6 Days Macheme route

  • Mount Kilimanjaro

Below is the day by day itinerary for the 6 day Machame climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

For those who only have six days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

The six-day Machame variation is a difficult route. In particular, day four combined with day five makes for a very hard schedule. Day four is a full day of hiking from Barranco to Barafu. Then after dinner and a partial night’s sleep, the very long and strenuous summit day begins around midnight. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English/French/Spanish guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • All Camping equipments
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer


Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Day 1 Arusha – Machame Gate– Machame Camp

This is the first day of the safari to hike Kilimanjaro Mountain through Machame route where after breakfast you will depart from the hotel going direct to Kilimanjaro (machame). It takes 2 hours drive from Arusha to Machame gate. After completing registration at machame gate your journey will officially begin, where In this day you will have 6 to 7 hours hiking (including the lunch) from machame gate (1,790 m) to Machame camp (3,010 m) after arriving to the campsite you will have dinner and overnight

Day 2 Machame Camp – New Shira Camp

Today early in the morning you will proceed with 6 days hiking safari where you will depart Machame Camp (3,010 m) after breakfast going direct to New Shira Camp (3,845 m). Today’s hiking distance will be shorter, and it takes only 4 to 5 hours up to New Shira Camp. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.

Dinner and overnight at New Shira Campsite

Day 3 New Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

In this third day early in the morning after breakfast you will start 5 to 6 hours hiking up to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower (4,640 m). Where you will take a short break for lunch near the lover tower. After breakfast you will proceed directly to the most spectacular campsite of Machame route, with great views of Kibo, the Western Breach and the first of the southern glaciers, Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Dinner and Overnight at the campsite

Day 4 Barranco Camp –  Barafu Camp

Today’s stretch starts with the hike of the Barranco Wall. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax followed by

Dinner and overnight at the campsite

Day 5. Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak– Mweka Camp

After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight, where it takes 5 to 7 hours up to the Uhuru peak. You will hike the screes of Kibo and you will arrive at Stella Point (5,730 m) which is the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. After 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa” and you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory.

After enjoying at the Summit of the Mount Kilimanjaro you will descend to Barafu Camp where you will have hot lunch prepared by chiefs. After 2 hours break, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp. (3,080 m)

Dinner and Overnight at Mweka Camp


Day 6. Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate– Arusha

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. It will take 2 to 3 hours from Mweka Camp (3,080 m) to Mweka Gate (1,630 m). After reaching the mweka gate your next drive safari to Arusha will begin

Dinner and Overnight


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