Affordable Machame Route
6 days—Kilimanjaro trek via Machame Route including 2 nights in hotel - Budget Trek $1,399 per person - Mid-Range Trek $1550 per person
Our 6 Day Climb via Machame route is the best and you’ll love it!
Book our affordable 6-day Mount Kilimanjaro Trek via the Machame Route. The Machame Route is approximately 62km/37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first-time trekkers use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s better routes and thus is recommended. It is a better choice than the typical tourist route–Marangu. The price of your hotel before and after plus airport pick-up and drop off is included!
About this tour
|Tour type||Custom, tailor-made, private|
|Main focus||Hiking | trekking|
|Activity level||Strenuous activity|
|Best months||All months|
- Hiking | trekking
- Airport transfers
- All drinks
- Park fees
- Private vehicle and driver
What’s not included?
- Alcoholic beverages
- Hot air balloons
- Internal flights
- International flights
- Premium alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Tips and gratuities
Moshi City to Machame Gate
You'll drive from Moshi to Machame Park Gate for registration formalities. Then we will start walking through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We will continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp for dinner and your overnight.
Dinner and overnight Machame Campsite
Trek Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, we will leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The Machame route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira Campsite for dinner and your overnight stay.
Dinner and overnight Shira Campsite
Trek Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the Shark’s Tooth (4650 m) we will come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We will now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Dinner and overnight Barranco Campsite
Trek Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elevation 4250 m/13,900 ft), through the Karanga Valley (elevation 4050 m/13,250 ft), to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We will then continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we will make camp with views of the summit in the distance.
Dinner and overnight Barafu Campsite
Summit to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 am), we will continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From the summit, we will begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch.
Dinner and overnight Mweka Campsite
Mweka Camp to Moshi City
After breakfast, we will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear. Our driver will be at the get to transfer you back to the hotel in Moshi to end your best Kilimanjaro trekking tours.
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