The Machame Route

The Machame Route

A group climbing the Machame route Mount Kilimanjaro
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Why Should You Climb
The Machame Route?

The Machame Route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. The route provides sweeping views across the Maasai Steepe, Mount Meru, the majestic Barranco Valley, and a variety of habitats.

  • The trail starts from the southern base of Kilimanjaro and enjoys some of the finest forest and moorland scenery on the mountain.
  • 7 days/ 6 nights on the mountain.
  • Great route for charity climbs.
  • Excellent acclimatization profile.
  • High summit success rate.
  • Night-time summit bid.
  • The descent path is via the Mweka Route.
  • The trekking distance from the gate to the gate is approximately 37 miles (62 km).

Why Should You Climb
The Machame Route?

The Machame Route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. The route provides sweeping views across the Maasai Steepe, Mount Meru, the majestic Barranco Valley, and a variety of habitats.

  • The trail starts from the southern base of Kilimanjaro and enjoys some of the finest forest and moorland scenery on the mountain.
  • 7 days/ 6 nights on the mountain.
  • Great route for charity climbs.
  • Excellent acclimatization profile.
  • High summit success rate.
  • Night-time summit bid.
  • The descent path is via the Mweka Route.
  • The trekking distance from the gate to the gate is approximately 37 miles (62 km).
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Machame Route Elevations

Machame Route Altitude Chart showing Mount Kilimanjaro height

Machame 7-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

Elevation: 4,200 ft | 1,280 m
Overnight: Lodge near Arusha
Meals: Dinner on arrival

Meet and greet with a Barking Zebra representative at the Kilimanjaro airport, who will assist you with a transfer to your lodge.

The view of Mount Meru from Arusha

Day 2: Acclimatization Day & Pre-Climb Briefing

Elevation: 4,200 ft | 1,280 m
Overnight: Lodge near Arusha
Meals: B/L/D

Meet with Barking Zebra guides for a detailed climb orientation and a final gear check. In the afternoon relax and acclimatize.

Day 3: Machame Camp

Elevation
Machame Gate: 5,700 ft | 1,737m
Machame Camp: 9,350 ft | 2,850m
Hours of trekking: 5-7
Habitat: Rainforest
Meals: B/L/D

After breakfast, we depart to Kilimanjaro National Park. Driving past the banana and coffee plantations, we arrive at the trail-head-Machame gate, where you will sign in at the National Park office. Our climb will start by immediately entering the rain-forest and beginning the Machame route. Enjoy listening to many exotic birds in the canopy above and spotting black & white colobus monkeys.

Ascending the Mount Kilimanjaro rainforest along the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 4: Shira Camp

Elevation: 12,500 ft | 3,810 m
Hours of trekking: 4-6
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: B/L/D

This morning we leave the last glades of the rainforest behind. Vegetation gets sparser as we ascend into the heath. After a couple of hours, we pass the first Lobelia and reach the Shira Plateau – a high altitude desert plateau.
Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatize to the higher altitude as we cross Shira Plateau.

View of Mount Meru along the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 5: Barranco Camp

Elevation: 13,045 ft | 3,976 m
Hours of trekking: 6-8
Habitat: Moorland/Alpine Desert
Meals: B/L/D

The trail becomes a bit rocky and strenuous as we get closer to the Lava Tower, a 300 ft tall volcanic tower. We have lunch at Lava Tower at 15,190 ft/4,630 m to help our bodies acclimatize to the thin air. This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so we meet other climbers ascending the Lemosho Route.
After lunch, we descend to Giant Senecio Valley to Barranco Camp. Although we end the day at a lower elevation than we started, this day is significant for acclimatization. The view of the Western Breach from camp is spectacular.

The way to Lava Tower Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Karanga Camp

Elevation: 13,105 ft | 3,994 m
Hours of trekking: 4-5
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B/L/D

Today our first challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 ft lava flow. It is a quite spectacular looking obstacle, which in the end usually turns out easier than how it appears. The views of crags and crevasses are stunning from the top of the wall.
We continue to walk up and down a greener valley to Karanga camp.

Karranga camp along the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 7: Barafu Camp

Elevation: 15,330 ft | 4,673 m
Hours of trekking: 3-4
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B/L/D

As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse on the Machame route as we work our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili. The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit.
The peaks of both Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from the camp.

