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8 Days Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro Using the Machame Route

Day 1: Arrive at the airport
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our safari representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: Machame Gate (1634 m) to Machame Hut (2834 m)
The hike takes roughly 7 hours and will begin at Machame Gate. After signing in, you will have an easy hike through superb tropical forest. You will reach your campsite in the early evening.

Day 3: Machame Hut (2834 m) to Shira Hut (3749 m)
This hike will take you about 6 hours. Departing from the Machame Hut, you will cross the stream and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge to a semi-circular wall of rocks, known as Picnic Rock. From here you have excellent views of Kibo’s glaciated dome. You will cross the gorge to reach Shira campsite where you will overnight.

Day 4: Shira Hut (3749 m) to Barranco Hut (3901 m)
The hike time will be around 5 hours. From Shira Hut, you will hike up to Lava Tower and then you cross scree slopes and a river valley before proceeding down to Barranco Camp via the Great Barranco Wall. Tonight's camp is one of the most stunning on the mountain.

Day 5: Barranco Hut (3901m) to Karanga Valley (3963 m)
From Barranco Hut, you climb up approximately 4 hours through the edge of great Barranco Wall. It's a difficult, steep trail, but once you reach the top, the views are well worth it.

Day 6: Karanga Valley (3963 m) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m)
Today is a shorter hike of about 3.5 hours than the past few days, hiking up over steep rocky slabs to the final campsite, Barafu. You will want to get as much rest a possible before the push to the summit.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,600m) to the Summit (5896 m) to Mweka Camp (3100 m)
Have an early trek before sunrise as the walk today will take 10- 12 hours. The 1,100m ascent to Uhuru Peak in just over 3 km will take us about 6-8 hours, as we try to reach the Uhuru Peak to watch the sunrise over the Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise, you descend down to Mweka Camp which is below the tree line.

Day 8: Mweka Hut (3100 m) to Mweka Gate (1828 m)
Have a short 3 hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. You will lunch, and meet a vehicle at the Mweka park gate and drive back to Moshi or Arusha where you will relax in your hotel.

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