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6 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trekking and Safari in Tanzania

Hiking Safari in Tanzania

If Marangu is the “Coca-Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “whiskey” route of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. With this package, all climbers will get to the summit within 6 days. The acclimatization is easier with the Machame Route and the success rate is fairly high. This package is suitable for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Bask in the picturesque landscapes of Mount Kilimanjaro!


  • Kilimanjaro trekking
  • A professional driver / guide
  • Trekking and camping equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Park fees included
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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You will be accommodated for 5 nights at several campsites in Mount Kilimanjaro including Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, and Mweka Camp. This package also includes 2 nights' stay at a hotel before and after the program.


Day 1

You will drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate for about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

You will depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. You will continue hiking for a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1,830 meters / 6,000 feet to 3,050 meters / 9,950 feet
  • Distance: 11 kilometers / 7 miles
  • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2

After breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until you arrive at the Shira Camp.

  • Elevation: 3,050 meters / 9,950 feet to 3,850 meters / 12,600 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles
  • Walking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 3

From the Shira Plateau, you will keep on hiking to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you hike, you will change your way to the southeast toward the Lava Tower, called the "shark's tooth" (elevation range around 4,650 meters / 15,250 feet).

Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. You will now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day at around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 3,850 meters / 12,600 feet to 4,000 meters / 13,000 feet
  • Distance: 10 kilometers / 6 miles
  • Walking time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Day 4

After breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall (elevation 4250 meters / 13,900 feet), through the Karanga Valley (elevation 4050 meters / 13,250 feet) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

You will keep on hiking up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have accomplished the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here, you will build your camp with views of the summit in the distance.

  • Elevation: 4,000 meters / 13,000 feet to 4,700 meters / 15,350 feet
  • Distance: 9 kilometers / 6 miles
  • Hiking time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5

Very early in the morning (midnight to 02:00), you will continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head to the northwesterly direction and ascend through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This will be the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once you arrive at Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, you will then begin your descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp and stopping at Barafu for lunch en route. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. You will arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy your last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4,700 meters / 15,350 feet to 5,895 meters / 19,340 feet
  • Down to: 3,090 meters / 10,150 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles up / 13 kilometers / 8 miles down
  • Hiking time: 5 - 7 hours up / 5 - 6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 6

After breakfast, you will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful.

From the gate, you will continue walking for another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

  • Elevation: 3,090 meters / 10,150 feet to 1,680 meters / 5,500 feet
  • Distance: 10 kilometers / 6 miles
  • Walking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest


Your trekking will take place on Mount Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania.


You will be served daily meals which include breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. This is a full board safari. All meals and drinking water are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All mountain trekking equipment
  • All transportation
  • Bath towels
  • Camping equipment
  • Daily drinking water
  • Daily meals
  • Mount Kilimanjaro guided trekking
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Porterage
  • Pre and post-program accommodation for 2 nights at a hotel
  • Rescue fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Tips (around 10 USD per person per day)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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