Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

“Climb to Africa's highest point, Uhuru Peak, as you hike up Kili's western flanks and head down via her southern. Are you fit enough for this 6 day trek?”


Machame Camp (3000m) | Shira Camp (3800m) | Great Barranco Valley | Barafu Camp (4600m) | Karanga Valley | Uhuru Peak (5895m) | Complete and gain certification at Mweka gate |

Description of Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

The Machame route is one of the most scenic routes by which to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is less used than the Marangu route and all the better for it.

You ascend from the western side of Kilimanjaro and descend down the south face. You pass through tropical montane rainforest to the snows of Kilimanjaro, with views of the western face and the southern icefields.

Other routes are available, and we’re happy to quote on these. You might also want to consider adding in an extra on the mountain for acclimatisation. This greatly increases your chances of summiting.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:ARRIVE ARUSHA. We will pick you u and drive you to the Outpost Lodge in Arusha. Overnight on a dinner, bed and continental breakfast basis. This evening you will be briefed on the climb in preparation for the following day.
Day 2:MACHAME GATE. We depart Arusha around 8am. Transfer to the park gate to start the climb. A 5-7 hour walk through the spectacular forest will bring you to Machame Camp at 3000m. Wildlife is occasionally seen at these lower altitudes, including a variety of forest bird species.
Day 3:TO SHIRA CAMP. The hike today starts off quite steeply to the top of the forest, then a more gentle incline through the lower moorlands brings you to the top of a rocky bluff. From here we descend 50 feet then start traversing westwards, a gradual ascent to Shira Cathedral and your camp at approx 3800m, on a plateau, hopefully with views of Mt.Meru and the Kenya plains. Walking time approximately 5 hours.
Day 4:TO BARRANCO CAMP. From Shira Camp we climb slowly for about 4 hours, through increasingly barren terrain. After lunch you'll pass Lava Tower a 300-ft volcanic plug, then descend into Great Barranco Valley. You'll see giant groundsels and lobelia. This will be a fairly long and strenuous day with about 6-7 hours trekking, and the altitude is now beginning to tell. Overnight camping at Barranco (3950m).
Day 5:TO BARAFU CAMP. Today starts with climbing Barranco Wall, occasionally clambering around boulders. After 3-4 hours you stop in the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch. Then the trail heads steadily uphill and the landscape becomes more spartan. This is your acclimatisation day, and the ups and downs help with altitude for your final ascent later tonight. Eat and drink lots, and get some early rest. Overnight at Barafu (4600m).
Day 6:TO SUMMIT AND THEN MWEKA CAMP. You will be awoken at around midnight in preparation for your final ascent. Dress warmly as temperatures often plummet to -20° C or lower. You will be led by torch light up the path to the crater's edge at Stella Point - this takes at least 7 hours - walking slowly with frequent rests. We continue along the edge of the Crater after a short rest, up to the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Peak at 5895m - with incredible views of glaciers many storeys high surrounding you, and the plains of Africa stretched out below you. We then descend to Mweka (3110m) or High camp (stopping for a short rest at Barafu) and arriving late afternoon. Mweka is on the edge of the rainforest. You've got anything between about 12-17 hours of trekking today.
Day 7:TO MWEKA GATE. Descend to Mweka gate about 3 hours steady downhill walk. Here you have lunch and are awarded your climbing certificate. You are then transferred back to the Outpost Lodge in Arusha for dinner and a well-earned rest.
Day 8:HOME. Transfer to airport for onward or return flight.

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2018: 7 Oct, 30 Dec

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

We have a policy for trek porters which is available to all our clients on booking. Our guides and porters are all paid fair wages. We give all our guides and porters appropriate equipment for them to do their job safely and effectively, this includes good food, professional waterproof and windproof raingear, good tents and sleeping mats. Porters have a weight limit of 20kgs and their loads are weighed before the climb. The porters are also offered medical treatment for any injuries and transport to and from home. We constantly monitor the enforcement of this policy through client feedback and staff visits.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

1 Reviews of Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The joy and relief of reaching the top of kili, timed to perfection as the sun broke through the horizon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you want a challenge this is the trip for you and do the 7 day your body will thank you for it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we brought money and employment to the area, the mountain set up was great, the only visible sign is where people had left rubbish on route.

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