Machame Route – 7 Days

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7
RouteMachame Gate to Machame CampMachame Camp to ShiraShira to BarrancoBarranco to KarangaKaranga to Barafu CampSummit Uhuru Peak, descend MwekaMweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation reached3000 m3845 m4630 m
(Lava Tower)
4000(acclimatization day)4670 m5895 mDescend to 1640 m
Hrs of trekking6 hrs5-6 hrs7 hrs4 hrs3-4 hrs12-14 hrs3-4 hrs
OvernightMachame CampShira CampBarranco CampKaranga CampBarafu CampMweka CampDepart Kilimanjaro National Park

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About Machame Route

The Machame Route is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro because it is incredibly scenic and has a good acclimatization profile. It descends via Mweka Route to give climbers the chance to experience more of the mountain.

While it’s a more challenging route than others, the beauty of Machame route is certainly worth the extra effort.

Machame Route passes through all climate zones: rainforest, moorland, high-altitude desert, and an arctic zone at the summit.

RA Expeditions Ltd recommends a minimum of 7 days trekking Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route. However, if you want to extend or shorten your itinerary, please reach out to us.

Machame Route in detail

Day 1:
Trek distance: 9 km, climb to an elevation of 3000 m.
First, you will have a briefing at your hotel, then you will arrive at Machame Gate (1745 meters above sea level).
After registering at the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, you will begin climbing through the rainforest at the base of the mountain. This first day you will climb to Machame Camp where you will spend the night.

Day 2:
Trek distance: 7km, climb to an elevation of 3845 m
After a hot breakfast in camp, you will trek out of the rainforest and into the highlands toward Shira Camp. Along the way you will cross over the famous Shira Plateau, offering an incredible view all around. Afterward, you will reach Shira Camp. Enjoy views of the summit cone, Kibo, and the remains of the Shira volcano.

Day 3:
Trek distance: 10 km, overnight at an elevation of 3960 m.
This day starts with trekking through semi-desert to climb Lava Tower for a maximum altitude of 4630 m, which is very good for acclimatizing to the high elevation. Finally, you will pass near Arrow Glacier and descend to Barranco Camp (3860 m) for the night.

Day 4:
Trek distance: 3km, to reach an elevation of 4000 m.
This is an acclimatization day to prepare your body for lower oxygen levels. While it is only a short (3-4 hrs) trek, you will tackle the intimidating Barranco Wall shortly after breakfast. Clients usually report that it’s actually easier than it looks from a distance. You can see the Heim Glacier as you continue on toward Karanga Valley. 

Day 5:
Trek distance: 6km, to reach an elevation of 4670 m.
After breakfast at Karanga Valley Camp you will continue toward Barafu Camp, the last stop before the final summit.

Make sure to get as much rest as possible, as you will be waking at around midnight to begin the final ascent.

Day 6: Summit Day

Trek distance: 19 km total, to climb to an elevation of 5895 m (Uhuru Peak) and descend to Mweka Camp (3060 m).

You will begin trekking around midnight, passing through Stella Point to reach Uhuru Peak. The summit trek takes approximately 6 hours. You should summit in time to see an amazing sunrise on the roof of Africa from either Stella Point or Uhuru Peak. Then, descend to Barafu Camp (approximately 3 hours) for a brief rest and and continue through Mweka Route to overnight at Mweka Camp (approximately 6 hrs).

This will be your last night on Kilimanjaro.

Day 7:
Trek distance: 10 km, to descend to Mweka Gate (1640 m).
Breakfast and continue your descent to Mweka Gate. Upon arrival you will collect your certificates for Stella Point or Uhuru Peak. You will then be transferred to your accommodations for a well-deserved rest – you did it!


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Note the following:

  • For Machame Route Kilimanjaro climbs, accommodations include Basic Camping
  • This itinerary can be customized, or extended. Please contact us. 
  • If you like us to arrange your accommodations for the night (s) before and after your Kilimanjaro climb please let us know.
  • If you are arriving at Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport or in Arusha by shuttle bus let us know so we can arrange to meet you on arrival.
  • We will be happy to know your travel plans so we can customize this itinerary or any other itinerary for you. We are a full-service company and we will be able to take care of all accommodations: before safari, on safari and after safari; airport and hotel transfers; and internal/regional flights.
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  • This itinerary can also be extended (number of days and/or parks/activities) to cover other parks in the northern circuitKilimanjaro trekMeru trekOldongo Lengai trekUsambara MountainsZanzibar/Mafia/Dar beach holidaySouthern parks or western safari parks, or either way depending on your needs.

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame pricing

This climb is available exclusively from RA safaris for as low as $1950 per person*

Couple (2 ppl, sharing) ———$2223, per person

Climbing Group of 4 ————-$1950, per person

See our full list of Kilimanjaro Climb Prices for more information. Contact us for other group numbers , discounts or to join a rescheduled group climb.

*for a group climb minimum of 4 persons, sharing