8 Days Machame Route

8 Days Machame Route


The Machame Route is regarded as the most memorable one because it offers travelers a breathtaking panorama of the mountain’s peak. The path that takes you around the mountain’s southern flank receives more precipitation and features a denser forest than the one that goes around the mountain’s northern flank. The trail is quite challenging, but it is an excellent way to get acclimated to the altitude..

The Highlight of the Machame Route:

  • 60% of the climbers prefer Machame Route as the route is considered as the easier one
  • The route is often called as the whiskey route.
  • The route offers stunning views and a variety of habitats.
  • The route is relatively cheaper due to the easy access and shorter itinerary
  • The beginning of the hike introduced the climbers to the lush, fertile, montane rainforest.

8 Days Machame Route

Day by day

Day 1 : Kilimanjaro – Moshi

Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Moshi Town

Early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek

Dinner and overnight Hotel in Moshi (HB)

Day 2 : Moshi – Machame

Transfer to Machame, the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, after breakfast.

Begin the climb through the mountain forest to Machame Campsite, which is at an elevation of 10,000 feet (3000m). Walking time is estimated to be between 5 and 7 hours.

Machame camp provides meals and lodging.

Day 3 : Shira Camp

To reach Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m, follow the steep ridge across heath and moorland to picnic rock and the Shira plateau (approx. 5 to 7 hours).

Shira camp provides meals and lodging.

Day 4 : Barranco

To get to the Barranco Campsite at 13000ft/3900m, head in the direction of Kibo, first traversing a large valley, then climbing to the top of a ridge, and finally traversing the scree slopes and a river valley. (5-7 hours) Barranco camp provides lodging, as well as meals.

Day 5 : Barafu Camp

After breakfast, travel across the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley, up and over the Barranco wall, and down to the Karanga River, which is the final source of water along this route. The Barafu Campsite can be reached at an altitude of 15500 feet after a strenuous ascent over rocky slabs (4600m). (8–9) hours

At the Barafu camp, you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 6 : Mweka Camp

An early start for the summit, which is Uhuru Peak, which stands at 19340 feet and 5896 meters and is the highest point in Africa (6 to 7 hours). Descend through the forest via the Barafu Campsite to reach the Mweka Campsite at an elevation of 10000 feet (3000m).

Mweka Camp provides supper and a bed for the night.

Day 7 : Descend to Gate

After breakfast, make your way down to the park gate, which is located at Mweka Wildlife College (3 to 4 hrs).

We then proceeded to Moshi Town after our meeting.

Mountain Inn will provide both dinner and lodging for the night (HB).

Day 8 : Departure

The Mountain Inn served a hearty breakfast.

After that, make your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your next flight.

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