7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

Conquer Africa's highest peak with our 7-day Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing tour. Experience breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment

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About 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Tour via Machame Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular and exciting challenge for travelers, and the Machame Route is one of the most popular routes to take. Also known as the "Whiskey Route," this 7-day trek offers stunning scenery as you navigate through rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts to reach the summit. The Machame Route is a challenging climb recommended for experienced hikers who are physically fit.

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Day 1  :  Climbing from Machame Gate to Machame Camp


The journey to the Machame Route for Kilimanjaro Climbing usually begins with a 50-minute drive from Moshi. The route passes through Machame village, located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once we arrive at the park gate, the hike commences through the verdant rainforest, following a winding path that ascends a ridge. Our first night's destination is Machame Camp, where we will rest after the day's trek.

Accommodation for day 1
  • Machame Campsite
Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 2  :  Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Camp to Shira Cave


    After departing from the lush rainforest, the Machame Route for Kilimanjaro Climbing leads us up a steep incline that eventually transitions into a rocky ridge. From there, we continue to ascend until we reach the expansive Shira Plateau, where we are greeted by stunning vistas of heather and open moorlands. As we make our way across the trail, we come across a substantial river gorge before we arrive at our destination for the night, Shira 2 Camp. It's important to note that this description provides a general overview of the Machame Route, and more specific details could be incorporated based on personal experience or a specific source.

    Accommodation for day 2
    • Shira Cave Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 3  :  Climb Shira Cave - Lover Tower Barranco Camp


    Continuing along the Machame Route for Kilimanjaro hiking, we head towards the east before veering southeast towards the impressive Lava Tower, a towering volcanic rock formation that stands at an imposing height of 300 feet. Afterward, we descend through the breathtaking Senecio Forest, which is an unusual yet stunning feature, to reach an altitude of 13,000 feet at Barranco Camp. Although the elevation at the start and end of the day remains the same, the extended period spent at higher altitudes is advantageous for acclimatization purposes. It's worth noting that this description can be further enhanced by incorporating more specific details or personal insights.

    Accommodation for day 3
    • Barranco Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 4  :  Kilimanjaro Climb Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp


    On this leg of the Machame Route for Kilimanjaro Climbing we kick off the day by descending into a ravine at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall. Afterward, we climb the nearly 900 ft cliff, which is steep yet non-technical. Once we reach the top of the Barranco Wall, we make our way across a succession of hills and valleys until we sharply descend into the Karanga Valley. We wrap up the day's trek by making one final steep climb to Karanga Camp. This segment of the hike is relatively short and is designed to facilitate acclimatization to the higher altitude.

    Accommodation for day 4
    • Karanga Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 5  :  Climbing from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp


    Leaving Karanga Camp, we proceed along the Kilimanjaro climbing trail until we reach the junction that links up with the Mweka Trail. Our journey continues upwards towards the rocky section that leads to Barafu Hut. At this juncture, we will have successfully completed the Southern Circuit of the Machame Route, which provides stunning panoramic views of the summit from numerous vantage points. After setting up camp, we rest and savor an early dinner to prepare for the final ascent to the peak. From our vantage point at Barafu Hut, we can admire the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.

    Accommodation for day 5
    • Barafu Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 6  :  Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp


    Our final and most challenging push to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro begins in the early hours of the morning, around midnight. This portion of the hike is both mentally and physically demanding, with the wind and extreme cold at this elevation and time of day adding to the difficulty. As we ascend towards the peak, we will take frequent but brief breaks to rest. After several hours of hiking in darkness, we will approach Stella Point (18,900 ft) and witness a breathtaking sunrise over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we will reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire African continent. From the summit, we will begin our descent, heading straight down towards the Mweka Hut campsite. We will stop for lunch at Barafu before continuing on. The trail is quite rocky, and the descent can be hard on the knees, so trekking poles may prove helpful. Mweka Camp is located in the upper forest, where mist or rain is common in the late afternoon then we will rest.

    Accommodation for day 6
    • Mweka Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 7  :  Climbing Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate


    The final day of our Kilimanjaro trek involves a descent from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate where we collect our summit certificates. As we descend to lower elevations, the terrain becomes increasingly wet and muddy, making for a challenging hike. From the gate, we proceed for another hour to Mweka Village. At Mweka Village, a vehicle will be waiting to take us back to the hotel in Moshi. This marks the end of our Kilimanjaro hiking adventure, and we can look back on the incredible experience with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

    Accommodation for day 7
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch

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    Photographs

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    Frequently Asked Questions for 7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

    How long does it take to complete the 7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing?

    The 7 Days Machame Route typically takes about a week to complete.

    What is the Machame Route?

    The Machame Route is one of the most popular routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its scenic beauty and diverse landscapes.

    How difficult is the 7 Days Machame Route?

    The 7 Days Machame Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It involves steep ascents and descents, requiring a good level of physical fitness and endurance.

    What is the best time of the year to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route?

    The best time to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route is during the dry seasons, which are from January to mid-March and from June to October.

    Are there any age restrictions for climbing the Machame Route?

    There are no strict age restrictions for climbing the Machame Route. However, climbers should be in good physical health and consult with their doctor before attempting the climb, especially if they have any pre-existing medical conditions.

    What is the altitude gain on the 7 Days Machame Route?

    The altitude gain on the 7 Days Machame Route is approximately 4,900 meters (16,076 feet) from the starting point to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Are there camping facilities along the Machame Route?

    Yes, there are designated camping sites along the Machame Route where climbers can set up their tents and rest overnight. These campsites are equipped with basic facilities such as toilets and water sources.

    Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Machame Route?

    It is highly recommended to hire an experienced guide for the Machame Route. Guides are familiar with the route, have knowledge of altitude sickness prevention, and can provide valuable support and assistance throughout the climb.

    What are the main highlights of the Machame Route?

    The Machame Route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. Climbers also pass through notable landmarks such as Shira Plateau and Barranco Wall.

    What should I pack for the 7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing?

    Essential items to pack for the Machame Route include proper hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a headlamp, sunscreen, a water bottle, and personal medications. It is advisable to pack light but adequately for the journey.