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Kilimanjaro Climb 7 Days Machame Route
The Machame is a wilderness route which combines spectacular views and scenery, good acclimatization and which is quieter than the Marangu (tourist) route. For all these reasons it is perhaps the best of the standard routes on the mountain, and the one recommended for those wanting an uncomplicated but rewarding trek on Kili.
Book early to secure your place on the most popular route on Kilimanjaro! Our Machame Route 7 Days package is perfect for both seasoned adventurers and first-time high altitude climbers. It offers excellent acclimatisation, making for a high success rate.
- A guided tour of important places
- All meals while on the mountain
- All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
- Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
- Community Development Fund
- Fair Wages
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Increases in airfares or Government imposed taxes
- Kilimanjaro Certificates after Trek
- Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Other International flights
- Professionally guided tour
- Quality mess tents with table and chairs
- Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
- Laundry Services
- Other International flights
- Personal expenses
- Tips to Mountain Crew
- Visa arrangements
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Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m) Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers Habitat: Montane forest
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue driving 3 kilometers or walk to the Machame Gate (1490m).
At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Machame Camp (2980) in the late afternoon or early evening.
The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m) Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers Habitat: Moorland
After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m) Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers Habitat: Semi-desert
Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m) Hiking time: 4-5 hours Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers Habitat: Alpine desert
After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimati