Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike: The most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path.

It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route.

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route.

Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Itinerary in Summary

DAY 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp

DAY 2: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp

DAY 3: Hike Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

DAY 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

DAY 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

DAY 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

DAY 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Itinerary In Detail

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate (1830 Meters/ 6000 Feet), Hike to Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet)

Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations 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. Hiking Distance 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the Hiking time 5 to 6 hours through Montane Forest.

Overnight at Machame Camp
Meal Plan:
 {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2 : Hike Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet) Hike to Shira Camp (3850 Meters/12,600 Feet)

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge.

The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 4 to 5 hours through Moorland.

Overnight at Shira Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3 : Hike Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet) Hike to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (4000m/ 13,000 Feet)

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” (4650m/15,250ft).

Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier.  We now continue down to the Barranco Camp.

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Hiking Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the Hiking time 5 to 6 hours through Semi-desert.

Overnight at Barranco Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4 : Hike Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Hiking Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Karanga Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5 : Hike Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet) Hike to Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. 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.

Hiking Distance 4 Kilometers/ 2 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Karanga Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) Hike to Summit 5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet, down to Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see.

Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.

Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Hiking Up Distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

Hiking Down Distance 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles and the Hiking time 5 to 6 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 7 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) Hike to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), Drive to Moshi

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, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

Hiking Down Distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the Hiking time 3 to 4 hours through Forest

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Prices

Dates FromDates ToPrice Per Student8 to 12 Year Child
 1st January 201931st December 2019Request for ratesRequest for rates

Notes

* Budget for extras: 400 USDollars to 550 USDollars person for tips
* Mount Kilimanjaro’s Machame route is a popular hike favored by experienced backpackers

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Rates Includes:

* Oximeters
* Hut or camping fees
* National Park gate fees
* All meals on the mountain
* Salaries for all crew members
* Rescue fees (as required by national park)
* Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
* Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
* Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Sleeping bags and personal items
* Accommodation and meals in Moshi
* Tips or gratuity for guides and porters
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Booking & Reservations for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Day Hike Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
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