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Machame Route

Machame Route

per person
7 Days - 6 Nights
15 Years+ Age

Machame route is considered by many climbers as the most beautiful route up mount Kilimanjaro.If you consider yourself more adventurous hiker, then Machame is the route for you. Climbing mountain Kilimanjaro using Machame route is a rewarding experiencing with a scenic splendour not seen on the Marangu route. Treat yourself with late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, this route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over 7 days. To make the most out of your climb we recommend that you take a minimum of 7 days. Incorporating an extra day into your climb is an added benefit , as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatisation. One of the climbing technique that can maximize your chances on this route is the trek that takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is has proven the secret to successful acclimatisation.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Arusha City

Tour Plan

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Machame Gate to Machame Hut (2,850m) Hike time: 7.5 hrs, Elevation change: +1200 M Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 3100 M An early pick up from hotel and then drive to Machame gate (5,400) where trekking formalities take about 30 minutes. From the gate, we begin our trek following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Campsite in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200–meter (3,936) ascent and 5–7 hours of walking.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M Estimated distance: 6km, Final elevation: 3,840 M From the Machame Hut we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000) in 5–7 hours and about 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking.
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M Estimated distance? Final elevation: 3900 M From Shira Hut hike to Lava Tower (15,000) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Today hike will take most of the day Barranco campsite located on elevation of 3950m.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +600 M Estimated distance: 4km, Final elevation: 4600 M Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking.
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
SUMMIT DAY! Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 M We will start trekking early before sunrise (1–2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter (3,600) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340′), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4–7 hours to Mweka Camp.
Mweka Gate and then Drive back to Arusha
Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M Today we descend about 1400 meters (4,592) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3 – 4 hours to reach Mweka Gate where you will be picked by our driver and transferred back to Arusha.