Barafu is Mount Kilimanjaro base camp on the Machame route

Day 8: Summit - Mweka Camp

Elevation Uhuru Peak: 19,341 ft | 5,895 m
Hours of trekking to Uhuru Peak: 7-8
Habitat: Arctic

Elevation Mweka Camp: 10,065 ft | 3,067 m
Hours of trekking to Mweka Camp: 5-6
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: B/L/D

We’ll be up before midnight to set out for the glacier zone atop Kilimanjaro. Walk slowly, drink plenty of water and refuel with small snacks to keep our energy high until we reach the summit.
We celebrate our success with a few quick pictures at the top before trekking much of the way back down the mountain. Gaiters and trekking poles come in handy for the loose gravel going down.
Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Mweka camp along the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 9: Mweka Gate

Elevation: 5,380 ft | 1,640 m
Hours of trekking: 3-4
Habitat: Rainforest
Meals: B/L/D

Celebrate your achievement with your mountain crew and partake in a tipping ceremony to thank your guides and porters, acknowledging their hard work and contribution to your success.
Descend back through the rainforest and enjoy a farewell lunch with your group at the Mweka gate.

For climbers who are limited on time and need to depart Tanzania on the last day of the climb, you’ll transfer to a day room near the airport where you can shower and relax before your evening flight home.
Contact us if you’d like to overnight after your climb or continue on a wildlife safari.

The trail to Mweka gate along the Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Scheduled Departures

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

Departure Dates 2021

RouteArriveDepartPriceAvailability
Machame 7-Day
9 Days / 8 Nights
Sep 26, 2021 - SunOct 04, 2021 - Mon$3,810AvailableReserve

Please note:
National Park fees can change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site. We reserve the right to correct errors.

***Can’t find a date that works for you? Call us to set up a private climb.

The number of people in one group ranges from a minimum of three to a maximum of ten people. You will share the same mess tent for all meals, be taken along the route by the same guides and porters and share the tips for the crew at the end of the journey. A supplement charge will be applied to small groups with less than three climbers. Please contact us for more details.

Climbers usually arrive in Tanzania two days before the trek and will stay in one of our recommended hotels near Arusha. The day before the trek, you’ll meet with our operation team and guides for a pre-climb briefing and a thorough gear check. After the climb, you’ll be able to use a dayroom in the hotel before your home-bound flight.

The trip price is based on sharing the room at the lodge and in Kilimanjaro tents with another fellow trekker. If you are a solo traveler and would like to share a room/tent with another trekker, we will make every effort to pair you up with a person of the same gender. All solo travelers will be charged the single supplement fee; however, if we can match you with a roommate, we will refund you the supplement fee.

Single supplement at the lodge: $190
Single tent on the mountain: $300

Many climbers continue exploring Tanzania on a wildlife safari. All safaris are private and operated in our 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers with pop-top roofs. For safari ideas please click here.

The number of people in one group ranges from a minimum of three to a maximum of ten people. You will share the same mess tent for all meals, be taken along the route by the same guides and porters and share the tips for the crew at the end of the journey. A supplement charge will be applied to small groups with less than three climbers. Please contact us for more details.

Climbers usually arrive in Tanzania two days before the trek and will stay in one of our recommended hotels near Arusha. The day before the trek, you’ll meet with our operation team and guides for a pre-climb briefing and a thorough gear check. After the climb, you’ll be able to use a dayroom in the hotel before your home-bound flight.

The trip price is based on sharing the room at the lodge and in Kilimanjaro tents with another fellow trekker. If you are a solo traveler and would like to share a room/tent with another trekker, we will make every effort to pair you up with a person of the same gender. All solo travelers will be charged the single supplement fee; however, if we can match you with a roommate, we will refund you the supplement fee.

Single supplement at the lodge: $190
Single tent on the mountain: $300

Many climbers continue exploring Tanzania on a wildlife safari. All safaris are private and operated in our 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers with pop-top roofs. For safari ideas please click here.

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This is Tanzania at its best!

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4-5 Days
Zanzibar

If you are looking to combine your Kilimanjaro climb with a fantastic beach holiday, let Zanzibar make your dream come true. Zanzibar offers pristine beaches, fantastic day trips and some of the bluest water in the world.

4-5 Days
Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Journey into lash hills of Virunga Mountains in Rwanda for thrilling encounters with endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. Mountain gorillas can only survive in the wild, so trekking into their native forests is your only chance to see them. Call for current pricing. Itineraries can include multiple day gorilla treks.

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