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Kilimanjaro Machame Route  

Distance covered: 63km

Number of days: 7


The Machame route is often considered the most striking and has spectacular views of the summit, but it is weather dependant. The route faces the wind and is on the southern side of the mountain where rainfall is heavier and the vegetation more dense.

The route is steeper than both the Marangu and the Rongai routes and physically more demanding, but very good for acclimatisation. It joins the Lemosho route from New Shira Camp. Machame route is the most popular route with our guests – about 60% of our guests climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route. Machame is nicknamed the ‘whiskey route’. You will descend along the Mweka route. This option is generally for slightly fitter hikers.


Pricing for the Kilimanjaro Machame Route 7 days (per person)

1 Person - USD 1995

2 Persons - USD 1790

3-4 Persons - USD 1655

5-6 Persons - USD 1615

7 Persons and more - USD 1600

Day 1 Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

A long first trek that offers a beautiful climb through the mountain forest.

Start: Machame Gate (1790m)
Finish: Machame Camp (3010m)
Altitude: ↑ 1180m
Walking time: 5-7h

The Kilimanjaro National Park gate is only a 45-minute drive from your hotel. You will be picked up after breakfast and make your way there for the start of your climb. Once you have arrived your guide will get started with the formalities (entrance forms) while you observe all the different teams and mountain crew getting ready for their expedition. It’s always a fascinating experience for clients to watch them load all the different items for the trip. As soon as everything is prepared your adventure will begin. The destination for today will be the Machame Camp which you should reach in about 5 – 6 hours. On route you will experience a wonderful rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana & lichen to mention but a few. Another favourite to look out for on this day is the black and white thumbless colobus monkeys. Once you arrive at your campsite for the night you have time to relax before enjoying a well deserve dinner prepared by our own cook.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Machame Camp (3010m) – Shira Camp (3845m)

Wonderful views of the Shira Ridge and the Kibos mountain range. The route is shorter than the previous day.

Start: Machame Camp (3010m)
Finish: New Shira Camp (3845m)
Altitude: ↑ 835
Walking time: 4-6h

Although today is a shorter stretch then yesterday you will still have an early start which will allow you to reach today’s destination around mid-afternoon. The landscape changes dramatically from the green mountain rainforest into moor and heath land. You will have a beautiful view of the mountain range from your campsite which is situated at the Shira Plateau. The glacier of Kibo also lights up as the sun sets for the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

A longer stage with great views and fantastic vegetation.

Start: New Shira Camp (3845m)
Finish: Barranco Camp (3960m)
Altitude: ↑ 795m  ↓ 680m
Walking time: 6-7h

Today is a good day for the body to acclimatize for the days to follow. You will climb roughly 700m but will sleep on a level not much higher than the night before. We will start at Shira Plateau and make our way up to Lava Tower at around 4640m, after a rest we will continue through the Barranco Valley until we reach our destination for the day the beautiful Barranco Camp. Today’s trek will be approximately 6 – 7 hours, during this time you will experience the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecio’s. You will sit down for a well-deserved dinner before it’s time to rest in preparation for the next day.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

Begins with a steep climb then rises and falls. Additional climbing day for a better acclimatization.

Start: Barranco Camp (3960m)
Finish: Karanga Camp (4035m)
Altitude: ↑ 75m
Walking time: 3-4h

Just after breakfast we concur the famous Barranco Wall. You might need your hands once in a while for better grip, but with that being said, there are no climbing passages, and as safety is very important please listen to our guides who will ensure you get to the top safely. There will be a lot of ascents and descents today followed by a walk along the mountain ridge. This will reward you with a great view of the glacier of Kibo. Walking time today will be 3 – 4 hours with the Kibo summit all the time on your left accompanying you to your camp for the night.


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Moderate ascent. Views of the southern glaciers. The altitude will become noticeable.

Start: Karanga Camp (4035m)
Finish: Barafu Camp (4640m)
Altitude: ↑ 605m
Walking time: 3-4h

Barafu Camp is our destination for today and will be reach after 3-4 hours. Most of this time you will be walking through the moon-like alpine dessert. After a satisfying dinner you will have an early night and a good rest. The highlight of your trip is now only some hours away.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Very steep, long and cold climb to Stella Point. Spectacular panoramic views of the creator ridge and the summit. Relatively steep and long descent with the altitude playing a major role.

Start: Barafu Camp (4640m)
Finish: Uruhu Peak – Mweka Camp (3080m)
Altitude: ↓ 1255m  ↓ 2815m
Walking time: 10-14h

The climb will start at midnight. You will be woken up just before that to have some tea and biscuits. Around 5 – 7 hours later you will reach Stella Point which is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. After another 1 – 2 hours you will reach Uhuru Peak at a height of 5895 m. This is truly a magnificent sight standing on top of Africa’s Highest Mountain watching the sunrise. This view will be one to remember and will make every minute of the last couple of days trekking worth your while. You will descent along the same way back to Barafu Camp which you will reach after 1 – 2 hours. The rest of the mountain team will be there waiting for you with some well deserve snacks and refreshments. You will rest for an hour or two before making your way to Mweka Camp where you will spend your last night on the mountain.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m)

Easier and relatively shorter descent with good paths. Luscious rainforest.

Start: Mweka Camp (3080m)
Finish: Mweka Gate (1630m)
Altitude: ↓ 1450m
Walking time: 2-3h

After breakfast you will have a traditional farewell ceremony from all your mountain crew. After a short 2 – 3 hours walk through the rainforest our driver will be waiting for you at the Mweka gate. You will then be transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower, a cold drink, a debrief and the awarding of your certificate of achievement. The rest of the day is yours to relax and to reflect back on this once in a lifetime experience.

Breakfast, Dinner

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