Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) via The Machame Route
Hike the most scenic route to the summit of Africa’s highest peak.
The Machame route is one of the most popular routes for good reason, offering climbers scenic vistas as they conquer this notorious peak, and higher success rates than most other routes. The paths will take you through forests and moorland zones, beneath glaciated precipices, and on a steady incline to the summit on every adventurer’s hit-list – Mount Kilimanjaro.
*You may also like to combine your climb with a safari.
- 7 days trekking
- 6 nights camping
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi
- Local, certified guide and support team inc. assistant guide, porters and cook
- Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
- Meals and drinking water
- Local transfers
- Airport transfers
- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport
Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.
Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.
Day 2: Machame Gate – Machame Camp
This morning, you will leave the town of Moshi for the 45-minute drive through the mountain village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.
The trek will begin through rainforest and windy trails as your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. Gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended at these lower elevations as the trail can be muddy and quite slippery.
After 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach your first camp.
7 miles trekking, 5-6 hours, elevation: 1830m to 3050m
Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Camp
After a good night’s rest and breakfast at camp, you’ll leave the rainforest behind on an ascending path to cross the valley along a steep rocky ridge.
From here, the route turns west onto a river gorge which you will follow all the way to Shira Camp.
You’ll reach camp on the southern edge of the plateau at 3847m; climb the slope above camp for a clear view over the plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you.
3 miles trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 3050m to 3850m
Day 4: Shira Camp – Barranco Camp
After breakfast this morning, you’ll spend the day exploring the Shira Plateau and ultimately acclimatising.
From the plateau, you’ll continue east towards Kibo’s glaciered peak, then switching to south-east towards the lava tower known as the Sharks Tooth (4650m).
You’ll begin to descend slightly to your overnight camp at Barranco for a good night’s rest.
6 miles trekking, 5-6 hours, elevation: 3850m to 4000m
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
An important acclimatisation and contingency day this one which boosts chances of summit success. After breakfast, you’ll continue on a steep ridge to the Barranco Wall which will take a steady 1-2 hours to scale.
This is a challenge of both physical and mental agility; the wall appears higher than its 257m, and although it is a challenge, slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top. Most hikers find it was easier than they anticipated - so fear not!
At the top of the Wall, you will have a great view of Heim Glacier. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley to reach your base for the night.
3.5 miles trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4000m
Day 6: Karanga camp - Barafu Camp
Continue your trek towards Barafu Camp – the last camp before summit day. The trek is a short but steep one through alpine forest and ever-thinning air.
“Barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. You’ll have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning, and get some sleep. Nearly there!
2.2 miles trekking, 2-3 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4700m
Day 7: Summit day and Mweka Camp
Summit day arrives early at 02:00 as you begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek.
You’ll ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim before a 1-hour snowy ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment.
After a rest and photographs, you’ll descend over loose gravel and volcano ash terrain to Mweka Camp; have your gaiters and trekking poles ready for some steep and tricky paths.
Up: 3 miles, 5-7 hours, elevation: 4700m to 5895m
Down: 8 miles, 5-6 hours, descent to 3090m
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi
After breakfast this morning it’s time to say farewell to the group and continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. The weather will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles handy.
When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Mochi (30-minute drive).
Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.
6 miles trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 3090m to 1680m
Day 9: Time to Head Home
Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
Your first and final nights will be spent at the Kili Wonder Hotel just 4km from Moshi Town and 40km from the airport.
This 4-star boutique hotel has a restaurant on-site where you can enjoy an international breakfast and a la carte dinner. If you fancy something a little more casual, there’s the 4th-floor Summit Bar offering live cooking of fresh pizzas and flame grilled BBQ meats, as well as a stunning view of Mt. Kili and Moshi Town.
The rooms are modern and comfortable with en-suite bathroom and free WiFi.
During the trek, you will camp at a number of camps along the Machame route.
You will be sharing a twin room for hotel nights and a tent will be provided per two people for camping nights. There is the option to upgrade to a private room or tent if you would like to do so - please see Optional Extras.
There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.
The Machame route, also known as the whisky route, is considered one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. Its paths will take you through forests and moorlands with endless panoramic views along the way. Whether it be due to the steady incline or the scenery, this route has one of the higher summit success rates.
Kilimanjaro Airport - Anytime
Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) with your private airport transfer at any time of the day. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Once arrived, you’ll be met by your guide for a quick gear check and meeting at your hotel in Moshi.
Alternatively, if you’re in Tanzania already, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point in Tanzania upon request (not included). You’ll meet your fellow adventurers the next day for the start of the trek.
Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi - Anytime
Your adventure ends with an overnight stay at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi. From here you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania or ask your host to arrange a private airport transfer for any flight departing that day. The airport transfer takes circa 2 hours.
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