The Machame route begins on the south-western side of the mountain and passes through some of the mountaina��s finest features: the cloud forest of Kilia��s southern slopes, the Shira Plateau, and the Barranco Campsite.A�One thing to note: Machame can become more crowded than other routes during high season.

  • Regarded as one of the most popular routes as it can provide better acclimatization than Marangu Route
  • Longer and steeper trekA�(more ups and downs) and descends via Mweka Route
  • Similar to Lemosho Route, it goes through cloud forest, Shira Plateau and Barranco Wall
  • We recommend 7 days for the hike but could be shortened to 6 days (see below itinerary) or extended to 8 days for even better acclimatization

Machame, Kilimanjaro

Below is a sample itinerary for a 6A�day MachameA�trek. As describedA�above there are many ways to summit and we can help you design the best route to maximize your ability to safely acclimate to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. Please contact our booking specialists to learn more!


Machame Gate to Machame Huts

Distance: 6.7 mi

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Arusha. The morning begins with a drive to Machame Gate (5942 ft). Your journey heads to Machame Huts (9911 ft)


Machame Huts to Shira Caves

Distance: 3.3 mi

Machame Huts (9911 ft) to Shira Caves (12595 ft).


Shira Caves CampsiteA�to Barranco Huts

Distance: 6.7 mi

Shira Caves Campsite (12595 ft) to Barranco Huts (13077 ft) via Lava Tower (15180 ft).


Barranco Huts to Barafu Huts

Distance: 5.3 mi

Barranco Huts (13077 ft) to Barafu Huts (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft).


Barafu Huts to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Huts

Distance: 3 mi ascent, 7.2 mi descent

Barafu Huts (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft).A�Followed by descent via Barafu Huts to Mweka Huts (10190ft).


Mweka Huts to Mweka Gate

Distance: 5.7 mi

Mweka Huts (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft).

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