8-day Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

Mt Kilimanjaro, located south of the equator in Tanzania, is Africa’s tallest mountain and the highest ‘free standing’ mountain in the world, standing at 5,895 metres.

The Kilimanjaro Machame Route is our shortest route, but it still allows you to spend 6 days on the mountain, reaching the summit on the fifth day. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied, and six days on the mountain allows for adequate acclimatisation. It has the most varied terrain, and each day’s walk is unique. This is one of the most enjoyable routes to attempt the mountain and is ideal for fit experienced walkers with prior altitude experience.

The Machame route approaches the mountain from the south, passing through the dense, lush montane rainforest before ascending to the eastern side of the Shira plateau and the Shira 2 campsite. Shortly after this, the route merges with the Lemosho route as it passes the Lava Tower (4,600 metres) on the way to the Barranco campsite and the easy scramble up its wall on the acclimatisation day. The Mweka route is used for the descent.

The hike itself takes 5 nights, but you’ll need an extra 2 nights to get to and from Meru View Hotel.

We also have a 9-day Machame route that includes an extra acclimatisation day and cuts some of the daily hikes in half.

Highlights

  • Arusha
  • Usa River
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arusha

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to Meru View Lodge in Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.
Dinner

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Day 2: Machame Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Arusha – Machame Gate (1,790 m) – Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Altitude ↑1,220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the entrance gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primaeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 3: New Shira Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Machame Camp (3,010m) – New Shira Camp (3,845m)
Altitude ↑835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours
After an early morning start, the path steepens. The landscape changes into heath and moorland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 4: Barranco Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

New Shira Camp (3,845m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Altitude ↑795m|↓680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours
Today you will climb about 800 metres, but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4500 metres will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain: the Barranco Camp.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 5: Barafu Camp, : Mount Kilimanjaro

Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)
Altitude ↑680m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours
Today's stretch starts with the climb of the Barranco Wall. Safety is paramount, and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp. Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 6: Mweka Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)
Altitude ↑1,255m|↓2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours
After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point (5730m), the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak. Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360 degree view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the β€œRoof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you should arrive at Barafu Camp where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp where supper and a well-earned rest await you.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 7 : Arusha

Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Arusha
Altitude ↓1,450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Meru View Lodge and after a hot shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.
Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 8 : Departure

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on a safari or relax on a beach onΒ the Indian Ocean.
Breakfast

Included

Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
Professional, English-speaking guide
Mountain crew (cook & porters)
Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
Meals according to the itinerary
Drinking water
All national park fees
All mentioned transfers

Excluded

International flights
Portable Toilet (recommended), price on request
Sleeping bag
Flights
Soft drinks
Visa fees
Tips
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Travel Insurance

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