7 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame Route:
Standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your lifetime. So never compromise on acclimatization and safety. We use the best route for acclimatization, safety, and success. We have guides who have climbed Kilimanjaro 100+ times and with their vast knowledge and experience up there, they will gladly help you prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.
By picking 7 days on the mountain undoubtedly, you give yourself the best chance for success. We have developed the best menu and schedule differing from other operators. All our teams will use Mountain hard wear Trango 4 tents. We also have full-time professional mountain staff on the ground in Tanzania. Our dream team is ready to help you achieve your goal of standing on the roof of Africa.
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The guides and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes but also your raincoats.
After breakfast, you will trek to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you for the first time. Physically speaking, trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300-meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp, you will be served a hot dinner.
After breakfast, you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be taken.
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in its massive size and steepness! The next day you will climb it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.
On this day it is best to make an early start to avoid crowding on the way up Barranco Wall. Despite the Wall's seemingly daunting height and steepness, the actual climb is rather merciful at a mere hour or so. The top provides a great photo opportunity with Kibo Peak as the backdrop.
The next part of the day is rife with ups and downs and your guides will choose the best place for individual climbers.
A lunch break at Karanga Camp shall be followed by an acclimatization climb towards Barafu with its highest point being 4,270 m. The group then drops back to Karanga Camp the overnight.
After breakfast, you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags so that you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization climb towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp with its highest point being 4,800 m, and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before the summit night.
Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor their physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).
The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction in height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.