7 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climbing Itinerary

Unleash Your Adventure Spirit: 7 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climbing Itinerary with Lyimo Expeditions

Are you ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is an exhilarating experience that challenges your spirit, stamina, and sense of adventure. With Lyimo Expeditions, we make your journey unforgettable, offering a meticulously crafted 7-day Kilimanjaro Machame Route itinerary. Join us for an extraordinary adventure that combines breathtaking vistas, diverse ecosystems, and the triumph of reaching Uhuru Peak!

Why Choose the Machame Route?

Popularly known as the "Whiskey Route," the Machame Route is favored for its scenic beauty and high success rates. This route allows for better acclimatization, increasing your chances of reaching the summit. With Lyimo Expeditions, you can rest assured that you will be in the hands of experienced guides, porters, and cooks who will ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment every step of the way.

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our Lyimo Expeditions team. We will transfer you to your hotel in Moshi, where you can relax and refresh after your journey. In the evening, you will meet your guide for a pre-trek briefing, where you will go over the itinerary, check your gear, and get to know your fellow adventurers. A good night’s sleep is essential as you prepare for the journey ahead.

Day 2: Moshi to Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 1,800m to 3,000m
Distance: 11km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

After a hearty breakfast, we will drive you to the Machame Gate, the starting point of your Kilimanjaro climb. Our team will handle the registration process, and you will have a chance to take some photos before we begin our trek. The trail starts in the lush rainforest, where you can expect to see a variety of flora and fauna. As you ascend, the forest gives way to heather and moorland. By late afternoon, we will arrive at Machame Camp, your first overnight stop on the mountain. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our skilled cooks, and rest under the starlit African sky.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation: 3,000m to 3,840m
Distance: 5km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Wake up to the crisp mountain air and a warm breakfast to fuel your day. Today’s trek takes you out of the forest and onto a steep, rocky ridge. As you climb higher, you will be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the impressive Shira Plateau. By early afternoon, we will reach Shira Camp, where you can relax and acclimatize. The views from here are nothing short of spectacular, with Mount Meru in the distance and the rugged beauty of Kilimanjaro’s peaks all around.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m
Distance: 10km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek is a critical part of the acclimatization process. We will hike to Lava Tower, also known as the "Shark’s Tooth," at an elevation of 4,630 meters. This is a challenging day, but it’s essential for adjusting to the altitude. After a hearty lunch at Lava Tower, we will descend to Barranco Camp, set in a beautiful valley below the impressive Barranco Wall. The descent helps your body acclimatize, making it an important part of our strategy for summit success. Enjoy a well-earned dinner and restful night at Barranco Camp.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3,950m to 4,200m
Distance: 5km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s adventure begins with the climb of the Barranco Wall, a formidable, yet exhilarating, challenge. Our experienced guides will assist you as you navigate the rocky terrain. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Kibo peak and the surrounding landscapes. The path then leads us through the Karanga Valley to our next campsite, Karanga Camp. This shorter day is designed to aid in acclimatization and provide some much-needed rest before the final ascent.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4,200m to 4,673m
Distance: 4km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we will make our way to Barafu Camp, our last stop before the summit attempt. The trail traverses through the alpine desert, with stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks. Upon arrival at Barafu Camp, you will have time to rest and prepare for the summit push. We will have an early dinner, as the final ascent begins shortly after midnight. Get some sleep, and remember to keep your spirits high – you are about to embark on the most thrilling part of your journey!

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4,673m to 5,895m to 3,100m
Distance: 17km
Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
Habitat: Arctic to Rainforest

The final ascent begins in the dark, with headlamps lighting your way. The trek to the summit is challenging but incredibly rewarding. As the sun begins to rise, you will reach Stella Point (5,739m), where you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. From Stella Point, it’s a short hike to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the highest point in Africa. Congratulations – you made it! Take a moment to savor the triumph and capture the memories with photographs.

After celebrating at the summit, we will begin our descent back to Barafu Camp for a short rest and brunch. The journey continues as we descend to Mweka Camp, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest and reflect on your incredible accomplishment.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

Elevation: 3,100m to 1,640m
Distance: 10km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

The final leg of your journey takes you through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate. Upon arrival, you will receive your summit certificates – a testament to your courage and determination. We will then transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can relax, celebrate, and enjoy a hot shower. Reflect on your incredible journey and the memories that will last a lifetime.

Why Book with Lyimo Expeditions?

At Lyimo Expeditions, we are committed to providing an exceptional climbing experience with a focus on safety, comfort, and personalized service. Here’s why you should choose us:

  1. Experienced Guides: Our guides are highly trained, knowledgeable, and passionate about Kilimanjaro. They will support you every step of the way, ensuring your safety and success.

  2. Tanzania Tours and Safaris: Extend your adventure with our bespoke Tanzania tours and safaris. Discover the wonders of the Serengeti, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, or relax on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. We offer customizable itineraries to suit your interests and preferences.

  3. Sustainable Practices: We are committed to responsible tourism, ensuring that our operations have a positive impact on the environment and local communities. Our porters are treated with fairness and respect, and we strive to minimize our ecological footprint.

  4. Client-Centric Approach: Your satisfaction is our top priority. From the initial inquiry to the final farewell, we provide personalized service, ensuring that your experience with Lyimo Expeditions is seamless and memorable.

Ready to Embark on Your Kilimanjaro Adventure?

Don’t wait – book your Kilimanjaro climb with Lyimo Expeditions today! Contact us at info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com or call +255718442953 to start planning your unforgettable journey. Let’s conquer Kilimanjaro together and create memories that will last a lifetime!


Get ready to unleash your adventure spirit and experience the thrill of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Lyimo Expeditions. See you at the summit!