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6-Day Machame Route Kilimanjaro Hiking: Discover Your Ultimate Journey


per person
  • 6 Days / 5 Night
  • Group : 4+
  • Tanzania

Discover the excitement of a 6-day climb up Kilimanjaro through the Machame Route. This famous path takes you through beautiful landscapes and different terrains, promising an unforgettable journey to Africa's highest peak.

Enjoy an amazing climbing adventure as you go through lush forests, scenic meadows, and challenging rocky paths, all while taking in the stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Whether you're experienced or new to climbing, this adventure is designed for you to conquer new challenges and make lasting memories.

With experienced guides and well-planned schedules, you'll get to experience Tanzania's vibrant culture and natural beauty while climbing one of the world's most famous peaks. Get ready for an exciting expedition filled with friendship, amazing views, and a great sense of accomplishment that only a Kilimanjaro climb can bring.

Highlights of the 6-Day Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing Tour

  • Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, with our expert team of climbing guides.
  • Explore diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to expansive alpine deserts, along the breathtaking Machame Route.
  • Experience the thrill of reaching Uhuru Peak, standing tall at 5,895 meters above sea level, and celebrate your remarkable achievement.
  • Enjoy comfortable accommodations in mountain huts and relish delicious meals prepared by our skilled cooks throughout your climbing expedition.
  • Engage with welcoming Chagga communities along the route, gaining cultural insights and fostering meaningful interactions.
  • Capture stunning vistas of glaciers, volcanic formations, and sweeping African landscapes from various viewpoints on the Machame Route.
  • Participate in sustainable tourism practices, minimizing environmental impact and contributing positively to local communities.


If you've chosen the optional airport transfers, our team will arrange to pick you up either from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Once you've settled in, we'll schedule a pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Moshi. It's recommended to arrive at least one day before the trek begins to ensure you're well-rested and prepared. During the briefing, we'll discuss the itinerary in detail, review your equipment, and provide any necessary rentals to ensure you have everything needed for a successful trek

  • Meals On your own
  • AccommodationHotel/lordge in Moshi

On the first day of your Machame Route Kilimanjaro hiking adventure, you will start by driving to Machame Gate at an elevation of 1,640 meters to complete the registration process. From there, your trek through the lush rainforest begins, gradually ascending as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you. Finally, you will reach Machame Camp, situated at 8,835 meters, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night before continuing your journey.

  • Elevation Gain: From 1,640 m/5,380 ft to 2,835 m/9,300 ft
  • Distance Covered: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat Type: Montane Forest
  • Meals Provided: Lunch and Dinner

Experience an exhilarating trek through the heath and moorland zone, exploring the Whiskey Route and taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the Shira Plateau along the way. As you ascend, you'll encounter diverse flora and fauna characteristic of this unique habitat, adding to the adventure. Arriving at Shira Camp (3,845 meters), settle in for a well-deserved dinner and rest, surrounded by the natural beauty of Kilimanjaro's landscapes.

  • Elevation Gain: From 2,835 m/9,300 ft to 3,850 m/12,300 ft
  • Distance Covered: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat Type: Heath
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Climb to Lava Tower at 4,000 meters for acclimatization and stunning vistas. Descend through the picturesque Barranco Wall to arrive at Barranco Camp at 3,850 meters. Enjoy a nourishing dinner and a peaceful night's rest at Barranco Camp

  • Elevation Gain: From 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance Covered: 8km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat Type: Semi-desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After finishing breakfast, begin your trek through the alpine desert landscape. As you navigate through this unique terrain, take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding rock formations. Traverse the Karanga Valley, ascending towards Barafu Camp located at an elevation of 4,600 meters. At Barafu Camp, take the opportunity to rest, hydrate, and mentally prepare for the upcoming summit push.

  • Elevation Gain: From 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance Covered: 9km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat Type: Alpine Desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin your summit attempt by ascending to Stella Point early in the morning, followed by the final push to Uhuru Peak, Africa's highest point at 5,895 meters. After conquering the summit, descend to Barafu Camp for a brief rest before continuing down to Mweka Camp for the nigh

  • Elevation Gain: From 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft (ascent), Descending to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance Covered: 5km/3mi ascent, 13km/8mi descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent, 5-6 hours descent
  • Habitat Type: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On Day 6, begin your descent from Mweka Camp, winding through the lush rainforest and taking a moment to appreciate your successful summit climb. As you reach Mweka Gate at 1,640 meters, collect your well-deserved summit certificates, marking the culmination of your Kilimanjaro adventure. Afterward, head back to Moshi for a joyful celebration and some well-deserved relaxation, cherishing the memories of your remarkable journey.

  • Elevation Loss: From 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance Covered: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat Type: Forest
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast

Included and Excluded

  • Experienced guide with safety certifications.
  • Accommodations with breakfast before and after trek.
  • Hassle-free airport transfers.
  • Nutritious meals throughout the trek.
  • Complimentary drinking water and full-board meals.
  • All-inclusive fees and permits.
  • Fair wages for mountain crew.
  • Portable private toilet and porter services.
  • Flights to and from the trek starting point.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is mandatory and recommended; please seek recommendations.
  • Medications.
  • Tips and gratuities for the porters and mountain crew (20% industry standard recommended).
  • Personal expenses for souvenirs or other purchases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 6-day Machame Route Kilimanjaro hike usually takes around 6 days and 5 nights to complete, covering approximately 62 kilometers in total.

Challenges on the 6-day Machame Route trek include steep ascents, varying weather conditions, and altitude acclimatization. Proper preparation and acclimatization are essential.

The success rate of reaching the summit, Uhuru Peak, on the Machame Route is relatively high due to its gradual ascent profile, providing better acclimatization opportunities compared to other routes.

Accommodation on the Machame Route includes mountain tents or camping sites. Trekkers usually stay in tents at designated campsites along the route.

The best time to trek the Machame Route is during the dry season, typically from late June to October and from December to mid-March, when weather conditions are more favorable for hiking.

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