7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route


Machame route has without doubt attracted most of climbers on adventure from the popular Marangu route to its adventurous route. The Machame route has a greater reputation amongst the  scenic route on the mountain offering designated camping spots in well  placed positions making trekking times and altitude gain fit  to all  with good levels of fitness.

day alt* description
1 1,800-2,980 drive from Arusha tor Machame Gate.Head to the natural rain forest which surrounds the lower parts of Kilimanjaro. This part of the walk is very interesting with many opportunities such as photo taking with great view of sunlight. You can take your picnic lunch on route as you climb through the amazing forests for your first overnight stay at the camp machame. Day one gives you just a taste of what lies ahead of the great adventure you are about to experience. Time for walking may range from 4 to 6 hrs. on arrival at athe camp machame,you will be offered hot water freshen up and there after have your dinner served as you enjoy the cool quiteness  Machame Camp in your first night. Overnight at Machame Camp (2980m) .
2 2,980-3,840 After breakfast, break camp and with picnic lunch-boxes continue your ascent leaving the lushness of the rain-forest behind you. This part of the walk cuts up along various ridges which are dotted with scrubby low land bush which eventually gives way to the hardier Alpine-flora of the open plateau. The walk will take you 5 – 6.5 hours including your picnic lunch; the views are stunning as you begin to gain altitude. On one side you have the soft outline of Kilimanjaro towering over you and off in the distance stands Mount Meru. Overnight at Shira Camp (3840m) F/B.
3 3,840-3900 After breakfast, begin a gradual climb cutting your way through the low Alpine bush. Bird watching on these open slopes can be rewarding with several different type of birds of prey scouring the scrub for small mammals. The scenery will change to rusty red moraine fields as you continue on toward Lava tower 4630mts, finally descend to Baranco Camp. Lunch will be taken on route. This is a good day for acclimatization as you reach a higher altitude than that of Baranco; walking times average 5 – 7 hours. Overnight at Baranco Camp (3900m) F/B.
4 3,900-4,600 You can afford to have a leisurely start today as the walking is up the Baranco wall and a little further onto Karanga Valley. Enjoy a hot lunch on arrival at Karanga camp, rest for some time then take a walk with the guide to gain a little extra altitude. Return to the camp. Overnight at Karanga camp (4600m) F/B.
5 4,600 After breakfast, with your picnic lunch boxes proceed to skirt around the south side of the mountain. Begin to climb through the alpine desert and moraine fields. Barafu camp is reached in 4.5hrs- 6hrs. Relax and soak up the vistas below you, a light dinner will be served. Rest and try and get some sleep, you will be woken at 12:30am for your final challenge. Overnight at Barafu Camp (4600m) F/B.
6 4,600-5895-3,340 Summit day: After a hot tea and snacks start your ascent to the highest peak in Africa (Uhuru Peak) this stands at (5895m). Have your camera’s ready for when the sun winks a sleepy eye at you. After you’ve done the victory dance on the summit. Start the descent to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest, then proceed down toward Mweka Camp cutting through lowland grasses and scrub. Break for picnic lunch and refreshments the walking time for this day is around 8hrs – 10hrs. (including summit ascent) After leaving Barafu the walking flattens out and follows tracks onto Mweka Camp. Overnight at Mweka Camp F/B (3340m) F/B.
7 3,340-1,600 After breakfast, proceed back down into the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good view points on route to the valley below. Continue down to the gate, for champagne brunch. Here you will meet one of our vehicles, and be brought back to Arusha.

* altitude is specified in meters above sea-level, at the start and end of each day.

Pricing for this climb

*Pricing valid for season 2012

Price in US$, per person Number of people
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Machame route 6 days $1,950 $1,525 $1,445 $1,435 $1,440 $1,380 $1,335 $1,340
Machame route 7 days $2,220 $1,745 $1,650 $1,640 $1,605 $1,585 $1,560 $1,454

This price is inclusive of

  • All Kilimanjaro climbing, camp, hut and rescue fees.
  • Trained guide(s), assistant guide(s), mountain chef(s) and porter crews.
  • Return transfers to and from the mountain
  • Emergency evacuation cover FAR
  • All mountain camp equipment (see equipment list for personal climbing clothing and gear)
  • Full board meal plan as stated to day to day itinerary, hot beverages and filtered/boiled drinking water whilst on the mountain.

Excluded are

  • Items of personal nature.
  • Tips/Gratuities to climbing teams/drivers/hotels (see here for guidelines).
  • Repatriation to home country in the event of an emergency, medical treatment (FAR will cover the first 24hrs where upon your own medical insurance will come into play).
  • Hotels, airport transfers before and after the climb/safari (unless otherwise stated and included in the overall package).
  • International airfares/airport taxes/entry visa.

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