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7 Days Machame Route

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (2)
from/per person $1,780
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machame route 7 days
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Some people regard this as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro. The ascent through the forest is gradual until you emerge onto the moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Breach. From Machame village, you will walk through the great forest vegetation until you emerge in Machame camp which will take you about 6 hours so an early start is recommended.

From Machame camp, cross the valley and continue up the steep ridge, then West into the gorge and up again to the Shira camp which will take you about five hours.

From Shira camp, you have the option to make this tour either 7 days or 8 days by going through Moir camp and Lava camp or continue to Barranco and then Barafu camp where you will have a pre-summit sleep and rest before attempt the summit which will be during the night and after arriving in Africa’s highest point with great view then you descend down to Mweka camp where you rest before going down to the Mweka gate the next day.

Tour HIGHLIGHTS

Guided by a professional and friendly mountain crew 

International certificates for a successful ascent 

Two Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi 

Spot black and white colobus monkey

Transport to and from the airport is included 

Three meals per day are included 

Tour details

Availability:

You can climb Kilimanjaro all year around. Depend on the what time of the year you wish to travel then we have both private and open group Kilimanjaro tours which you can join, Let us know your preferable time of travel and we will help you arrange your adventure tour in Tanzania.

Weather:

Depend on the time of your travel, weather in Kilimanjaro is unpredictable, you can experience anything from hot to humid and to freezing, it is advisory to read thriller our Kilimanjaro clothing and equipment guide so you can have the best trek experience in terms of weather.

Bookings:

You can pay by our online payment system . We also accept payment in cash on arrival or deposit to our bank account 7 days before tour starts. Read our Terms and Conditions

Tour Start:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Our driver guide will be at the airport holding a paper written your name ready to pick you up and drive to the hotel in Moshi

Tour Ends:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depends on what you wish to do after your trek (i.e Going on Safari or Travel to Zanzibar) our driver guide will drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Duration:

7 Days

Tour Type:

Private

Min Age:

12+

Guide Method:

Instructor /Live Guide

Physical Rating:

Challenging

Trek Difficulty:

Difficult

Tour proposal

Tour Itinerary


Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.

Time: 1 Hour Drive

Distance: 47km

Accommodation: More Than A Drop

 

Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

After your breakfast at the hotel, the driver will be there at 10:30 to drive you to the Machame Gate which will take around 40 mins to reach the starting gate. While your guide is working on park formalities you will have time to prepare and get ready for the hike including having your lunch box. Today you will walk in the rain forest which most of the time is slippery because it always rains most of the time on the side of this mountain. Later you will have lunch and then arrive at Machame camp around 4 pm and get ready for dinner.

Time: 5-7 Hours

Distance: 11 km/7 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

Elevation:5,400ft to 9,400ft

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2

After an early breakfast from Machame camp, cross the valley and continue up the steep ridge, then west into a gorge and up again to the Shira Camp (3800 m). There are earth toilet and water is available in the stream about 50 metres north of the camp. The walk takes about five hours.

Time: 3-4 Hours

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Habitat: Heath

Elevation: 9,400ft to 12,500ft

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 3

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From Shira Camp 2 you have the options of continuing on the Barranco camp (5 to 6 hours), the Moir Camp (2 hours), or the Lava Tower Camp (4600 metres, 4 hours) but Today after the breakfast we will start the trek through the moorlands then to the semi-desert and rocky scenery which circle the Lava tower before descend down to Barranco around 4 pm and rest while observing the sunset and getting ready for your dinner. Today is the best day for acclimatization and one of the challenging part through Machame route to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Time: 6-8 Hours

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Habitat: Semi-Desert

Elevation: 12,500ft to 13,000ft

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After finish with your breakfast today we will have another adventure through the Barranco breach wall which is not that hard but yet technical as well as long and tiring then later we will trek down to the Karanga valley (3963m) where we will rest and socialize and then later have dinner before getting back to your tent for the overnight.

Time: 4-5 Hours

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 5

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After finish with your breakfast, you will start following a path, which follows a gully. This path will take you up the ridge to the west until you reach the Barafu camp (4664m), this will be another relatively short but difficult 3 km walk path marked by cairns and you need to take it slowly. Once arrived at the Barafu camp which can be extremely cold then you will have your early dinner and then go for a pre-summit sleep in the night which you can start around 11 to 12 am.

