9-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.

Our 9-day Machame Route includes an extra day for acclimatisation, allowing you to spend 7 days on the mountain, reaching the summit on the sixth day. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied, and seven 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 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 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 6 nights, but you’ll need an extra 2 nights to get to and from Meru View Hotel.

We also have a shorter 8-day Machame route group climb.


  • Arusha
  • Usa River
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 : Arusha

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha
Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to the Meru View Lodge in Usa River, close of Arusha. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. Relax at the lodge pool or take a taxi and explore the town of Arusha. In the late afternoon, you will be met by one of our Kilimanjaro team members, who will brief you on your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.


Day 2: Machame Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Arusha – Machame Gate (1,790m) – Machame Camp (3,010m)
Altitude ↑1,220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your lodge and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. After completion of all the necessary paperwork, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primaeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens kilimanjari. You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite, you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal before snuggling into your tent for the night.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 3: Shira Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Machame Camp (3,010m) – New Shira Camp (3,845m)
Altitude ↑835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours
Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach New Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in landscape: from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heathland. Arriving at your campsite, a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glisten in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


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
Acclimatisation is on today’s menu. You will climb roughly 800 metres but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower. Here you will rest a while before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecios will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 5: Karanga Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Karanga Camp (4,035m)
Altitude ↑75m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours
Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary. Your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allows for further acclimatisation and leads you to the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge, you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 3 to 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 6: Barafu Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Karanga Camp (4,035m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)
Altitude ↑605m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours
Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination: Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 3 to 4 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and night as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away...
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 7: Mweka Camp : Mount Kilimanjaro

Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)
Altitude ↑1,255m|↓2,815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours
Around midnight you will be woken up by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point (5730m), reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 8 : Arusha

Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Arusha
Altitude ↓1,450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours
A scrumptious breakfast is followed by the traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka Gate. You will be met at the gate and taken back to the Meru View Lodge for a long shower and relaxed day by the pool. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.
Breakfast | Dinner


Day 9 : Departure

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can opt to extend your trip with a safari or a beach holiday on Zanzibar.


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


Sleeping bag
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Visa fees
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Travel insurance