Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Below is a detailed itinerary for a Kilimanjaro Machame Route hike. Of course, all of our tours can be customized to your needs, however this is one of our most popular itineraries for this route.
Day 1 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Arrival in Tanzania
You will be greeted on Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to Outpost Lodge for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. You will be met by your mountain guides for a pre-climb meeting and equipment check in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Outpost Lodge (Dinner not included)
Day 2 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Depart for Mount Kilimanjaro
After breakfast at your lodge, you will drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate. After the necessary formalities have taken place, you will start the climb through the tropical rainforest of the low-slopes of Kilimanjaro. You will reach the Machame Camp in time for dinner and overnight.
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Accommodation: Machame Camp
Day 3 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Machame à Shira
Today you will begin with a steep climb through forest land, crossing a valley while walking along a steep ridge until it ends. You will pass a river gorge as you make your way to reach Shira Camp in the mid-afternoon, where you will enjoy the forest setting and relax for the evening.
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
Accommodation: Shira Camp
Day 4 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Shira à Barranco
Today you will hike from Shira Plateau up a ridge to the east towards the peak of Kibo. Continue towards the Lava Tower, “Shark’s Tooth”. You will then keep climbing to Arrow Glacier before coming to rest at the Barranco Camp for dinner and overnight.
Walking Time: 6-8 hours
Accommodation: Barranco Camp
Day 5 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Barranco à Barafu
After breakfast, you will begin to climb the steep ridge passing Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley. Leaving Karanga, you will connect with the Mweka Trail, and follow the trail up to Barafu Camp. You will be able to enjoy the view of Mawenzi Peak and Kibo Peak as you rest in preparation for summit day.
Walking Time: 8-10 hours
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Day 6 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Summit Mount Kilimanjaro
You will wake up before midnight and begin hiking in the darkness. You will pass between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, heading northwest towards Stella Point on the crater rim. At Stella Point you will have a short rest and enjoy the breath-taking sunrise before continuing the 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and highest point in Africa, you will stop to enjoy the accomplishment and amazing views. You will then begin descending to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch, then continuing to Mweka for dinner and a well-deserved sleep.
Walking Time: 11-14 hours
Accommodation: Mweka Camp
Day 7 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
After a hearty breakfast, you will descend to the Mweka Park Gate, where you will receive your summit certificate. From there you will return to Outpost Lodge in Arusha to relax and rest after your long climb.
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Outpost Lodge (Dinner not Included)
Day 8 – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Departure – End of Mount Kilimanjaro hike OR Safari Continuation
Our representative will meet you at the Outpost Lodge to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home OR you will continue your safari adventure to Tanzania’s greatest national parks.