The 7-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania is perhaps the most popular Kili climbing route because it provides excellent views.
This budget tour includes camping and lodges.
This 7-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
Not for solo travelers
Solo travelers cannot book this private tour.
Minimum age of 17 years
The minimum age for this tour is 17 years.
Activities & Transportation
Getting around: pop-up roof minivan & normal 4×4 vehicle
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Itinerary for 7-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania
Arrival in Arusha
One of representative will meet you at airport and escort you to your accommodation.
At a specified time, your guide will gather you for the pre- climbing briefing that includes sharing all the necessary details and check all of your personal mountain gears. Going through the gears is very important as we have to make sure you are set for the trek and if you are missing something, your guide will organize it with the renting shops.
Arusha to Machame Camp
Your first day begins with an early morning briefing, followed by breakfast and later drive to the Machame Village (1,490m/4,890ft) from Arusha or Moshi. After registering at the park authority, you will have a hot lunch then your ascent begins by entering the rain forest first. Heavy rains often transform the trail on this side of the mountain into the mud, so good footgear, gaiters, and trekking poles are extremely helpful; arrive at Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Porters will have erected your tent in advance of your arrival.
Trekking from Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Machame Gate (1,500m/4,921ft) to Machame Camp (2,835m/9,301ft)
Hiking distance: 11km
Hiking time: 5–7hrs.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, you will climb for an hour to the top of the forest and then begin 2 hours of walking through gentle moorland. You continue up the rocky ridge to the Shira Plateau. At Shira Plateau, you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. After a short hike west, you arrive at the Shira Cave campsite.
You will have a hot lunch at the camp followed by a leisure afternoon. In the evening, you will visit the Shira cave for a short history of the cave and the surroundings. Later in the evening, you will be served a hot dinner before going to bed. The night at this exposed camp will be colder and temperatures will drop below freezing.
Machame Camp (2835m / 9301ft) to Shira Cave (2750m/11,303ft)
Hiking distance: 11km
Hiking Time: 6 - 8hrs.
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Your hike begins by climbing eastward up; a path becomes steep above the highest vegetation towards Kilimanjaro. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to Lava Tower (4,600m/15,190ft). This remnant of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic past is several hundred feet high. The trail passes right below it. After lunch at Lava Tower, you will descend for 2 hours below the lower cliff of the Western Breach, to the Breach Wall to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft).
Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls. This provides a scenic sunset while waiting for dinner. On this day, you may experience signs of altitude sickness.
Shira Cave (3,750m/12,795ft) to Barranco Camp (3,900m/12,795ft) via Lava Tower (4,600m/15,091ft)
Hiking Distance: 10km
Hiking Time: 6-8hrs.
Barranco wall to Barafu Camp
This is a great mountain day. You descend into the start of the Great Barranco and then exit steeply up onto the southern slopes of Kibo. You pass beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head up to the Karanga Valley, the last place where you can find water below the summit. You will pass Karanga campsite and the junction of the Mweka Trail before a final push across some scree to the Barafu campsite. From here you can see both the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.
Baranco Camp (3,900m/12,960ft) to Barafu Camp (4,667m/15,311ft)
Hiking Distance: 13km
Hiking Time 7- 8hrs.
At 11:30 PM, you will wake up to steaming tea and biscuits. Your 6-hour climb northwest through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685m/18,650ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an outstanding sunrise. You cannot stop for long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to fatigue and cold.
On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment, knowing you are creating a day you will remember for the rest of your life. After a 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gears, and hike down a rock and scree path to the moorland below and enter the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft).
Barafu Camp (4,667m/14,930ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) down to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Hiking Distance: 15.5km
Hiking Time: 8hrs up and 7-8hrs down.
Mweka Camp to Arusha
After breakfast, you will take a short scenic 3-hour hike back to the park gate.
At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.
From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to Mweka Village for Hot Lunch with your Mountain Crew and a small celebration got completing the 7-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania before your drive to your hotel for warm shower and leisure.
Mweka camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft)
Hiking Distance: 12km
Hiking Time: 3hrs
Habitat: Montane forest.