Machame Route
Trekking Uhuru Peak in 7days / 6 nights

Day 1
Pick up from the International Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to the hotel to Arusha.

Day 2
After breakfast, we pick you up from the hotel and drive with our car to the Machame Gate. Our hike will start trough a beautiful tropical rain forest, characterized by dense vegetation and short sections of steep climbs. By the afternoon we will reach the Machame camp for dinner and overnight.
Altitude: 3000m
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Day 3
Today, our path as it goes up will have less vegetation and will eventually turn into moorlands. After crossing a stream, we will follow a steep rocky ridge till we reach Picnic Rock, from where we will have excellent views of Kibos's peak. Our hike continues by crossing a gorge till we reach Shira campsite for dinner and overnight. This camp is on a small beautiful plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east. There is also a set of small caves a short walk from the campsite known as the Shira Caves.
Altitude: 3840 m
Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Day 4
Our hiking starts in the moorlands and moves into alpine desert. We will continue up to Lava Tower from where the trail descends into the Barranco Valley. The vegetation becomes richer in this area and is called the "Garden of Senecias". Huge Senecio and shorter lobelia plants are present all around. We will rich Barranco Camp for dinner and overnight. Tonight's camp is one of the most stunning on the mountain with impressing view of Kibo above us.
Altitude: 3950 m
Hiking time: 5 hours

Day 5
The fourth day, we will climb up to a more steep trail through the edge of the Great Barranco Wall. When we rich the top, the view of Kibo and the surrounding landscape will reward us. Our path follows small streams with many up and down sections and crosses the Karanga river. We will continue our hike through valleys till we reach the Barafu Camp. On our way we will be accompanied by the scenic view of majestic Mawenzi peak to the right and Kibo peak overhead us. Today at the camp we will have as much rest as possible preparing ourselves for the final ascent to the top.
Altitude: 4600 m
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day 6
We wake up at around midnight and after a light breakfast, we start our ascent to Uhuru peak. This part of the hike is carried out during the early morning before dawn so that the climbers reach Uhuru Peak at around sunrise. On our way up we pass by the Ratzel and Redman glaciers, and after 6 hours climbing we will reach the edge of the crater between Stella point and Hans Meyer point. After one more hour of climbing we will be on Uhuru Peak at 5895 m, the highest point of Africa. Here we will have enough time to enjoy the amazing sunrise view and then we will start our descent. We will have a break  at Barafu Camp to rest and take our lunch and then we will continue our descent till we reach Mweka Camp for overnight.
Altitude: 5896m - 3100m
Hiking time: 13 hours

Day 7
The last day we will descent for about 3 hours through a beautiful rainforest. Often, in the dense growth, some troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys can be seen. On the Mweka Gate a certificate attesting your success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be given to you. Our car will be waiting to take you back to your hotel to Arusha and reward you with a celebrating dinner.
Altitude: 1980 m
Hiking time: 3 hours


Other routes to Uhuru Peak:
Machame Route in 8 days and 7 nights
Marangu Route in 6 days and 5 nights
Umbwe Route in 7 days and 6 nights
Rongai Route in 7 days and 6 nights
Lemosho Route in 8 days and 7 nights

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