7 Day Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing, Machame Route

Day 1; Arrival, in Tanzania

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport your guides will warmly welcome you. Take you to your accommodation in Moshi. This day is typically dedicated to resting after the tour exploring the surroundings and adjusting to the altitude. You’ll also have a briefing session with your guides before the climb to ensure that you are well prepared.

Day 2; Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Altitude; From 1860m to 2700m
Distance; 8 kilometers
Hiking time; Around 3 4 hours

After having breakfast you’ll head towards Marangu Gate where you’ll register with the authorities of Kilimanjaro National Park before commencing your trek through the rainforest towards Mandara Hut.

Day 3; Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Altitude; From 2700m, to 3720m
Distance; 12 kilometers
Hiking time; 6 7 hours

Following breakfast you’ll ascend from Mandara Hut leaving behind the lush rainforest and entering into a moorland environment. The trail becomes steeper. The breathtaking panoramic views of the Kenyan plains help distract from any exertion.

Day 4; Getting Used to the Altitude, at Horombo Hut

Altitude; Reaching up to 4300m during the acclimatization hike
Duration of Hiking; 4 5 hours

In order to increase your chances of summiting Kilimanjaro it is crucial to acclimatize. On this day you will begin on a steep hike to either Zebra Rock or Mawenzi Hut. Then return. This will help your body adjust to the altitude.

Day 5; From Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Altitude; From 3720m up to 4730m
Distance; Covering a total of 10 km
Duration of Hiking; 6 7 hours

Your day begins with a trek through the Alpine desert known as the “Saddle,” which lies between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. The ultimate goal for today is reaching Kibo Hut, which serves as the camp before your summit attempt.

Day 6; Summit Day, followed by descending from Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut

Altitude; Starting from 4730m and reaching up to 5895m (Uhuru Peak) then descending back down to 3720m
Distance; Climbing 6 km upwards. Covering around16 km on the descent.
Duration of Hiking; Around6 7 hours for ascending and approximately5 6 hours, for descending.

The summit endeavor commences around midnight as you navigate through a path that’s both steep and physically demanding. You will first reach Gillmans Point before proceeding onwards towards Uhuru Peak.
Once you reach the summit and spend some time there you will descend back, to Kibo Hut for a deserved rest before continuing your tour to Horombo Hut.

Day 7; From Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate then back to Moshi

Altitude; From 3720m to 1860m
Distance; 20 km
Hiking time; Estimated at 5 6 hours

On your day of trekking you will make your way through the rainforest and head back to Marangu Gate. Take a moment to bid farewell to your mountain crew and receive your summit certificates before being transported to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 8; Departure

Enjoy a breakfast and take the day as an opportunity for exploration in Moshi. You can choose to explore the town, shop for souvenirs or start your tour home. If you have travel plans consider begining on an adventure visiting a local village or exploring Tanzanias stunning national parks. Remember to stay in touch with your guide heed their advice stay hydrated throughout the trip and allow yourself time, for acclimatization at higher altitudes.