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Kilimanjaro Machame Route: 6 or 7 days (Most Popular)

Kilimanjaro Machame route: In short

The Kilimanjaro Machame route is the most popular and ‘easiest’ way to climb Kilimanjaro. A gorgeous route with a broad variety of landscapes. 

During these 7 days we’ll be camping at the established campsites and reach the top of Kilimanjaro at day 5/6 (at sunrise). You’ll climb together with a solid team. Professional guides, porters and a cook. Our professional guides will guide you to the top and provide you with all the nessecary information, tips & tricks to ensure you will reach the top. All of our guides are specially trained and have years of experience. Our porters will carry all your belonings, tents & food, so you can climb at ease with only your daypack. The cook is your best friend, he’ll make sure you’ll never feel hungry.  



Combine Kilimanjaro with Safari or Zanzibar
Highlights of this trip
  • Roof of Africa af SUNRISE
  • One of the most beautiful routes with a big variety of landscapes
  • Shira Plateau, The Barranco Wall & Lava Tower
  • Classic Adventure! Hiking & Camping
  • Great team who will make sure you'll reach the top
Machame Route: Impressions

Trip itinerary

DAY 1 - Reach 3000m - 7hours - 10.8km

Machame Gate - Machame Camp

On the first day of the Kilimanjaro Machame route, we´ll drive from Moshi to the gates of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. On the way we´ll pass the village Machame, which lies below the mountain. After reaching the gate, we´ll begin our final preparations so you´ll be fully ready. Starting from the gate, our hike brings us trough the forest at the feet of Kilimanjaro, all the way to the first camp. Here we rest, have dinner together and overnight.

DAY 2 - Reach 3840m - 6hours - 5.2km

Machame Camp - Shira Camp

After your first breakfast on the mountain, we´ll proceed climbing up. The path takes starts off steeper than the day before. We will pass trough the rainforest and past a steep rocky ridge. If you´re lucky you might see some views on Kibo, the top of Kilimanjaro. The route takes us further untill we reach the Shira Plateau. Once reached, you will be able to see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. A short while after this, we will reach Shira Campsite where we´ll have dinner and overnight. Make sure to have some warm cloths on you, as we are pretty high up this night can be a lot colder than the previous nights.


DAY 3 - Reach 4600m and down to 3950m - 7 hours - 10.7km

Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we´ll continue on a desert-like rocky landscape towards the Lava Tower or “Shark’s Tooth”. For most people, this is the toughest day of the climb. Here is the highest chance of breathlessness and headache due to the high altitude. So make sure to take one step, and one breath at a time. Slowly Slowly. Once we’ve reached Lava Tower, we will head down once again, towards the Barranco Camp. The way down has beautiful views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. Great moment to take a photo. After about two hours we’ll reach the camp, which is situated in a valley below the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall, 

Here we’ll enjoy dinner and let us bodies rest from the high altitude we’ve experienced. This day is nessecary to let your body acclimatize as we will ‘climb high and sleep low’ doing this will prepare your body for a successful summit day.


Acclimatisation Day (optional)

“Today is a ‘relax’ day, to let your body get used to the high altitude. We recommend doing so if you have little climbing experience. This will increase your chances of succes greatly.” After Breakfast, we will depart from Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall and further through the Karanga Valley. Here you get a chance to view the glaciers from closeby. After, we will have Lunch at the Karanga Valley campsite. After lunch and a little break, you can view the Mawenzi Slopes as well as the Tanzania Sugar Plantation farms. Before returning to the campsite for dinner and the overnight stay, you can have a short hike in the surrounding area. 

DAY 5 - Reach 4600m - 8hours - 9.4km

Karanga Valley Camp - Barafu Camp

In the early morning, we will leave Karanga Valley campsite, onwards to the junction that will take us on the Mweka Trail. From here we’ll continue to the Barafu Hut at 4600m high. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. A great moment to grab your camera and enjoy the view. Here we make camp, make sure to keep yourself warm, eat well, drink lots and rest for summit day! The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this site, so we can overnight with our eye on the prize. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the terrain, as we will start our hike at night in the dark. Tonight will be a very short night.

DAY 6 - Reach the Peak! (5895m) 7-8hours - 4.5km up > then down to 3110m - 6-8hours - 10.7km

ROOF OF AFRICA! Barafu Camp - UHURU peak - Mweka Camp

In the early, early morning. Still shivering from our short and cold night, we will enjoy warm coffee or tea together to lift our spirits. Now we will hike in the dark, with flashlights towards the summit of Uhuru peak at 5895meters high. Once we reach the peak, we will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world and all the pain and suffer from the climb will be forgotten. These experiences is why we do all these crazy things, because in the end they’re all worth it. Uhuru Peak is the highest points of Kilimanjaro and whole Africa as a matter of fact. A place to never forget. 

Make sure to bring two sets of clothing, as the night will be bitterly cold, but after the sun rises and the first rays of sun touch the peak of Kilimanjaro, our bodies will warm quickly.  After the summit, we will make our descent straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7 - Back to 1640m - 4-6hours - 8.5km

Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Hopefully well rested and not to soar and tired of the long hike of the other day, we will have breakfast. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi for hot shower.


Before and after the climb, we provide a stay in our climbers accommodation in Moshi, where we have a good last night and mentally prepare for the climb to come. 

On the Machame Route we camp at the established campsites mentioned in our day-to-day. On this route we will camp in tents. Our tents are of high quality, capable of withstanding the sometimes harsh conditions on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The tents will be carried by our porters, who will walk up front to set up camp for you. Once you arrive at the campsites, you can relax without having to worry about setting up camp. 

The cook will prepare 3 good meals a day, so you can take on everyday like a champion. A good meal provides the energy you need to take on the mountain. Drinking water will be provided during the climb, after finishing the fist batch, botles will be refilled with a water-filter at several points on the mountain, to provide you with fresh, drinkable water during the whole climb. 


Campsites on Kilimanjaro

Machame route cost

Lowest price

For 9+ Persons (6 days)
$1670/ p.p.

                                   2persons         3persons        4-5persons      6-8persons        9+persons

6 day route                        $1840                $1810                 $1760                  $1720                 $1670

7 day route                        $1940                 $1870                $1830                  $1790                 $1750

*Prices are per person. 

*It’s possible to join a group


Price Includes

  • Two overnights at our accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • All transfers from and to the climbing gates
  • Experienced English Speaking Guide
  • Cook & Porters who carry your belongings
  • FULL BOARD (3 Meals a day)
  • Accommodation at the mentioned campsites
  • Camping equipment (tent, mattrass, sleepingbag etc.)
  • Parkfees & Government Taxes
  • Drinking Water (filtered)
  • Emergency contact point over satalite phone

Not included

  • Accommodation & Transfers not mentioned
  • (Inter)national Flights
  • Tips for the driver guides, cook & porters
  • Flying Doctors Insurance

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