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7 Days Machame Route

Route Overview

Machame Route 7-Daysoffers both Standard and All-Inclusive Packages to cater to the preferences of climbers. Whether you are climbing individually or as part of a group, you have the flexibility to choose the package that best suits your needs.

Our Standard Package includes all the essential services and amenities for a successful climb. It covers necessities such as experienced guides and porters, park fees, camping equipment, and meals during the trek. With the Standard Package, you’ll have the support and guidance necessary to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

For those seeking a more comprehensive and hassle-free experience, our All-Inclusive Package is available. This package includes additional services such as airport transfers, accommodation before and after the climb, and extra amenities to enhance your comfort during the trek. With the All-Inclusive Package, you can focus solely on your climb while we take care of the logistics and provide a seamless experience.

Regardless of the package you choose, all our Kilimanjaro climbs are designed to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment. Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way, providing expert guidance, delicious meals, and a memorable adventure on Africa’s highest peak.

Why this Machame Route?

A 6 OR 7-day ascent – Many people list Kilimanjaro as a lifelong dream adventure. This itinerary allows you the time to see all of Kilimanjaro’s main areas. Overall, the Machame route’s impressive views, diverse habitats, affordability, and reputation as a challenging climb make it a preferred choice for many climbers. Embark on this exhilarating journey and experience the beauty and thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route.

Highlights of the Machame Route?

The Machame route, also known as the Whiskey route, is a popular choice for many climbers due to its impressive views and diverse habitats. Approximately 50% of all climbers, including seasoned climbers, opt for the Machame route for their Kilimanjaro expedition.

One of the reasons for its popularity is the stunning scenery that the route offers. As climbers ascend, they are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. The variety of habitats encountered along the way adds to the allure of the Machame route.

In addition to its scenic beauty, the Machame route is often chosen for its affordability. The route is relatively cheaper compared to others due to its easy access and shorter itinerary. This makes it an attractive option for climbers looking for a cost-effective Kilimanjaro experience.

The reputation of the Machame route as a challenging climb is another factor that draws climbers to choose it. Its steep trails and longer distances make it a more demanding route compared to the easier Marangu route, also known as the Coca Cola route. Climbers on the Machame route hike through rugged terrain and sleep in tents, adding to the sense of adventure and accomplishment.

How Long Does it Take to Climb Kilimanjaro Using the Machame Route?
The Machame Route is typically completed in 6 to 7 days, depending on the itinerary chosen and the climber’s preference. The standard duration for the Machame Route is 7 days, allowing for better acclimatization and increasing the chances of a successful summi
How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro Using the Machame Route?

The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro using the Machame Route can vary depending on several factors, including the tour operator, the services included, the group size, and the time of year. However, as a general estimate, the cost for a 7-day Machame Route climb can range from $2,500 to $5,000 per person.

MachameRoute Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1: Moshi / Arusha - Machame Camp / Hut

After breakfast, drive from Moshi or Arusha drive to the Machame route, From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique busy lizzie flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 -6 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp

After breakfast emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4 – 5 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 3: Shira Cave Camp to Baranco Via Lava Tower

After breakfast, start climbing from Shira Cave Camp towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic     rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Karanga Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 – 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent. But having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley.

Day 4: Baranco to Karanga Campsite

After breakfast start your climb up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down. The reason behind why Barranco Wall is nick named breakfast is that, just after taking your breakfast right away you start with a steep climb. You walk for 4 – 5 Hrs up Karanga Camp for hot lunch and some acclimatization, dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 5: Karanga Camp – Barafu Campsite (4600m - 15,200 feet)

After breakfast, you start your climb towards Barafu Campsite 4 – 5 Hrs. We recommend our Clients to do a seven days climb because of having enough time to enable your body to relax and more acclimatization. On your relaxation, you will be having a fantastic view of Mawenzi peak from the camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. Early dinner and early sleep ready for the summit.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Millenium Camp

Just after midnight, we start of a challenging trek (12-15 hours of trekking). At the early hours of the fifth day, you will start for the summit. You will climb for the peak through Builder- strewn ridge and a gap between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers to arrive rim at Stella point about midway between Gilman’s point and Uhuru Peak. You will proceed to Uhuru peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro where you will be given enough time at the top of Africa taking some photographs and admiring the beautiful views, and not forgetting signing a special book kept at the top of the mountain for visitors. The temperature range from just below freezing at midnight at the summit. As dawn nears, we will summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. After breathtaking you will start to descend straight to Barafu for breakfast, then proceed down to Mweka Camp for dinner and where you will spend a night resting and memorizing.

Day 7: Millenium Camp to Mweka Park Gate - Transfers to Moshi / Arusha

From Mweka campsite it is a 4 – 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for night at the Hotel in Moshi for a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. OR Overnight.