6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek – Machame Route

6 Days

Trip Overview

For those who only have 6 days to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

The 6-day Machame route offers a unique experience to test your physical fitness and mental prowess. However, our professional crew will be there to help you have a smooth climb and a great adventure. The route takes you through thick forests, where colobus monkeys and other animals can be spotted, into heath and moorland, until you reach the snowy caps of the summit.

From your hotel in Moshi, you will be driven to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park gate, where the trek begins. Overnights on the Machame route will be in tents.

Trip Highlights

  • Machame offers the best route for acclimatization
  • Fantastic views of natural scenery and snow-capped peaks
  • Ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on African continent
  • Higher probability of making it to the summit


The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
•Machame Gate to Machame Camp •Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft •Distance: 11 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path,
crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the
ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight
at the Shira campsite.
•Machame Camp to Shira Camp
•Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Moorland

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the
peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava
Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction
which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to
the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very
important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
•Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall,
to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects
with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed
the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we
make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi
and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
•Distance: 9km
•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between
the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through
heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically
challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most
magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you
may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you
have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster
hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut
camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the
loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be
expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the
mountain and a well-earned sleep.
•Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic

After breakfast, we 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 help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer
clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at
Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
•Mweka Camp to Moshi
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

What's Included

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets:
  • Crisis management and safety procedures:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Summit Emergency Oxygen:
  • Pulse Oximeters:
  • Walking Poles:

What's Not Included

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

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6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek – Machame Route