Mt. Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

Mighty Kilimanjaro, known as the “rooftop of Africa,” towers over the continent as the highest point in Africa. The Machame route is the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is known for its incredible views and the variety of habitats which are experienced along the trek. If you choose the Machame route, you can expect to be challenged by its long, steep trails leading to the summit. The route is best for those who have some hiking experience and are physically fit. For the best experience and greatest chance of reaching the summit, we recommend the 7 day trek with an extra day for acclimatization.

*Photo courtesy of Conrad Ferrell.

Day 1
Machame Gate to Machame Camp
  • Altitude Change: 5895 m/19341 m to 9350 ft/2850 m  
  • Distance Traveled: 7 mi/11 km
  • Travel Time: 5-7 hrs  
Day 2
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Altitude Change: 9350 ft/2850 m to 12500 ft/3810 m
  • Distance Traveled: 3 mi/5 km
  • Travel Time: 4-6 hrs
Day 3
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
  • Altitude Change: 12500 ft/3810 m to 15190 ft/4630 m to 13044 ft/3976 m
  • Distance Traveled: 6 mi/10 km
  • Travel Time: 6-8 hrs
Day 4
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp*
  • Altitude Change: 13044 ft/3976 m to 15331 ft/4673 m
  • Distance Traveled: 5 mi/9 km
  • Travel Time: 8-10 hrs

*An optional acclimatization day can be added in today.

Day 5
SUMMIT DAY: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
  • Altitude Change: 15331 ft/4673 m to  19340 ft/5895 m to 10065 ft/3068 m
  • Distance Traveled: 10 mi/17 km
  • Travel Time: 11-14 hrs
Day 6
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
  • Altitude Change: 10065 ft/3068 m to 5380 ft/164 m
  • Distance Traveled: 6 mi/10 km
  • Travel Time: 3-4 hrs

Options for Trek Duration:

6 Days/5 Nights # of Travelers Per Person (USD) Total (USD)
Camping Accommodation    2  $2246 $4492
3  $2106 $6318
4  $2027 $8108
5  $2016 $10080
6  $1917 $11502

 

7 Days/6 Nights # of Travelers Per Person (USD) Total (USD)
Camping Accommodation    2  $2588 $5176
3  $2437 $7311
4  $2351 $9404
5  $2339 $11695
6  $2312  $13872

*Prices listed are all-inclusive during tour and based on provided itinerary. Accommodation upon arrival and prior to departure from Tanzania can also be arranged.

CUSTOM TOURS: Above Safaris can accommodate any group size and itinerary customization. Prices may fluctuate to reflect any changes.