Climb Kilimanjaro Machame Route


Kili-trekkers rest on Machame route

Kili-trekking group on Machame route resting.

Kilimanjaro Machame Route:

Climb Kilimanjaro Machame route for your trekking challenge. The route has one of the highest summit success rates of all the Kilimanjaro trekking routes because of the up and down nature of the climb. You can climb Machame route over 6 days but we  recommend 7 days Kilimanjaro climb on Machame as the extra day is good for acclimatizing the body to the high altitude. Hiking days are longer than most of the other Kilimanjaro routes and some parts of the trail are steep.

Machame route offers great views of western Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru on clear days. Every day of the ascent, the scenery and flora change – the valleys and glaciers of Kilimanjaro Machame route are breathtaking.

Climbers ascend Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame route and descend on the quicker Mweka route to Mweka camp for a final overnight. The trail from the last camp to Mweka gate is well defined and, if legs are still functioning, the distance on the last day can be covered quite quickly, to be back in Moshi by mid morning.

Machame Route: 7 trek days.

Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) and transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight (bed and breakfast).

Day 1:

Transfer to Machame gate (1800m) to start your Kilimanjaro Machame route trek through montane forest to the first campsite, Machame (3,000 meters in 6 to 7 hours).

Day 2: 

Trekking continues through steep rocks and open moorland, offering stunning views of Mt. Meru, before reaching Shira campsite (3,840 meters in 6 to 7 hours).

Day 3:

Leave Shira Camp to continue trekking via the Lava tower (a short acclimatization ascent to 4,100 meters). The Machame route descends from the Lava Tower to reach Baranco camp (3,950 meters in 7 to 8 hours).

Day 4:  

Wake up to your Kilimanjaro Machame challenge – Baranco wall (easier than it looks). The wall is a steep rock scramble that levels out beneath the glacier. Continue hiking through surreal alpine vegetation to reach the shelter of Karanga Valley where you will rest and stay overnight. This is a short hiking day of 2 to 3 hours to help your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. Dinner and overnight camping (Karanga – 4000 meters).

6 day Machame climbers – only stop for a rest and lunch break at Karanga Valley before continuing the ascent to reach Barafu camp for overnight. Preparation for the summit ascent begins on reaching Barafu camp.

Day 5:

After breakfast in Karanga Camp, begin hiking through alpine vegetation, which becomes more sparse as the trail ascends. If there is no cloud cover you may get a good view of Mawenzi peak. Continue hiking for 4 to 5 hours to reach Barafu camp site. After dinner your guide will join you and you will be briefed on the summit ascent before retiring to your tent for final equipment preparation and rest (Barafu 4,600 meters).

Day 6:

After a light snack and hot drink, the final stage of your Kilimanjaro climb on Machame route will begin around midnight while the trail is still frozen. You begin with a steep climb up to Stella Point (5,700 meters in 5 to 6 hrs). Some climbers finish here but for those with energy reserves to continue, the ascending path begins to flatten out along the crater rim. Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) can be reached in 1 to 2 hrs. After a short rest on the top for photographs and energy snacks, begin your descent to return to Barafu for breakfast. Enjoy a short rest in your tent before continuing the descent via Mweka route to Mweka Camp for dinner and a final Kilimanjaro camping night within the forest (3,100 meters in 6 to 7 hours).

Day 7:

Wake up to your final day Kilimanjaro trekking on Machame route. Descend on a well defined rocky path to return through the forest to reach Mweka gate which takes around 3 to 4 hours. Join the waiting vehicle to return to the hotel for overnight (dinner included on request).

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or continue to another activity (priced separately).

Add another activity.

Go on a safari or add a few days relaxing on the beach to your Kilitrek.