Itinerary: Machame Route

Itinerary: Machame Route

Stage Start Finish Altitude gain (m) Duration Description
1 Machame Gate
Machame Camp
↑ 1220m 5-6 h A long first trek that offers a beautiful climb through the mountain forest.
2 Machame Camp
Shira Camp
↑ 900m 4-6 h Wonderful views of the Shira Ridge and the Kibos mountain range. The route is shorter than the previous day.
3 Shira Camp
Barranco Camp
↑ 800m
↓ 680m
6-7 h A longer stage with great views and fantastic vegetation.
4 Barranco Camp
Barafu Camp
↑ 680m
↓ 50m
5-6 h Begins with a steep climb then rises and falls. Views of the southern glaciers. The altitude will become noticeable.
5 Barafu Camp
Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
↑ 1250m
↓ 2810m
10-14 h Very steep, long and cold climb to Stella Point. Spectacular panoramic views of the crator ridge and the summit. Relatively steep and long descent with the altitude playing a major role.
6 Mweka Camp
Mweka Gate
↓ 1450m 2-3 h Easier and relatively shorter descent with good paths. Luscious rainforest.


Day 1 Arrival in Moshi, Hotel transfer

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and be taken to the Keys Hotel in Moshi.The rest of the day will be yours to do as you please; you may choose to relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Moshi (a small taxi ride away). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. Dinner

Day 2 Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive, you will arrive at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the entrance forms, you can watch the mountain team preparing for the climb – it is always impressive ‘what’ and particularly ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once this is all prepared, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 – 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – The Machame Camp – which is situated just above the tree line at 3000m. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)

After an early morning start, you will leave the Machame Camp where the path steepens and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon, you will reach the campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the warm evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 New Shira Camp – Lava Tower Hut – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today, you will climb approx. 700m 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 4500m will be reached during the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape moves towards an afro-alpine desert. The trek passes through the spacious and sweeping Barranco Valley with its giant senecio and lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp. Here, you will stay for the night fortified with an evening meal. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

The trek for today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and you will be secured whereever necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 – 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp, you can relax, have dinner and take a short nap in preparation for the early start for the next stage. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

After a hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of the Kibo. After 5 – 7 hrs of night climbing, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of the Kilimanjaro. Another 1 – 2 hrs climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m). Here, you will witness Africa’s Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying its surrounding landscape being lit up and warmed by the suns rays – a truly liberating experience – in which you have reached the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you will arrive at Barafu Camp. Here, the rest of the mountain crew will have waited for you and upon your return will provide you with warm meal. After a well-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs, you will be on your way to Mweka Camp (3080m) where an evening meal and a well earned sleep awaits you. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 -3 hrs descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver takes you back to the Keys Hotel in Moshi. Once there, you may choose to relax and relieve your aching muscles in the pool or just idly doze away an hour or two with thoughts of the “Roof of Africa”. Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8 Moshi – Additional Services

After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.