machame route

climb Mt.Kilimanjaro via Machame route

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1750 - $1850
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
6 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
Camping safaris Camping
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6 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour + 2 nights’ hotel stay


Day 1 Kilimanjaro International Airport - Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and taken to the hotel in Moshi for your overnight.


Day 2 Machame Gate (1,790 m) – Machame Camp (3,010 m)

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, about an hour’s drive away. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.


Day 3 Machame Camp (3,010 m) – New Shira Camp (3,845 m)

After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor- and heathland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.


Day 4 New Shira Camp (3,845 m) – Lava Tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today you will climb about 800 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatize better. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.


Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

Today’s stretch starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.


Day 6 Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,080 m)

After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you.

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the hotel in Moshi and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.

Day 8 Moshi – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.


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Step Bush Safaris

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