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8 Day Kilamanjaro Trek - Machame Route - Camping [NMM]


Tanzania - Moshi - Kilimanjaro National Park - Moshi

Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak

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Trip Code: NMM

Length: 8 Days / 7 Days
Min / Max People: 2 / 24

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 09:00 am from The Keys Hotel, Uru Road, Moshi, Tanzania. Tel: +255 (27) 2752250 / 275 1875.

End Point
The Keys Hotel, Uru Road, Moshi, Tanzania. Tel: +255 27 2752250 / 275 1875.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18..

IMPORTANT: You are no longer allowed to bring plastic bottles on Kilimanjaro. You can use metal bottles.

3.07 S, 37.35 E
Elevation: 5 895metres
Total Distance of Machame Route 6-day Hike: 65km
Kilimanjaro, meaning ‘Shining Mountain’ in Swahili, is a giant stratovolcano reaching an elevation of 5 895 m. Other names for this volcano are Kilima Dscharo or Oldoinyo Oibor (‘White Mountain’ in Masai). It is a triple volcano, with the highest and youngest cone named Kibo. Kibo has not been active in modern times, but steam and sulfur are still emitted. At the top of the summit is a 2 ¼ km wide crater. Shira (3 962 m), 12-14 km to the west of Kibo, and Mawenzi (5 149 s) in the east, are older cones that make up Kilimanjaro.

The highest point on Kibo is Uhuru Peak, one of the Seven Summits, and the highest point in Africa. The summit was first reached by the Marangu army scout, Johannes Kinyala Lauwo, who climbed it nine times before realising there was a crater. Lauwo served as a guide for the first ascent by non-indigenous climbers - German Hans Meyer and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller, on October 6, 1889. Johannes’ Notch is named after Lauwo. In 1989 Lauwo was presented with a house at Ashira Marangu by the West German government, in recognition of his role on the Meyer expedition. His relative, Trilas Lauwo (1952- ) was the first Tanzanian woman to reach the summit via the Mweka route in 1972.

Due to the equatorial location as well as immense height, climbers can experience almost every climate type on earth during the trek to the top. Kilimanjaro is also the highest point in the world to be covered by a GSM mobile phone network. The best service is provided by Vodacom.
Mount Kilimanjaro has inspired many artists, musicians and writers. It was the inspiration and backdrop for Ernest Hemingway’s classic short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1936). He also wrote a non-fiction account of his safari experiences in the 1950’s, posthumously published as Under Kilimanjaro (2005). Mount Kilimanjaro is mentioned in Toto’s 1982 hit, Africa (“I know that I must do what’s right, sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”).

The Machame is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a table with blanket outside. This makes the Machame Route, which is referred to as the ‘Whiskey Route’, better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the adventurous hiker a continuous scenic slide show. The Machame Route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps with acclimatisation.

The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4 640 m/15 220 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3 950 m/12 960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatisation, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.



Day 1 Tanzania – Moshi
Moshi is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro and the meeting place for trekking expeditions. Today we meet and are briefed about the climb and if the weather is favourable, catch a glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain (5 895 m). If you are making your own way to Moshi, please advise us of your estimated arrival time in order to organize the briefing.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: The Keys Hotel
Facilities: En-suite, hot showers, swimming pool.
Route: No travel
Travel time: None Your local payment is only handed to the representative at the briefing. If you are going on any of our other tours it is possible to end in Arusha and take a shuttle from Arusha to Moshi – this would reduce your hours in vehicles.

Should you need assistance in Moshi, please contact: Achim Wiebe (Operations Manager Trekking), Tanzania Experience Moshi, Cell: +255 786 961 503 Email:

Day 2 Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Camp (3 010 m)
After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive; you will arrive at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Machame Gate is at 1790m. In a short time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white thumb-less Colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 - 7 hours, you will reach today’s destination - The Machame Camp – situated just below the tree line at 3010m. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Machame Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Basic Campsite
Route: Machame Gate to Machame Camp. ±9 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs Hiking Time

Day 3 Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Camp (3845M)
After an early morning start, we leave the Machame Camp and the timberline behind. The path gets steeper and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon, we arrive at the New Shira Campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain, especially at sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Shira Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Basic Campsite
Route: Machame Camp to Shira Camp. ±7 km
Travel time: ±4-6 hrs Hiking Time

