Machame Route

6 – 7 Days Climb

 

 

Choosing Machame route for your Kilimanjaro hike means smooth acclimatization and amazing views. This option is the second in popularity among the climbers, and the number of other climbers may be high. We have 6 and 7-day Mt Kilimanjaro hike tours by Machame.

8 – Day Tour (6 days of trekking)

Day 1 - Arrival

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to your lodge, situtaed
on the foothills of Mount Kilimanajaro The rest of the day will be at leisure In the evening, you will be met by
your mountain guide for a briefing in preparation for your upcoming trek.
Dinner and overnight at Aishi Machame Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Trekking From Machame Gate To Machame Camp

Change in Elevation: Machame Gate (1,800 m) — Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After an early breakfast this morning, you will be met by your mountain guide for another short briefing,
after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After
the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the
group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passage through the
rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes,
but also your raincoats.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following
instructions from this point on:
Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox
in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude
sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a
reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude
into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and
tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Day 3 - Trekking From Machame Camp To Shira Camp

Change in Elevation: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day
you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid
out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in
altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for
good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an
acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300-meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you
will be served a hot dinner.

Note:
The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the
acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your
chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Day 4 - Trekking From Shira Camp To The Lava Tower and Descent To Barranco Camp

Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 6–8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava
Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600
meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the
altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive
in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very
simple hiking trail.

Note:
If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route,
following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up
only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.

Day 5 - Trekking From Barranco Camp To Barafu Camp

Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 8–10 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as
early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes
around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.
Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during
the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching
the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete ascend to Barafu
Camp (4,640 m) where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting
and sleeping before night summiting.

Day 6 - Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
Hiking distance: 15 km
Hiking time: 8–12 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895
m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each
pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental
conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired.
Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp
(3,820 m).

Note:
Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Day 7 - Descent from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Hiking distance: 12 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the
height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit:

Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by
offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with
your commemorative certificates and transferred back to the hotel.

Day 8 - Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note:
Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the
option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

9 – Day Tour (7 days of trekking)

Day 1 - Arrival

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to your lodge, situtaed
on the foothills of Mount Kilimanajaro The rest of the day will be at leisure In the evening, you will be met by
your mountain guide for a briefing in preparation for your upcoming trek.
Dinner and overnight at Aishi Machame Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Trekking From Machame Gate To Machame Camp

Change in Elevation: Machame Gate (1,800 m) — Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After an early breakfast this morning, you will be met by your mountain guide for another short briefing,
after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After
the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the
group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passage through the
rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes,
but also your raincoats.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following
instructions from this point on:
Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox
in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude
sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a
reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude
into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and
tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Day 3 - Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Change in Elevation: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day
you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid
out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in
altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for
good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an
acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300 meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you
will be served a hot dinner.

Note:
The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the
acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your
chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Shira to Barranco Camp via an Ascent to the Lava Tower

Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 6–8 hours

After breakfast you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava
Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600
meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the
altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive
in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very
simple hiking trail.

Note:
If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route,
following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up
only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.

Day 5 - Trekking From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as
early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes
around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.
Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during
the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching
the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an
acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back
down to the camp.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m)
Hiking distance: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Day 6 - Trekking From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a
night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents
and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike
towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be
served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night
summiting.

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Summiting on Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
Hiking distance: 15 km
Hiking time: 8–12 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895
m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each
pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental
conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired.
Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp
(3,820 m).

Note:
Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay
attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Day 8 - Descent From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Hiking distance: 12 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the
height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit:
Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by
offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with
your commemorative certificates and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 9 - Departure

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note:
Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the
option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

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