For those who have the time, a sense of adventure and are prepared for a tougher hike, the Machame route offers stunning, almost picture-book scenery along the way. Accommodation is in tents throughout. With the highly-recommended extra acclimatisation day, making this a 7-day hike, this route is particularly rewarding.However, this route can also be completed in 6 days. Book Now
Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Rivertrees Country Inn (or alternative accommodation at Marangu or Moshi) for rest, recuperation and overnight before your climb. Dinner and overnight at Rivertrees.
Day 2: Machame Camp
Transfer from your hotel in Arusha, Moshi or Machame to Machame Park Gate (5,870ft) After registering with park authorities, the climb begins with an ascent through lush forest.The day will be spent spotting birds and monkeys in the canopy, before emerging into heath land and reaching Machame Camp. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp (9,875ft)
Continue across heath and afro-alpine moorland with stunning views of Kilimanjaro’s major peaks. Begin up a steep track of tall grasses and giant heathers. Scramble over large boulders on a landscape dotted with giant groundsel and lobelia, volcanic rocks with hanging lichen beards and small alpine flowers. The surroundings are bizarre, even alien, but undeniably beautiful. Overnight at Shira Camp (12,615ft)
Draw ever nearer to the peak as you approach the Lava Tower – an ancient volcanic plug. This is a more strenuous strech of hiking. In the afternoon, descend into the Great Barranco Valley, where you will find Barranco Camp, flanked by sheer valley walls on each side. Marvel at the gleaming glaciers which loom above, glinting in the afternoon sunshine. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp (12,990ft)
Day 5: Barrango – Karanga Valley Camp
The day will begin with a descent into the gorge, before climbing its eastern wall. Here you will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, a spectacular and arresting sight so close to the equator. Continue until reaching camp at Karanga Valley (13,240ft) for dinner and overnight
Day 6: Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
Trek up through the Karanga Valley, where the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge up to Barafu Camp. The temperature drops and the landscape grows ever more barren as camp nears. Rest and an early night before attempting the summit the following day. Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp (15,225ft), set on a small and exposed ridge
Day 7: Uhuru Peak
Awake around midnight for a quick snack before setting out for the summit. It will still be dark and you will need to use your head lamp. Pass between the Rebmann and Tarzel Glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. Aim to reach the summit just around dawn, to watch the sun rise from a vantage point of some 19,340 feet above sea level. Descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest before continuing down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Park Gate
Final descent to the park gate, walking some 2-3 hours. Say your final goodbyes to your guides and porters before transferring to your accommodation at Marangu, Moshi or Arusha, or to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
– 2-3 people – 1859 USD per/person – 4 + people – 1659 USD per/person