Machame Route

6 - 7 days. Highly recommended as most scenic route on Kilimanjaro.

bookNowadays this is the most crowded route on Kilimanjaro. It is highly appreciated for the scenic value. The challenging trek with stunnig scenery leads through 5 climatic zones. It is recommended to allow 7 days so you will have more rest on the day before reaching the summit. However it is possible to do this route in 6 days by combining day 4 and day 5. You will sleep in tents, carried and set up by staff.
Descent on Mweka Route.

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  • Day 1: Arusha > Machame Gate > Machame Huts (3000 m)

    After breakfast, briefing from the mountain guide. Then pack everything and drive to Machame gate. After registration start hiking to Machame huts through rain forest. There's a high possibility that it will actually rain in the rain forest. We recommend to use good boots and rain gear, as well as good protection for your equipment. Dinner and overnight stay at Machame Huts where the staff will set up our camp.

    Hiking time: 5-7 hours

  • Day 2: Machame Huts > Shira Camp 2 (3830 m)

    After breakfast we climb for one hour to the top of the forest, and then continue on the more gentle moorlands. After lunch we continue to the Shira Plateau, and from there to Shira Camp 2. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp.

    Hiking time: 4-6 hours

  • Day 3: Shira Camp 2 > Lava Tower (4640 m) > Barranco Camp (3980 m)

    After breakfast we start climbing up towards the Lava Tower, a 100 m/300 ft volcanic plug, left over from times when Kilimanjaro was volcanic. We will climbing up to 4600 m and your body will sure notice the the lack of oxygen!
    After lunch near the Lava Tower we descend into the beautiful green Barranco Valley. You have great views across the plains below, offering great opportunities to take beautiful pictures.
    The Barranco Camp is without a doubt the most spectacular campsite of this route, with fantastic views of Kibo, the Western Breach and the first of the southern glaciers. You might have some symptoms of altitude sickness due to the height of Lava Tower, but by climbing high and sleeping low you had an important day for acclimatization. From this point all climbers from Machame, Umbwe and Lemoshi Route follow the same trail.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours ascent to Lava Tower, 2-3 hours descent to Barranco Camp

  • Day 4*: Barranco Camp > Karanga Camp (3995 m)

    Wake up with stunning views from your tent at Barranco Camp. After breakfast we climb Barranco Wall. On the final ridge you are will have a breathtaking view of Kibo, which seems much closer by now! Continue to Karanga camp where we will have lunch. In the afternoon you can rest or take an additional acclimatization hike. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

  • Day 5*: Karanga Camp > Barafu Camp (4670 m)

    After breakfast we will head to Barafu Camp on an easy but steep path. On the left you will see the Southern Glaciers. We will arrive at Barafu around lunch time. After lunch you have enough time to prepare your equipment for the summit (check your camera batteries and headlight, we recommend to carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid freezing). Sleep early after dinner to rest as much as possible in order to get up at midnight for summit.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

  • Day 6: Barafu Camp > UHURU PEAK (5895 m) > Mweka Camp (3100 m)

    We get up in the night to leave for Uhuru Peak around midnight, after some hot tea. Be prepared for a long, cold night & day. First we will reach Stella Point (5740 m), and after that we will reach the summit Uhuru Peak (5895 m) early in the morning. You are likely to experience the most beautiful sunrise of a lifetime.

    After taking pictures and enjoying the moment at Uhuru Peak it's time to start the descent. It will take about 3 hours to go back to Barafu. After a short break we continue the descent to Mweka Camp, situated in the forest. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweka Camp.

    Hiking time: 6-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 5-6 hours descent to Mweka Camp

  • Day 7: Mweka Camp > Arusha

    After breakfast start walking down to Mweka gate. You will pass the beautiful forest. At the gate you will receive your certificate for reaching the top (green certificate if you reached Stella Point, gold certificate if you made it all the way up to Uhuru Peak). After check out it's time say goodbye to your team and you will be picked up to drive back to the hotel in Arusha.

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

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* Day 4 and day 5 can be combined into 1 day. You will start the day at Barranco Camp, have lunch at Karanga and then continue to Barafu Camp in the afternoon. Bare in mind that you will have to leave around midnight again to reach Uhuru Peak next day.