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Machame Route

6 Days - Kilimanjaro Safari

Tour Overview

The 6 Days trekking via Machame Route takes you to the roof of Africa the Kilimanjaro Mountain. The longer days of walking and steeper ascents, providing a bigger challenge and thus an even greater reward when you reach the summit.

Begin at the Machame gate and make your way through the rainforest before hiking up to the Shira Plateau. Wind your way up the mountain, passing the Lava Tower and the Great Barranco Wall.

On the final stretch you will pass Stella Point and experience the most spectacular sunrise you have ever seen before the final push to Uhuru Peak.



Day 1  Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and make your way to Machame village. Meet your climbing crew and register before beginning your journey with a hike into the rainforest. Keep an eye out for the colobus monkeys and the many beautiful birds in the forest. Stop for a lunch break before pushing through to Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Arrive to a set up camp and a tasty meal.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 2   Machame Camp – Shira Camp

After an early breakfast, you will begin the days walking by making your way out of the rainforest and entering the moorland. Cross numerous streams before walking over a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau that leads up to Shira Camp where you will spend the evening. Here you will be beside a stream and have a spectacular view of the western breach and its glaciers in the east. Enjoy a warm meal after a good day of hiking and settle in for a cold night.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
Day 03 Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

After breakfast, leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, heading towards the Karanga Valley campsite. Join the Mweka Trail and continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you would have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many angles. Here you will rest and prepare for the summit.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 9km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day4  Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Wake up early for some great photos of the sunrise before breakfast. Begin your climb by passing through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you cross the saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. After lunch and once through the saddle, you can examine the summit climb up to Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours later.

Dinner will be served early at kibo Hut before an overnight

  • Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
  • Distance: 9km/5.5mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5 Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp

Wake at midnight for a light breakfast and prepare for your push to the summit. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. The route heads northwest, ascending over stone scree. After about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point, at an altitude of 5,685m, located on the crater rim. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise, before your final 2 hours push to the peak along the snow-covered trail.

Finally you will reach the top of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, an amazing accomplishment! Spend some time on the summit, enjoying the feelings of success and taking photographs before making your way back down the mountain.

Descend to Barafu Camp where you will be able to enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. Later you will continue down to Mweka camp for dinner and Overnight

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 06  Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha

Enjoy your final breakfast on the trek and take part in the big celebration, filled with dancing and singing. Thank your climbing team for their support on the mountain and bid farewell to them all as you make your way down to Mweka Gate. At the gate you will receive your summit certificate before making your way to Mweka village for your final stretch of the journey. Enjoy a hot lunch and later drive back to Arusha for dinner and Overnight.

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Park fees
  • Tanapa Fees
  • Conservation Fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Items of a personal nature