The Machame route is one of the most beautiful 5 night routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo. The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu route and is slightly more demanding.
Day 1Kilimanjaro Airport – ArushaUpon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to your hotel accommodations close to Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 2Arusha – Machame Gate (1,790 m) – Machame Camp (3,010 m)After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the entrance gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.
Day 3Machame Camp (3,010 m) – New Shira Camp (3,840 m)After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor- and heathland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4New Shira Camp (3,840 m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)Today you will climb about 700 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)Today's stretch starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 7Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – ArushaThe final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours' descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to your accommodation and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 8Arusha – Kilimanjaro AirportAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.
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- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Mountain crew (cook & porters)
- Overnight stays in hotel (2 nights) and mountain tents (5 nights)
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Portable toilet and toilet tent
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water
- All national park fees
- All mentioned transfers
- All related taxes and fees
- Sleeping bag
- Flights not included in the itinerary
- Any drinks, park fees, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in itinerary
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees where relevant
- Staff gratuities
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Any unforeseen newly implemented taxes