8 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route

 8 days kilimanjaro machame route

MT KILIMANJARO – The Roof Top of Africa

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. No climbing experience is required as any physically fit person can climb it. The hiking of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be done in any month with exception of the months of April and May when long rains are usually experienced. From experience, the best months to hike are from January to March and August to October.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can be done through the Machame or Marangu routes. The Machame route is longer than the Marangu route and also offers some stunning views.


Detailed Trip Itinerary:


DAY 1:  Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and greet with a Trek East Africa representative before transferring to a hotel in Moshi. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2:  Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m) 

Early breakfast, then transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame. Start the trek through lush forest to Machame hut. Dinner and overnight stay at the Camp.

Hiking time: 7 hours – Distance: About 18 km’s – Habitat: Montane forest 

DAY 3:  Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m) 

Continue with the hike past a steep ridge through open moorlands crossing a large gorge to reach Shira hut. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Hiking time: 6 hours – Distance: About 9 km’s – Habitat: Moorland 

DAY 4:  Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Take the eastward route and continue with the ascension through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco hut. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Hiking time: 7 hours – Distance: About 15 km’s – Habitat: Semi desert 

DAY 5: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Barafu Camp (4550m)

Steep trek past the Barranco valley and cross the Karanga valley, then turn north to reach Barafu Hut.  Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Hiking time: 7 hours – Distance: About 13 km’s – Habitat: Alpine desert 

DAY 6: Barafu Camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m) 


Early start will enable you reach in time at the crater ream. Continue to Uhuru peak that is on record to be the highest point in Africa. Later descend to Gilman’s point and further down to Horombo hut.  Dinner and overnight stay at the camp

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak – 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka – Distance: About 7 km’s ascent – 23 km’s descent – Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit 

DAY 7: 

Continue descending down past Mandara hut to the gate where you will be transferred to your hotel in Moshi for a warm shower. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 8:

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport from where you will catch up with your out/ home bound flight (Alternatively, you could take on a safari which is optional).

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