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Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trek: 7 Days to Africa's Rooftop

Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trek: 7 Days to Africa's Rooftop



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Are you ready to conquer the "Roof of Africa"? The Machame Route is your gateway to an unforgettable 7-day Kilimanjaro summit experience. This meticulously designed itinerary allows you to traverse the majestic slopes of Kilimanjaro, witnessing a dramatic transformation in landscapes – from lush rainforests teeming with life to the stark beauty of the high alpine desert. The Machame Route is renowned for its high success rate, prioritizing gradual elevation gain for optimal acclimatization. Our expert guides will be by your side every step of the way, ensuring your safety, sharing their knowledge of the mountain, and helping you achieve your dream of reaching the summit. Delicious meals prepared by our chefs will keep you fueled for the challenge, and comfortable camps nestled amidst breathtaking scenery will provide a welcome respite each night.

Book your Machame Route Kilimanjaro climb today and embark on a life-changing adventure!

Tour Features

Tour type

Mid-range Tour

This is mid-range tour uses 4-3 stars hotels & Lodges

Private Tour

Private Tour

This is a private tour with a private guide, designed exclusive for you.

Customizable Tour

Customizable Tour

This tour can be customized to fit your preferences and your needs

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This tour can start any day, and it is available troughout the year.

2024/2025 Rates Per Person

Dates 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6 pax
1 Jun to 31 Oct $2,230 $2,210 $2,119
22 Dec to 31 Mar $2,212 $2,109 $2,008
1 Nov to 21 Dec $2,039 $2,000 $1,989
1 Apr to 31 May $1,990 $1,902 $1,879

Trip Summary

Day 1

Machame Route Kickoff - Lush Rainforests to Machame Camp

  Machame Camp

Day 2

Machame Route Marvels - Unveiling the Shira Plateau's Beauty

  Shira 2 Camp

Day 3

Machame Route Challenge - Acclimatization Hike and Barranco Camp

  Barranco Camp

Day 4

Machame Route Triumph - Conquer the Iconic Barranco Wall

  Karanga Camp

Day 5

Machame Route Milestone - Reaching Barafu Camp, Gateway to the Summit

  Barafu Camp

Day 6

Machame Route Summit Push - Conquering Uhuru Peak, Africa's Roof!

  Mweka Camp

Day 7

Machame Route Celebration - Descend to Triumph and Return to Moshi

Day 1
Tour activity

Machame Route Kickoff - Lush Rainforests to Machame Camp

Excitement thrums in the air, as your Machame Route adventure dawns! Depart from Moshi, the shadows of Kilimanjaro already casting a majestic presence on the horizon. After a scenic drive (5,380 ft), you arrive at Machame Gate, the official gateway to your Kilimanjaro summit quest.

A flurry of anticipation fills you as you complete registration formalities, meeting your expert guides – your partners on this incredible journey. A pre-trek briefing equips you with valuable knowledge, and then, it's time to begin!

Step onto the Machame Route, and lush rainforest envelops you. Breathe in the crisp morning air, invigorating your senses with the earthy fragrance of the undergrowth. Sunlight filters through the dense canopy, casting dappled light on the meandering trail ahead. Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant birds flitting through the branches, and listen to the symphony of exotic insects chirping their morning chorus.

The gentle incline of the trail eases you into the rhythm of the trek. For the next 5-7 hours, immerse yourself in the verdant beauty of the rainforest. Marvel at towering trees, their ancient roots snaking across the forest floor. Spot colorful wildflowers peeking out from the undergrowth, adding a splash of vibrancy to the emerald landscape.

As you ascend steadily, the landscape begins to transform. The air cools slightly, and the rainforest canopy thins, revealing glimpses of the majestic peak above. With each step, a sense of accomplishment washes over you. You've officially begun your climb, and the summit of Kilimanjaro beckons ever closer.

Finally, after a rewarding hike, you arrive at Machame Camp (9,350 ft). This picturesque base camp nestled amidst the rainforest offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape – a perfect reward for your first day's effort. Savor a delicious dinner prepared by your crew, and unwind in your comfortable tent, the sounds of the rainforest lulling you into a restful sleep. Tomorrow, a new day and new adventures await on the Machame Route!


