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7 Days Machame route Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro climb

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Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Machame Gate to Machame Camp
•Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
•Distance: 11 km
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Machame camp

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Machame Camp to Shira Camp
•Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Shira camp

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Barranco camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Karanga camp

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
•Distance: 4 km
•Hikin g Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Barafu camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweka camp

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
•Mweka Camp to Moshi
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Parkview Inn, a 3-star Hotel
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Reviewed 9 May 2019

My boyfriend and I booked Kilisa Tours & Safaris to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro via the 7 days Machame route and it was an absolutely unique and unforgettable experience with absolutely no complaints I have never felt safer with a group of people I have...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kilisa2016, Front Office Manager at Kilisa Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

hello Geremy Thanks for your valuable feedback, We're thrilled to hear that we met the satisfaction of your expectation and Enjoyed your trip with us We appreciate your review and Recommendation! Thank you so much Best regards Kilisa Tours

Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

7 days machame route with Bakari (head guide) and his team (Goodluck, Jackson, Roger, Babuu and many others... was absolutely the experience of a lifetime. We were a group of 8 people, coming from 3 different countries and we just met before climbing , all...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Kilisa2016, Front Office Manager at Kilisa Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and the group loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently and it will provide them with great encouragement to...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We used Kilisa Tours & Safaris after a recommendation from friends. Naick was great at replying emails and keeping us informed through the whole booking cycle and after. We booked the 7-Day Machame Climb and we were well looked after. We were picked up at...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Kilisa2016, Front Office Manager at Kilisa Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Thank you nicholaus, for your positive feedback! We're glad you loved the experience we provided and we appreciate you helping to spread the Information Because your review greatly help us improve our offering! You will always be a welcome guest, Hurry back when the...More

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