Kilimanjaro machame route

9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro – Machame Route in 6 Days

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*Price p.p. incl. transfers, accommodation, food, drinks, guides, tents and park fees. Excl. International flight (based on six persons)

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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro – Machame Route in 6 Days

The Machame route was voted as the most beautiful climbing route in the world! This is due to the stunning views of Mount Meru, the impressive ascent along the Barranco wall and other highlights you see. The route has also well-maintained hiking trails. You can also see more of Kilimanjaro, because the Machame route takes a different route to the summit than for the descent.

The ascent via the Machame route takes a total of six days, but is also possible in seven days so that your body can acclimatize properly. We recommend this extra day as it increases your chances to reach the summit. In this case, you would take an extra day to hike from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp and day five of this route will correspond with day five and six of the Lemosho route.

Tanzania Specialist offers a unique service throughout the climb

Climbing Kilimanjaro is the ultimate challenge! You will be accompanied by professional guides, porters and a cook during your ascent to Uhuru Peak via the Machame route. Our crew will take care of you and perform a health check every morning and evening to make sure everything is in order. In addition, the accompanying cook will serve you delicious food during this tour. The quality of the food is at the top of our priority list, as you depend on good food during the strenuous climb. If you would like to have a look at the menu in advance, we will be happy to send it to you.

Mountaineering is a relatively primitive sport. You will sleep in simple but high-quality tents during the ascent. Our customers experience climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route as an unforgettable experience! As soon as you have confirmed your booking with us, we will send you a comprehensive document to prepare for the trip.

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk six to seven hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek.

  1. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize.
  2. Prepare. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation.
  3. Add an extra day. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. By adding one extra day to your climb, you will reduce this risk. Since you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your climb
  • Day 2: Machame route 6 days, day 1: Machame Gate (1,800 m/ 5,905 ft) - Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,840 ft)
  • Day 3: Machame route 6 days, day 2: Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,875 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/ 12,600 ft)
  • Day 4: Machame route 6 days, day 3: Shira Camp (3,840 m/ 12,600 ft) - Lava Tower (4630 m/ 15,190 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,960m m/ 12,992 ft)
  • Day 5: Machame route 6 days, day 4: Barranco Camp (3,960 m/12,992 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m/15,223 ft)
  • Day 6: Machame route 6 days, day 5: Barafu Camp (4,640 m/ 15,100 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/ 19,340 ft) to Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft)
  • Day 7: Machame route 6 days, day 6: Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,650 m/ 5,380 ft) - Hotel
  • Day 8 - 9: Flight home from Kilimanjaro (JRO) after the climb

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your climb

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport our Tanzania Specialist guide will be there waiting for you. He will drop you off at your hotel, where you can relax from your flight.
Preparation for your climb: You will meet your guide before the beginning of your climb. He will brief you and give you details, like what to wear, what to put in your backpack and other important tips to make the climb as comfortable as possible for you.

Day 2: Machame route 6 days, day 1: Machame Gate (1,800 m/ 5,905 ft) - Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,840 ft)

Embark on an unforgettable adventure on the Machame Route. Day 1 begins at Machame Gate, situated at 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level. As you ascend through the stunning landscapes, lush rainforests will gradually transition into heather moorlands. Your destination for the day is Machame Camp, located at 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) elevation. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the beauty of Tanzania's natural wonders.

Day 3: Machame route 6 days, day 2: Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,875 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/ 12,600 ft)

Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you climb from Machame Camp at 3,000m to Shira Camp at 3,840m. Enjoy breathtaking views on Kibo and Shira along the way and experience the thrill of ascending to higher altitudes. This leg of the Machame route will challenge and inspire you, making it an unforgettable journey through Tanzania's stunning landscapes.

Day 4: Machame route 6 days, day 3: Shira Camp (3,840 m/ 12,600 ft) - Lava Tower (4630 m/ 15,190 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,960m m/ 12,992 ft)

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kilimanjaro on day 3 of the Machame route. Trek from Shira Camp, situated at an impressive altitude of 3,840m, to Lava Tower standing tall at 4,630m. It is important to find your right pace, as this is a longer hike and you might feel a bit uncomfortable due to the increased altitude. Finally, descend to Barranco Camp at 3,960m at the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall. This day offers stunning views and a challenging but rewarding adventure.

Day 5: Machame route 6 days, day 4: Barranco Camp (3,960 m/12,992 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m/15,223 ft)

On day 4, you'll trek from Barranco Camp (3,960 m/12,992 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m/15,223 ft). This challenging but awe-inspiring journey takes you higher into the African skies, surrounded by stunning landscapes. Prepare for amazing panoramic views and push yourself closer to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But also make sure to take the time to relax and sleep, because around midnight you start your final ascent to the summit!

Day 6: Machame route 6 days, day 5: Barafu Camp (4,640 m/ 15,100 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/ 19,340 ft) to Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft)

Today is the day! Around midnight you start from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak. The climb leads over good trails and the most challenging part is the high altitude. Once you reach the summit you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise, which is quite impressive at this height! After a small time at the top, where you celebrate your ultimate triumph you descend slowly to the scenic Millennium Camp.

Day 7: Machame route 6 days, day 6: Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,650 m/ 5,380 ft) - Hotel

The Millenium camp is located in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up today, you will experience a pleasant feeling due to the reduction in altitude and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After breakfast you take an easy walking to the park exit.

Your driver will bring you back to the hotel for a well deserved rest!

Day 8 - 9: Flight home from Kilimanjaro (JRO) after the climb

Sadly, this is the end of your holiday and the time to go home has arrived. Enjoy your last hours in Tanzania before our driver comes to pick you up and takes you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. Still longing for more? It's also possible to add a few days of safari or a beach holiday to your Kilimanjaro adventure!

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