7-Day Kilimanjaro Expedition via Machame Route

7-Day Kilimanjaro Expedition via Machame Route- Description

A 7-day hike along the Machame path offers breathtaking scenery and success rates of around 94-95 percent. Machame begins in the rainforest at 1,800 meters and travels through all climate zones. The views from Lava Tower, Barranco Camp, and Karanga Camp on Machame are magnificent. The Aishi Machame Hotel, a magnificent setting where we are happy to welcome you before and after the climb, is just about 20 minutes away from the park’s entrance.

Day by Day Itinerary

Full information about day by day for  7-Day Kilimanjaro Expedition via Machame Route Itinerary

Day 1
From Machame Gate to Machame Camp

On the first day of your adventure, your guide will meet you in the morning and give you a briefing before taking you to Machame Gate, the northern entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park (1,800 m). The group will begin walking up to Machame Camp after getting climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service (3,010 m). The Machame Route’s initial stage of climbing Kilimanjaro includes a trek through the rainforest (where tropical showers are a distinct possibility), so bring extra clothing and raincoats.

Day 2
From Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300 meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.

Day 3
From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (en-route Lava Tower)

Depart Shira Camp after breakfast and head towards Lava Tower ascending from 3,845 to 4,630 m. The rise-and-fall nature of this trek may present some difficulties. However, the 4,600 m altitude at the Lava Tower itself is crucial for proper acclimatization. The lunch break will take place here in order to give you some extra high-altitude time before descending approximately 650 m to Barranco Camp (3,960 m), which is the next overnight stop on this route.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! The next day you will be climbing it, but don’t worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

Day 4
From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

On this day it is best to make an early start to avoid crowding on the way up Barranco Wall. Despite the Wall’s seemingly daunting height and steepness, the actual climb is rather merciful at a mere hour or so. The top provides a great photo opportunity with Kibo Peak as the backdrop.

The next part of the day is rife with ups and downs where your guides will choose the best place for individual climbers.
A lunch break at Karanga Camp shall be followed by an acclimatization climb towards Barafu with its highest point being 4,270 m. The group then drops back to Karanga Camp for the overnight.

Day 5
From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization climb towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp with its highest point being 4,800 m and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

Day 6
Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millenium Camp

Summiting starts around midnight from 4,635 m, ending on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. While the trek itself is fairly simple, rarified mountain air does pose a challenge. Therefore, a guide who will monitor their condition throughout the climb shall accompany every two climbers ensuring safety above all. Upon summiting, you shall have an opportunity to walk on the nearby glacier.

The descent to 3,820 m at Millennium Camp starts after a two-hour rest back at Barafu Camp.

Day 7
From Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

This last camp’s position being far lower at the forest line will afford you a good night’s sleep further enhanced by thoughts of having reached the top. Breakfast will be followed by the return to 1,650 m at the final point in this adventure – Mweka Gate. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and transfer you back to the hotel you chose for your stay in Tanzania.

The following morning, we will transfer you to the airport.

End of Tour

Book / Inquire


Discover Tanzania best places to visit.

Tanzania Destinations

Discover Tanzania’s iconic destinations

Let's talk & discuss with us

Enquire now and a Travel expert will get back to you within 24 hours.