Above 4000m the vegetation is alpine desert and you will be able to witness only White-necked raven going around the campsite. Not so much while arriving at the Barafu camp. No water for wash. No water streams above this elevation. By the time you arrive, you will be tired and maybe weak. The crew will already set up your tent as well as a table for dinner (you won’t feel sleepy anyway). Your guide will visit you before hit the bed for checking on your required summit clothes. It advised sleeping on 3 layers of clothes. First, because it is cold at the basecamp during the night (up to -10c). Second, it is because you have to make your layers warm as you will leave at midnight for the summit which is the exact cold. You will have your early dinner and then go for a pre-summit sleep until around 11 to 12 a.m before start trekking to Uhuru Peak.

Time: 8 Hours

Distance: 8.5 km/5.3 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Elevation: 13,000 ft to 15,331 ft

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 6

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak & Descent to Mweka Camp

Before leaving to Uhuru Peak, you will have a cup of coffee and cookies or biscuits. Put on the rest of layers (summit clothes) and ready to conquer  Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). What an incredible trek. Temperatures at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the nights are really cold. In the middle of June, the thermometer can drop to – 20 C. Dress and cover yourself accordingly. Walk slowly and listen to your Guide instructions. Expert to take six to seven hours from Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak to Barafu Camp for a short break and then proceed to Mweka Camp where you will spend your night (Here is when the Tipping celebration can take place before your dinner).

Time: 14 hours

Distance: 17 km/10 miles

Habitat: Ice-capped summit

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Ascent

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Descent

Accommodation: Camping

 

Day 7

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast in the morning, you will then descend down to Mweka gate, once you arrived you will sign out and get presented with the certificates. The driver-guide will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi Town together with the crew. (It is this moment when you can arrange with your guide if you wish to have a quick beer celebration with your crew member after arriving in town). Otherwise, you can go back to the Hotel and get ready for your flight back home or to Zanzibar or prepare for the safari trip the next day. Contact us for more details.

Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Accommodation: More Than A Drop

 

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Accommodation


6 Nights Camping in the mountain

2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Moshi Town (Optional)

Total – 8 Nights Accommodation

Meal Plan


We provide three meals per day during your tour and only breakfast during a stay in a booked accommodation. During this tour you will have the following meals plan:

Breakfast – 7
Lunch – 6
Dinner – 6

For any special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian. Please, Let us know in advance.

Things to Do (Optional)


Moshi Photo Walk

Arusha Photo Walk

Lake Chala

Coffee Tour

Materuni Waterfall

Maasai Boma Culture

Kikuletwa Hotspring

Marangu Waterfall

Lake Duluti

Ilkidinga Waterfall

Zanzibar Island

Tour Includes


1 Pick up and 1 Drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Accommodation in Moshi, before and after trekking Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

Government Taxes

Hot water for washing

Local and Friendly Certified English-speaking mountain guides

Porters to carry luggage with a maximum weight of 20kg

All 3 meals a day on the mountin

Transport to/from the hotel to the Gate

Double layered sleeping mats

4 Season Mountain Tents

Emergency First Aid Kit

Treated & filtered drinking water during your trek

All Porters, Guides and Cook Fees

A certificate of achievement for successful climbers

Tour Excludes


Travel Insurance

Sleeping Bag See Renting Prices

A portable flush toilet See Renting Prices

Meals outside your itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

International visa for Tanzania Apply Now

International /Domestic Flight

Anything of personal nature

Tips. Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber

Guides: US$20 per day. Cook: US$15 per day. Porter: US$10 per day

What to Bring


The summits of Mt Kilimanjaro are covered in glaciers and snow, and the temperature at night often drops to below -10c to -15c so you are going to need a good sleeping bag. A closed mattress is also advisable if you are going to sleep on the ground as it provides the necessary insulation under your body and is far more comfortable and are provided by us during your trekking. A good set of warm clothes is equally important and that should include some sort of headgear and gloves. As it can rain at any time of year and heavily — you will also need waterproof clothing. A decent pair of hiking boots is an advantage for this trek. A pair of joggers is quite adequate most of the time though it’s a good idea to have a pair of thongs, sandals or canvas tennis shoes to wear in the evening at the camp if your main shoes get wet.

Remember that it’s not a good idea to sleep in clothes which you have worn during the day because the sweat which your day clothes absorb from your skin keeps them moist at night and so reduces their heat-retention capabilities. If you don’t intend to stay in the huts along the way you’ll need a tent and associated equipment which we normally provide. Unless you intend to eat only canned and dried food along the way (not recommended) our mountain local professional chef have basic cooking equipment and a water container to refill your bottles with treated and filtered water from the mountain streams with a capacity of at least one to three-liter per person every day. Our porters have the rucksack that they can carry your luggage including theirs with a limited of 20kg per person, so bring as little as you can (with a maximum of 15kg).  

