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Machame Route 7 days – Kilimanjaro Trekking

Overview

The Machame Route 6 days trek is a popular choice for climbers seeking a challenging yet rewarding ascent to Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit. Known for its scenic beauty and diverse landscapes, the route begins at the lush Machame Gate, winding through dense rainforests before emerging onto the striking Shira Plateau. Trekkers traverse the dramatic Barranco Wall, navigate through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, and reach the high-altitude Barafu Camp. The final push to Uhuru Peak takes place under the starlit sky, culminating in a breathtaking sunrise at Africa’s highest point. The descent retraces the Mweka Route, providing a different perspective on the varied terrains. This six-day itinerary allows for optimal acclimatization, enhancing the likelihood of a successful and unforgettable summit experience.

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Itinerary

Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
Kilimanjaro International Airport

Welcome to your adventure with Williamson Adventures! Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our friendly representative will be there to greet you. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in Moshi, which is situated at an elevation of 890m/2,920ft.

Once settled in, you’ll meet with your guide for a comprehensive climb briefing. This session will cover the upcoming trek, ensuring you are well-prepared and informed. After the briefing, we’ll conduct an equipment check to make sure you have everything needed for a successful and safe climb. Any missing gear can be rented or purchased at our Store.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Moshi, relax, and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel, where you can rest and acclimate to the local climate.

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m

Departing from Moshi, a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while observing the hustle and bustle as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and winding trails while your guide shares insights about the local flora, fauna, and wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop.

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 147m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau, we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before continuing southeast towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 676m

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction connecting with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days, showcasing the power, agility, and strength of your crew as they navigate this wall with ease. We continue up towards Barafu Camp, completing the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from different angles. An early dinner and rest are essential as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m

We continue up toward Barafu Camp and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained:1233m
Descent to: 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

Excitement builds as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our ascent between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction, we ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here, the remaining one-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak will likely be snowy all the way.

Congratulations! One step at a time, you have now reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations, and perhaps a few tears of joy, we take a few moments to savor this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for the uncooperative loose gravel and volcanic ash terrain. A well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight at Mweka Camp.

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude Lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy, and steep. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long-overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!

Included

Not Included

Payment Terms

Deposit Payment
  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.
  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.
  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.
  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.
Balance Payment
  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.
  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).
  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.
  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure
  • No cancellation fees.
0 to 7 days before departure
  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.
  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

Supplements

  • Solo Supplement = USD 40
    Charged for solo trekkers throughout the year.
  • Off-season supplement = USD 120
    Charged for solo trekkers looking to start a new departure in March, April, May, and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if other trekkers also join your new group.

$ 1817

Starting from $ 1817 per Person Sharing

Private Trek

Solo Trekker
$ 2016 USD*
2 Persons
$ 1916 USD*
4 Persons
$ 1863 USD*
6 Persons
$ 1806 USD*
8 Persons
$ 1771 USD*
10+ Persons
$ 1771 USD*

Available Discounts

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old
    Code: CHILDKILI10 – USD 690 per person
  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania
    Code: EXPATKILI10 – USD 245 per person
  • East African Citizens
    Code: EACKILI10 – USD 880 per person

ADDONS

HOTELS

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our comfortable addon hotels. Perfect for pre and post-climbing accommodation, offering relaxation, modern amenities, and seamless transitions for an unforgettable journey.

GEAR

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our addon gear options. Ensure you’re fully equipped with high-quality trekking gear, including jackets, boots, poles, and more, for a safe and comfortable climb.

TRANSFERS

Make your Kilimanjaro adventure seamless with our addon transfer options. Enjoy hassle-free airport transfers to and from your hotel, ensuring comfort, safety, and convenience at the start and end of your journey
 
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HOTELS

LODGE
SINGLE ROOM
DOUBLE ROOM
TRIPLE ROOM
Lindrin Lodge
$ 55
$ 70
$ 105
Keys Hotel
$ 69
$ 94
$ 122
Park View Inn
$ 81
$ 91
$ 170
Kiliwonders Hotel
$ 140
$ 160

Kili Luxury Camp

$ 140
$ 160

Please note that if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.

If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

GEAR

GEAR
PRICE
Private Toilet
$ 150
Thicker sleeping mattress
$ 10 per Mattress
Thermarest
$ 15

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability

TRANSFERS

ROUTE OPTIONS
PRICE
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way)
$ 50
Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way)
$ 50
Arusha to Moshi (one way)
$ 100
Moshi to Arusha (one way)
$ 100

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability