Kilimanjaro Machame Route

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Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route

The Machame route has become more popular over the past 20 years and we recommend the seven and eight day treks on this route. Read the Distances covered on the Machame route up Kilimanjaro. This route is for stronger trekkers. We recommend the Machame route for people who have been to altitude before and felt comfortable. Trust me you want the best possible acclimatization and chance of safely and successfully reaching the summit and Uhuru peak. If you are are concerned about altitude pick our 8 day Lemosho route climb.

We have 85% success on the Machame route up Kilimanjaro. The Machame Route is one of the more beautiful routes on the mountain, giving you exceptional views throughout your journey. As with the Lemosho route, the Machame is strictly camping accommodation, allowing the trekker scenic evenings looking out at the stars in this magical mountain environment. Check out our upcoming trips. WATCH OUR PACKING VIDEO. Check out our summit night video on Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro Summit night on Kilimanjaro
Hiking along Kilimanjaro's crater rim The top of Kilimanjaro

More about our Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route

On arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be transferred straight to Arusha for our first night’s stay in Tanzania. We use the Sheraton hotel for our nights spent on the ground.  After an early breakfast the next morning, we will then head to the Machame Village, where we begin trekking through the beautiful and lush rain forest towards the Machame Hut. Check out the most important Kilimanjaro pages here.

Mount Kilimanjaro Tours on the Machame Route

After leaving the rain forest we will head past the Shira Plateau and up towards the Lava Tower at 4,600m/ 15,092 feet.  From there we descend to the Barranco Camp where we are then faced with the Barranco Wall, a steep 300m/ 948 feet winding trail up to the mountain’s southern face.

The route continues underneath the Decken and Rebman glaciers to the Karanga Camp and then on to the Barafu Camp, or Kosovo Camp our last stop before the summit.  We will leave around 1am in the morning for the steady but very strenuous ascent to Uhuru Peak.  Our final day of trekking will see us heading towards the Mweka gate and back to Arusha for some much deserved hot showers and warm beds!

Machame route in the rain forest Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp The crater rim on Kilimanjaro Glacier high on Kilimanjaro
Looking down on Barafu Camp Shira camp on the Machame route The Barranco Wall Kilimanjaro from the road side

Why Pick Ian Taylor Trekking

Here are 20 reasons to pick us for your Kilimanjaro trip. All our equipment and supplies are portered up the mountain and our chefs prepare all our meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers tents only. This makes Machame a slightly more adventurous route for you. You will be rewarded with scenic splendor, not seen on other routes. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira camp, to the misty views of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous trekker a stunning scenic slide show over 7 days. You might also be interested in our Everest base camp treks or treks in South America. Price starts from USD $3,350. Continue reading about climbing Kilimanjaro. 

What people said our Kilimanjaro Machame Route

“I attended an Everest presentation Ian gave in Colorado and was left inspired and motivated to take on my Everest challenge. I decided to climb Kilimanjaro with Ian and best decision I ever made. The journey, preparation, climb, service and personal commitment to me will stay with me. I can not say enough about Ian and the quality and expertise he brings to his climbs and work.” Susan Denison, Kilimanjaro 2010

“Overall the trip was absolutely amazing! From the moment I was picked up from the airport, I felt welcome and at ease. The accommodation in Arusha was very nice and the staff friendly and accommodating. Throughout the staff went above and beyond to help us during the days. They were always so friendly, polite and patient with us. In fact the whole crew were always so eager to help us in any way they could.

