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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    Game drive tours

    Getting around/Walking

    Hotel resting

    Photographs

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    Frequently Asked Questions for 7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

    1. What is the Machame Route on Kilimanjaro, and why is it popular for climbing?

    Answer: The Machame Route is one of the most scenic and challenging routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is popular among climbers for its diverse landscapes, stunning vistas, and high success rate in reaching the summit.

    2. How long does the On Top of Kilimanjaro: 7-Day Machame Route Climb take, and what does the itinerary look like?

    Answer: The climb typically takes seven days to complete. The itinerary includes gradual acclimatization with multiple climbing days and rest days strategically placed to increase the chances of a successful summit attempt.

    3. What is the level of difficulty for the 7-day Machame Route climb, and what kind of physical fitness is required?

    Answer: The 7-day Machame Route climb is considered challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina. Prior climbing experience is beneficial, but participants should also engage in regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises to prepare for the altitude and steep ascents.

    4. What type of accommodation and meals are provided during the climb?

    Answer: Accommodation during the climb usually consists of comfortable tents with sleeping bags and sleeping pads. As for meals, climbers are provided with nutritious and locally prepared food to maintain energy levels throughout the journey.

    5. How experienced are the guides and porters who accompany climbers on the Machame Route?

    Answer: The guides and porters are highly experienced and trained in mountain safety, first aid, and customer service. They are well-versed with the terrain and challenges of the Machame Route, ensuring the safety and well-being of climbers.

    6. What is the best time of year to attempt the Machame Route climb for the highest chances of success?

    Answer: The best time to attempt the Machame Route is during the dry seasons, which are typically from January to early March and from June to October. These periods offer stable weather conditions and higher chances of clear skies for summit attempts.

    7. Are there any age restrictions or health considerations for participating in the 7-day Kilimanjaro Machame Route climb?

    Answer: While there is no strict age restriction, climbers should be in good health and consult with their healthcare providers before attempting the climb. People with pre-existing medical conditions, especially those affecting the heart or lungs, are advised to seek medical clearance before participating.

    8. What equipment and gear are necessary for the climb, and what should participants bring with them?

    Answer: Climbers will need appropriate clothing, climbing boots, climbing poles, a daypack, and a headlamp, among other essentials. A detailed gear list is usually provided by the tour operator, and it's crucial to follow it to ensure a safe and comfortable climb.

    9. How do you handle altitude sickness and other medical emergencies during the climb?

    Answer: Guides are trained to recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and will closely monitor climbers' health throughout the ascent. If necessary, affected individuals will be assisted with a descent to lower altitudes or evacuated from the mountain for proper medical attention.

    10. Is it possible to extend the trip or combine it with other activities after reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro?

    Answer: Yes, many tour operators offer optional extension packages that allow climbers to explore nearby attractions such as safari experiences in Tanzania's national parks or relaxing at the picturesque Zanzibar beaches. Participants can choose to add these activities to their itinerary after completing the Kilimanjaro climb.