If you wonder want to bring during your trek, below is the list of the important equipment even though all the gear you need for the trek can be hired in Moshi at the mentioned pice for the whole trek.

Read All Equipment List

General FAQ


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KILIMANJARO ROUTES:

Lemosho, Machame, Shira which approaches Kilimanjaro on the western side of the mountain are regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro while using camping accommodation and they are routes which takes more days on the mountain. The Marangu Route is the route most taken by people, being the easiest way up the mountain with hut accommodation which consists of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame with bunk beds and mattress. The Rongai is coming from the north side of the mountain and this trail is as well only for camping but not scenic as that of western of the mountain since it receives a short period of rain. Lemosho and Machame, Umbwe and Shira routes descend down to Mweka gate while Marangu and Rongai descend down via Marangu route to the gate. Learn More from our Guide to Kilimanjaro Routes.


WHICH QUALIFICATION DOES THE GUIDE HAVE?

All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding. During low seasons (March to May) all of our guides undergo different training based on mountain guiding and first aid techniques.


HOW ABOUT YOUR LUGGAGE?

Our esteemed porters will be responsible to carry your pieces of luggage with the limit of 20kg  which means you need to bring less with a maximum of 15kg and the rest of your belonging which are not in use during the climb can be stored in the Hotel in Moshi town. You will need to bring your backpack with you which you can put your essential belongings and personal stuff that you need them regularly during a day and the rest can stay with porters until you arrive at the campsite.


IF IT BECOME DIFFICULT FOR ME, CAN I TURN AND DESCEND DOWN?

The answer is yes, you can always turn around whenever you feel that you can not continue with a trek and you will be escorted with the assistant guide/porter and descend down to the gate where you will find the transport ready to pick you up and drive you to the Hotel.


KILIMANJARO CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT:

No specialist equipment is required to climb Kilimanjaro but you do need a strong pair of good boots, and plenty of warm clothing, including gloves, a woollen hat and waterproof overclothes. You also need a sleeping bag and a small mattress or air bed. If you lack any of these, they can be hired in Moshi town at a very reasonable price. Read More about Clothing and Equipment rent.


KILIMANJARO WEATHER:

At Kilimanjaro mountain, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. On the plain area the temperature will go up to 30 c while after 3000m the temperature will hit to 5 to 15 c during a day and At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 c. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. Learn more about the ultimate guide to Tanzania Weather and Climate.

Read All Kilimanjaro FAQ


 

Location


Machame Route

Some people regard this as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro. The ascent through the forest is gradual until you emerge onto the moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Breach. From Machame village, you will walk through the great forest vegetation until you emerge in Machame camp which will take you about 6 hours so an early start is recommended.

From Machame camp, cross the valley and continue up the steep ridge, then West into the gorge and up again to the Shira camp which will take you about five hours.

From Shira camp, you have the option to make this tour either 7 days or 8 days by going through Moir camp and Lava camp or continue to Barranco and then Barafu camp where you will have a pre-summit sleep and rest before attempt the summit which will be during the night and after arriving in Africa’s highest point with great view then you descend down to Mweka camp where you rest before going down to the Mweka gate the next day.

Cancelation Policy


CANCELLATION:

To secure a booking  for this tour, 20% of the total cost should be paid upfront (Can be via Online Payment System or Bank Transfer). Remaining balance should be paid 14 days prior tour departure or with cash on the arrival day. Free cancellation up to 7 days prior departure. Read More About our Terms of Condition.

PAYMENT:

We accept payment via Bank Transfer and Online payment system with credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Once make a payment please send us the receipt confirmation and we will confirm your booking immediately. In case you will get any trouble while making payment e.g.. transaction failed. Please Contact us for more assistance.

RESERVATION:

You can also reserve a space without make a payment. Our travel expert will keep in touch while you are waiting to make payment in the future/ arrival days.

CASH:

We accept only TSH, USD, EURO and GBP in terms of cash and it has to be on arrival, one day before starting the tour.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. Read More about Travel Insurance while in Tanzania.

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avatar - Apr, 03, 2018 -

Maiken R

We had seven wonderful days hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everything went as planned. Shizi Safaris is very trustworthy.

avatar - Aug, 23, 2019 -

Astrid M

We had a very good experience with Shizi Safari. They are very experienced and made us feel safe all the time. The Lemosho route was ideal because we had sufficient time to acclimatize to the height. Only the summit day was a Little hard for me but with the encouragement of the guides we all succeeded to summit the Kilimanjaro. A lot of beautiful landscapes, really unforgettable!!