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The Highest Mountain in Africa is Kilimanjaro

The Advantage of Climbing Seven Days Machame Route One benefit of the Machame route is its quick rise to relatively high elevations (~10,000 ft/~3,040 meters), and a short ascent to the Lava Tower site (~15,000 ft/~4,560 m) before descending back to Barranco Camp (12,700 ft/3,870 m) on the same day. This follows the climber's adage 'climb high, sleep low', and helps altitude acclimation. The initial steep ascent also helps climbers acclimatize better.

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $1585 - $1955
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Kilimanjaro
Activity level Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Romantic
  • Camping
  • Birding
Day One : Machame gate (start of trek) (5718 ft/1730 m) Day Two : Machame camp (9927 ft/ 3018 m) Day Three : Shira Camp (12355 ft/3756 m) Day Four :Karanga Valley (optional camp, used by 7-day climbers) Day Five : Barafu Camp (high camp before summit) (15239 ft/4633 m) Day Six : Mweka Gate (end of trek) (5423 ft/1649 m) Day Seven :Mweka (Descent) (10204 ft/ 3102 m)


Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

At 8:30am, leave at the Hotel in Moshi Town to Machame Gate, where you will meet the porters, guide, and cook that will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive to Machame Gate takes about 1hours. Once you arrive, wait at the gate while I will registers your climb and the porters and guide make final preparations before you start.

Your first day's destination is Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp and to prepare the tea and pepcon in time for your arrival before you get dinner. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.


 Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today's trek includes several uphill sections. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above.

As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjaro and Lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.


Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.

After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a tour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

Barranco Camp, set among stands of Senecio kilimanjaro, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.


Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.


Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.



Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the Walking poles and light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.

The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.


 Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your Black and white colabus monkeys and other primates during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our Vehicle will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi Town.Also it will be your time to get the hot shower and to get time for relaxation before the next destination. 

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