7 Days Machame Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
- Duration 7 days
- No Of People From 1 person
7 Days Machame Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
The Machame route is also known as the “Wiskey route” and most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. Because of the longer hiking hours and the steeper trails compare with the Marangu route.
Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by support crews. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise.
The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route:
The Machame Route is favored by many trekkers for its beautiful scenery and the opportunity for gradual acclimatization, which can improve the chances of reaching the summit. While it's more challenging than the Marangu Route, it's a fantastic choice for those seeking a more adventurous and scenic journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.
Duration: The standard duration for the Machame Route is 6-7 days, although variations of 7-8 days are also common. The additional days are often used for acclimatization.
Difficulty: It's considered a challenging route due to its steep and rugged terrain. However, it provides trekkers with more time for acclimatization, increasing their chances of reaching the summit.
Scenery: The Machame Route is known for its stunning and varied landscapes, from lush rainforests to alpine deserts and glacial terrain.
The Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic trekking routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Here are the highlights of Machame Route
- Machame Gate: The trek begins at the Machame Gate, located at an altitude of approximately 1,800 meters. Trekkers need to register and go through park formalities before setting out on their journey.
- Rainforest Zone: The route starts in the lush rainforest, where you'll pass through dense vegetation and have opportunities to spot wildlife and various bird species.
- Shira Plateau: The Machame Route takes trekkers through the Shira Plateau (3,840 meters) on the way to the summit. It offers unique panoramic views of the mountain.
- Lava Tower: On day three, trekkers reach Lava Tower (4,630 meters), an iconic lava formation that provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape.
- Barranco Wall: One of the highlights and challenges of the Machame Route is the Barranco Wall, a steep ascent that requires some scrambling. The reward is spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment.
- Karanga Valley: Trekkers descend into the Karanga Valley and then ascend to the Karanga Camp (3,995 meters), which is an essential acclimatization point.
- Barafu Camp: The final campsite before the summit attempt is Barafu Camp (4,673 meters), from where trekkers start their midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak.
- Uhuru Peak: The climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) is challenging due to altitude and cold temperatures, but reaching the summit is an incredible achievement. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.
- Mweka Route Descent: After reaching the summit, the descent typically follows the Mweka Route, taking trekkers back through the rainforest zone to Mweka Gate, where the trek ends.
This budget tour includes camping and hotels
This tour 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 changes to this tour
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
Minimum age of 7 years
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years.
Activities And Transportation
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Getting around: hiking/walking
You will be greeted by a Regal Trails Adventures representative when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to the Luxury Lodge in Moshi B&B for the night. Your head guide will meet you for a briefing, to check your equipment, and to make arrangements for you to rent any additional equipment.
DAY 1: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP: 10.75K /7MI | 5-6 HRS | RAINFOREST
Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.
We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m
DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP: 5.3KM/3MI | 4-5HRS | MOORLAND
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge.
The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop.
Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m
DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.75KM/6MI | 5-6HRS | SEMI-DESERT
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization.
From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.
Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 147m
DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2KM/3MI | 3-4HRS | ALPINE DESERT
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail.
This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.
Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m
DAY 5: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3KM /2 MI | 3-4HRS | ALPINE DESERT
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit,
which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.
Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m
DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86KM /3MI UP | 5-7HRS | – MWEKA CAMP: 11.5KM /7.2MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Elevation: 34662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m
DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1KM/6MI |3-4HRS | RAINFOREST
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye.
We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.
From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m
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