9 Day Trek – Kilimanjaro Routes – Machame


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    This tour is provided by

    Pristine Trails Adventures and Safaris

    Pristine Trails is a top-rated travel and adventure company located in Tanzania. Locally-founded and owned, we are team of experts with passion, years of experience and commitment to our travelers. Our focus is tailor-made tours with a responsible approach, personalized and enriching experiences for the traveler while also benefiting the indigenous people, wildlife and conservation efforts of the country. 

    • 10 Days
    • Group Tour
    • Kilimanjaro

    The Machame route is one of the most popular routes up the mountain.

    You will traverse the southwestern face of the mountain, starting in the rainforest and into the moorland zone onto the Shira Plateau. The terrain continues to change as you leave the moorland zone onto scree en route to the highest point of the crater, Uhuru Peak. Machame is considered one of the better routes for acclimatization as it follows the mountaineering code of hiking high and sleeping low.

    Price Includes

    • Lead Guide(s) English Speaking & Wilderness First Responder Trained
    • Assistant Guide(s), for 2+ people
    • Cook
    • Porters, equipment
    • Porters, personal client luggage (15 kg per client)
    • Sleeping tent, 3-person size for 2 people
    • Sleeping mat, 2-inch foam
    • Pillow
    • Walk-in dining tent and table
    • Backed chairs
    • Wash basins with hot water each morning and evening
    • Private portable toilet with toilet paper
    • Three meals per day & afternoon snack during the trekVegetarian, vegan and gluten free upon request
    • Treated drinking water(minimum of 3L per day while trekking with additional water available at camp)
    • Coffee and tea during the trek
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Altitude sickness checklists
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency oxygen
    • Kilimanjaro National Park feesCamping/hut, rescue, conservation and taxes
    • Pre-trek briefing with your guide
    • Roundtrip airport transfer between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Moshi
    • Roundtrip transfer between Moshi and the park gate
    • Hotel stays in Moshi pre- and post-trek (2 nights total) on bed & breakfast basis at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

    Price Excludes

    • Gratuities/tips
    • Personal trekking gear such as sleeping bag and clothing
    • Favored beverages (water, soda and alcohol at hotels)
    • Additional accommodation or meals resulting from early descent
    • Tanzania entry visa
    • Travel insurance
    • Domestic or international flights
    • Expenses of a personal nature

    Additional Amenities Available

    • Private portable shower/wash tent
    • Sleeping cot and walk-in sleeping tent
    • Portable altitude chamber
    • Custom evacuation stretcher

    Recommended Tipping Guide

    Tipping is customary on Mount Kilimanjaro for all members of your mountain crew.

    Although they receive a fair wage, they rely on tips for a total fair compensation as set by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project Partners for Responsible Travel.

    Lead Guide

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $20
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $140

    Assistant Guide

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $15
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $105


    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $15
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $105

    Special Porters (waiters and summit porters)

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $8
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $56


    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $6
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $42

    The standard guide to client ratio on your trek is 1 lead guide and 1 assistant guide for every 2-4 clients, 1 cook, 2-3 special porters and an average of 4-6 porters per client. Therefore, the total recommended tipping amount per client for this trek ranges from $350-500, depending on the trekking package and total number of people in the trekking group.

    To ensure fair and transparent tipping for each crew member, there will be a tipping ceremony at the pristine trails office following your descent from the mountain. Envelopes will be provided to divide your tips for each member of the crew.


    All quotations are based on the current rates of national park fees, value added tax (VAT), other government taxes and current exchange rates.

    In the event that any of these are increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added to the cost of your trip even if your trip has been paid for already.

    All quotations are based on double or triple occupancy for the pre- and post-trek accommodation and double occupancy on the trek itself. A single supplement fee applies for a solo traveler or a client who wishes to have pre- and post-trek accommodation in a single room and his/her own tent during the trek.

    Children aged 5-15 years receive a discount off the full trek price.

    Residents of the United Republic of Tanzania receive a 50% discount on national park fees. Citizens of East African Community member states receive a 90-95% discount on national park fees, rescue fees, camping fees and forest fees to be calculated at the time of booking.


    Day 1Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi

    Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Pristine Trails representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a pre-trek briefing with your Kilimanjaro guide either this afternoon/evening or the following morning.

    Overnight:  Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Transfer Time: 1 Hour
    Meals: None

    Day 2Moshi – Machame Gate – Machame Hut

    A one-hour drive from Moshi lays the gate to the Machame route, where you will complete park formalities, meet your crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and involves real jungle-bashing through magnificent forest. This path is less well-trodden and is often wet and muddy underfoot. Upon reaching the Machame Hut camp, you will settle in for your first night on the mountain and enjoy some hot tea and snacks before dinner.

    Trekking Time: 4-6 hours • Distance: 10.75 km / 6.7 mi • Altitude Change: +1210 m / +3,969 ft

    Overnight: Machame Hut
    Transfer Time: 1 hour
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3Machame Hut – Shira Caves

    The route continues on up through the forest until reaching the steep ascent on the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt. Meru rising high above Arusha town.

    Trekking Time: 4-6 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +818 m / +2,684 ft

    Overnight: Shira Caves
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4Shira Caves – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

    Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. You will traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach, finally reaching Barranco Camp. The day has been spent at altitude, but you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.

    Trekking Time: 6-7 hours • Distance: 10.2 km / 6.3 mi • Altitude Change: +788 m / +2,585 ft; -641 m / -2,103 ft

    Overnight: Barranco Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley

    Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the Karanga Valley for overnight.

    Trekking Time: 4-5 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +48 m / +158 ft

    Overnight: Karanga Valley
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp

    The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid, lunar land towards Barafu Camp where you have the entire afternoon to rest before your assault on the summit begins at midnight.

    Trekking Time: 2-4 hours • Distance: 3.5 km / 2.2 mi • Altitude Change: +628 m / +2,060 ft

    Overnight: Barafu Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Hut

    We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5745 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru, the highest point in Africa. You made it!

    Trekking Time: 6-8 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +1233 m / +4,046 ft

    Overnight: Barafu Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Mweka Hut for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.

    Trekking Time: 6-8 hours • Distance: 11.5 km / 7.1 mi • Altitude Change: -2789 m / -9,151 ft

    Overnight: Mweka Hut
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Moshi

    A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate, where park formalities will be completed and you will be met by our vehicles to return you to the Pristine Trails office. Here you will receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, have the tipping ceremony for your mountain crew and collect any luggage you stored. Thereafter, you will be driven back to your hotel where you can treat yourself to a well-earned shower and a good night’s sleep.

    Trekking Time: 2-4 hours • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 mi • Altitude Change: -1473 m / -4,832 ft

    Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Transfer Time: 45 mins
    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 9 Continuation of Your Journey or Departure

    After breakfast, you will begin the next leg of your journey either onto your wildlife safari or you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight.

    Trekking Time: 2-4 hours • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 mi • Altitude Change: -1473 m / -4,832 ft

    Transfer Time: 1 hour to airport
    Meals: Breakfast