7-Days Machame Route
Machame is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
It is done over 7 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millenium camp the final night on the mountain.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport pick up at transfer at Hotel.
Gate – Machame Camp (3000m); 18 km; 6-7 hours walk.
Trek to Machame Camp, through the dense mountain
forest along a ridge, rising steadily with a small
opening in the trees known as Halfway Clearing, a good
place for a rest. The gradient relents as the forest
merges into giant heather, and the path leads more
easy to Machame Camp. Cloud permitting, the
summit of Kibo is visible beyond the foothills.
Machame Camp – Shira Camp (3840m); 9 km; 4-5 hours
From Machame Camp, follow the clear path up the steep
rocky ridge, crossing and re-crossing the crest a few
times. You’ll rest at Picnic Rock, where you can view
the Shira Plateau. You pass through clumps of grass
and across patches of sand and ash. Then you reach
Shira Cave. Beyond the cave the path climbs over a
small ridge, then drops across a stream before another
small rise up to Shira Camp.
Shira Camp – Barranco Camp (3950m); 11 km; 5-6 hours
From Shira Camp, the path is clear as it climbs
gradually in an easterly direction towards the main
peak of Kibo. The northern path passes Moyr Hut, the
start of the northern circuit path dropping sleeply
down the side of the ridge to reach Barranco Camp.
Barranco Camp – Barafu Hut (4600m); 11 km; 4-6 hours
Leave Barranco Camp and walk down up to the junction where you ascend up to the Barafu Hut for camping.
If you took one extra acclimatization day, your walk
today will start from Karanga Valley (4 km; 2-3
Barafu Hut – Uhuru Peak (5896m); 5 km; 6-7 hours walk.Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (3100m); 16 km; 6-7 hours walk. The trek involves between 10-15 hrs of walking, which is made even more strenous by the effects of altitude and extreme cold.
You start this day walking very early in the morning to see the sunrise at the crater rim and try to avoid the mist. Sunrise is at about 6.00 am and it takes 5-6 hours to get from Barafu Hut to the rim of Stella
Point (5700m) plus another 1.5 hrs to Uhuru Peak. The route from Barafu Hut joins the route from Gillman’s Point, continue westward round the Kibo rim to reach Uhuru Peak.
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (1500m); 11 km; 3-4 hours walk. Descend steeply through forest on a narrow path along the crest on a broad ridge between two river valleys down to Mweka gate.
All park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, guide and porters, accommodation 2 night.
Sleeping bag, tips for your guide and porters and other personal things of nature.