Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Machame
Machame Route – 7 day expedition
This route is a fantastic opportunity to combine mountain skills and experience. It maximises the time and options available for climbing and allows for a more leisurely pace. Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and rock formations are resplendent with icefalls, chasms, snowfields and excellent climbing terrain.
Trek to the summit of Africa’s famous Kilimanjaro, via the most popular route on the mountain. You will climb the peak over a longer period than most parties, with a total of seven days spent making a rising traverse of the mountain ensuring plenty of time to acclimatise and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The views of the western and southern aspects of Kilimanjaro are superior to those on the northern routes. The trek is suitable for fit walkers, without previous trekking or mountaineering experience.
Tanzania – Kilimanjaro Machame
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport & transfer to Keys Hotel
After landing in Tanzania and being transferred to the hotel, we will have a chance to get used to our new surroundings. After some food and freshen up, a full briefing and welcome will be given.
Machame Gate to Machame Hut 3,000m - 6-7 hours walking
After breakfast, we drive from the hotel to Machame Gate, where you begin the trek (1830m). We will walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, slowly gaining altitude whilst enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rainforest, before arriving at the first Machame Hut, situated 3,000m above sea level.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board) 3,840m - 4-6 hours walking
Enjoy breakfast before a shorter day of climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.
Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board) 3,900m - 5-7 hours walking
Today we walk on a gentle ascent alongside panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach. After a hot lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900m).
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board) 4,000m - 4-5 hours walking
A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. The trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 4,600m / 3-4 hours walking
After breakfast, a steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board) Camp: 3,100m - 13-15 hours walking
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are feeling strong can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895m), which is the highest point in Africa. Appreciate your accomplishment before we descend to Barafu. We stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshments before descending to Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (Full Board)
After breakfast, it is a short scenic 3-4 hours hike back to Mweka Gate. All successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Drive back to the hotel for a well-deserved hot shower, dinner and comfortable bed.
Transfer back to the airport for departure.