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!
Day 1 - Tanzania – Moshi
Moshi is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro and the meeting place for trekking expeditions. Today we meet and are briefed about the climb and if the weather is favourable, catch a glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain (5 895 m). If you are making your own way to Moshi, please advise us of your estimated arrival time in order to organize the briefing. Your local payment is only handed to the representative at the briefing. If you are going on any of our other tours it is possible to end in Arusha and take a shuttle from Arusha to Moshi – this would reduce your hours in vehicles.
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Camp (3 010 m)
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive; you will arrive at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Machame Gate is at 1790m. In a short time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white thumb-less Colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 – 7 hours, you will reach today’s destination – The Machame Camp – situated just below the tree line at 3010m. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 3 - 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 4 - 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 acclimatise 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Kilimanjaro National Park Mweka Gate (1630M) – Moshi
The final leg of this amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 and a half hour descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where the driver takes us back to the Hotel in Moshi.
Day 8 – Moshi
After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans; please let us know if you require any further transport.
Tour departs: Moshi, Tanzania
Tour ends: Moshi, Tanzania
Single supplement: R810.00
Compulsory Activity package: R8400.00 (National Park Entry Fees)
Meals included: 7 x Breakfasts, 6 x Lunches, 7 x Dinners
Min / Max People: 1 / 10
It is compulsory for all participants on this tour to purchase the Activity Package.
General Policies & Disclaimers
All information is subject to change without prior notice. Rates quoted are for South African Residents. Rates for other Nationalities available on request. Please ensure that you have received the latest version of this dossier, as Nomad is continually striving to improve the standards and quality of our tours and itineraries are subject to change. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, or any unforseen circumstances. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.