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Considered by the majority of our guides as the most beautiful route to Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit,
Machame starts in the forest and has on a clear day views of the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro –
Kibo peak.

Machame is a camping route and is tougher than Rongai and Marangu routes as it is
steeper. Machame route can be chosen as a scheduled departure (every Friday) or as a private
departure (any day, with your choice of team mates).

Itineraries

Day 1

Arusha to Machame Gate

Drive from Hotel in Arusha to Machame Gate (1790m / 5872ft).
Machame Gate – Machame Camp
9km, ↑1220m / 4003ft
After registration you begin your climb through the tropical beautiful rain forest. As you pass
through the rainforest, you are likely to spot black and white colobus monkeys as well as blue
monkeys and forest birds!
After 6-7 hours you will arrive Machame Camp (3010m / 9875ft) for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira Camp

From the Machame Camp, you cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the
steep rocky ridge – criss-crossing a few times before reaching Shira camp within 5-6 hours, at
the base of a semi-circular wall of Shira.
Dinner and overnight at Shira camp (3845m / 12615ft).

Day 3

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

10km, ↑ 700m / 2297ft, ↓ 600m / 1969ft
From Shira camp, you hike to Lava Tower (4600m / 15092 ft) to acclimatize and then proceed
down to Barranco Camp. Tonight’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. Dinner and
overnight at Barranco Camp (3960m / 12992 ft).

Day 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley

6km, ↑ 375m / 1230ft, ↓300m / 984 ft
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 spectacular.
Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp (4035m / 13238ft).

Day 5

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

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 (4640m / 15223ft).

Day 6

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

↑ 1255m / 4117ft, ↓ 2815m / 9235ft
You will start trekking early just after midnight, as the walk today will take 10 – 14 + hours.
The 1255m ascent in just over 3 km, will take us about 6-8 hours, as you try to reach the summit
to watch the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise and taking enough
pictures, you then start descending down the mountain to below the tree line.
Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp (3080m / 10105ft)

Day 7

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

10km, ↓ 1450m / 4757ft
On your final day, we will have a short four-hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. You
meet our driver with the vehicle at the Mweka Gate (1630m / 5348ft) to drive back to the hotel
in Arusha.

  • Quality, waterproof mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and Rescue fees
  • All meals
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • 2 nights at hotel with half board (before & after climb)
  • Transfer from hotel to Gate and back to hotel after climb
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porter
  • Flying Doctor
  • Travel Insurance 

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The approximately trekking distance for the Machame Route is 62 km or 37 miles the entire climb from trail head up to the summit and all the way down to Mweka gate. The shortest number of days required for Machame Route is 6 days, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 10.

What is the cost of Kilimanjaro including, flights, tips, you health, park fees etc? The average cost to climb Kilimanjaro is $2000 to $6000, the price varies from cheap, budget operators to large Western travel agents selling outsourced climbs at an inflated price.

High park fees and logistical costs mean there is no such thing as a cheap Kilimanjaro climb. The best way to keep down costs is to form or join a group of four or more like-minded hikers, and to stick to the Marangu Route, which is more popular and busy than the other options, but also less logistically complicated.

By the way you can do a day trip through marangu route which may cost from 200$