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Machame Route

Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the south-west, we take the popular Machame Route, with a total trip time of nine days, thus giving us even more acclimatization time and an even better chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterise the Machame Route,... a trek which is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra time given to acclimatize. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in tented camps – a true adventure.

Tour Duration

9 days, 8 nights

2 nights in Arusha

1 night in Machame Camp

1 night in Shira Cave

1 night in Barranco Camp

1 night in Karanga Camp

1 night in Barafu Camp

(upto mid night)

1 night in Mweka Camp

Area to Visit


Machame Camp

Shira Cave

Barranco Camp

Karanga Camp

Barafu Camp

Mweka Camp

Tour Style

Accommodation on this tour is in our Basic category, with one nights’

hotel accommodation in Arusha and other nights spent on public

Our Basic level accommodations are remain superior in both quality and location.

Physical Rating

Tough Category. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘tough’ will require a good level of fitness and proper physical preparation –perhaps two or three months – in advance of arriving in Tanzania.

To take one of these trips, you must be confident in your own level of fitness and stamina.

Our ‘tough’ trips involve a significant degree of high-altitude hiking, and at times a degree of discomfort can be expected. For example, on a summit day to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, a total of around 13 hours is required of participants and this is combined with a great deal of ascent and descent.

Special clothing and equipment are required for these trips, as advised on our trip notes, and accommodation is in tents or mountain huts, depending on which trip is undertaken.’


Day to Day Program
Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp
Machame Camp – Shira Caves
Shira Cave – Barranco Camp
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp
Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate – Arusha
Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Trip Includes
Trip Excludes
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Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

Planet Lodge Hotel

Meal Plan
Dinner at hotel

Journey time and Distance
1 hour, 55 km drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

This morning we take a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, before setting out in our vehicle at around 08.00hrs to allow for a scheduled arrival at Machame Gate (1640 meters) at 10.00hrs. Our first job will be to complete the registration formalities, before we start our trek. You will also enjoy the introduction to your mountain team: your guides, porters and everyone else who will accompany you as you make your ascent.
Today’s walk is a long one: in pure numbers, you will gain around 1332 metres of altitude over a distance of just under 11km/7miles and can expect to be walking for between 5 and 6 hours.
The beginning of the walk today is characterised by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as impatiens kilimanjari and impatiens pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery. You will also be able to see Kibo Peak, away to the east. The birdlife around the camp is surprisingly rich, so look out for species such as olive thrush and stonechat. We hope to reach camp at about 17.00hrs, giving you a couple of hours of welcome rest before dinner is served

in tents, at Machame Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
5 - 6 hours walking, from 1640m at Machame Gate to 2972m at the Machame Camp

Walking distance


Today’s stage is short and steep, as we push on up to an altitude of over 3804 metres. Our hard work in the morning, on a narrow path, is well rewarded at lunchtime with wonderful vistas both to the south and over to Kibo. Surely there can be no better location for lunch?
Having made an early start around 08.30hrs, we would expect to reach our camp by 14.00hrs, by which time we will have encountered the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. From Shira Caves, you will have time to marvel at some great natural sights such as the so-called ‘Shira Cathedral,’ Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before enjoying your dinner around 18.00hrs.

In tents at Shira 2 Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
4-6 hours, 2972m at Machame Camp to 3804m at Shira Caves

Shira Cave - Barranco Camp

Today’s stage is considerably different in character from yesterday’s, with a much longer trek. We start at 3804 metres, of course, but even though we cover nearly 10km/6miles, our gain in altitude will be a modest 146 metres by the time we reach Barranco Camp at around 16.00hrs. During our hike, however, we will climb to the base of the Lava Tower which is located at a lofty 4630 metres, before we descend again for our overnight stay. Although this may seem a bit of a waste, in fact it helps enormously with the crucial process of acclimatizing at altitude.
The overall distance today means that we will actually be walking for around 6 to 8 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, our day will begin with breakfast at 07.00hrs and departure at 08.30hrs, when we begin our trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 13.00hrs. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, we then descend down to the Barranco Camp. Once at camp, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00hrs

in tents at Barranco Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
6 to 8 hours, from 3804 at Shira Caves, up to Lave Tower at 4630m, then down to Barranco Camp at 3950m.

Walking distance

Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Today we breakfast slightly later (07.30hrs) with a departure time from camp scheduled for 08.30hrs. Today’s walk is actually quite short, being only about 6km/3miles but it will still take between 4 to 5 hours of trekking time. We will break for lunch at around at 13.00hrs on reaching Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before eating our dinner at 18.00hrs.
At the beginning of the day, we encounter the hardest part of the stage as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first gradually descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp (4033 meters). Our overall altitude gain today is only 160 metres.

