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Scenic Machame Climb
View of Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, Tanzania
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Scenic Machame Climb


  • Earn your summit certificate for Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest summit in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world
  • Ascend the mountain via the most picturesque route, Machame
  • Traverse five beautiful climate zones, including montane rainforest, moorlands, and alpine desert
  • Walk high and sleep low, so you can properly acclimate to Kilimanjaro's heights and increase your chances of successfully reaching the summit
  • Climb to the sky-high Uhuru Peak (19,350 feet/5,895 metres), the highest peak of Kilimanjaro 
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Day-by-Day Programme

Tackle Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, via the most scenic route: Machame. You'll walk high and sleep low to acclimate throughout this challenging trek through five distinct and picturesque climate zones.




Day 1: Arusha - Moshi

Fly in to Arusha and exit just as quickly, on a scenic drive to Moshi. This small village sits in the shadow of cloud-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world – and your personal challenge over the seven days. 


Dinner and overnight at Sal Salinero Hotel (or similar).



Day 2: Machame

Seven paths ascend the stratovolcano's challenging slopes, and we've chosen the most scenic: Machame. Enter via the Machame Gate (5,718 feet/1,743 metres), anchor your climbing poles and begin the trek up Kilimanjaro. Velveteen greens and lush foliage of montane rainforest point the way up steep sections and muddy trail. After the five- to six-hour climb, we emerge suddenly from our dense surroundings, trading the rainforest for thick bushlands – Machame camp (9,927 feet/3,026 metres) and our stop for the evening.


Dinner and overnight in mountain tents at Machame.   



Day 3: Machame - Shira

Mist swirls over the sleepy valley, where light from the newly risen sun sprinkles the colourful landscape. White-necked ravens caw from the trees above. We trek through the dense bush into verdant moorlands, known for their abundant flora and views of the imposing Mt Meru in the distance. (You won't find a better photo op!) The route is tough in certain sections and the rock ridges steep, but this mountain's greatest challenge is time – not making fast time, but giving ourselves sufficient time to acclimate. Our picturesque climb takes about six hours to reach Shira Hut (12,355 feet/3,766 metres).


Dinner and overnight camping in mountain tents at Shira.  



Day 4: Shira - Barranco

Today's we follow the trekker's mantra of "climb high, sleep low," ascending to the sky-high Lava Tower at 15,200 feet (4,630 metres) before descending to camp at 13,066 feet (3,983 metres). After breakfast, we hike out into dewy moorlands that quickly fade to alpine desert, where clouds touch the ground and brown earth stretches for eternity, dotted only by boulders and rocky plateaus. The reward for five hours of challenging climbing: Lava Tower, a spectacular rock formation that marks our lunch site – and the beginning of our two-hour descent into the Barranco Valley. We'll camp in the "Garden of the Senecios," a scenic section named for these massive flowering plants. 


Dinner and overnight camping in mountain tents at Barranco.



Day 5: Barranco - Barafu

Your breath heaves as you scramble up Barranco Wall; both the altitude and the effort of this climb are challenging. Up and down, up and down: we cross streams and rivulets of changing elevations, always in the shadow of the striking glacier above. (Grab your camera!) A quick stop at Karanga River – the last spot to fill our water – and we transition to the Barufu section, named in Swahili for its icy surroundings and high winds. Get some rest at Barafu camp (15,239 feet/4,645 metres), as we'll attempt Kilimanjaro's summit later tonight!


Dinner and half-night camping in mountain tents at Barafu.  



Day 6: Barafu - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Hut

It may be just short of midnight, but a light breakfast is in order to prepare us for the climb to come. We break camp at 2330 (11:30 p.m.) and don headlamps to trek through the moonlit crater rim, where loose rocks are as numerous as the infinite stars glowing above. The six-hour ascent delivers us to Stella Point (18,652 feet/5,685 metres), where dawn rises over the crater, a stunning homage to the miracle of nature. After a short rest, we begin our final ascent to the snow-capped Uhuru Peak (19,350 feet/5,895 metres) – the summit of Kilimanjaro. 


During your short break at Uhuru, rest, enjoy the view, and revel in your accomplishment: you have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa! Finally, a picturesque, six-hour descent takes us back down through alpine desert and the moorlands to Mweka Hut (10,204 feet/3,110 metres). 


Dinner and Overnight at Mweka Camp.  



Day 7: Mweka Hut - Mweka Gate

Troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys hoot and holler from the surrounding trees, as if encouraging you to respond. And when we reach Mweka Gate, you most likely will want to hoot or holler – with joy for your accomplishment. If you reached Stella Point, you'll be issued a green summit certificate; and if you climbed all the way to Uhuru Peak, you'll receive a gold certificate. A final one-hour hike winds to the village of Mweka, where you'll dig into a much-deserved hot lunch, indulge in hot shower, and gobble down a hearty dinner. You made it, congratulations!


Dinner and overnight at Sal Salinero Hotel (or similar).



Day 8: Moshi - Arusha

After breakfast, drive back to Arusha for your flight home.


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  • Transfers with pick up and drop off in Arusha or Airport
  • Park entrance & rescues fees
  • Accommodation on tent/room sharing
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tents, dining or mess tents, camping table and chairs (on camping routes only)
  • Services of a cook to prepare meals during the climb
  • Service of a mountain guide (English speaking) and porters
  • 2 Nights in Moshi before climb and after climb at either Park view Inn or Sal Salinero Hotel on dinner and breakfast
  • Government taxes


  • Extras at the hotel i.e. drinks where not stated, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International or local flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Airport Departure tax if applicable
  • Tips to guides, porters and drivers
  • Travel insurance/luggage insurance
  • Climbing equipment, mountain gear, sleeping bags
  • Additional room supplement for those using single tent/room
  • Items of a personal nature


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