Climb Mt Kilimanjaro by Machame Route - the Most Scenic Route

Please note this climb can be combined with a big game safari to visit one of Tanzania's super National Parks or a visit to the Zanzibar Spice Island Archipelago.

Day 1: After arriving Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night (a choice of hotels are available dependent on your budget preference). In the evening you will have a Mountain briefing with your guide. You will also be able to hire any equipment you require. Dinner at the hotel and then an early night!

Day 2: Machame Gate (1634 m) to Machame Hut (2834 m)

  • Hike time: 7 hrs
  • Elevation change: +1200m
  • Final elevation: 3100m

The climb begins at Machame Gate. After signing in you will have an easy hike through superb tropical forest. You will reach your campsite in the early evening.

Day 3: Machame Hut (2834 m) to Shira Hut (3749 m)

  • Hike time: 6 hrs
  • Elevation change: +915m
  • Final elevation: 3749m

Departing from the Machame Hut, you will cross the stream and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge to a semi-circular wall of rocks , known as Picnic Rock. From here you have excellent views of Kibos glaciated dome. You will cross the gorge to reach Shira campsite where you will overnight.

Day 4: Shira Hut (3749 m) to Barranco Hut (3901 m)

  • Hike time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +152m
  • Final elevation: 3901m

From Shira Hut, you will hike up to Lava Tower and then you cross scree slopes and a river valley before proceeding down to Barranco Camp via the Great Barranco Wall. Tonight's camp is one of the most stunning on the mountain.

Day 5: Barranco Hut (3901m) to Karanga Valley (3963 m)

  • Hike time: 3.5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +62 m
  • Final elevation: 3963 m

From Barranco Hut, you climb up through the edge of great Barranco Wall. It's a difficult, steep trail, but once you reach the top, the views are well worth it.

Day 6: Karanga Valley (3963 m) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m)

  • Hike time: 3.5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +637m
  • Final elevation: 4,600m

Today is a shorter hike than the past few days, hiking up over steep rocky slabs to the final camp-site, Barafu. You will want to get as much rest a possible before the push to the summit.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,600m) to the Summit (5896 m) to Mweka Camp (3100 m)

  • Summit time: 7 hrs
  • Elevation change: +1300
  • Final elevation: 5896m
  • Descent time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation change: -2800m
  • Final elevation: 3100m

You will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10- 12 hours. The 1,100-meter ascent to Uhuru Peak in just over 3 km will take us about 6-8 hours, as we try to reach the Uhuru Peak to watch the sunrise over the Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise, you descend down to Mweka Camp which is below the tree line.

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Day 8: Mweka Hut (3100 m) to Mweka Gate (1828 m)

  • Descent time: 3 hrs
  • Elevation change: -1250m
  • Final elevation: 1828m

On your final day, we will have a short three hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. We will have lunch, and meet a vehicle at the Mweka park gate and drive back to Moshi or Arusha where you will relax in your hotel. If you wish to carry on your Tanzanian Adventure and go on safari we can arrange this for you.

For prices and further information please contact us.

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  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013

  • Thank you very much for the organization of our Safari. We were really happy with our guide Henry and our cook. Everything was great. Henry was a wonderful guide, always on time.

    Cline Gardiol

    Switzerland, Jan 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013

  • I'd like to say that our entire trip was truly amazing and a great once in a lifetime excursion. Everything was very well setup and we had no problems with any of the trip. Thanks to Wild Things.

    Katye Vytal

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had an excellent time and the trip was very well planned, the guides (and vehicles) excellent. Thank you very much for arranging it all!

    Jackie, David and Sarah

    Australia, Oct 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • We had a wonderful trip. Thanks very much to you, Wild Things and to Abbas for putting together such a memorable safari for us.

    Kathryn Woof

    United Kingdom, Dec 2013