Climb Kilimanjaro
Machame Route

From $2,585
9 day adventure
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The Machame is a beautiful and popular route. The winding path leads you up the southwestern slope of Kilimanjaro, then strikes east below the shadow of Kibo Peak, before turning north to approach the summit. The scenery is dramatic and rewarding. And the acclimatisaion profile is good, so it has a high summit success rate.

Highlights

High success rate

High success rate

Importantly, the Machame route has a high summit success rate.

Very scenic

Very scenic

The Machame takes you through varied landscapes and has you overnight in campsites offering great views.

An international crowd

An international crowd

It's one of the busiest Kilimanjaro routes. If you enjoy meeting people from all over, this is a good route!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival day

    Arrival day

    We fetch you from Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you to the lodge. Here you meet your fellow trekkers and lead guide, who gives you a briefing on what to expect. Relax by the pool and enjoy your last night of easy living for a while!

  • Day 2 | The trek starts

    The trek starts

    After an early breakfast you're driven to Kilimanjaro National Park where the trek begins! At Machame Gate (1,640 m) you’re recorded in the park's register. You then hike for five to seven hours through pristine rainforest to Machame Camp (3,020 m). This is a beautiful section of the hike, and you should keep your eyes open for monkeys, duikers and birds.

  • Day 3 | Ascend into the heath zone

    Ascend into the heath zone

    After an early breakfast, you climb up and out of the rainforest and into the moorland (or heath) zone. You cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira Cave Camp (3,810 m). At this campsite you have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers. Today’s hike lasts about five to six hours in total.

  • Day 4 | Climb to Lava Tower

    Climb to Lava Tower

    Today’s route consists of two parts: the hike up to Lava Tower (4,630 m), followed by the hike down to Barranco Camp (3,967 m). This means we 'hike high, sleep low', which is an excellent strategy for good acclimatisation. You enjoy lunch at Lava Tower, a striking rock formation. Barranco Camp is nestled at the base of the imposing Barranco Wall. You hike for six to eight hours today.

  • Day 5 | Tackle Barranco Wall

    Tackle Barranco Wall

    After an early breakfast, it’s time to conquer Barranco Wall. While it may look intimidating at first, it's actually very managaeable. And most trekkers actually really enjoy it. It's a funnel on the trek route, and there's a great spirit of camaraderie. From there, the trail winds up and down until you arrive at Karanga Camp (3,995 m). In total you hike for four to five hours.

  • Day 6 | Walk through alpine desert

    Walk through alpine desert

    It’s getting real! You’re now very close to the summit and have some amazing views of the mountain during your ascent of three hours to reach Barafu Camp (4,673 m). You all go to bed early tonight as you’ll be woken around midnight by your crew with tea and biscuits to get ready for the start of the long summit trek.

  • Day 7 | Summit time!

    Summit time!

    This is it! Time to go big or go home. And that means believing in yourself and when it gets tough, just focusing on the next step. Because you can do it! Starting at midnight, you reach Stella Point on the crater rim around 6 or 7 am for sunrise. After another hour of walking you're standing at Uhuru Peak (5,685 m), the higest person in Africa! It's then a long hike of six to eight hours down to Mweka Camp (3,068 m).

  • Day 8 | Descend to Mweka Gate

    Descend to Mweka Gate

    Today you hike the last bit of the trek route (which takes three hours) to reach Mweka Gate (1,640 m). This part of the route takes you back into the rainforest, and all that oxygen-laden air is a dream! Your driver meets you at the gate and whisks you back to your lodge where you can enjoy beers, hot showers and cosy beds!

  • Day 9 | Departure day

    Departure day

    Today we drive west, with Kilimanjaro in our rearview mirror and amazing memories in our back pockets. For those flying out of Tanzania or on to Zanzibar, we drop you at the airport. But for those heading off on a safari, we continue west into the next part of our adventure!

Meet our Local Leaders

Robert Sichalwe

Robert Sichalwe

Robert is a highly experienced Kilimanjaro lead trek guide. He's been leading treks with Follow Alice for years, and we know our climbers are in great hands with Robert as the expedition leader. He's also a great guy who will soon become your friend and an integral part of your Kilimanjaro memories!

Chris Sichalwe

Chris Sichalwe

Chris started working on Kilimanjaro in 1999 and has since made it to the summit over 300 times. He's the founding father of Follow Alice Tanzania and loves taking people to the roof of Africa! He's the steady and competent hand you need, but also a great storyteller who adds so much to every trip!

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