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7 days machame route – Kilimanjaro Climbing

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Below is the daily itinerary for 7 days Machame route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

The seven-day Machame is scheduled perfectly to make climbing mount Kilimanjaro a memorable experience. On the 7 days Machame route, we split the Barranco to Barafu trek into two days, allowing for a short day just before climbing the summit.

This is important because the summit day starts very early, around midnight, so climbers are deprived of sleep as they start the most difficult day on the mountain. By having a short day in advance, climbers can rest better.

This itinerary is very popular and used by most Kilimanjaro climbers.








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  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
  • Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route, the most scenic on the mountain
  • Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
  • Follow expert African guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and its environs
  • Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!


DAY 1 : Machame Gate to Machame Camp
DAY 1 : Machame Gate to Machame Camp

•Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
•Distance: 11 km
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

The journey from Moshi to the gate of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park takes approximately 50 minutes. We cross multiple places including the town of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

Next, we leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding path that leads up to a ridge. Down the trail, the ground is muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are required here to advance. We continue for a short distance until we reach Machame camp.

DAY 2 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp
DAY 2 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp

• Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the rainforest glades and continue on an uphill path, crossing the small valley up a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, to the end of the ridge. The road now turns west into a river gorge. It's time to rest, have dinner and spend the night in Shira camp.

The second journey of our 7 days Machame route ends here. You will have your dinner and you get ready for the third journey.

DAY 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
DAY 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

•Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert

From Shira Plateau, we pursue our route east along a ridge, passing the junction to Kibo Peak. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast towards the Lava Tower, called "Shark's Tooth".

Shortly after the tower, we take the second junction which takes us to the Arrow Glacier at an elevation of 16,000 feet. Then, we continue to the Barranco refuge at an altitude of 13,000 feet.

Here we rest for a night with a delicious dinner prepared by our cook. Although we end the day at the same height as when we started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help our body prepare for summit day.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge past the Barranco Wall to the Karanga valley camp. It's a short acclimatization day.

DAY 5 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
DAY 5 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
•Distance: 4 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and arrive at the junction that connects the Mweka trail. we continue to the Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we are camping, resting, enjoying dinner, and getting ready for summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are seen from this position.

The day 5 of your 7 days Machame route to the summit of Kilimanjaro ends here.

DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic

This is the D day of your 7 days Machame route as we will start climbing the summit very early in the morning (from midnight to 2 am). We continue our route to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers.

Next, we head northwest and climb through large scree to Stella Point on the rim of the crater. This is the most physically and mentally difficult part of the hike.

At Stella Point, (18,600 feet) we will stop for a short break and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you have ever seen (weather permitting).

From Stella Point, you can find snow throughout an hour-long ascent to the top. At Uhuru Peak, you will have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent. The faster hikers will see the sunrise from the top.

From the top, we now make our descent continuing straight to Mweka Hut camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will need gaiters and hiking poles for the gravel going down.

Mweka camp is located in the upper part of the forest and you can expect fog or rain in the late afternoon. Later, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved rest. 

DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi
DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi

•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent to the gate of Mweka Park to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy so that you will use Gaiters and hiking poles to help you.

Shorts and t-shirts will probably be enough to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothes on hand). From the gate, we continue one more hour to the village of Mweka. A vehicle and a guide will be waiting for you in Mweka village to take you back to Moshi's hotel.

Our 7 days Machame route to Kilimanjaro summit ends here. If you have questions or you want to climb, please contact us. 


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Camping Fees
  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.


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