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6 Days Trekking Machame Route

Trekking Route Machame Kilimanjaro Tour Overview

The Machame route is perhaps the most popular climbing route. It is a choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. Machame hike steeper trails for longer distances and sleep in tents. The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.

Trekking Machame Route Overview

You will be picked up from the airport by a Scarface safari representative and conveyed to your accommodation in Arusha or Moshi where you will overnight, relax, and prepare in anticipation of the Trekking Machame Route to come. enjoy your Trekking Route machame kilimanjaro.

Day 1

Trekking Machame Route – Machame Camp

  • Machame Gate (1,500m/4,921ft) to Machame Camp (2,835m/9,301ft)
  • Trekking Route Machame Kilimanjaro, Hiking distance: 11km
  • Hiking time: 5–7hrs
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Your first day of Trekking Machame Route begins with an early morning briefing from our guide or tour leader followed by a drive to the Machame Village (1,490m/4,890ft) from Arusha or Moshi town. After registering at the park authority ready for Trekking Route Machame Kilimanjaro you will have hot lunch. Heavy rains often transform the trail on this side of the mountain into the mud, so good footgear, gaiters, and trekking poles are extremely helpful; arrive at Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Porters will have erected your tent in advance of your arrival.

Activity; hiking

Main destination; Machame Camp

Day 2

Trekking from Machame Camp – Shira Cave

  • Machame Camp (2,835m/9,301ft) to Shira Cave (3,750m/11,303ft)
  • Hiking distance: 11km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8hrs
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, you will climb for an hour heading to the top of the forest and then begin 2 hours of walking through a gentle moorland. You continue up the rocky ridge to the Shira Plateau. At Shira Plateau, you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route and west of Kibo. After a short hike west, you arrive at the Shira Cave campsite. You will have a hot lunch at the camp followed by a leisurely afternoon. In the evening visit the Shira cave for a short history of the cave and the surroundings. In the evening you will be served a hot dinner before going to bed. The night at this exposed camp will be colder and temperatures will drop below freezing.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Shira Cave Camp

Day 3

Trekking from Shira Cave – Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Shira Cave (3,750m/12,795ft) to Barranco Camp (3,900m/12,795ft) via Lava Tower (4,600m/15,091ft)
  • Hiking Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8hrs
  • Habitat: Moorland

Your hike begins by climbing eastward up, the path becomes steep above the highest vegetation towards Kilimanjaro. After several hours you will walk through a rocky landscape to Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft). This remnant of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic past is several hundred feet high. The trail passes right below it. After lunch at Lava Tower, you will descend for 2 hours below the lower cliff of the Western Breach to the Breach Wall to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft). Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls. This provides the scenic sunset while waiting for your evening meals. On this day you may experience signs of altitude sickness.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Barranco Camp

Day 4

Trekking Baranco Wall – Barafu Camp

  • Baranco Camp (3,900m/12,960ft) to Barafu Camp (4,667m/15,311ft)
  • Hiking Distance: 13km
  • Hiking Time 7- 8hrs
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

This is a great mountain day. You ascend the Great Barranco and then exit steeply up onto the southern slopes of Kibo. You pass beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head up to the Karanga Valley the last place where you can find water below the summit. You will pass the Karanga campsite and the junction of the Mweka Trail before a final push across some scree to the Barafu campsite. From here you can see both the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Barafu Camp

Day 5

Summit Day!
Barafu Camp (4,667m/14,930ft) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) down to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
  • Hiking Distance: 15.5km
  • Hiking Time: 8hrs up and 7-8hrs down
  • Habitat: Ice Cap

At 11:00 PM, wake up to steaming tea and biscuits. You will then take off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685m/18,650ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an outstanding sunrise. You cannot stop for long as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to fatigue and cold. Depending on the season and recent storm activity you may encounter snow on the remaining part of your hike along to the Uhuru Peak rim.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Mweka Camp

Day 6

Descend – Mweka Gate

  • Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft)
  • Hiking Distance: 12km
  • Hiking Time: 3hrs
  • Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast, you will take a short scenic 3-hour hike back to the Mweka gate. At Mweka Gate sign your name and add details in a register. This is where successful climbers receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate continue down to Mweka Village for Hot Lunch with your Mountain Crew and a small celebration before you drive to the hotel for a warm shower and leisure.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Arusha/JRO


                                                                                      END OF TOUR


1. Airport pick and drop off

2. Transfer to/from the mountain

3. Kilimanjaro National Park Permits, camping/hut fees & rescue fees

4. Service of a professional & qualified mountain guide

5. Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions & passenger private bags

6. Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters

7. First Aid Kit

8. All 3 meals+bites

9. Spacious tent for camping

10. Free walking poles

12. Free quality sleeping mats

13. Camping equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery, and cutlery)

14. International certificates for a successful ascent

15. Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hit


  1. International airfare and related costs such as personal international travel insurance, visas, and vaccinations
  2. Accommodation before and after the tour
  3. Increase in government taxes that occur prior to the start of your trip
  4. Cost of any client-requested itinerary modifications while the trekking is in progress
  5. Expenses of a personal nature such as extra beverages, laundry, etc.
  6. Personal mountain gears
  7. Tips & gratuities for your mountain crew.
  8. Excess luggage more than 15Kg per client while trekking