The food we were given was delicious and I always looked forward to the meals! I found the climb for the most part very manageable but the summit night I found extremely challenging!! So overall I had a fantastic experience and really cannot pick fault with any part of it. Kilimanjaro Machame Route was amazing.” Andrea Bowe, Kilimanjaro August 2015

“Climbing Kilimanjaro has been a dream of mine for a long time. A friend in the states referred me to Ian Taylor Trekking. I called Ian and left the conversation motivated and ready to move forward, preparing for Kilimanjaro. Ian was world class on and off the mountain, his team our some of the best people I have ever met. They took care of us at all times and went above and beyond. Glad we had the extra days as they were needed.” Stuart Collins, Kilimanjaro 2011

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Day 1

You will arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Our staff will be there to pick you up and bring you to our hotel in Arusha. You will meet your room and tent mate at the hotel and start hydrating after your long flight. We normally hold briefings at 6pm depending on the trip. Our head guide will cover the following day and how it will plays out. He will also do a gear check.

Day 2

Our guide team will pick you up from the lodge after breakfast and transfer to Machame gate. This is where you will register before starting the climb. From the park entrance gate (Machame), we will walk for about two to three hours through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation.  A stop for hot lunch will be made halfway to this evening’s campsite before we continue our ascent, where we will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather.

As we continue along the ridge, to the left there is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weru Weru.  This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy, so depending on the pace of the group, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00pm and 6:00pm.  We always recommend clients to walk at a slow, controlled pace as this will aid in the acclimatization process and ease your body into this low oxygen environment .  We will sleep tonight at the Machame Camp at (2,980m/9,777 ft).

Day 3

On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00am.  We will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak!  Today’s trek takes us up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather.  Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp.  The hike to the next campsite takes approximately six hours and you should arrive between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Most people find this a hard day and important to regulate your heart and take your time. Tonight, we will camp at the Shira Camp located at (3,840m/12,598ft) above sea level.

Day 4

After breakfast we will start crossing the Bastains stream, where we will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp, along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco.  Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River.  We will stop for lunch near the highest point yet reached near the Lava Tower at (4,630m/15,190ft).  Today’s trek lasts for about six/seven hours and arrival at the Barranco Camp (3,950m/ 12,595ft) is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

Day 5

We have a slightly more leisurely start to today as this is our day to acclimatise. After breakfast we can see the Great Barranco Wall. The Barranco wall looks intimidating but most people find it a fun morning scramble up to (4,200m/13,780ft) and have a leisurely walk to Karanga camp through the Karanga Valley. We reach the Camp for lunch and have a relaxed afternoon with opportunities for walk a little higher or just relax and rest in camp. We consider this day vital in giving you the maximum chance acclimatising and completing your goal of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Tonight we sleep at the Karanga Camp at (4,010m/12,795ft).

Day 6

The scenic climb to Kosovo Camp is mostly on moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right. Kibo peak seems just out of reach for now.  The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Snacks will be needed on route and lunch & dinner will be served on arrival into Kosovo Camp at (4,900m/16,076ft) early in the afternoon.  We will all go to bed extremely early today as tonight we will leave for our summit attempt.

Day 7

We will awake before midnight and start hydrating and preparing for the summit. After a light breakfast we will start climbing after midnight.  It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and trekkers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb.  Temperatures will range from (0° to – 15° Celcius / 32° to 5° Fahrenheit). Making our way up the path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers. We will climb for about five hours before reaching the edge of the crater, between Stella and Hans Meyer points.

Another hour of easier hiking brings you to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Uhuru peak stands at (5,895m/19,341ft) and is the highest point on the African continent. You have achieved and experienced something very special but, It is now time for the decent back to Kosovo Camp.  After about two and a half hours from the time you leave the summit, you will arrive in Kosovo Camp. We will take some time to have a quick rest before we pack up all our remaining things and some lunch. It is important to continue down the mountain, all the way to Mweka camp at (3,100m/10,170ft) for the night and some much needed rest.

Day 8

After breakfast then continue to head down to Mweka gate where we sign each of our names and details in a register.  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.  Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. We will then return to Arusha, where it is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate!

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Kilimanjaro via the Machame route is one of the best ways to experience this mighty mountain. Does our unique itinerary and information excite you?  If so, get in touch today.  Take the next step towards achieving your goals of climbing Kilimanjaro.  We pride ourselves in making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed on the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!