Ascent of Kilimanjaro by the Machame route

Duration : 9 days


Level : for all

from 1900 € / p. from 1 to 14 persons

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Follow me to climb the highest point on the African continent!

The Machame route is considered the most accessible route to reach the summit of Kilimandjaro, thanks to its gentle progression and topography adapted to good acclimatization. This makes it not only the most popular route, but also the most beautiful and attractive on this immense mountain.

During this 7-day trekking, prepare yourself to discover beautiful landscapes such as the rainforest and Moorland and see the famous impatience of Kilimanjaro (endemic flower of the region)

Luggage is carried to the bivouacs by porters throughout the ascent, so you carry only a small backpack with water and a few clothes for the day. It is also possible to store the rest of your luggage at the hotel in Arusha.

Concerning altitude, we are equipped with a hyperbaric chamber during the ascent. However, it is advisable to check with a doctor before departure that you have no contraindications to a stay at high altitude.

To perfect your acclimatization, this trek can be preceded by an ascent of Mount Meru.

If you prefer to climb Kilimanjaro by another route, I also offer the Rongaï, Lemosho and Marangu routes.

And to round off your stay in Tanzania, I recommend one or more of the safaris I offer on my profile page.

For more information, see our special report on climbing Kilimanjaro.


D1: Arrival in Arusha.
You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha.
In the evening, you'll receive a briefing to prepare you for the climb and check your equipment.

D2: Machame Gate (1811m) - Machame huts (3021m).
The day begins with a 2 hours drive to enter the Kilimanjaro National Park. You then go to the village of Machame and surrounded by plantations, mainly banana and coffee.
After arrival, the registration with the guide and the sorting of the luggage by the porters, the ascension will begin.
5 to 6 hour of walking through the forest, distance: 10.75km.

D3: Machame huts (3021m) - Shira Cave (3839m).
After breakfast, the hike slowly continues with the famous "Pole Pole" (slowly, slowlt) to Shira Cave.
3 to 4 hours of walking on a short path but a little difficult where vegetation is more rare, distance: 5.3km.

D4: Shira Cave (3839m) - Barranco huts (3986m).
The day is punctuated by a trail that goes up and down regularly through the dry lands of Moorland. After 4 hours of walking, the 4627 meters of Lava Towers are reached and it is the moment for a pause. The trek then continues with the descent to the Barranco valley and the evening camp.
6 hours of walking, distance: 10.75km.

D5: Barranco huts (3986m) - Karanga huts (4034m).
The day starts with the Great Barranco Wall more commonly called "breakfast wall", because you'll need all the energy from your breakfast to reach the summit at 4219 metres. In this part of the trail you may need to use your hands.
This is indeed the steepest section of the day, but afterwards you can relax and enjoy the view of the great glaciers.
After a break, it's time for a gentle descent to the Karanga valley. A final climb is necessary before arriving at camp, where dinner awaits.
3 to 4 hours of walking, distance: 5.1 km.

D6: Karanga valley (4034m) - Barafu camp (4662m).
It's the last day before the final climb. After only 4 hours of walking you arrive at Barafu camp where you can admire for the first time the Mawenzi Peak.
After registering at Barafu Camp, the meal is served quickly. It will then be nap time.
The dinner will be served at 5pm so that you can go to bed early before your hike to the summit the next day.
Distance : 3.4 km.

D7: Barafu camp (4662m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka camp (3106m).
At midnight, the climb to Kilimanjaro's highest point begins, and will take around 6 hours.
After a few minutes to appreciate your success and enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Meru and the Kenyan plains from the summit, you begin the slow descent.
First to the start camp, where you meet up with your porters and eat the brunch that has been carefully prepared to congratulate you.
The break is short, as you still have to descend another 6km before reaching Mweka camp for dinner and night.
Distance to summit: 4.86 km.

D8: Mweka camp 3106m - Mweka gate (1633m).
After breakfast, we descend to the Mweka gate, where we are greeted by our driver. You will then receive a certificate stating that you have climbed Kilimanjaro.  The day continues with a return to the hotel.
Distance: 9.1km.

D9: Arusha - transport to airport.
At any time, depending on your return schedule, a driver will take you back to the airport.

The price includes

  • Local supervision: cooks, drivers, porters and guide.
  • Return transfers from Kilimanjaro international airport to your hotel in Arusha.
  • Return transfers from the hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate.
  • 2 nights hotel before and after the trekking.
  • Meals from D1 dinner to D9 breakfast.
  • Collective camping equipment (tents for 2 people + foam mattress).
  • Safety equipment: hyperbaric chamber, oxygen tanks and pulse oximeter.
  • Entrance, accomodation and rescue fees in the Kilimanjaro National Park.


Number of participants 1 2 to 3 4 to 7 8 and more
Price per person 3236 $ 2177 $ 1993 $ 1900 $

The price does not include

  • Tanzanian visa.
  • Return flights to Arusha.
  • Airport transfers if you can not get to Kilimanjaro JRO.
  • Tips on site (groups of 1 to 4: $300 per person, groups of 5 or more: $250 per person).
  • Drinks during meals at the restaurant.
  • Personal expenses and equipment.
  • Optional insurance.
  • Bank charges for international tranfers.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Nights in bivouac on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
  • Mobile toilet, installed on the camp at your arrival and reserved for your group.
  • All the necessary equipment is included (except sleeping bag): cutlery, comfortable foam mattress and igloo tents for 2 people.
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