Tour activity

Machame Camp

Day 2
Tour activity

Machame Route Marvels - Unveiling the Shira Plateau's Beauty

Today's Machame Route adventure takes you from the lush rainforest into the vast expanse of the Shira Plateau. After a delicious breakfast at Machame Camp (9,350 ft), bid farewell to the rainforest and embark on a moderate climb.

The trail gradually ascends towards a rocky ridge, offering panoramic vistas as you leave the rainforest behind. Feel the invigorating change in temperature as you transition into a new ecological zone – the heath. Keep an eye out for unique plant life adapted to the higher altitude.

Traverse expansive moorlands carpeted with vibrant heather, a stark contrast to the dense rainforest of yesterday. The vastness of the Shira Plateau unfolds before you, and the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro dominates the horizon. Capture breathtaking photos to document this transformative experience on the Machame Route.

After a rewarding hike of approximately 3 miles (4-6 hours), you'll arrive at Shira 2 Camp (12,500 ft). This scenic camp nestled on the plateau offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape – a perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty of your accomplishment. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared by your crew and settle into your comfortable tent, ready to explore further wonders of the Machame Route tomorrow.

Tour activity

Shira 2 Camp

Day 3
Tour activity

Machame Route Challenge - Acclimatization Hike and Barranco Camp

Today's adventure on the Machame Route is all about acclimatization, preparing you for higher altitudes on your climb. After a fortifying breakfast at Shira 2 Camp (12,500 ft), embark on a scenic eastward hike along a scenic ridge.

Witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape as you enter the alpine desert zone. Sparse vegetation and rocky terrain paint a unique picture, a stark contrast to the previous days' lush greenery. Keep an eye out for unique, high-altitude plant life adapted to the harsh environment.

Our journey takes a challenging turn as we approach the imposing Lava Tower, a 300-foot-tall volcanic rock formation. This section of the Machame Route requires careful navigation and may test your physical limits. However, with the support of your experienced guides and the breathtaking views that accompany the climb, the sense of accomplishment will be even greater.

After conquering the Lava Tower, we descend slightly in elevation, arriving at the unusual but beautiful Senecio Forest. These bizarre, giant groundsels create an otherworldly landscape, a unique stop on the Machame Route.

Although today's hike begins and ends at roughly the same elevation (12,500 ft to 13,044 ft), the time spent at a higher altitude with the Lava Tower climb is crucial for acclimatization. This process helps your body adjust to the thinner air, preparing you for the summit push in the days ahead.

Finally, you'll reach your destination for the day – Barranco Camp (13,044 ft). This scenic camp nestled amidst towering cliffs offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your crew and unwind in your comfortable tent, feeling the positive effects of acclimatization on the Machame Route.

Tour activity

Barranco Camp

Day 4
Tour activity

Machame Route Triumph - Conquer the Iconic Barranco Wall

After a hearty breakfast at Barranco Camp (13,044 ft), embark on a thrilling descent into a gully, leading to the base of this colossal rock face. Though not technically difficult, the Barranco Wall presents a significant physical challenge. With careful navigation and support from your experienced guides, you'll begin your ascent, tackling roughly 900 feet of elevation gain. The sense of accomplishment as you conquer this iconic landmark on the Machame Route will be truly rewarding.

The reward for your efforts? Breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, stretching out towards the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro. Take a moment to soak in the scenery and capture unforgettable photos to document your achievement.

Continuing along the Machame Route, you'll traverse a series of hills and valleys, the ever-changing terrain keeping you engaged. As you make a dramatic turn into the Karanga Valley, prepare for one final ascent before reaching your destination for the day.

Karanga Camp (13,106 ft) awaits, nestled amidst a spectacular setting. This scenic camp offers a well-deserved respite after a challenging but rewarding day. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your crew and relax in your comfortable tent, feeling the exhilaration of conquering the Barranco Wall on the Machame Route.

While today's hike might be shorter compared to previous days, it plays a crucial role in acclimatization. The time spent navigating different elevations further prepares your body for the summit push in the days ahead.