Day 4 Kilimanjaro National Park Barranco Camp (3960M)
Today we climb approx. 800m but we camp at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow us to acclimatise as a height of over 4600m will be reached the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). After 6 – 7 hours, we arrive at perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro- the Barranco Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Barranco Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Basic Campsite
Route: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp. ±10 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs hiking time

Day 5 Kilimanjaro National Park Barafu Camp (4640M)
The trek of today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and you will be secured where necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 - 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp, have dinner and take an early night in preparation for the next day. The guide will wake us up again at 11:30pm and the climb begins just after midnight on Day 6.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Camp: Barafu Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Basic Campsite
Route: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp. ± 8 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs Hiking Time

Day 6 Kilimanjaro National Park Uhuru Peak (Summit 5895M) – Mweka Camp (3080M)
At around 00.30 a.m. we begin the climb to the Uhuru peak. Climbing the steps of the Kibo you will arrive at Stella Point after 5-7 hours of hard trekking. This is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, from which we continue for another 1-2 hours along the edge to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the summit! The comparatively simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, we arrive at Camp Barafu. After a well-deserved break of 1 - 2 hrs, we are on our way to Camp Mweka (3080m) where an evening meal and a good night’s sleep awaits you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mweka Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Basic Campsite
Route: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak ±5 km ascent; Uhuru Peak to Barafu Camp ±5 km decent; Barancu Camp to Mweka Camp ±10 km descent.
Travel time: ±8 hrs to reach Uhuru Peak and ±7-8 hrs to descent to Mweka

Day 7 Kilimanjaro National Park Mweka Gate (1630M) - Moshi
The final leg of this amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 and a half hour descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where the driver takes us back to the Hotel in Moshi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Room: The Keys Hotel
Facilities: Hot showers, En-suites, swimming pool.
Route: ±10 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs hiking time

Day 8 Moshi
After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans; please let us know if you require any further transport.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangement / Post Accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast at The Keys Hotel, we can book additional nights accommodation here for you, or an airport transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, about 1-2 hours drive away.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Activity Package
As the activity package on this tour is compulsory; we recommend that you prepay this to your agent prior to your arrival. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

Activity & Price
-National Park Fees R7350
TOTAL: R7350
This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).


Extra information

Malaria prophylactics are required.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disability that you may have.

All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via the Nomad website
(Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours)

Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking:
USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can link to the Serengeti Explorer, Masai Mara Explorer or Zanzibar Excursion.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your transfer is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only.

Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 1st Floor, Leadership House, 40 Shortmarket St, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town to collect one. You can also download from our website at After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.

Tour Ends:
Your tour ends after breakfast at The Keys Hotel, we can book additional nights accommodation here for you, or an airport transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, about 1-2 hours drive away.

After the climb, it is customary to give tips to all the members of the mountaineering crew. Below are guidelines based upon a group (not per person).

Guide: $12 - $18 per day
Assistant Guide: $8 - $12 per day
Cook: $8 - $10 per day
Waiter: $7 – $9 per day
Porter: $6 - $7 per day
Tips make up a large proportion of the income of the mountaineering crew. If you are happy with the work that they have done, naturally you can give a little more.

During the leaving ceremony, read out aloud what each member of the team receives. This way, everyone knows his or her dues and no arguments can arise. You can give the entire amount to the chief guide who will then divide the monies accordingly. This method has been proven reliable and saves you and other team member’s long debates with the guides or porters as to how much each should received. Used items or equipment is also gratefully received.

At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust.
By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries.

Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption.
Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit

At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.

Moshi is a Tanzanian city with a population of about 160 000, home to the Chagga and Maasai tribes. The city is comprised of two major roads, based around the central reference point of clock tower, the north-south road to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and an east-west road to Arusha. Many residents have banana groves (migombani) and coffee small-holdings (vihamba) on the fertile slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Moshi was where the Arabica coffee seeds that Catholic missionaries introduced at the end of the 19th century were cultivated. Thanks to the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU), started in the 1920s by the district comissioner Charles Dundas, coffee is Moshi’s main export and Chagga coffee growers compete on equal terms on world markets with the European growers. Moshi also has the highest literacy rate in the vicinity, due to the efforts of government, local authorities, and Catholic and Lutheran missions.

Moshi is often overlooked as a tourist destination, with many visitors to northern Tanzania choosing to stay in nearby Arusha. However the town is now host to the Kilimanjaro Marathon which is rapidly growing in popularity and there are several cultural tourism programmes operating on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.