Safari Overview

Considered by the majority of our guides as the most beautiful route to Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit, Machame starts in the forest and has on a clear day views of the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo peak. Machame is a camping route and is tougher than Rongai and Marangu routes as it is steeper. Machame route can be chosen as a scheduled departure (every Friday) or as a private departure (any day, with your choice of team mates).


Day 1

Arusha – Machame Gate

Drive from Hotel in Arusha to Machame Gate (1790m / 5872ft).

Machame Gate – Machame Camp 

9km, ↑1220m / 4003ft

After registration you begin your climb through the tropical beautiful rain forest. As you pass through the rainforest, you are likely to spot black and white colobus monkeys as well as blue monkeys and forest birds!

After 6-7 hours you will arrive Machame Camp (3010m / 9875ft) for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Machame Camp ─ Shira Camp                                    

7km, ↑ 835m / 2740ft
From the Machame Camp, you cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge – criss-crossing a few times before reaching Shira camp within 5-6 hours, at the base of a semi-circular wall of Shira. 

Dinner and overnight at Shira camp (3845m / 12615ft).

Day 3

Shira Camp ─ Barranco Camp                         

10km, ↑ 700m / 2297ft, ↓ 600m / 1969ft
From Shira camp, you hike to Lava Tower (4600m / 15092 ft) to acclimatize and then proceed down to Barranco Camp. Tonight’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp (3960m / 12992 ft).

Day 4

Barranco Camp ─ Karanga Valley                  

6km, ↑ 375m / 1230ft, ↓300m / 984 ft
From Barranco camp, you climb up through the edge of great Barranco Wall. It’s a tough morning climb on a steep trail, but once you reach the top, the views are spectacular.

Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp (4035m / 13238ft).

Day 5

Karanga Camp ─ Barafu Camp                                   

 4km,↑ 605m / 1985ft
Today is a shorter climb than the past few days, hiking up to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit.

You must get lots of rest as you will need all your energy for the climb to the roof of Africa.

Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp (4640m / 15223ft).

Day 6

Barafu Camp ─ Uhuru Peak ─ Mweka Camp                       

 ↑ 1255m / 4117ft, ↓ 2815m / 9235ft

You will start trekking early just after midnight, as the walk today will take 10 – 14 + hours.

The 1255m ascent in just over 3 km, will take us about 6-8 hours, as you try to reach the summit to watch the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley.  After watching the sunrise and taking enough pictures, you then start descending down the mountain to below the tree line.

Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp (3080m / 10105ft)

Day 7

Mweka Camp ─ Mweka Gate                             

10km, ↓ 1450m / 4757ft
On your final day, we will have a short four-hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. You meet our driver with the vehicle at the Mweka Gate (1630m / 5348ft) to drive back to the hotel in Arusha.

Included Items: 7 Days Machame-Route Kilimanjaro Climb Itinerary

  • Quality, waterproof mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and Rescue fees
  • All meals
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • 2 nights at hotel with half board (before & after climb)
  • Transfer from hotel to Gate and back to hotel after climb
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porter