Machame Route 7 Days - Best Northern Safaris

Itinerary Highlights

  • 7 days
  • 6 nights

Machame Gate Machame Camp Shira Camp Lava Tower Barranco Camp Karanga Camp Barafu Hut Uhuru Peak

  • Highlights
  • Hotels
  • Sightseeing
  • Visa
  • Meals


  • Machame Route is one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Below is the day by day itinerary for the 7 day Machame climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt.


Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: 11 kilometres
Habitat: Rain forest
Meals: L, D
Budget Lodging: Machame Camp
Drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.

Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 9 kilometres
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Shira Camp
After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp. At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our Proters.

Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance:3 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp
Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We go down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very helpful for acclimatization.

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barafu Hut
Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Hiking time: 8 hours
Distance: Approximately 23 kilometres
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp
Our guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. During the climb, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue climbing for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime achievement! The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours. At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and finally into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometres
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: B, L
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.


  • Machame Gate
  • Machame Camp
  • Shira Camp
  • Lava Tower
  • Barranco Camp
  • Karanga Camp
  • Barafu Hut
  • Uhuru Peak


  • Overnight stays in mountain Huts
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Purified drinking water
  • Safety procedures
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Arusha
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal Expenses
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

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