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7 Days 6 Nights – Kilimanjaro Machame Routes

from $3,450.00

Safari Plan Adventure leads treks up the Machame, a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Discovery, Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
    6/8
  • Group Size Medium Group
    50
All about the 7 Days 6 Nights – Kilimanjaro Machame Routes.

All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.

This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the “Whiskey Route,” better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views.

From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show.

The Machame Route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatisation.

The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft).

This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatisation, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Arusha (before and after the climb)
    • First night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Return transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas
  • Emergency oxygen
  1. Day 0 Arrival Day

    Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Hotel in Arusha for your overnight Breakfast Included.

  2. Day 1 Machame Gate (1500m) to Machame Camp (3000m)

    Day 1 Machame Gate (1500m) to Machame Camp (3000m), distance is about 18 km.

    Drive from Arusha to Machame gate. All your equipment and supplies are taken over by porters; a cook will prepare all your meals. Where accommodations on the Marangu route are in huts, the Machame route offers tents only. After all, formalities have been taken care at the gate, head into the forest and begin the 7-hour ascent to the first camp on the mountain, Machame camp (3000m)

  3. Day 2 Machame Camp (3000) to Shira Camp (3840)

    Day 2 Machame Camp (3000) to Shira Camp (3840), distance is about 9 kms. Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and, weather permitting; you could take in your first view of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro. The lunch stop will be reached at about 3600m and after this short lunch and an equally limited rest you’ll continue up the rocky ridge to the next camp on the mountain, Shira camp (3840).

  4. Day 3 Shira Camp (3840) to Barranco Camp (3950)

    Day 3 Shira Camp (3840) to Barranco Camp (3950), distance is about 15 km. The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky environment where you reach an altitude of 4600m after a 5 hours walk to Lava Tower. As you ascend from the Shira camp (3950m), there are good views of the Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the northeast and the Western Breach to the east. This day you will climb high and steep low.

  5. Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4200m)

    Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4200m), distance is about 6 kms. The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4200m and after approx. 3 hours, the path now crosses through the southern slopes to reach the Karanga Valley.

  6. Day 5 Karanga Camp (4200m) to Barafu Camp (4600m)

    Day 5 Karanga Camp (4200m) to Barafu Camp (4600m), distance is about 7 kms. After breakfast, you continue in a southeasterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu camp (4600m) after about 4 hours. Here you take a long rest and prepare for the midnight ascent to the summit.

  7. Day 6 Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m)

    Day 6 Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m), distance is about 7 km. At around midnight, you’ll head in a northwesterly direction up the southeast valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The 6-hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with the steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge. The time you spend on the summit is determined by the weather and wind conditions. The walk back to Mweka Camp from the summit can take over 7 hours.

  8. Day 7 Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (2000m)

    Day 7 Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (2000m), distance is about 15 kms. You will camp for the night at Mweka camp (3100m) before departing for the Mweka Parks Gate the next morning where your driver will pick up and take you back to the hotel.

  9. Day departure Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport

    After breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can extend your holiday with a safari or beach stay. Breakfast

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Accommodation

Machame Route – Camping Accommodation

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Arusha (before and after the climb)
    • First night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Return transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Oximeters are available upon request
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas
  • Emergency oxygen