Kilimanjaro Hike - Machame Route
Kilimanjaro is the worlds highest free standing mountain, the highest mountain in Africa and
one of the famous 7 summits! Climbing Kilimanjaro is a truly special experience. At the park gate you enter into pristine rainforest and during the trek pass through shrub, desert and alpine environments! Over a 7 day route we gradually gain altitude and acclimatise to our new surroundings all the time with incredible views across the African plains. With the best support from AdAstra and our local team, excellent logistics and plenty of singing and dancing along the way, Kilimanjaro is an experience you’ll never forget!
Our preferred route on Kilimanjaro is the Machame route, which is over 7 days. It may not be the quietest, but will provide the best experience and acclimatisation profile.
The Machame route has the best altitude ascent profile of all the routes on the mountains giving you the best chance to acclimatise. It is one of only two routes that 'climbs high and sleeps low' during the trek to high camp - the proven best way to acclimatise. The Machame route has an incredibly beautiful approach and is only open to teams camping on the mountain. Passing the Lava Tower and legendary Baranco Wall you’ll be rewarded with some of the most incredible sunsets and sunrises you’ll ever see. On this route you will descend Kilimanjaro by the Meweka route.
Day by dAY
Machame Camp (3030m) – Shira 2 Camp (3832m)
The next morning we leave the rainforest behind and trek across heath and moorland onto the Shira Plateau to Shira Camp 2 (3850m), where we spend our second night camping on the
Trekking time 4-5 hours | Distance: 6km | Campsite altitude gain: 802m
Arrival in Tanzania, transfer & briefing
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport you will be transferred to our hotel in Moshi to freshen up after your flight. After a comprehensive briefing about the trip from your Expedition Leader. We will be served dinner in the hotel where you can get to know the other members of your group and relax in the beautiful grounds of our hotel.
Today you will have the chance to change money, meet our local guides and ensure that you have everything you need for the trek. We will also have the opportunity to explore the local town of Moshi and rest before the trek begins the following day.
Machame Gate (1811m) – Machame Camp (3030m)
After breakfast the we are transferred to Machame Gate (1800m), our entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. From here we trek through mountain forest (keep your eyes peeled for monkeys and an array of beautiful birds) to Machame Camp (3000m) and our first overnight stay on the mountain at Machame Camp.
Trekking time 5-6 hours | Distance: 11km | Campsite altitude gain: 1219m.
Shira 2 Camp (3832m) – Barranco Camp (3995m)
The landscape begins to get far more rugged today as we continue through rolling semi-desert valleys passing the impressive Lava Tower, a volcanic plug that towers over the trail at
Trekking time 7-8 hours | Distance: 11km | Campsite altitude gain: 163m.
Barranco Camp (3995m) – Karanga Camp (4032m)
Today is the perfect opportunity for you to continue acclimatising, with a relatively easy trek and very little height gain. After a morning walking along the Kibo South Circuit, we enter the Karanga Valley and to our riverside campsite. There may be the opportunity for a further acclimatisation trek in the afternoon if you’re feeling up to it.
Trekking time 4-5 hours | Distance: 6km | Campsite altitude gain: 37m.
Karangu Camp (4032m) – Kosovo High Camp (4871m)
A climb over rocky slabs leads to Kosovo High Campsite (5800m) where we get an early night for our summit attempt the following day. If the conditions allow, we may get views of the spectacular Heim, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers above.
Tonight will be cold, so after some food and hot drinks, we retire to our tents
early to get as much sleep as possible before the long day ahead. Your leader will deliver a detailed summit brief with top tips and handy hints. It is essential to have your daypack and water ready before bed.
Trekking time 4-5 hours | Distance: 6km | Campsite altitude gain: 839m.
Kosovo High Camp (4871m) – Uhuru Peak (5864m)
– Millennium Camp (3806m)
Summit day has arrived! We begin with a very early start for our fifinal push, passing the Rebmann Glacier then on to Stella Point as the sun rises over this dramatic landscape. A short while after this, we reach Uhuru Peak – the highest point of Kilimanjaro and of the African continent. What an achievement – you’ve made it to the summit! Providing it is clear, the summit offers magnifificent views of the sun rising over the secondary cone of Mawenzi (5149m) and west over the vast plains to Mount Meru (4566m). After a brief photo stop and a rest, we begin a descent back down the way we came up to Barafu Campsite for lunch then onto Millennium Camp where we camp for the final time.
Trekking time 10-11 hours | Distance: 19km | Ascent: 993m | Descent: 2058m.
Millennium Camp (3806m) – Machame Gate (1637m)
During our last day trekking, we descend from Millennium Camp all the way down to Machame Gate where we’ll say our goodbyes to some of our local team before being transferredback to our hotel for showers and a celebratory meal.
Trekking time 4-5 hours | Distance: 12km | Descent: 2169m.
Transfer to airport & trip ends
Today we say our goodbyes and you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. Why not continue your trip and join us for a safari or on the beach.
On the trek we will be staying in tents at different camps along the way. Our fabulous team will arrive before us, set up camp ready for your arrival. You will be sharing a 3 man tent between 2 people.
There will also be our mess tent where we can enjoy meals together. Cooked by our own chef.
You will also enjoy the luxury of our own portable camping toilet!
In Moshi we will be staying in Weru Weru lodge. It is the perfect place to relax pre and post trek. You will have shared rooms and time to relax poolside or by the bar in the outdoor lounge area.
From our base here we will be able to do our pre trek meeting, check kit and get any forgotten items in the town of Moshi!
Hiking one of the seven summits
Dancing on the mountain like the locals!
The best sunsets and sunrises in the world!
Experienced Guide with First Aid qualification.
Local Guides, Assistant Guides and Porters
Dedicated Cook and Assistant Cook.
All park entry permits, camping fees and rescue cover to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Three nights’ accommodation in Moshi (2 nights before, 1 after)
All meals in-country*.
In-country airport transfers.
Transfers to and from the National Park gates.
Emergency Equipment – Comprehensive First Aid, Medicine, Oxygen and Radios.
Camping equipment hire (4-season tent, camping mat).
Private toilet tents on the mountain.
Clean Katadyn Filtered Water.
* Except 1 lunch on build-up day
In a nutshell it includes almost everything from the minute you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport until the time we drop you back – no hidden extras!
International Flights (to Kilimanjaro International
Visas (US $50)
Tips (US $200) these are compulsory.
Personal Spending Money ($100).
Drinks (from the bar).
Lunch on preperation day.
Pre-trip Inoculations/Malaria Prophylaxis. »