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Machame Route | Kilimanjaro Treks

Machame Route | Kilimanjaro Treks

Machame Route | Kilimanjaro Trek Our climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro is a rugged 6—Day trek to the top of Africa—UHURU PEAK [19,340 ft.] in Tanzania. We trek the dramatic MACHAME ROUTE, camping in our tents as we climb the great mountain. Machame is a more difficult trek than the commonly used, and highly traveled Marangu route, but it allows us to have the mountain to ourselves - without any crowds - and also affords us an extra two days on the ascent to better acclimatize to the high altitude. The steep ascent and high altitude make the trek up Kilimanjaro pretty tough, but no technical climbing skills are needed. You can climb at any time of year, although the best weather is July to October and December to February.  

Nutshell Description

High altitude, tough hiking, tent camping, great meals.

Trip Length

10 DaysDoor—to—door

Land Cost

Starting at 3998 Per Person.Excluding International Flights

Flight time

12 Hours From London & 19 Hours From New York City.

Shrike Treks has been climbing Kilimanjaro for nearly 2 decades. We employ the best professional mountain guides; we've got great food and gear—and a great price! Reach out to Walter Miya, Shrike's founding member and trekking guide. He's climbed the mountain uncountable times and knows it very well.

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Day 1—2

Arrive in Arusha | Acclimization

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport—JRO, you are met by your guides and get transferred to your villa located in the surrounds of the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate just outside of Arusha, set in a stunning location with magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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    You should choose the plan which meets your needs and requirements and send us a message to place the order. You can also make it online.

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Day 3

Machame Camp [9,750 ft.]

After breakfast, you hand your gear to the porters and then head out by vehicle to the gate to KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK. We pass the banana and coffee plantations and stop briefly at a couple of small shops en-route to pick up a few last—minute supplies.

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    After your guide takes care of the paperwork, we start our climb. The track narrows, and then leads us uphill for about 3—4 hours through the tropical rain forest to Machame Camp. As soon as you arrive, you set up your tent in the forest, and enjoy the natural beauty and solitude.

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Day 4

Shira Plateau [12,480 ft.]

We start out at about 8 a.m. and leave the last glades of the rain forest behind. Passing the fields of heather, the mountainside gradually opens up. On a clear day, you can see your first close-up of Kibo Peak — from 20 miles away.

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    You now begin to feel the effects of the altitude and should walk slowly for two reasons—because that's all you can do, and to enjoy the hike. In other words, "stop to smell the giant lobelia". After 9,000 ft. you pass the first giant lobelia, protea, and senecia, and reach Shira in 5 hours. On a cloudy day, we're now above the clouds. We stay at Shira hut for two nights, to allow you to acclimatize to the altitude, which almost assures you of reaching the top. There are some great hikes up on the plateau.

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Day 5

Barranco Camp [12,675 ft.]

Today's the last of the "easy days". We hike past the Lava Tower, and slowly descend to the Barranco Hut, our most spectacular campsite, on the banks of a mountain stream, right at the foot of Kibo Peak, and its south-facing glaciers, which loom high above us.

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Day 6

Karanga Valley [13,200 ft.]

Our first challenge of the day is to climb the Baranco Wall - not too tough, but a challenge nonetheless. Most of the day is spent skirting the ridges, with Kibo peak watching us over our left shoulder. We descend down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu hut.

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Day 7

Barafu Hut [14,950 ft.]Summit: [19,340 ft.]Mweka Camp [9,750 ft.]

First thing, you’ll be making a steep hike out of the valley. The air starts getting quite thin, and you will be running short of breath. It's a tough, but rewarding uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at the hut. "Barafu" means, "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. So, go to bed early because we’ll be waking you at midnight for the final leg to Uhuru Peak.

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    Dress warmly, because we start climbing around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon, if out, will provide enough light, and we'll reach the Crater rim by sunrise, after a 7-hour hike, and welcome a new dawn. 
    From the Crater rim, rugged Mawenzi Peak is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater's ice walls looming ahead. We now continue to Uhuru Peak [1-2 hrs.] This is the highest point in Africa, and the world's highest solitary peak [19,340 ft]. It’s the best view in Africa!

