This 8-day trek takes the most popular route up Kilimanjaro. The Machame Route summits at iconic Uhuru Peak and is considered one of the most beautiful paths up Kilimanjaro, featuring views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo Peak.

Compared to the Marangu and Rongai routes, Machame has more steep sections and higher altitudes, which make it more challenging. It is busier than the Lemosho Route during the initial ascent but all converge at Baranco Camp, from where the Machame route heads on directly to Barafu Camp and the summit at Uhuru Peak. The trek rises up through humid, tropical rainforest to cool moorland and onwards to a dry, cold alpine desert. The summit is a dramatic moonscape of shiny volcanic rock left over from the mountain’s historic final eruption. 

Kilimanjaro does not require technical climbing skills but demands hiking-level fitness – the average day ranges from six to eight hours of trekking. Your guide uses the longer days to reach scenic points high up then descends to lower altitudes to spend the night. This trek-high, sleep-low technique helps your body prepare for the summit altitude of 5 895m (19 340ft). The high altitude affects almost all trekkers to some degree: Uhuru Peak rises to 5 895m (19 340ft), a mere 2 953m (9 689ft) shy of Everest’s summit and higher than Everest South Base Camp at 5 364m (17 598ft).

Summiting Africa’s highest peak is one of the most iconic experiences you can have on the continent, and it is easy to add on a sun-drenched island off Tanzania’s coast to complete an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime journey.

  • Tour duration: 8 days
  • Start: Kilimanjaro Airport
  • End: Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Destinations:
       Mount Kilimanjaro,
  • Accommodation:
    1 night at Keys Hotel
    5 nights at Camping
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable
  • Type of Tour: Packaged Tour
  • Type of Accommodation: Mixed

Itinerary Highlights

  • Kilimanjaro’s beautiful Machame Route
  • Summit Uhuru Peak at 5 895m (19 340ft)
  • Views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge & Kibo Peak
  • Rich scenery: rainforest, moorland & alpine desert
  • Easy add-on tours to the Serengeti & Zanzibar island

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Your first glimpse of Kili

Your driver meets you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfers you to the Keys Hotel in Moshi. Spend the afternoon recovering from your journey and soaking up gorgeous views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Both dinner and a thorough pre-trek briefing are hosted at the hotel.

Day 2

Trek to Machame Camp (3 010m / 9 875ft)

After breakfast, you set off on the hour’s drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, where your guide registers you with the National Parks office. Your trek begins immediately after and you are soon walking through a magnificent rainforest carpeted by moss and thick with primeval ferns, ancient trees and the calls of black-and-white colobus monkeys in the canopy. After about six hours, you reach Machame Camp, set just above the tree line at the edge of the moorland.  

Day 3

Trek to New Shira Camp (3 840m / 12 598ft)

Today you trek for about six hours, starting on a steep path that leads out onto the open moorland. From here you can admire the scenic beauty of Shira Ridge, before arriving at New Shira Camp in the mid-afternoon. The camp offers breath-taking sunset views of Kibo Peak glacier.

Day 4

Trek to Barranco Camp (3 960m / 12 992ft)

Today is a long trek of about seven hours, up and out of the moorland above the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower. As you ascend, the plant life dwindles, giving way to the sparse grass tufts of the afro-alpine zone. Your route descends again to Barranco Camp, set in a beautiful valley filled with lobelia and giant senecio plants.

Day 5

Trek to Barafu Camp (4 640m / 15 223ft)

Today is a challenging trek of about six hours. It begins with a steep climb over the Barranco Wall – the steepest ascent of the entire route. The route winds up and down through the fascinating afro-alpine landscape. You may need to use your hands to steady yourself as you ascend some of the rockier sections. Remember that you are likely to be experiencing some effects of the altitude by now, making you a little less sure-footed. Your guide knows this and assists you whenever necessary. Your reward at the top of Barranco Wall is superb views of Kibo’s southern glacier and summit. The route continues along the ridge, bringing you to Karanga Valley in time for lunch. You reach Barafu Camp by mid-afternoon to rest in preparation for the trek to the summit. After an early dinner, you sleep for a few hours before waking at midnight to begin your final push to the top.

Day 6

Summit at Stella Point, Uhuru Peak (5 895m / 19 340ft)

Today is challenging and exhilarating. It begins at midnight with hot tea and a light snack before you set off by torchlight. The ground is still frozen and you are dressed in layers against the cold. For many travellers, the effects of altitude only become challenging on this critical trek to Uhuru Peak. You move at a slow, steady pace, taking about six hours to reach Stella Point, which is Kilimanjaro’s crater rim. The climb continues for about two hours more along the crater ridge to the summit of Uhuru Peak, a magnificent 5 895m (19 340ft).

You have reached the Roof of Africa, the highest point on the continent! The air is too thin to linger for long, and so you take your victory photo and stop briefly to admire the rising sun. You descend to Barafu Camp by midday, warmly welcomed by your mountain crew and exhilarated by the oxygen flooding your lungs. After lunch and a rest, you start the 3-hour descent to Mweka Camp (1 630m / 5 348ft).

Day 7

Mweka Camp to Keys Hotel, Moshi

After breakfast, your crew sings a traditional farewell, honouring your accomplishment and wishing you well. An easy 3-hour hike brings you to Mweka Gate, from where your driver transfers you back to the Keys Hotel. Life’s little luxuries await: a long, hot shower, lounging beside the pool, and sunset cocktails to toast your achievement.

Day 8

Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, your driver delivers you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward journey – there are many ways to relax after such a big accomplishment. Choose from a Serengeti Big 5 safari to a private retreat on one of Tanzania’s tropical islands – Zanzibar's sunny beaches are a popular choice for trekkers.


  • 01 night on a Dinner only basis
  • 06 nights on a Full Board basis
  • Professional English-speaking guide & Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Meals & Drinking water according to the itinerary
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"Machame is a popular route as it offers varied scenery as you work your way to the summit. It is considered a more difficult route and better for those of you that have had some hiking experience previously."

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