9 Days October Full Moon Summit Day Package

Machame Route

Full moon will be on 28th 29th and 30th October 2023.

Machame route is widely considered to be the most scenic of all of the routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, providing unique and varied landscapes to pass through on each and every day.

 The trail starts on the south side of the mountain, passes underneath the Southern Ice Field and makes its summit approach from the Barafu Camp.


Days Summary.

  • Day 1: 22nd October. arrival in Tanzania.
  • Day 2: 23rd October.  resting, hydrating and briefing, with time to pick up rental items and buy any snacks in town.
  • Day 3: 24th October.  Moshi to Machame gate and hike to Machame Camp.
  • Day 4: 25th October. Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Day 5: 26th October. Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Day 6: 27th October.  Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp.
  • Day 7: 28th October. (FULL MOON) Karanga Valley to Barandu Camp.
  • Day 8: 29th October. Summit day (FULL MOON) Baradu Camp to Uhuru Peak and descend via Barafu down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp.
  • Day 9: 30th October. (FULL MOON) Descend to Mweka Gate and transfer back to hotel.


Day 1

Arrive into Tanzania. fly into Kilimanjaro airport either direct or via Kenya. Overnight in Moshi Town Hotel.

Day 2: Day in Moshi

  • Elevation 900m

The day is spent in Moshi, meet the BEYOND ALPINE TREKKERS staffs and have time for hiring equipment’s or relaxing in the hotel. This is a good day to hydrate fully for the start the next day.

Day 3: Transport To Machame Gate

  • Elevation: 900m-1790m-2980m
  • Distance: 10kms –
  • Time: 5hrs
  • Transport to Machame Gate, (1hour up to 1790m)

Registration sometimes can take a few hours or so for this process). Trek to Machame Camp through beautiful montane forest on good path. Camp overnight at the edge of the forest.

Day 4: Machame Camp To Shira Plateau.

  • Elevation: 2980m-3840m
  • Distance: 7kms
  • Time: 6-7hrs.

Uphill through thinning forest and onto a huge Volcanic plateau. Camping is more exposed here with great views of the summit massif.

Day 5: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp.

  • Elevation: 3849-3950m
  • Distance: 10kms
  • Time: 7-8hrs.

Traversing two Valleys skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the

weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 meters but the net height gain is only about 100


Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley.

  • Elevation: 3950m-3950m
  • Distance: 4kms
  • Time: 5hrs

Starting with a scramble over the Barranco wall and over a further two Valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim

Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height which is all good for acclimatization.

Day 7: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp.

  • Elevation: 3950m-4550m
  • Distance: 4km
  • Time: 4-5hrs.

Heading upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. Barafu means ‘ICE’ in Swahili and the camping is amongst the rocks. Early


Day 8: Summit Day

  • Elevation: 4550m-5895m-2800m
  • Distance: 18kms
  • Time: 7hrs up, 6hrs down

Night time ascent on rock and scree, snow and ice. it is an exhilarating feeling stepping out into the cold under the Full moon and starlight as

we crunch up the frozen scree To the crater rim and the summit. Expect cold temperatures with wind-chill. The final slope the crater rim and

Stella point has loose the scree and is very slow. From Stella Point it is a further 45 minutes up the escarpment to the summit of Uhuru.

Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk down to millennium Camp, normally arriving midafternoon.

Day 9: Millennium to Mweka Gate.

  • Elevation: 2800m-900m
  • Distance: 11kms
  • Time :  4-6hrs

Descent through the lush forest to Mweka Gate where you sign out and pick up the summit certificate. Since your Legs will be very tired! Meet

our driver at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say

kwaheri (good bye) to the mountain staff, but it can still be done at the hotel. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing.




$2,400 P/P.

Discount of $75 per person on All August Booking

Discount of $50 per person on all September bookings

Price and booking enquiries.

Note: the cost of this trek will vary depending on the number of the persons traveling as well as the dates of travel.
Please indicate preferred date of travel, number of adults and number and ages of children if any.

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Quotation price Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Airport.
  • Two night accommodation in Moshi hotel B&B.
  • All government fees (Entry fees, Camping fees , Rescue fees, Crew fees and forest fees).
  • Guide and Porter wages.
  • Food three meals a day while you’re on the mountain.
  • Oxygen bottle
Not included are:
  • Personal Gear like sleeping bag, walking stick, cameras etc.
  • Tips for the crew.
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa

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