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6 Days Machame Route

  • Duration

    6 DAYS

Tour Information

Machame Route – 6 days/5 nights Known for being beautifully scenic, the Machame Route also has the best summit success rate. This route allows you to “climb high, sleep low”, giving your body time to adjust to the changes in altitude over several days. Climbs can take six or seven days; the difference between six and seven days Machame route is that with six days, you won’t camp at Karanga campsite, so you will walk for a longer distance to reach the base camp passing Karanga campsite.

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE (1,800M/5,900FT) TO MACHAME CAMP (3,000M/9,800FT)

Elevation Gain: 1,200 metres / 3,900 feet
Hiking Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
Habitat: Rainforest
After breakfast, you’ll get picked up from your hostel/hotel in Moshi and driven to the starting point at Machame Gate (approximately 45 mins). After registration, you will begin your journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro using a well-maintained trail through Montane Forest. On the way, you’ll walk through dense rainforest and coffee plantations as your guide talks you through some local flora and fauna. Here you will also get a very good chance of witnessing Black and White Colobus monkeys, as well as many species of brightly-colored birds. The climb is a steady and gradual incline to Machame Camp which is located on the edge of the rainforest and giant heather zones..

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP (3,000M/9,800FT) TO SHIRA CAMP (3,840M/12,600FT)

Elevation Gain: 840 metres / 2,800 feet
Hiking Time: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
On the second day, you’ll rise early for breakfast and begin climbing a slightly steeper gradient through the moorland vegetation zone. Here you will start to get fantastic views of Kibo, the summit cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro while continuing along a rocky ridge to Shira Plateau. Shira is actually a collapsed volcanic crater and was the first of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones to expire. Once on the plateau, the trail becomes a little easier as you make your way to Shira Camp. If it’s a clear day, you’ll also get to enjoy superb panoramic views. Shira Camp is very exposed and will feel much colder with temperatures dropping below freezing point..

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP (3,840M/12,600FT) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,850M/12,650FT) VIA LAVA TOWER (4,550M/14,900FT)

Elevation Gain: 710 metres / 2,300 feet Elevation Loss: 700 metres / 2,250 feet
Hiking Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
The route now takes you into semi-desert and rocky landscapes surrounding Lava Tower, a 300ft high volcanic rock formation. You’ll then ascend the rocky scree path to Lava Tower for great panoramic views, before a steep descent into the Barranco Valley. You may find this trek a little tougher than the previous days as some hikers usually start to experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Although you will finish today’s climb at almost the same elevation as you started, this is a very good practice for acclimatization and will help prepare your body for summit day. Barranco Camp lies below the imposing Barranco Wall in a beautiful, sheltered valley..

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3,850M/12,600FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT)

Elevation Gain: 750 metres / 2,500 feet
Hiking Time: Approximately 7 to 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin to ascend the impressive Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys – but don’t worry, it is easier than it looks! Lunch will be eaten at Karanga Valley, before joining the famous Mweka Trail. You will then continue along the rocky ridge for 1 to 2 hours before reaching Barafu Camp, which offers stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit from various angles. Your tents will be pitched along a narrow and rocky ridge with high winds. It’s therefore worth taking some time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before it gets dark. Rest for the night at Barafu Camp and prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit..

DAY 5 : BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895M/19,300FT) THEN DESCENDING TO MWEKA CAMP (3,110M/10,200FT)

Elevation Gain: 1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,785 metres / 9,100 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Mweka Camp
Habitat: Arctic conditions
This is where the going gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,685m). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide. After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Barafu Camp. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Mweka Hut (3,100m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!.


Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.
From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!.


  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Accommodations in the hotel before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
  • Exclusive

  • Airfares and taxes
  • Personal hiking gears such as boots, sleeping bag, warm clothes etc.Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
  • Snacks and personal medicine
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