6 days Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

6 days Kilimajaro Machame route trek which approaches Kilimajaro from the South West starts from Machame gate to Mweka Camp through Machame, shira, Lava Tower, Baranco, Karango & Barafu camps.

This 6 day Kilimanjaro climbing machame route offers 6 days of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame route, thus offering you more time to acclimatize so as to easily access the Kilimanjaro summit-Uhuru peak. The tropical rainforest as well as the  alpine rainforest define the Machame Route. Unlike the easy Marangu route,  Machame route is so challenging that requires  no mistakes, despite  the additional time for acclimatization. However, the accommodation  in this route will be in tented camps.


Detailed 6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Via Machame Route

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP: 10.75k /7mi | 5-6 hrs

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/99

Altitude gained: 1210m

Start the trek at Machame Gate after breakfast. Complete park registration formalities and meet your trekking team. Begin the trek through dense rainforest, ascending gradually. Enjoy lunch en route. Arrive at Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Settle into camp, relax, and enjoy dinner.

Day 2 Moshi – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

After breakfast, continue the trek, leaving the rainforest behind. Ascend through the heather and moorland zones, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Lunch will be served along the trail. Arrive at Shira Camp in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing, exploring the surroundings, and enjoying dinner.

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP: 5.3km | 4-5hrs | Moorland

Elevation: 3021m/12,595ft

Altitude gained: 818m

In the morning, you will have breakfast, then come out from the rain forest and climb up the path, crossing the valley along a sheer rocky ridge. The route now bends west towards  a river gorge until you reach the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.75km| 5-6hrs | Semi-Desert

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft

Altitude gained: 147m

Today’s trek takes you through the high alpine desert landscape. Ascend to Lava Tower (4,600m/15,091ft) for altitude acclimatization, then descend to Barranco Camp. Lunch will be served en route. Arrive at Barranco Camp in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day resting, hydrating, and preparing for the next day’s trek.

Kilimanjaro Routes-Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 6 days via Machame route

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 8.5km | 6-8hrs | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 3986m to 4662m

Altitude gained: 676m

After breakfast, tackle the Barranco Wall, a challenging but exhilarating climb. Trek through the Karanga Valley to Karanga Camp. Lunch will be served along the trail. Arrive at Karanga Camp in the afternoon, for lunch. Thereafter, ascend through the alpine desert landscape, with stunning views of the glaciers, reaching at Barafu Camp in the evening. Rest, hydrate, and prepare for the summit attempt. Early dinner and an early bedtime to rest before the summit push

Kilimanjaro routes-6 days Mount Kilimanjaro trekking/climbing

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86km (5-7hrs) – MWEKA CAMP: 13km ( 5-6hrs ) Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Altitude gained: 1233m

Descent to 3106m/10,190ft

Altitude lost: 2789m

Start the summit push in the early hours of the morning, aiming to reach Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,341ft) at sunrise. Descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest and breakfast. Continue descending to Mweka Camp for overnight stay. Lunch will be served en route. Celebrate your summit success and rest at Mweka Camp.

Note: Descending from the summit to Mweka Camp is a long and challenging day. Pace yourself and listen to your guides.

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1km (3-4hrs) | Rainforest

Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast, continue the descent through the rainforest. Arrive at Mweka Gate, where you’ll receive your summit certificates. Say farewell to your trekking team and transfer back to your hotel in Moshi. Celebrate your accomplishment and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Note: This itinerary is just a suggestion and may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, group pace, and acclimatization needs. It’s essential to follow the guidance of your experienced guides throughout the trek for a safe and enjoyable experience.


Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary

Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide

Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)

Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)

Airport Transfers

Meals according to the itinerary

Drinking water and Full Board Meals

All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT

Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages

Gate Transfers

Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder

Portable Private Toilet and Porter

Quality Imported Equipments



Visa fees

Travel  or Medical Insurance  is required and you should ask for Recommendation

Gamow Bag


Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks

Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

Additional lodge nights if early descent from the mountain $150 per room