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Day 8

Mweka Camp [9,750 ft.]

The descent is invigorating. It's a good idea to have a little rest once in a while as you continue down to Mweka Hut [3—4 hours]. This is where we spend our last night on the mountain.

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Day 9


In the morning we walk down to the road head. This takes about 3 - 4 hours. After a welcome lunch, it's time to say "Kwa Heri" to the porters. We then get a lift back to the villa and well-deserved beverages. We overnight at our villa.

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Day 10

Proceed with either a Safari or Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island

The day is for revisiting a favorite site, shopping or simply relaxing in our hotel room. After a farewell breakfast or lunch, we proceed to the airport and take a flight to your next destination.


INCLUSIONSWhat we'll Provide for you...

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities included for meals and porterage even substantial ones to your Safari Guide and Safari Leader from beginning to end of your safari and you won’t be “nickel and dimed” for WIFI, tips at the lodges, drinks, and laundry; all that’s left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy...

  • Dining Experience

    From the moment that we pick you up until the moment of your reluctant departure, all meals and beverages (including soft drinks, house wines, well spirits, and local beers) are provided as part of our all-inclusive safari cost—an extravagant saving and an enormous convenience.
    The quality of the cuisine in lodges and camps is also superb. Meats, vegetables, and fruit arrive daily, fresh from the rich farmlands in Mwanza or Arusha. Early riser’s coffee is served before the sunrise game drive, followed by abundant breakfast buffets, luncheons on the veranda, and a formal afternoon tea. Dinners are fashionably late following the return of the afternoon game drive, allowing time for relaxation and “sundowners” in the lounge or around the campfire.

  • Guaranteed Departure

    Once a full payment or a 30% deposit has been made for this safari your trip will depart as scheduled, we will never cancel for any reason other than Force Majeure. Your departure is guaranteed 100% No surcharge or supplemental cost ever imposed.

  • Seriously Stress—free Safari

    ● National park fee● Government taxes● Snacks and refreshments en route● Transfers to and from your hotel and airport.

  • Top—notch Local Safari Leader and Safari Guide

    Enjoy the services of a highly—credentialed Safari Leader, as well as a Safari Guide during your safari.

  • Emergency medical evacuation service

    This assures Shrike guests in the wilderness area of prompt medical attention and air transportation to the nearest medical facility in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise. However, this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
    Moreover, when you travel with Shrike, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors, a group of well—qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation in East Africa.

  • Touching Lives of Forgotten Local Community

    A safari with us helps to change the lives of destitute and orphaned children in Tanzania.

  • The Finest and Well—equipped 4x4 Safari Vehicle

    Our safari vehicles are also outfitted with ice chests stocked with ample bottled water and soft drinks. Binoculars—one for each traveler—is also available to Shrike guests in the bush, as well as a safari library of field guides to aid in your understanding of the flora and fauna of each region and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.


  • All—Inclusive

    This safari is unmatched in its degree of included extras—from exceptional special events, seriously stress—free, and educational enhancements to the myriad little luxuries lavished upon guests throughout the safari.

  • Flexible Payment

    You may opt to make full payment either US Dollar 2300 pp for Private Safari or US Dollar 1948 pp for Small—Group or lock in your safari with a deposit and then pay the rest in installments whenever you like. (Without Any Fee).

  • Guaranteed Departure

    Once a full payment or a 30% deposit has been made for this safari, we will never cancel for any reason other than Force Majeure. Your departure is guaranteed 100%

  • Secure Online Payment

    Pay securely; book and make payment online using our partner's secure payment system, authenticated by DigiCert.

  • Lifetime Deposit Scheme™

    We understand that sometimes plans change. That’s why we have introduced a Lifetime Deposit Scheme™ i.e the payment or deposit will remain valid until you’re ready to do the same trip or another available trip within the next 2 years. And if you can't do the trip anymore, you can pass it on to a friend or relatives. 


US Dollar 12350

Per Person

We convert this safari into a completely PRIVATE safari specifically for you and your loved one, or family, or your friends.


US Dollar 11998

Per Person

The group varies from as few as 4 guests [and what service..!] to an average of 6 and never more than 12 participants.