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Find Summit Success Hiking This 7 Day Machame Route Itinerary

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7 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare 7-day Machame tours & realize an 85% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this 7 day Machame route itinerary. This especially applies if you’re under 30 years of age and have no experience hiking at high altitudes.



This 7 Day Machame Route Itinerary is relatively straightforward and is brazenly reflected in the route’s popularity. Though there’s very little criticism regarding this route, there’s one simple drawback: the trail welcomes a high number of trekkers during peak season. This may occasionally interfere with your hike however, there’s a simple workaround. To avoid heaps of crowds you’ll have to leave camp early in order to beat everyone to the trails.

If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Long and gradual routes like the 7-day Machame route are perfect for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:

  • The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
  • The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 29, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day Lemosho program, unlike the 7-day Machame hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age.

Machame’s Highlights

  • Has spectacular scenery of various habitats, nearby towns and distant mountains
  • Performs exceptionally well with first-time hikers that are under 30 years of age
  • Has great acclimatization landscapes
  • Relatively straightforward 
  • Has an 85% summit success rate
7 Days Machame Route Itinerary Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains2

Best Time To Hike Machame Route

  •  January through mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Dietary Food Preferences Served On Machame

All of your meals on Kilimanjaro are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Meet Your Guides

  • 43 years of age
  • Has 9 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training
  • 28 years of age
  • Has 5 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Emergency First-Aid training in High Altitude Illnesses, Helicopter Safety & Evacuation Procedures

Safety Material & Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocol On Machame Route

  • Evacuations on Kilimanjaro are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance or helicopter can be reached.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.
  • Helicopter evacuations are extremely rare however, in light of an event, you’ll be picked up at Barafu (4,570m/15,000ft) or Kibo (4,724m/15,500ft) and transferred to KCMC hospital along with an assistant guide. These sites are very high and can be extremely dangerous during evacuations so, rescues out of these sites will be conducted on pilot discretion.

Meeting Point

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha’s Venus Premier Hotel.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up and taken to Mount Kilimanjaro, where your Kilimanjaro trek will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM


Machame Route’s Park Fees

Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Conservation Fees$70/Per Day
Camping Fees$50/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Total$1,144.56

Machame Route’s 7 Day Packages & Inclusions

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking Machame Route’s 7 Day Tour With A Kilimanjaro Group. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance

2,137


Private Treks

Get Kilimanjaro Privacy & Flexibility Hiking This 7 Day Machame Private Tour. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance

2,550


Packages Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

Payment Process

Paying For Group Hikes

  • Pay a small $200 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Hikes

  • Pay a $550 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

7 Days Machame Route Itinerary

DAY 1 — ARRIVAL

All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website. 

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.

DAY 2 — MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP

The drive from Moshi town to the Machame Gates is approximately 50 minutes. The short journey goes through the village of Machame. The village is located at the bottom slopes of the mountain. 

After registrations, you leave the gate and head towards a dense rain forest before arriving at the Machame camp.

DAY 3 — MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA 2 CAMP

In the morning, you’ll leave the forest and March up a steep, rocky ridge. 

Once at the Shira Plateau, there’ll be open moorlands and a large river gorge to cross before retiring at Shira camp.

 

DAY 4 — SHIRA 2 CAMP TO LAVA TOWER

You’ll continue east up a ridge and then southeast towards the 300ft volcanic rock formation. This is knows as Lava Tower.

LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP

After, you’ll descend down to an altitude of 13,000ft by Barranco Camp. 

DAY 5 — BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

You’ll begin the day by descending down a ravine and toward the base of the Barranco wall. As you break through, you’ll maneuver up a steep 900ft cliff.

Here, you’ll cross a series of hills and valleys as you sharply descending down to Karanga Camp.

This day is designed for proper acclimatization.

DAY 6 — KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP

After breakfast, you’ll hit the trails crossing the junction descending down to Mweka Gate before resuming up the rocky interval leading to Barafu Hut. 

This is a strong indication that you’ve made it past the southern circuit. This point offers views of the summit from many angles.

You’ll rest and dine here as you prepare for the summit day.

DAY 7 — BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU PEAK

Around midnight, you’ll begin your push toward the summit. 

You’re required to be mentally and physically keen as this will be the most challenging section of your trek.

Expect extreme wind and cold weather as you ascend in darkness for several hours.

You’ll have frequent breaks along the path past Stella Point before arriving at your summit at Uhuru Peak.

 

UHURU PEAK TO MWEKA CAMP

Once you make your way to the highest point of the mountain, you’ll be guided down to Mweka Hut after having your lunch at Barafu.

DAY 8 — MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

Your last day on the mountain will be awarded with a certificate at Mweka Gate. 

Once at the gate, you’ll continue down Mweka village before arriving at a vehicle that will transport you back to Moshi town.

DAY 9 — DEPARTURE/TRANSITION

If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll  be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

Accommodations

Pre & Post Hike Accommodations


Machame Route Accommodations

Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route Map

Machame Kilimanjaro Route Map

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Related topics to understand:

The Machame route ranks fourth in difficulty, right after the Rongai route. Though this is the case, the route’s gradual slopes make for great acclimatization opportunities.

The 7 Days Machame Route Itinerary costs $1,998pax for open group treks and $2,550 for standard group treks. Private group treks also cost anywhere from $2,550 and above depending on the operator.

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Ben Aubrey Synnott

Solo Traveller

My Kilimanjaro challenge success 2022
Want to say massive thanks to John at Xpats international great company he called me one night as agreed and explained how everything goes was on phone for 45 minutes had lots of my questions answered, made me feel safe and confident going ahead with doing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Oscar was my guider he really is a expert at his job and a nice man with lots of knowledge learned me a lot about Kilimanjaro. Checked my oxygen level and heart beat every day and kept track wrote down scale of how I felt If had bad stomach, headache or Nausea etc, made shure it was safe for me to carry on… Can’t Thank the team enough couldn’t have done it without them absolutely brilliant. If anyone thinking of doing Mount kilimanjaro or Safari I’d highly recommend Xpats International what a amazing life time experience I’ll never forget. Jambo jambo!! Hakuna matata!!

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7 Day Machame Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on
December 22, 2022
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December 30, 2022

Tim Stracke

Solo Traveller

In the preparation John did an excellent job advising me on which route to take, what to bring and how to prepare physically and mentally. I really appreciated the communication, because he always answered any questions I had right away. He was also the one advising me to go for Machame instead of Marangu route. After summiting I am very happy that I went for Machame. I honestly don‘t know whether I would have summitted on Marangu as the acclimatization landscapes are a lot worse. Additionally, John did an amazing job making sure that I am comfortable and taken care of. He picked me up at and brought me to the airport, organized hotel rooms for before and after the climb and even helped me buy a Tanzanian SIM card for my stay afterwards.

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7 Day Machame Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on January 6, 2022
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January 12, 2022
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