Karanga Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Cooked Lunch box and Dinne

Journey time and Altitude
4-5 hours’ walking, from 3950m at Barranco Camp to 4033m at Karanga Camp

Walking distance

Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

Another short day -in terms of distance – begins with our breakfast at the camp at 07.30hrs and another 08.30hrs departure. Today we will ascend about 523 metres in a distance of around 4km/2miles and walking time once again is between 4 and 5 hours.
We will be aiming to arrive at the Barafu Camp 4556 meters by 13.00, when we will be rewarded with a cooked lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30hrs, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp 4556 meters, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk

Barafu Camp

Meal plan
Breakfast, Cooked Lunch box and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
4-5 hours’ walking, from 4033m at Karanga Camp to 4556m at Barafu Camp

Walking distance

Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp

If there is one certainty on Kilimanjaro, it is that ‘summit day’ will be the toughest! But although hugely challenging, hopefully it will be matched with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro!
Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00hrs, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. We begin with a long, tough climb from Barafu at 4556 metres to Stella Point at 5756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult.
From Stella Point, there is still another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Our goal is to reach the top (5895 meters) by around 07.00hrs then celebrate (of course!) take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit (5895 meters), we return to Barafu (4556 meters), where we rest for a couple of hours, take a brunch and then leave again at 13.30hrs to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we spend the night. We would expect to arrive there at 17.00hrs and take our dinner at 19.00hrs. (In total, we cover around 17km/10miles today with about 11-14 hours of walking – tough going, but with our objective hopefully achieved!)

Mweka Camp

Meal plan
Brunch and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
11-14 hours, from 4556m at Barafu Camp to the summit at 5895m, then down to 3100m at Mweka Camp

Walking distance

Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate – Arusha

Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00hrs and at 08.00hrs you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’
Although we still have 9km to walk, departure is at a leisurely 09.00hrs and you descend down to the Mweka Gate which sits at an altitude of 1640 metres. There, you will be served a cooked lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate.
Your vehicle transport will be waiting to return you back to your Hotel in Arusha, where you can choose to relax – or, if you have any energy left, to celebrate!

Planet Lodge

Meal plan
Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner

Journey time and Altitude
3-4 hours walking, from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, descending from 3100m to 1640m; from Mweka Gate to Arusha (by vehicle) 3 hours.

Walking distance
10km/6miles walking, then 3 hours’ drive back to Arusha

Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

Meal plan

Journey time and Altitude
1 hours, 55 km drive from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Easy Travel Trip Safety: Helicopter Rescue
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provide to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Medical Insurance, Weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.

Easy Travel – Transport: Coaster Bus

Easy Travel – Trip Crew:
  • Easy Travel mountain guide
  • Easy Travel mountain chef
  • Easy Travel mountain porters

Easy Travel Treat:
9 Breakfast, 8 Lunch & 7 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water

2 nights in Arusha, 6 nights on the Mountain

1st night - Planet Lodge / Karama Lodge
Half Board ( Dinner, Breakfast )

2nd night - Machame Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

3rd night - Shira 2 Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

4th night - Barranco Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

5th night - Karanga Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

6th night - Barafu Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

7th night - Mweka Camp
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

8th night - Planet Lodge
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, picnic lunch box)

Park Entrance Fee:
  • Park fee
  • Camp fee

Camping Equipment:
  • Sleeping Tents
  • Dinning Tents
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Tables and chairs

Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

International Flights and Insurance

$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)

Own Room:
My Own Room ($230 per person)

All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

  • Mountain guide: $25 US per day / per guide / per group.
  • Mountain Chef: $15 US per day / per group
  • Mountain Porter: $8 US per day / per porter

Trip Duration
9 days, 8 nights ( 1 night in Arusha before climb and 1 night in Arusha after climb, 1 night in Machame Camp, 1 night in Shira Cave, 1 night in Barranco Camp, 1 night in Karanga Camp, 1 night in Baranfu (upto mid night), 1 night in Mweka Camp)

To reserve this tour, a payment of 20% of the total price must be made at the time of reservation. The balance of 80% can be made on arrival in Tanzania, prior to the departure of your tour.

Your deposit can either be made by means of a Bank Transfer, with the addition of a 45 US Dollar fee, or by Credit Card which incurs an additional bank charge of 3.5%.

The final payment can be made either by Credit Card, again with the addition of a 3.5% bank charge, or in cash in US Dollars (US Dollar Bills should not be older than year 2009).
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation of a holiday must be made in writing and is effective from the date we receive the written notification. Cancellation charges are expressed at a percentage of quoted price as follows –

Period Cancellation Charge
From time of confirmation up to 15 days prior to arrival 0% 0%
From 14 days to 01 day 20% 20%
From the start of the Tour 100% 100%
If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges from your insurance company. Notwithstanding the above, if we have issued your domestic airline tickets and you choose at any time to cancel them then the cancelling for Domestic Tickets will be 100% .

*The above Payment and Cancellation policy is specifically for Machame Route and it does not apply to other tours.


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