Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Acclimatization route (7 day/6 night climb+3 nights lodge)

Machame Extra Acclimatization. Midnight Summit Ascent. Our favorite route for shorter climbs. Very scenic and popular. 7 Days / 6 Nights from $2,530 USD

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$2530 - $2530
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
10 days
Best months:
January - March, June - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
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The Machame or “Whiskey” route is a popular option on Mount Kilimanjaro. This route offers the good scenic variety of five vegetation zones, the Shira Plateau, to the great Barranco Valley well known for its ancient Giant-Groundsel (Senecio) trees. You will take in the extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles including views of the magnificent southern Ice fields and Mawenzi Peak. When trekking Machame route, we strongly recommend this 7 day option which offers much better acclimatization - and therefore better summit success rates - than Machame 6 day option.


Day 1: Machame Hut Camp
A short drive brings us to the Machame trailhead (~5,700’). After the climbers and crew have checked in with the park rangers, we will hike up through the montane forests, winding up the mossy jungle, making our way to Machame Hut camp.
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~9,900'

Day 2: Shira Plateau
After breakfast, our hike continues through the forest. We will take our time, soaking in the scenery as we make our way through the moorlands. We will be treated to spectacular views of Kibo peak. 
Hiking: 6-7 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~12,500'

Day 3: Barranco Camp
Today is a long day but lots of acclimatization as you climb high, sleep low. We will take an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower (~15,000’) for lunch, before descending to the Barranco valley. For those who have energy, and if time and weather permit, there’s the possibility to scramble up the Lava Tower itself. The scenery is amazing today, passing through different zones of the mountain. 
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~13,500'

Day 4: Karanga Camp
Today you’ll continue to acclimatize and let your body adjust to these higher altitudes, in preparation for your upcoming summit push. Climb the steep Barranco Wall and then go up and down several ridges and valleys before arriving at Karanga camp. There will likely be time for an acclimatization hike in the afternoon.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~13,500'

Day 5: Barafu Camp
Today you’ll continue your circuit and arrive at your final camp before the summit (Barafu camp). Some ups and downs along ridges and valleys along the way. You’ll have an early supper, sleep for a few hours, and then arise at about 11:00 PM to start tomorrow’s summit ascent.
Hiking: 3-4 hours 
Overnight Altitude:  ~15,100'

Day 6: Summit and Mweka Camp
Start hiking at around midnight, using your headlamps to lead the way slowly up to Stella Point and then the summit. Due to the altitude, you will hike slowly, and will need to dress warmly for the cold. After celebrating with photos at the summit, descend down to Mweka camp. 
Hiking: 6-7 hours ascent to the summit, then 6-9 hours of descent
Summit:  ~19,341'
Overnight Altitude:  ~10,500'

Day 7: Mweka Park Gate (~5,000’) to Arusha
We make the final descent through the rain forest to Mweka Gate. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Drive back to Arusha for a hot shower and a celebratory dinner. 
Hiking: 3-5 hours


Group climb prices are in US Dollars, per person, based on twin or double occupancy. Our prices include ground transportation to and from the trailhead, guides, porters, park fees and taxes (these are subject to government increase after booking), 2 nights lodging before the climb and one night after the climb (usually at Planet Lodge, but other options are possible too), all meals during the climb and some meals while staying at hotels/lodges, portable camping toilet in a privacy tent, safety/emergency gear including Gamow bag (hyperbaric chamber), oxygen (brought for emergencies not routine use), pulse oximeter, group first aid kit. Airport transfers (Kilimanjaro or Arusha town airports, or hotels/bus station in Arusha) are included but only if you arrive and depart on the assigned group dates. For arrivals and departures on other dates we charge airport transfer fees extra.

Single Supplement
If you are traveling solo, we charge a single supplement of $500 US Dollars. This is waived if you don’t mind sharing a room and tent with someone of the same gender from the group, and if you choose a climb group that has other travelers. 

What's Not Included
Our prices exclude flights, tips/gratuities, bottled water/beverages at lodges, and travel visas.  

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Planet Lodge
  • Mount Meru Game Lodge
  • Arumeru River Lodge

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