6-Day Machame Route Kilimanjaro begins in the southwest of the mountain and proceeds steeply north over two days until attaining the edge of the Shira Plateau at 3900m. From here it drops 50 meters to Shira Camp where it joins the Lemosho and Shira Routes onwards to the summit. From Shira Camp, the view west over the jagged peaks forming the southern edge of the Shira Plateau is phenomenal at sunset. We usually take acclimatization excursions from here a couple of hundred meters upwards to ensure a better night’s sleep and improved acclimatization 6-Day Machame Route Kilimanjaro.


We stay at the Lindrin Kilimanjaro Lodge, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for the adventure.
you will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Dinner and overnight at Lindrin Kilimanjaro Lodge: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journeys pass 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 rainforest 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.

  • Elevation: 1830m to 3000m, 6000ft to 10,200ft
  • Distance: 11km
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours
  • Vegetation: Montane Forest

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley and 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.

  • Elevation: 3000m to 3840m, 10,200ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Vegetation: Moorland

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

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 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. 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.

  • Elevation: 3800m to 4630m to 3986m, 15,000ft to 13,700ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours
  • Vegetation: Semi-desert

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. 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.

  • Elevation: 3900m to 4600m, 13,007ft to 15,295ft
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking time: 8 hours
  • Vegetation: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight 12:00 am), we continue our way to the summit. 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 (5685m / 18,652 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 will encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you.

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.

  • Elevation: 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
  • Distance: 5km ascent / 12km descent
  • Hiking time: 6-8 hours ascent / 3 hours descent
  • Vegetation: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka gate

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). Twende Africa Tours vehicle will meet you at the Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

  • Elevation: 3100m to 1830m, 10,200ft to 6000ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Vegetation: Forest

    • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha/Moshi hotel
    • Professional, experienced, and friendly mountain guides
    • Medical evacuation with Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue> Flying Doctors.
    • 2 nights and accommodations-one before and after the trek in good hotels.
    • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
    • Pulse-oximeter – To measure the oxygen level, for each climber daily
    • Portable Emergency Oxygen tanks
    • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
    • Sleeping Mattress
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
    • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
    • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
    • Arrival and Departure transfers
    • All Government Tax and Park Entrance Fees
    • VAT (18% charged by the Government)


    • Tips for guides, cooks and porters
    • Track your trek by satellite device services
    • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tanzania Visa on arrival
    • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
    • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)


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Posted on

September 27, 2020