a resource for future trekkers.

Clothing
the number of items below are only suggestions.

  • 6 or 7 x Sweat-wicking T-shirts/vests
  • 1 x thin and 1 thick Fleece top.
  • 1 x Insulated down jacket or similar (normally worn on summit or at camp on cool evenings)
  • 1 x Down mittens or similar.
  • 1 x Lightweight gloves for lower slopes
  • 1 x (or 2 if used for sleeping) Thermal long-johns for summit night.
  • 2 x (of which can be converted into shorts for wearing on the first and last days) Lightweight walking trousers(avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)
  • 7 x (personal preference) Underwear
  • 3 x (personal preference) Very good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks. (We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters)
  • 1 x Breathable lightweight waterproofs(jacket and trousers).
  • 1 x Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in. A Gore-Tex membrane or similar is advised. While Alpine or C3 boots are not required for Kilimanjaro it is important that your boots have good ankle and arch support and good deep thread patterns.
  • 1 x Calf gaiters
  • 1 x Balaclava
  • 1 x Gore-Tex Mountain Cap or Woollen Hat
  • 1 x Wide brimmed sun hat to protect face, ears and neck

Baggage & Sleeping

  • Large backpack or Duffel bag, approx. 70-90 litres capacity (Your porter will be carrying your large back pack)
  • Daypack - approx. 25-30 litres capacity (For personal items to be carried by you as you will probably not see your large day pack from the moment you break camp in the morning to the time you arrive at camp in the evening)
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 10º C or colder) – sleeping mattresses supplied by us
  • Waterproof backpack liner or heavy-duty plastic bag
  • Elasticised waterproof backpack cover

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Wet wipes or other flat pack wipes for personal hygiene on mountain
  • Toilet paper or tissues in waterproof pouch
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Sanitary products
  • UV protection lip balm
  • Vaseline – helps against chafing and blisters

Health/ Personal First Aid Kit

(Your guide will be carrying a comprehensive medical kit containing the below and several other items)

  • Malaria Tablets – if you choose to use these
  • Diamox (if you choose to use this preventatively)
  • Factor 30+ sun cream
  • Pain killers (Ibuprofen)
  • Paracetamol
  • Zinc oxide tape and small scissors
  • Compeed blister pads (not corn pads)
  • Loperamide / Imodium diarrhoea tablets
  • Any medication you normally use
  • Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs

Documents

  • Passport
  • Tanzanian entry visa – see VISAS
  • Air Travel Documents
  • US Dollar cash – for tipping
  • Credit Card – for emergencies
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Vaccination Certificates – see VACCINATIONS

Other

  • Camera – spare film/memory cards
  • UV Filter sunglasses
  • High Energy snacks
  • Watch
  • Head lamp/torch with extra batteries
  • Water bottles & Camelbak (3L capacity)
  • Ear plugs/Blindfold – Aid sleeping afternoon before summit night
  • Plastic bags
  • Telescopic walking poles – optional but advised
  • Mobile phone – During the trek, there are pockets of good reception on the mountain, so if you take your mobile telephone with you, your guides will point you in the direction of these reception areas. Either unlock your phone before or use local sim card.

Water Stream With Kilimanjaro In Background
Safety Tips On Kilimanjaro
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Guests At Kilimanjaro National Park

Prices are based on the number of climbers in the booking group.

1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4/5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX 8 PAX
3 174 2 474 2 324 2 224 2 124 2 074 2 024