Tour activity

Karanga Camp

Day 5
Tour activity

Machame Route Milestone - Reaching Barafu Camp, Gateway to the Summit

Today's adventure on the Machame Route brings you closer to your ultimate goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! After a delicious breakfast at Karanga Camp (13,106 ft), embark on a moderate hike, traversing a scenic path.

As you ascend, you'll reach a key intersection where the Mweka Trail joins the Machame Route. This marks the completion of the Southern Circuit, a thrilling journey that offered diverse perspectives of Kilimanjaro's majestic peak.

The final push to Barafu Camp (15,331 ft) begins! This challenging climb will test your physical limits, but the breathtaking views that accompany the ascent will fuel your determination. With the support of your experienced guides, you'll conquer this section of the Machame Route, inching ever closer to your summit dream.

Upon reaching Barafu Camp, a wave of accomplishment washes over you. This high-altitude camp, nestled amidst a stark yet awe-inspiring landscape, will be your basecamp for the summit push tomorrow. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared by your crew, and take some time to rest and relax. A good night's sleep is crucial for the momentous climb that awaits you on the Machame Route.

From the vantage point of Barafu Camp, witness the majestic peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo, the two summits of Kilimanjaro, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun. Let the sight of your ultimate goal inspire you and fuel your determination for the exciting challenge ahead.

Tour activity

Barafu Camp

Day 6
Tour activity

Machame Route Summit Push - Conquering Uhuru Peak, Africa's Roof!

This is the culmination of your incredible journey – the chance to conquer Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa! An early start (around midnight) is essential to make the most of the cooler temperatures and avoid the afternoon crowds. A hearty breakfast at Barafu Camp (15,331 ft) fuels your body for the challenging climb ahead.

The ascent is undeniably demanding, both physically and mentally. The high altitude, darkness, and potentially harsh wind and cold will test your limits. However, with unwavering determination and the unwavering support of your experienced guides, you'll take one step at a time, gradually ascending towards your goal.

The reward for your perseverance? Witnessing a spectacle unlike any other – a breathtaking sunrise as you approach Mawenzi Peak near Stella Point (18,900 ft). The golden hues of dawn painting the mountain landscape will leave you awestruck and re-energized for the final push.

Finally, after a challenging yet rewarding climb, you'll reach the pinnacle of your Machame Route adventure – Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft)! Standing on the highest point in Africa, a wave of accomplishment and exhilaration washes over you. Take a moment to savor this unforgettable achievement, capture panoramic photos to document your triumph, and let the breathtaking views inspire you.

The descent from the summit begins, taking you down a challenging but scenic route. Trekking poles will be helpful as you navigate the rocky terrain, eventually arriving back at Barafu Camp for a well-deserved lunch break.

Continuing down the Machame Route, you'll traverse diverse landscapes, eventually reaching Mweka Camp (10,065 ft) nestled within the upper forest. This camp might experience late afternoon mist or rain, but the comfortable tents will provide a welcome respite after a momentous day. Enjoy a delicious final dinner on the mountain, reminiscing on your incredible journey, before settling in for a well-earned rest.

Tour activity

Mweka Camp

Day 7
Tour activity

Machame Route Celebration - Descend to Triumph and Return to Moshi

Embark on a scenic descent through the lush rainforest, leaving Mweka Camp (10,065 ft) behind. The lower altitude brings a welcome change in temperature and a chance to reflect on your incredible accomplishment.

The trail winds its way through a vibrant rainforest similar to the one you encountered on day 1. Keep an eye out for familiar plant life and enjoy the refreshing embrace of the lower slopes. The trek down might be muddy at times, but the sense of achievement will propel you forward.

After a rewarding hike of approximately 3-4 hours, you'll reach Mweka Gate, marking the official end of the Machame Route. Here, you'll receive your well-deserved summit certificates – a tangible reminder of your remarkable feat. Take a moment to celebrate with your fellow climbers and guides, capturing photos to commemorate this unforgettable journey.

A short drive from Mweka Gate takes you to Mweka Village, where a comfortable vehicle awaits to whisk you back to your hotel in Moshi (5,380 ft). As you relax on the return journey, let the memories of your Machame Route expedition flood back – the breathtaking scenery, the challenging climbs, the camaraderie with your team, and the ultimate triumph of reaching the summit of Africa.

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  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

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