Ascent of Kilimanjaro by the Machame route

Duration : 9 days


Level : for all

from 1590 € / p. from 1 to 14 persons

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Regarded as the most beautiful and attractive route of Kilimanjaro compared to other routes, the Machame route is for more adventurous hikers who want a more physically demanding climb than the Marangu or Rongaï routes.

The Machame route is the busiest route despite its degree of difficulty. So expect not to be alone on this road but also to discover beautiful landscapes such as the rainforest and Moorland and the famous Impatience of Kilimanjaro (flower endemic to the region).

During the ascent, luggage is taken to the bivouacs by porters. It is possible to store some of your travel effects at the hotel in Arusha.

Altitude: we are equipped with a hyperbaric chamber during the ascent, but check that you have no contraindications to a stay at high altitude. Do not leave without consulting a doctor especially if your state of health requires regular treatment.

This holiday can be easily coupled with a few days safari and / or climbing Mount Meru if you wish to acclimatize.


D1 : Arrival in Arusha.
You will be welcomes at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha for the evening / dinner / night depending on your arrival time. In the evening, you will have a briefing to prepare you for the climb.

D2: Machame Gate (1811m) - Machame Huts (3021m).
Altitude gained: 1210m.
Distance: 10,75km.
Coming from Arusha, the drive takes just two hours. On the way to the gate passing through Machame village, you will see different plantations like banana and coffee, then you will soon arrive at the Machame Gate. Registration takes place at the gate, while porters will be busy sorting the luggage’s and signing in ready for the climb. The trail starts with a 3 km amble up a pathway. Looking at the side of the path you will see the vegetation changing  as you progress: green moss hangs thickly from the branches that creak and groa in the wind to the wonderful adventure deeper into cloud forest. After hours you will be in Machame Huts.

D3: Machame Huts (3021m) - Shira Cave (3839m).
Altitude gained: 818m.
Distance: 5,3km.
During the second day to Shira plateau, the trail is short but a little tough as you ascend, with a steepest climb north up from beginning to the forest? You will see different views of the mountain. After passing a number of different viewpoints and clambering from one side of the point to the other, the trail increase towards the way before winding fairly to the north-west cutting a near horizontal line beneath the rim of Shira plateau Cave.

D4: Shira Cave (3839m) - Barranco Huts (3986m).
Altitude gained: 147m (788m up to Lava Tower then 641m descent to Barranco).
Distance: 10,75 km via Lava Tower.
The day begins with a path rising and falling regularly as it negotiates the gentle folds of the plateau before settling on a roughly easterly direction, ascending through the dry, boulder-strewn land of the Shira plateau towards the western slopes of Kibo. After the junction with the Lemosho route the trail circles to the southern-east and divides into to two, right side heading to Barranco directly and the left to the Western Breach route who heads towards the Lava Tower (4627m). From Lava Tower the path splits again, the route up to Arrow Glacier above, while the path to Barranco drops sharply south to a stream, rises and falls a couple of times before the Barranco valley wich is 300m deep and was formed when huge landslide swept southwards from the summit.

D5: Barranco Huts (3986m) - Karanga Valley (4034m).
Altitude gained: 48m.
Distance: 5,1km.
The Great Barranco Wall more commonly called Breakfast Wall, the steepest part of the day, occurs right at the breach, with a next to upright scramble in some places where you may have to use your hands to pull your body up to the top of the Great Barranco Wall (4219m). Sit on the bare rock, enjoy the views of the great glaciers and of the southern icefield that appears on the left. After rest, enjoy the view of the fairly gentle descent into the attractive gully and cross the small stream that flows through a flat gravel area. Cover up and down the Karanga Valley floor stream (3946m), a very sharp ascent on up to the Karanga Valley Campsite.

D6: Karanga Valley (4034m) - Barafu Camp (4662m).
Altitude gained: 628m.
Distance: 3,4km.
The trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, and you will enjoy surprising views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. After you sign up at Barafu Camp, go directly to the mess tent to have lunch before heading to sleep as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike tomorrow.

D7: Barafu Camp (4662m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3106m).
Altitude gained: 1233m.
Distance: 4,86 km.
The final step begins just about midnight, the technique to the peak starts from Barafu by scrambling more the small rock face at the northern end of the camp in the steepest part of the trek. Passing through Kosovo Camp (4863m), the trail ascent to a gravel rim initially walked before taking a sharp left to defeat it and pace along its spine, push to the Stella Point and the crater rim, followed by 45minutes trek up to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa. Take few minutes to take pics with the group or your friends, what goes up must come down: that include you, the pathway back is little more than a retracing of your steps of the earlier night, through there is a little faster descending from Stella Point. The whole descent takes about two hours from Stella Point on returning to Barafu Camp. Eat prepared brunch, and take a short break, not more than an hour, then down again for a 6,64km descent to Mweka Huts.

D8: Mweka Camp 3106m - Mweka Gate (1633m).
Altitude lost: 1473m.
Distance: 9,1km.
After breakfast, let's go for a descent to Mweka Gate. After you begin walking down, you will discover yourself in the cloud forest, the boundary with giant heather forest, walking on a fine point between two valleys around the trees grown in height, About two hours after leaving the Camp you will be walking on the start of the roadway for 45 minutes down to Mweka Gate. Mweka is the only descending rout for the Machame, Lemosho, Shira and Umbwe routes. Vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha.

D9: Arusha - transport to airport.

The price includes

  • Return transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel
  • Return transfers from the hotel to the park gate
  • 2 nights hotel
  • Meals from D1 dinner to D9 lunch
  • Local supervision: cooks, drivers, porters and guide
  • Collective camping equipment (tents for 2 people + foam mattress + meal)
  • Hyperbaric chamber and oxygen tanks
  • Entrance and accomodation fees in Kilimanjaro Park (995 US$)
Number of people 1 from 2 to 3 from 4 to 7 8 or more
Price per person 2645 US$ 2100 US$ 1850 US$ 1765 US$

The price does not include

  • Tanzanian visa (50 US$)
  • Flights tickets
  • Airport transfers if you can not get to Kilimanjaro JRO
  • Tips on site (140 US$)
  • Drinks during meals at the restaurant
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Optional insurance


  • Nights in undeveloped bivouac on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
  • All the necessary equipment is included (except sleeping bag): cutlery, comfortable foam mattress and igloo tents for 2 people.
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