Machame is one of the older and more popular routes on Kilimanjaro. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Because of the popularity, Machame gets incredibly crowded especially during the high seasons. On this route, we start our summit climb at midnight. 

Accommodation:     Camping
     Best Season:      May to February
         Party Size:      Min 1 to Max 12 Guests
         Skill Level:      Moderate (Summit Day Difficult)
            Duration:     9-Day itinerary | 7 Days Trekking
9 Days Package | 7 Days trekking 30 Nov, 01 Dec, 02 Dec, and more Moshi, Tanzania
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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Moshi

3,000-ft/ 914-m

Arrive Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International airport or Arusha Airport.

A Shrike Safaris representative will pick you up in Arusha city or perhaps Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi town, best-known as the gateway to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Once in Moshi, your tour guide will meet, greet and brief you about your trek to Kilimanjaro. He will also make sure that you have taken all the gear necessary for the trek. In case you are missing important equipment, it can easily be hired in Moshi. 


Day 2: Machame Camp

10,600-ft/ 2,972-m | 7.2 miles/ 11 km | 6-7 hours.

Transfer from the hotel to Machame gate, after a formal registration then start to climb through the ever-changing rainforest alive with birdsong. The path turns to narrow following a rocky ridge to thicker vegetation (giant heather and Spanish mosses) to alpine moorland


Day 3: Shira Plateau

12,480-ft/ 3,804-m | 3.1 miles/ 5 km | 7-8 hours.

The climb continues to Shira walking along the rocky ridge scatted with giant heather and passing several clearings with great views of Mt. Meru and Longido in the western corridor. Ascending to across several ravines through land studded with giant lobelia and giant groundsels to Shira cave before reaching the last point of the day


Day 4: Barranco

12,950-ft/ 3,950-m | 6.2 miles/ 10 km | 7-8 hours.

Ascending further to Lava Tower for acclimatization along the trails, walking gently where the vegetation is limited to lichens and Moses then the trails takes the series of shallow up and down the valley in the base of the western breach and then branch off to Barranco


Day 5: Karanga

13,200-ft/ 4,033-m | 3.6 miles/ 5.8 km | 4-5 hours

The climb continues in a steep and stretches of Barranco Wall the zigzagging path and a narrow path to follow a spectacular traverse east along the base of Kibo, walking further to Karanga Valley  


Day 6: Barafu

14,950-ft/ 4,556-m | 2.1 miles/ 3.4 km | 4 hours

Breakfast then take the path from the Karanga valley undulating across two gentle river valleys. The path contours around the mountain and through a patch moorland before cresting a ridge reaching a crossroads, the left-hand path lead to the scale broad ridge that climbs to the northeast towards Kibo. The virtue of it is elevated and exposed position the views from Barafu are spectacular when approached from the western side of Kilimanjaro, the jagged outline of Mawenzi will be visible across the broad expanse of the saddle.


Day 7: Barafu | Summit - Uhuru Peak | Mweka

Summit: 19,340-ft/ 5,895-m | 2.75 miles/ 4.5 km | 7-9 hours
Mweka: 10,400-ft/ 3,170-m | 6.8 miles/ 10.9 km | 7-8 hours

Summit day is the most exhausting and involves at least Seventeen hours from Barafu to Uhuru peak then down to Mweka Camp. This day normally starts after midnight,take the trails following an increasing steep valley on the edge of Scree fields, passing between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to emerge at Stella point(5681m) on the southern rim of Kibo then ascending further to Uhuru peak(5895m) after spending some few minutes at the top roof of Africa then  descending to Barafu after a short rest then descending to Mweka camp Full board​


Day 8: Mweka Gate | Moshi

Gate: 5,500-ft/ 1,676-m | 5.3 miles/ 8.5 km | 4-5 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/ 914-m | 30 minute drive

This is a short relatively swift and final day on the mountain, descending through the forest with lush and extremely picturesque to Mweka gate. The climb will be concluded by registering the succession at the gate before transfer to the hotel., this is the last time to see your porters, it is recommended to tip them at this point. The Shrike vehicle will meet you and drive back to your hotel for a hot shower and some. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.


Day 9: Moshi

3,000-ft/ 914-m

Depart Tanzania, or continue on your wildlife safari. Shrike Safaris takes you through some of the most spectacular wildlife reserves on the planet. You stay in hand-picked lodges and camps in the SERENGETI, at the NGORONGORO CRATER, TARANGIRE & LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK. Click here


What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All Park Fees
  • Government taxes
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue Fees
  • All meals from start to completion
  • Licensed, Professional mountain guides
  • Full-board camping accommodation while trekking
  • 2-nights Accommodation in Moshi before/ after trekking.
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • All Transfers and Pickup from Arusha/ Moshi or Kilimanjaro Airport, JRO ​
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Tips and Gratuity.
  • Extra hotel nights
  • Bottled beverages
  • International travel vaccinations
  • Personal clothing and equipment 
  • Entry Visa for Tanzania (available online)
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • Spending on personal items such as gifts etc.
  • International round-trip travel costs into and out of Tanzania 
  • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
  • Travel insurance including trip cancellation and medical evacuation or any rescue costs 
Pickup point
Here is where we will meet, don't get lost!
Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport Road, Tanzania View on Map