Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Machame Route Kilimanjaro

Many people list climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a lifelong dream adventure. A giant strata-volcano reaching an elevation of 5,895 metres or 19,335.6ft, it boasts not one, but five different eco-systems, and as you travel along the breathtakingly beautiful Machame Route, you will encounter an equatorial jungle, glacial valleys, and the alpine deserts that lead the way to Uhuru Peak.


This extended itinerary is a great ‘all-rounder’ in terms of value for money, length of trek, and most importantly perhaps – success rate, and as we work together with a fully registered KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) approved Tanzanian-climbing crew, you can be confident your trip is safe, secure, and supportive of the local community.


This fully inclusive Kilimanjaro climb includes guest tents with mattresses, a mess tent with tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery, a toilet tent, fully qualified mountain guide(s), assistant guide, cook(s), and an entire team of porters that will carry everything from your rucksack and tent to the food & water supplies for the entire trip. All national park entry fees, portage of 2 bags (max 15 kilos), mountain rescue fees / flying doctors medical evacuation, and safety equipment such as a hyperbaric chamber and oxygen bottles come as standard. 


Private tours are available for groups of two adults and more; single private tours are available at a supplement. We guarantee departure on any day of the year, and flight inclusive packages are available from any international airport.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.  After a few hours to rest, you will have an afternoon briefing with your Mountain Guide to discuss the following day’s departure time and itinerary. The rest of the day is at leisure to prepare your luggage and shop for any last-minute items.

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel


Day 2: Machame Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 6 hrs.

After breakfast, your driver will meet you in reception and transfer you to the Machame Gate (approx. 2-hour drive) where you will complete the registration process and hand your luggage over to the crew. Your Kilimanjaro climb will then commence through the lush, verdant rainforests to Machame Camp. Along the way, you will see a variety of unusual flora and fauna, in addition to the colourful birdlife and monkeys. Lunch will be served on route by your team of chefs and porters, before you continue to your base camp for the evening.

Overnight: Camping Machame Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Shira Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 6 hrs

After a hot breakfast in the mess tent, you will refresh your daypack with water, snacks and waterproof clothing before heading up the relatively steep Shira trail. Surrounded by an abundance of bird life and a savannah of tall grasses and heather, the Shira trail is a beautiful stretch that offers magnificent views of Uhuru peak on a clear day. As with day 2, the crew will serve a warm lunch on route to the base camp.

Overnight: Camping Shira Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: Barranco Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 7 hrs

Today is an important day for acclimatisation, and to limit the effects of altitude sickness you will climb high and sleep low. Ascending into the alpine desert, you will view the entire Shira plateau as you hike slowly but surely upwards to pass the Lava Tower at 15,000 feet, before descending down through the immense canyon of Grand Barranco to base camp.

Your team will serve a warm lunch on route

Overnight: Camping Barranco Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5: Karanga Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 4 hrs

Today’s hike up and over the Barranco Wall may seem a little daunting, but after a warm breakfast you will be ready to attempt this imposing wall of rock. A relatively short day of hiking, the Barranco wall takes approximately 1 and half hours to mount, and the views from above are spectacular.  With no further increase in elevation, you will trek through the glacial valleys towards Karanga Camp.

Overnight: Camping Karanga Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Kosovo Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 4 hours

Day 6 is another important day for acclimatisation, and while the trek to Kosovo camp is relatively steep, you will reach camp around midday, leaving plenty of time to relax. After lunch, your guide will offer you the opportunity to hike a little further for acclimatisation purposes (weather permitting), or you may prefer to rest at camp.

Dinner will be served as usual before you head back to your tent for some much needed rest. At 11pm you will be woken with a warm drink and biscuits, and prepare for your midnight summit attempt.

Overnight: Camping Kosovo Camp – Midnight Summit Attempt 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: Millennium or Mweka Camp – Kilimanjaro – Hiking Time Approx. 11 – 13 hrs

Today is the day you have been dreaming about!  After your midnight departure from Barafu and 6-7 hours hiking you will reach the welcoming green sign of Stella Point.  As the sun starts to rise, you will be exposed to the sheer beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro, and despite being exhausted and cold, you have just another 40 minutes to go along a relatively flat path to reach you final destination – Uhuru Peak.

What goes up must come down, and after taking those cherished photos from the Roof of Africa, you will begin your descent back to Kosovo Camp for a well-deserved warm lunch.

Your guide will then decide whether you trek down to Millennium or Mweka Camp for your final evening on the mountain.

Overnight: Camping Millennium or Mweka Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Moshi – Hiking Time Approx. 3-5 hrs

After your last mountainside breakfast, you will begin your final ascent to Mweka Gate.  Returning through the lush rainforests at the base of Kilimanjaro, you will be met by your logistics team for one final lunch together before saying your goodbyes and heading back to your hotel for a much need warm shower!

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 9: Departure

At the agreed time, your driver will collect you from the hotel for your return transfer to the airport for your international flight. Those extending their stay with a Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater Safari, Zanzibar Beach Break of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda will be transferred accordingly.


Prices from: £2195.00 per person

Please complete the contact form to receive a no-obligation tailor-made quote for this spectacular expedition.


Do you know?


• The Equatours Team have climbed Kilimanjaro several times to ensure we can offer our guests the very best in terms of service and support in the lead up to, and during, their expedition.  Our Kilimanjaro climbs are recommended in Henry Stedman’s Kilimanjaro Guidebook for offering good value.


• We are proud members of KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project), and every member of our Mountain Crew receives a fair wage, plenty of food, and adequate clothing for each expedition. This is one of the things that makes us stand out against budget operators. You can read more about it here in our newsletter:


• All our climbs include Flying Doctors Medical Evacuation and our Mountain Guides carry safety equipment such as hyperbaric chamber / oxygen bottle.


• To date, all of our routes have a success rate of over 95%.


• For groups of 20 and more, at least one member of the Equatours Team will personally escort you on the mountain (along with our Tanzanian mountain crew).  We will be onsite when you arrive in Tanzania to make sure everything runs smoothly, and we will be with you every step of the way on the Mountain to make sure you get the most out of your expedition. Approximately 12 weeks prior to your departure, we can, upon request, come to a location of your choice to provide a Q&A evening.


• We will provide you with packing guides and training recommendations, based on our own experiences on the mountain.  

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