6 Days Machame Route Route


Day 1

Machame Gate (1800m) To Machame Camp (3100m)

You will be driven from your hotel in Moshi to the Machame entry gate, passing through the village of Machame, located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate behind, our walk starts through the rainforest on a winding trail up the ridge. At some sections the trail can be muddy and slippery, so the gaiters and trekking poles are good to bring.  At the end of our today’s trek lies Machame Camp, where we stay for the night.


  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 2

Machame Camp (3100m) To Shira Camp (3839m)

The second day continues through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. The day finishes with Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northeast and Mount Meru towards the west. White necked ravens can be seen throughout the day. There is also a set of small caves a short walk from the campsite known as the Shira Caves.


  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 3

Shira Camp (3839m) To Lava Tower To Barranco Camp (3950m)

Today’s route turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. Lunch will be served in a designated area before ascending the rocky path to Lava Tower. After lunch, you descend again to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, you will feel the actual benefit of acclimatization. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.


  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 4

Barranco Camp (3950m) To Karanga Camp To Barafu Camp (4600m)

After breakfast, we take a short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley, beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers. After a short and well-deserved break, we leave Karanga and cross the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail, used for descending from the mountain later. From here we continue up to the Barafu Camp. Here we will rest, have dinner and prepare for the summit day. From Barafu you can enjoy the view of two volcanic cones Mawenzi and Kibo peaks,  and that view is quite spectacular and you should not miss it.


  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5

Barafu Camp (4600m) To Summit Uhuru Peak (5895m) To Mweka Camp (3100m)

An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers. The last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice axe or ski stick is useful for balance. At the rim we will reach Stella point, you may encounter snow all the way on your one-hour ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak.  After a short stop for taking photos and celebrations, you will descend to the Barafu camp for a rest and breakfast, and lunch before continuing on past the Millenium camp down to the Mweka camp in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain.


  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 6

Mweka Camp (3100m) To Mweka Gate (1600m)

After breakfast at the Mweka camp, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. Our representative will meet you at the gate and drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha.


  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Depart Tanzania

Today is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight back home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town before heading to the airport.

Add-ons: You can schedule your Tanzania wildlife safaris or a beach vacation in Zanzibar at different costs from the Kilimanjaro trekking costs.

Meals: Breakfast Included 


Price includes:

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Arusha.
  • Two days Hotel accommodation in Moshi.
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season Mountain tents
  • Double-layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guide cookbook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain, hot drinks and snacks
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (TLTO And TATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Portable flush toilet for Group of four if you are less than four you will pay extra 95$

Price Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at the hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%)
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain