6 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Hike

Tour duration: 6 days / 5 Nights

Starting from: USD$3,537 per person based on two travelers sharing

This 6-day safari offers the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro through the Machame route that has great scenic views and better acclimatization. After successfully ascending to the summit, you will descend down to the Mweka Gate.

  • Destination – Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Activities – Daily trekking and hiking, Sightseeing, Birding, Wildlife viewing
  • Tour customizable – Yes. This tour is subject to adjustment upon client’s request to accommodate special interests.
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan
  • Package includes – Ground transportation, 5 nights’ accommodation, all meals as indicated in the itinerary, park fees and relevant government taxes, services of an expert mountain guide, airport transfer.
  • Package excludes – Airfares, Visa fees, Personal insurance, Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation and meals not indicated in the itinerary


Day 1: Machame Gate (1,634 meters / 5,363 feet) to Machame Camp (2,834 meters / 9,300 feet)

You will drive to Machame Gate after registration to begin your climb. The first day is a nice leisurely hike through a tropical rainforest. As you pass through the rainforest, you are most likely to spot colobus monkeys and wild birds. After that, you will have dinner and overnight at Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2,834 meters / 9,300 feet) to Shira Camp (3,749 meters / 12,300 feet)

From Machame Camp, you will cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge, crisscrossing a few times before reaching Shira Camp at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. You will then have dinner and overnight at Shira Camp.

Day 3: Shira Camp (3,749 meters / 12,300 feet) to Barranco Camp (3,901 meters / 12,800 feet)

From Shira Hut, you will hike to Lava Tower (15,000 feet) to acclimatize and then proceed down to Barranco Camp via the great Barranco Wall. This night’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. You will have dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,900 meters / 12,800 feet) to Barafu Camp (4,600 meters / 15,091 feet)

Today is a long and tough hike than the past few days. You will hike up to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. From Barranco Hut, you will 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 wonderful. Today is the best day to get lots of rest. You will have dinner and overnight at Barafu camp.

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,600 meters / 15,091 feet) to the summit (5,896 meters / 19,343 feet) and then to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters / 10,170 feet)

You will start trekking early before sunrise (at 01:00 – 02:00) as the walk today will take 10 – 14+ hours. The 1,100-meter (3,600’) ascent in just over 3 kilometers (1,86 miles) will take you 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 pictures, you will descend down back to Barafu Camp for lunch then proceed to Mweka Camp. You will have dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100 meters / 10,170 feet) to Mweka Gate (1,828 meters / 6,000 feet)

On the final day, you will have a short 3-hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. You will meet your driver at the Mweka park gate and will be transferred back to Moshi. You will have an overnight stay at a hotel.