Machame route

Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame is the climbing route which is a more difficult route than the Marangu route. The route is known to be the most scenic route of Kilimanjaro Mountain as it gives the climber an experience of the scenic view. The route is well known due to the success rate of the summit for the climbers. Also, it gives a great time for acclimatization on the ascending to the Lover tower and descending to Baranco before heading up to Karanga and the Barafu to the Summit. With this route on the second day, you will join other climbers from Lemosho and Shira routes before heading to the lover tower.  The six days ascending and descending of the Kilimanjaro Mountain via the Machame route will be in the following manner.

Day 1, Moshi to Machame gate and hike up to Machame camp

On this day you will be picked and have a 50 minutes drive p to the Machame, at the gate you will complete the registration formalities and start the hiking up to the Machame camp.

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters

Time and distance: hiking of 5 to 6hrs a distance of 11km

Walking through: The misty montane forest

What to see: A fairytale forest that is lush, deep, and green

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft

Meal plans: Lunch & dinner

Day 2, Machame camp to Shira camp


the second day for your adventure to the roof of Africa via the Machame route will start in the morning with breakfast and after start the hiking deep up to the Shira plateau where you will have your overnight. This is a short hiking day as you will have just an hour hiking after your lunch up to the Shira camp.

Walking through: The moorland, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters

Time and distance: hiking of 4 to 5hrs a distance of 5km

What to see: Kibo peak, the Western breach the Shira Cathedra, and the sunset

Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft

Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower then to Barranco

This is the long day Kilimanjaro climbing where you will be ascending up to the lava tower which is the volcanic plug remain after the Kilimanjaro was volcanic. Thereafter you will be descending down to the Barranco valley which is the massive landline of some years back. Climbers tend to reach the Baranco camp through Machame, Shira, Lemosho and even the special northern route. Although at some point you might feet the shocking change of altitude and even experiencing the shortness of oxygen, it is the best day for adaptation to the environment changes.

Walking through: The semi-desert rocky ground of the lava ridges

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters

Time and distance: hiking of 5 to 6hrs a distance of 10km

What to see: Kibo peak, the Western Breach, and the southern glaciers

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 4, Baranco camp to Barafu camp

This day is when you can keep and myth or proves it to be just a myth, as the day will begin with attacking the Baranco wall, where the myth says only experienced climbers made it but with your energy, you can make it. It is a steep slope, yes but it is no way that it needs a climbing experience. It takes an hour to climb it and from there you will suddenly see the great view of Kibo peak which is more closer from there, thereafter will be crossing the valleys until you reach the Karanga valley camp.

Walking through: The Baranco wall and alpine desert valleys

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters

Time and distance: hiking of 6 to 8hrs a distance of 9km

What to see: Kibo peak, the Western Breach and the southern glaciers

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft

Meal plans: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 5, Summit and descend to Mweka camp

This is the dream come true day where you will be leaving at midnight passing between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will be heading in the northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit at the Uhuru peak. Also from there, you will meet a Congratulation spot sight that you have reached the highest peak in Africa. Therefore,  you are on the list of the successful people who have made it and be certified. After the summit, you will take your way back descending down until you reach the Mweka camp. Enjoy your Kilimanjaro Climbing

Walking through: The crater rim

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, on the summit, then joining the chef and porters at Barafu on descending back

Time and distance: hiking of 5to 7hrs ascending and 5 to 6 hrs descending a distance of 5km up and 13km down respectively.

What to see: the great view at the Uhuru peak

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft up and 3090m/10,150ft down
Meal plans
: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 6, Mweka camp to Mweka gate then back to Moshi

This is the last day of your adventure to the roof of Africa where you will be taking your morning breakfast at the camp and then takes time to continue the descending up to the Mweka gate where you will meet Ngaiza Adventures staff waiting to pick you back to Moshi. On descending at the lower elevation it will be wet and muddy hence the gaiters and highly recommended to be used.

Walking through: Wet and muddy forestry ways

Accompaniments: Mountain guide/guides, chef and porters

Time and distance: hiking of 3 to 4hrs a distance of 10km

What to see: The forest and its features

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Meal plans: Breakfast.

Price package inclusive and exclusive

Standard Package Included:

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport ready for Kilimanjaro safari.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and 18% VAT on tour fees & services cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Pre and after Trek accommodation at the hotel, 2 nights at a hotel in Moshi with bed & breakfast (BB) meal plan.

Not Included:

  • Both National and International Flights
  • Visa cost which is 50$ except for Canadian and USA passport holders which are 100$
  • Items of a Kilimanjaro Climb Safari personal nature
  • Medical insurance of Kilimanjaro Climb safari
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the Kilimanjaro Climb safari group
  • Tips and gratitude  for the Kilimanjaro Climb safari crew
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra via this Kilimanjaro route (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)

End of Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame Route