6 Days Machame Route

6 Days Machame Route

Routes Overview

Climb Kilimanjaro Machame Route, known as the loveliest of Kilimanjaro traveling courses.

This hop-on Africa's most noteworthy mountain drives you through wonderful timberland territory.

The course is demanding and fit for more daring climbers.

Convenience on this Kilimanjaro journey is enjoying nature in portable tents.

The Machame course is typically finished in at least 6 days/5 evenings on the mountain, with the evenings previously, then after the fact the trip being spent in an inn.

The trip starts at Machame Gate in the Mt Kilimanjaro rainforest and rises through the woods on the South Western side of the mountain until it arrives at the Shira Plateau, where you will appreciate shocking perspectives across the Shira Plateau, Western Breach, and Kibo.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Depart Moshi to Machame gate, upon arrival at the park gate complete park formalities. Start your trek through lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest.

  • Driving distance: 1.5 hour
  • Trekking time: 5-7hours
  • Trekking distance: 9km
  • Start altitude: 1790m
  • End altitude: 3010m
  • Highest Altitude: 3010m
  • Altitude gain: 1220m
  • Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Marangu Gate to Shira Camp 1

Your trek today includes climbing up a steep ridge to a small cliff known as a picnic site. Proceed with a gentle ascent to Shira Camp with a spectacular view of Kibo peak, Shira plateau, and Meru peak if cloudless. You may also visit Shira cave after a short rest at the camp.

  • Trekking time: 5-7ours
  • Trekking distance: 7km
  • Start altitude: 3010m
  • End altitude: 3845m
  • Highest Altitude: 3845m
  • Altitude gain: 835m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Shira Camp 1 to Barranco Camp

Proceed with a gentle ascent traversing southwest of Kilimanjaro passing through Lava Tower. Later descend to Great Barranco Valley for your overnight. Barranco camp is considered the most beautiful of all camps on Kilimanjaro. Hike to Lava tower camp gives climbers benefits for their bodies to adjust to high altitudes.

  • Trekking time: 6-8h
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3845m
  • End altitude: 3960m
  • Highest Altitude: 4630m
  • Altitude gain: 785m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Today your trek involves a steep climb up the eastern wall where you may have a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro. You then proceed with a steep exit to the Barranco wall. This trail continues down to Karanga Valley. You will then proceed with your trek on the empty and dry landscape to Barafu Camp.

  • Trekking time: 7-8 hours
  • Trekking distance: 8km
  • Start altitude: 3960m
  • End altitude: 4640m
  • Highest Altitude: 4703m
  • Altitude gain: 680m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 - Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp

Around midnight begins a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. A slow and steady pace will take you towards Stella point, take a short rest at Stella point (5685m), proceed with your ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m). You will probably encounter snow on your way to the peak. While at Uhuru peak you may have a great view of the Crater rim if cloudless. Spend few minutes on the top of the mountain and then descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest before you proceed to Mweka Camp to wind up your day.

  • Trekking time: 14-18hours
  • Trekking distance: 19km
  • Start altitude: 4640m
  • End altitude: 3830m
  • Highest Altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 1255m
  • Altitude loss:2815m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

Today is the final day on the mountain; enjoy your breakfast before descending to Mweka gate passing through the forest zone. Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3080 m
  • End altitude: 1630m
  • Altitude loss: 1450m
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Driving time: 45 Minutes

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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Shira Camp 1

Shira Camp 1

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp

Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp

Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp

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