7 days Machame route

This 7 days Kilimanjaro Machame route is best for acclimatization

This route is the most popular ascending route and is well established route on Kilimanjaro and is the perfect for those with camping and hiking experience. Machame is the route that has the beautiful forest along the way with evening meals taken in a communal dining area.

The best months for climbing Kilimanjaro

Normally April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.November is usually short rains but it is not often rains all day.The best time for climbing Kilimanjaro is January to February and September.July to August can be colder and November to December can be wetter.January to March is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.

Detailed Description 

Day 1

Arrival day

We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.


Machame Gate (1634m/5,363ft) to Machame camp (3000m/9,300ft)

In the morning, we depart from our hotel to the Gate at approximately 9:00 AM. This will take 45 minutes up to one hour Drive. It will take about one hour to do registration before you start trekking. You will walk for about four to five hours depending on the pace of the climbers. You will walk through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation. A stop for picnic lunch will be made halfway to this evening’s campsite. As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather.This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy. There is no point in rushing to get to the camp, as there is little to do there. Guides tend to recommend a slow ascent, even at this point, for gradual acclimatization. Do not try to keep up with your porters, who will usually bind ahead. Instead, take time to admire the beauty of the rainforest. Overnight: MachameCamp (3000m)


Machame camp (3000m/9,300ft) to Shira camp (3800m/12,300ft)

On this day you will wake-up at 6:00 or 6:30 AM. You will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak if the view will be clear. Today’s trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather. You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through a ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves, and streams.Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp. The hike to the next campsite takes approximately five hours and you should arrive between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Most climbers tend to pace themselves, walking slowly and resting about every half-hour. Overnight: Shira Camp (3800m).


Shira camp (3800m/12,300ft) to Barranco camp (3950m/12,800ft)

The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning with sweeping vistas across to Meru and the Shira Needles. A steady walk takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (4600 Mts), where you stop to have lunch. Crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp. The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River. Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before. Today’s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM. Overnight: Barranco Camp (3950m).


Barranco camp (3950m/12,800ft) to Karanga Valley (3963m/13,000ft)

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 very rewarding. Dinner and overnight at Karanga camp.


Karanga Valley (3963m/13,000ft) to Barafu camp (4,600m/15,091ft)

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.


Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091ft) to the Summit (5896m/19,343ft) and then to Mweka Camp (3100m/10,170ft)

You will be awakened at midnight and after a light breakfast, start climbing at around 12.00 0r 1:00 AM. It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult. Here, very few will not be suffering from altitude sickness in some form or another; and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb. Temperatures will range from -4° to 5° Fahrenheit. Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater, between Stella and Hans Meyer points. Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit.Uhuru stands at 19,340 feet and is the highest point on the continent of Africa. The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy. Concentrate on your feet, and follow your guide very closely for this portion of the journey. 6 Days Kilimanjaro climb Machame routethe descent is no easier than the ascent. You will reach Kibo Hut after about three hours (around 11:30 AM). Climbers will be given the opportunity to rest and have some refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5:00PM, you will have trekked a total of thirteen hours today.Overnight: Mweka Camp (10,200ft).


Mweka camp (3100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1828m/6,000ft)

On the final day of the journey, climbers descend from Mweka camp to the base. The descent to the gate will take approximately 3 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. Upon arrival at the gate climbers will be rewarded with certificates for their success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and then get transferred back to the hotel.


Departure day

Included in this tour

  • Quality, waterproof mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress