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Embarking on a thrilling adventure of 6 days kilimanjaro climb machame route.

Machame route is a 62-kilometer (37-mile) trek from the Machame Gate to the Mweka Gate. It is the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro, and is known for its stunning views, challenging terrain, and high success rate.

The Machame route can be completed in 6 or 7 days. The 7-day route is recommended for most climbers, as it allows for more time to acclimatize to the altitude. On the 6-day route, climbers ascend to high altitudes more quickly, which can increase the risk of altitude sickness.

The Machame route is a relatively difficult route, with an elevation gain of 16,000 to 17,000 feet. The trail is steep and rocky, and there are several challenging climbs, including the Barranco Wall and the Western Breach.

However, the Machame route is also a very rewarding route. The views from the summit are incredible, and the sense of accomplishment after reaching the top is unmatched.

If you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is a great option. It is challenging but rewarding, and offers a great chance of success.

Day Distance (km) Altitude  (m) Acclimatization Route
1 11 2,850 Start of the climb Machame Gate, RainForest
2 5 3,810 Acclimatization Shira Camp, Moorland
3 10 4,630 Acclimatization Lava Tower, Barranco Camp, Semi- desert
4 Rest day 3,976 Acclimatization Barranco Camp
5 8 4,673 Summit day preparation Barafu Camp, Alpine desert
6 7 5,895 Summit day Uhuru Peak, Mweka, Glaciers, snow capped summit


Machame 6 days 5 nights $ 1750 per person
Solo climber add on charge $350
Single supplement charge $300

Here are some additional tips for the 6 days kilimanjaro climb machame route

  • Be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes, as the temperatures at high altitudes can be very cold.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Eat a healthy diet to give your body the energy it needs.
  • Get plenty of rest to help your body acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Listen to your guide and follow their instructions.

With proper preparation and planning, you can enjoy a safe and successful climb on the Machame route. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and the group's pace. Your safety and well-being are our utmost priority throughout the journey.


  • All Entrance fees and Government taxes
  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure)
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Oxygen Tanks, Pulse Oximeter, jeep rescue, and First Aid Kit
  • Transfers from Hotel to Kilimanjaro entrance gate and from Kilimanjaro exit gate to the hotel
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • International and local airfare.
  • Yellow fever vaccinations
  • visa and travelers Insurance
  • Personal expenses eg. Laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Tips for the crew
  • Private Toilet and hot shower tent
  • Gears

Tour Plan

Day 1 Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Distance: 11 km/6 miles
Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m
After a 45-minute drive from Moshi, we will reach the Machame Gate, where permits will be issued. While waiting, you can observe the preparations of various crews for their journeys. Our trek starts through the lush rainforest, where your guide will share insights about the local flora, fauna, and wildlife. The trail might be muddy and slippery at lower elevations, so gaiters and trekking poles are recommended.

Day 2 Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m

Distance: 5.3 km / 3 miles Duration: 4-5 hours

Following a restful night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, we leave the rainforest behind and ascend along a steep rocky ridge, crossing the valley. The path leads to the Shira campsite, where temperatures begin to drop.

Day 3 Shira Cave Camp to Lava Tower

Distance: 10.75 km / 6 miles Duration: 5-6 hours Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft Altitude gained: 147m

This day focuses on acclimatization, even though the elevation gain remains minimal. We head east from the Shira Plateau, passing the junction towards Kibo peak. Continuing southeast, we reach the Lava Tower, known as the "Shark's Tooth" (elevation: 4650m/15,250ft). After the tower, we descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 4 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Distance 8.5 km / 5 miles Duration: 6-8 hours Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft Altitude gained: 676m

Following breakfast, we ascend a steep ridge, conquering the impressive Barranco Wall to reach the Karanga Valley. The path intersects with the Mweka Trail, and we continue upward to Barafu Camp. The campsite offers captivating views of the summit from different angles, and it marks the completion of the South Circuit. Prepare for summit night with an early dinner and rest.

Day 5 Barafu Camp (15,331 ft/4,646m)

Distance to Summit: 4.86 km / 3 miles (ascent)

Distance to Mweka Camp: 13 km / 8 miles (descent)

Duration to Summit: 5-7 hours (ascent)

Duration to Mweka Camp: 5-6 hours (descent)

Elevation to Summit: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Altitude gained to Summit: 1233m

Descent to Mweka Camp: 5895m/19,341ft to 3106m/10,190ft

Altitude lost: 2789m

The most challenging part of the trek begins in the early hours of the morning, usually between midnight and 2 a.m. We ascend between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, striving to stay warm and focused on reaching the summit. The journey continues with a switchback motion to Stella Point on the crater rim. Rest here to witness the breathtaking sunrise before the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. You will likely encounter snow as you approach the summit. Congratulations! You have reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating and capturing memories, we begin the steep descent to Mweka Camp via Barafu, where lunch awaits. Gaiters and trekking poles are essential for this terrain. Enjoy a well-deserved rest at Mweka Camp.

Day 6 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate - Moshi

Distance: 9.1 km / 6 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a heartfelt appreciation ceremony with our crew, we continue the descent to Mweka Park Gate, where you will receive your summit certificates. The weather gets warmer, and the terrain becomes wet and muddy, making gaiters and trekking poles essential. From the gate, a vehicle will take you back to Moshi, where you can enjoy a hot shower, dinner, and celebrate your incredible accomplishment.

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