Overview

The Machame Route to Uhuru Peak is one of the most popular routes up Mount Kilimanjaro and when compared to the Marangu Route, it is steeper and the days are longer. It does have a reputation for being a tough climb however the rewards are huge! The scenery on this route is dramatic and varied with views of the Shira Plateau and Barranco Wall. You approach the summit of Uhuru from the East and descend on the Mweka trail. Camp your way to the top and enjoy every step of the journey!

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Arusha

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  Airport Transfer Available Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa is a little Resort in Usa River, set in a spacious tropical park surrounded by romantic stonewalls. Green lawns extend under majestic trees that are lining the Ndurumanga River. The rooms are chic in a contemporary way – a bit stylish, yet pragmatic. The beauty of … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Arusha

From R1,650
  Airport Transfer Available Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa is a little Resort in Usa River, set in a spacious tropical park surrounded by romantic stonewalls. Green lawns extend under majestic trees that are lining the Ndurumanga River. The rooms are chic in a contemporary way – a bit stylish, yet pragmatic. The beauty of … Read More

Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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Day 01

Tanzania – Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Green Hills of Africa. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek.

Day 02

Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Camp (3 010m)

After breakfast you will be picked up at the Green Hills of Africa and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.

Day 03

Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Camp (3845m)

After an early morning start, we leave the Machame Camp and the timberline behind. The path gets steeper and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon we arrive at the New Shira Campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain, especially at sunset.

Day 04

Kilimanjaro National Park Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today we climb approx. 800m but we camp at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow us to acclimatize as a height of over 4600m will be reached the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). After 6 – 7 hours, we arrive at perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro- the Barranco Camp.

Day 05

Kilimanjaro National Park Barafu Camp (4640m)

The trek of today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and you will be secured where necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 – 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp, have dinner and take an early night in preparation for the next day. The guide will wake us up again at 11:30pm and the climb begins just after midnight on Day 6.

Day 06

Kilimanjaro National Park Uhuru Peak (Summit 5895M) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

At around 00.30 a.m. we begin the climb to the Uhuru peak. Climbing the steps of the Kibo you will arrive at Stella Point after 5-7 hours of hard trekking. This is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, from which we continue for another 1-2 hours along the edge to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the summit! The comparatively simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, we arrive at Camp Barafu. After a well-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs, we are on our way to Camp Mweka (3080m) where an evening meal and a good night’s sleep awaits you.

Day 07

Kilimanjaro National Park Mweka Gate (1630M) – Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Green Hills of Africa and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, unwind at the pool or celebrate your achievement.

Day 08

Moshi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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