Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trek

Day by Day Itinerary

Embark on a thrilling 6 or 7-day adventure up Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, a path celebrated for its stunning scenery and effective acclimatization. This trek, offered by Northern Masailand Safaris, blends the exhilaration of conquering Africa’s highest peak with immersive cultural experiences. Ideal for both seasoned hikers and first-time climbers, the Machame Route promises breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Get ready to traverse rainforests, alpine deserts, and glaciers, culminating in the life-changing moment of reaching Uhuru Peak.

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You're just one step away from realizing your dream of conquering Africa's highest peak. Immerse yourself in these expertly curated Kilimanjaro trekking itineraries crafted by our team of specialists, and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Whether you seek the thrill of the summit or the beauty of the journey, let us guide you to the roof of Africa.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Preparation

Arrive in Moshi, Tanzania, where you’ll be greeted by our Northern Masailand Safaris team. Settle into your accommodation at either the Parkview Inn, Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, or Honey Badger Lodge, each offering comfortable stays and essential amenities. Spend the day attending a comprehensive trek briefing and finalizing preparations.

Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Altitude: 1,800m to 3,000m
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Begin your ascent at the Machame Gate, trekking through lush montane rainforest. This biodiverse habitat offers a chance to spot Colobus monkeys and myriad bird species. The day ends at Machame Camp, nestled amidst giant heathers.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • Altitude: 3,000m to 3,840m
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Ascend through moorland, where the terrain changes dramatically, offering sweeping views of the plains below. Shira Camp provides a stunning panorama, including a glimpse of the Lava Tower and the grandeur of Kibo Peak.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Altitude: 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Today’s trek includes a climb to the Lava Tower for acclimatization before descending to Barranco Camp. This route ensures proper altitude adjustment and offers breathtaking views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Altitude: 3,950m to 3,995m
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Tackle the Barranco Wall in the morning, an exhilarating climb that brings you to the top of the valley. The trail then descends slightly to Karanga Camp, a scenic spot perfect for rest and rejuvenation.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Altitude: 3,995m to 4,673m
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Continue to Barafu Camp, traversing alpine desert landscapes. This camp serves as your base for the summit attempt. Rest early in preparation for the night climb to Uhuru Peak.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, Down to Mweka Camp

  • Altitude: 4,673m to 5,895m to 3,080m
  • Hiking Time: 11-14 hours

Depart around midnight for the summit, a challenging but rewarding ascent to Uhuru Peak. Witness a magnificent sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp for a well-deserved rest.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and Departure

  • Altitude: 3,080m to 1,640m
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Descend through lush forest to Mweka Gate. Receive your summit certificates and bid farewell to your guides and porters before transferring back to your hotel or onward destination.

Packing and Preparation Tips
  • Dress in layers for varying temperatures
  • High-quality hiking boots and poles
  • Hydration system and water purification tablets
  • Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses for UV protection
  • Camera with extra batteries for capturing memories
Price and Customization

The Machame Route trek typically starts from around $2340 per person. This price can vary based on several factors including the season, the level of service provided, the size of the trekking group, and any additional activities or experiences included in your itinerary.

  • Park fees, camping fees, and rescue fees.
  • Services of a professional guide, porters, and cook.
  • Accommodation in tents along the route.
  • Meals and water during the trek.
  • Transfers to and from the starting point of the trek.
  • Flights to and from Tanzania.
  • Accommodation before and after the trek.
  • Personal gear and equipment (rentals are available).
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Length of Trek: Choose between a 6-day or 7-day itinerary. The 7-day option includes an extra day for acclimatization, enhancing your chances of a successful summit.
  • Private vs Group Trek: Choose between a private trek or joining a group. Private treks offer more flexibility.
  • Additional Acclimatization Day: Consider adding an extra day at a lower altitude to enhance acclimatization and increase the chance of a successful summit.
  • Add-on Tours: Combine your trek with a safari in Tanzania’s national parks or a beach holiday in Zanzibar.
    Luxury Upgrades: Opt for luxury services, including higher quality food, larger tents (if camping), and additional support staff.
  • Fitness Preparation: Tailored training plans can be arranged.
  • Dietary Requirements: Specific dietary needs can be accommodated with prior notice.
  • Age and Experience: Customization based on the age and experience levels of the trekkers.
  • Advance Booking: It is advisable to book several months in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Expert Consultation: Many trekking companies offer pre-trip consultations to help tailor the trek to your needs and expectations.

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Trekking packages vary depending on the route, duration, and level of comfort. Most packages include park fees, accommodation (tents or huts), meals during the trek, guides, porters, and transport to and from the mountain. Customized packages can also include add-ons like safari trips or cultural tours.

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