8Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route

Arusha, Tanzania

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8Days Machame Route – Kilimanjaro Trek

8 Days & 7 Nights

Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route

Safari Highlights

The Machame Route is one of the most popular routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It typically takes 6-7 days to complete, but I’ll create an 8-day itinerary for a more leisurely pace and better acclimatization. Remember to consult with a professional guide or tour operator for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Get ready for thrilling game drives where you’ll encounter Africa’s iconic wildlife up close

8Days Machame Route – Kilimanjaro Trek

Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary allows for proper acclimatization and maximizes your chances of reaching the summit while enjoying the stunning landscapes of Mount Kilimanjaro along the way. Remember to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and follow the guidance of your guides for a safe and memorable trekking experience.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha, where you’ll meet your guide and fellow trekkers.
Briefing and equipment check.
Rest and prepare for the trek.

Day 2: Moshi/Arusha to Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

After breakfast, drive to the Machame Gate (approximately 1-2 hours).
Register at the gate and begin the trek through the rainforest.
Hike for about 5-7 hours to reach Machame Camp.
Set up camp, rest, and enjoy dinner.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

Today’s hike takes you through the heather and moorland zones.
Trek for about 4-6 hours to reach Shira Camp.
As you ascend, you’ll notice the landscape changing.
Set up camp, rest, and acclimatize.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) via Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft)

A challenging day with a significant altitude gain.
Hike to Lava Tower for acclimatization and then descend to Barranco Camp.
The hike takes about 6-8 hours.
Enjoy stunning views of the Western Breach and the Barranco Wall.
Camp and rest at Barranco Camp.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (3,995m/13,107ft)

Today’s trek involves climbing the Barranco Wall, a steep but manageable ascent.
Trek for about 4-5 hours to reach Karanga Camp.
Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Rest and acclimatize at Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,673m/15,331ft)

Ascend to Barafu Camp, the base camp for the summit attempt.
Hike for about 3-4 hours through alpine desert terrain.
Arrive at Barafu Camp in the afternoon.
Rest, hydrate, and prepare for the summit push.
Early dinner and an early bedtime for the summit attempt.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341ft) and descent to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

Wake up around midnight for the summit attempt.
Trek to Stella Point and then to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.
Watch the sunrise from the summit (weather permitting) and celebrate your achievement.
Descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest and brunch.
Continue descending to Mweka Camp.
Today’s trek can take 11-15 hours in total.
Rest and celebrate your summit success at Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (1,640m/5,380ft)

Final descent through the rainforest.
Trek for about 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate.
Sign out with the park authorities, receive your summit certificates, and say goodbye to your guides and porters.
Transfer back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
Celebrate your Kilimanjaro adventure with a well-deserved dinner and rest.

WHATS INCLUDED?

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro
  • International Airport (JRO)*
    2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
    1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

WHATS EXCLUDED?

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

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Note:

  • We can arrange domestic flight to Zanzibar
  • We do hotel booking and excursions in Zanzibar upon request
  • Also, we do cultural tourism and visit Lake Natron excursion.
  • We do Kilimanjaro climbing all routes
  • Meru Trekking
  • Lake Manyara night game drive
  • Treetop Lake Manyara Canoe

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