Mount kilimanjaro climbing through Machame route


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  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:7 Day(s)
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  • Travel StyleBudget
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Machame Camp
    • Shira Camp One
    • Barranco Camp
    • Karanga Camp
    • Barafu Camp
    • Uhuru Peak
    • Millenium Camp
    • Mweka gate
  • Pickup

    Kilimanjaro international airport

    From: To:
    12:40 AM 12:40 PM
  • Drop-off

    Kilimanjaro international airport

    From: To:
    12:40 AM 12:40 PM
  • Age Range 10 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Tour Introduction

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. 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 acclimatize. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatization. There are however two drawbacks on this route:  


After breakfast transport to the Machame gate. From the gate of the recently repaired path leads through the last foothills of the fertile cultivated land. Shortly afterwards, the path rises and leads through the dense, deep green and still moist mountain rain forest up to the Machame Camp.

Through Busch forests and moorland leads past the way of powerful Lava bridges. A little later the first Seneca’s and lobelia can be seen. Around noon, where this section is mostly shrouded in dense fog.

The ascent through the dark, almost vegetation-free gravel desert of lava rock. With a bit of luck here the Kili shows for the first time up close! The path leads up to just below the Lava Tower (up to about 4450 m) and then down into the Barranco Valley. This area with its alpine vegetation is one of the highlights along the Machame Route.

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

The path leads to a mostly wet, slippery path through the dense cloud forest steeply downhill to Mweka Gate. Transport back to your hotel or lodge.


Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
moshi kilimanjaro 2 Hotel Q-wine Hotel 4 Star Private
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Halal
  • Jain
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Jeep & 4WD
Extra Services
Other Included
    • Arrival and departure transfers from, to “JRO”
    • Accommodation in the mountain and hotel 2 nights Meals
    • All parks fees, mountain rescue fee, government taxes
    • Services for crew team and salary
    • Highest quality tent
    • Transport to and from mountain
    • Emergency oxygen cylinder
    • Mattress


  • Flights

Other Excluded:

  • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers etc.
  • Tips for the crew
  • Medical equipment as hyperbolic chamber
  • Portable toilets: available for renting 110 USD/trip
  • Note Over weight, extra luggage will require an extra porter, at a rate of 11 USD per bag per day
    Massage we may arrange for 40 USD per person

Covid Safety

we follow all procedure of Covid 19


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Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 30 day(s) prior departure


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