8 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Route

If you love a challenge why not take on the ascent to "The Roof of Africa". Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level Mount Kilimanjaro this is the tallest mountain in Africa and completing the climb is an emotional but exhilarating achievement. You do not have to be physically super fit or have previous climbing experience as this is actually one almighty hike, it is however recommended you have a good level of general fitness and training in the lead up to your trip is compulsory. Recruit some friends, do your research, purchase the equipment and be prepared for an experience like no other, returning with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Duration
8 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
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Trip highlights

  • A once in a lifetime achievement
  • Book a beach stay after your climb for a well earned rest
  • Training for the climb is compulsory
  • Comfortable hiking boots which are well worn in

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, check in is from 14.00 hours. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay including a swimming pool and internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with the climb representatives who will share various information for you upcoming climb and ensure you are ready to embark on your adventure the following morning. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Aishi Machame Hotel or similar

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, your group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passages through the rain forest (where tropical showers are highly likely), we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats today. 

Change in Elevation: Machame Gate (1,800 m) — Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours

Suggested Accommodation

  • Machame Camp

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rain forest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult today, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatisation hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300-metre gain in altitude. Make your way back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner. 

Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp:
Change in Elevation: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1–2 hours

Suggested Accommodation

  • Shira Camp

After breakfast you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be served. Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m), here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Tomorrow you will be climbing it, but don't worry......it features a very simple hiking trail.

Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 6–8 hours

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Barranco Camp

Wake up early for breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you will start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry, our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for your group. After reaching the camp you will be offered a well earned warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete the ascend to Barafu Camp (4,640 m) where you will be served a hot dinner. It is highly recommended you spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before your night summit.

Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 8–10 hours

Suggested Accommodation

  • Barafu Camp

Your so close to the top!!!
Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental condition. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

Warning:
Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
Hiking distance: 15 km
Hiking time: 8–12 hours

Suggested Accommodation

  • Millennium Camp

The camp is situated in a tropical rain forest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to your hotel for the night. 

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Hiking distance: 12 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Suggested Accommodation

  • Aishi Machame Hotel or similar

This morning, breakfast is at leisure before you check out by 11.00 hours and transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward travel arrangements, We highly recommend flying to Zanzibar for a few nights rest and relaxation, if you prefer extra nights at Aishi Machame Hotel can be booked or embark on a safari.  

Included

  • Hotel accommodation pre and post climb x 2 nights total
  • Professional mountain crew including a porter per person
  • Arrival and departure transfers for Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • 3 square meals daily during the climb
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits and rescue fees
  • Camping/hut fees
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads
  • Modern The North Face VE-25 tents
  • Oxygen systems, pulse oximeters and first aid kits
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fee's
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Personal gear rentals if required
  • Tips for the mountain crew (250–300 USD per person)
  • Mountaineering insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Portable toilet and shower