Kilimanjaro Trekking 6 Days Machame Route

6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek

6 Days Kilimanjaro Trek

Arrive Tanzania, picked and drive to the hotel in Moshi for pre trekking briefing and overnight.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Gate (1630m/5,380 ft) to Machame Camp (2833/9,350 ft)

Distance: 11 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive to Machame gate from the hotel in Moshi after breakfast takes about 1 hour. The drive passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Leave the park gate after registration; walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp (2,833m/9,350ft).
Day 2: Machame Camp (2833m/9,350ft) to Shira Cave Camp (3788m/12,500 ft)

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

After breakfast leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, the trail passes through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira Cave Camp.
Day 3: Shira Cave Camp (3788m/12,500 ft) to Lava Tower (4605m/15,190 ft)

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower (4603m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3953m/13,044 ft)

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. After lunch descend down to Barranco Camp (3953m/13,044ft) through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. The begin and end the day at the same elevation is not a problem, the time spent at higher altitude (Lava Tower) is very beneficial for acclimatization.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3953m/13,044 ft) to Barafu Camp (4646m/15,331 ft)

Distance: 9 km/5 miles

Hiking Time: 7-9 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

The day starts by descending into the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then from the base start climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall the trail cross hills and valleys until descend sharply into Karanga Valley (Karanga River) the last water point. Then start climb up to Karanga Camp, after lunch the route continue to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail, continue up to the rocky section until Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Arrive at the camp, rest and followed by early dinner and prepare for the summit. When the weather gets clear, the view of two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can seen her.
Day 5: Barafu Camp (4646m/15,331 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895m/19,341 ft)

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak (5895m/19,341 ft) to Mweka Camp (3100m/10,065 ft)

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Start in the midnight begins the push to the summit, the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The journey will be spending in the wind and cold weather. Ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking some short breaks. Arrive Stella Point (18,900 ft) at sunrise. Then from Stella Point continue to Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa). Spend a short time on the summit taking photographs before start descent back to Barafu Camp, which takes about 3 hours. Arrive Barafu Camp, rest then wake up for a branch and continue descending down to Mweka Camp for dinner, wash, and overnight.
Day 6: Mweka Camp (3100m/10,065 ft) to Mweka Gate (1630m/5,380 ft)

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On this last day, after breakfast continues the 3 hours descent to Mweka Gate and sign out to the national park authority, collect the summit certificates. A vehicle will be waiting at Mweka gate and transfer back to the hotel in Moshi. Depends with your flights details, you will be driven to the airport for the flight to Zanzibar, back home or extend your tour for a Wildlife Safari.


  • All Transfers to and from the airport and mountain gates
  • Bed and breakfast Hotel accommodation before and after the trek
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping fees including Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Professional Guides, Cook and Porters as a team support
  • Bottled oxygen for emergency rescue only
  • Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick
  • Portable private toilet ,Mess tent, tables, chairs and lanterns
  • Fresh, nutritious meals and dirking water on the mountain


  • Personal gear and equipment. (You can hire all the missing gear in Moshi.)
  • Lunch and dinner while at the hotel
  • Tips to your mountain crew

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