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Machame route trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 8 days

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on an ascent of Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route with an experienced guide from Altezza Travel.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • Experience the beautiful scenery on the Machame Route

  • Enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with scaling Africa's largest peak

  • Camp out in the mountains during the hike


Come with us on an awesome Kilimanjo experience to remember. One of our guides will accompany you to the summit over a week via the Machame Route, helping you to make the very most out of this unforgettable experience.

The Machame Route is a great route as it allows for good acclimatization. It actually has one of the highest success rates of reaching the summit. Because it is such a great route it can sometimes be very popular. We’ll overcome the crowds by getting nice early starts!

This route, however, is not easy, there are some tricky sections of the trail with sharp inclines and descents. The beautiful scenery more than makes up for the difficulty though, this includes the Shira Plateau and the lush rainforest. Then there’s the highlight- the panoramic views from the summit.

We’ll hike with an awesome crew who’ll help us set up camp and prepare our meals, so you’ll just have to focus on hiking, resting and having fun.

Climbing the highest mountain in Africa really is the opportunity of a lifetime. Don’t miss your chance, sign up today!

If you’re interested in a more secluded route to the summit, check out our 8-day trip following the Umbwe route. 



Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro Airport




Day 1: Arrival

We’ll pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel. Once you’re settled in, you’ll meet with your guide for a pre-trip briefing.

Day 2: Machame Gate To Machame Camp

The start of the hike is at the Kilimanjaro National Park’s  Machame Gate (1,800 m) entrance and we’ll drive there. After you register and receive your permit we’ll begin hiking. Our first day will see us hike for 5 km to Machame Camp (3,010 m) over 5–6 hours

Day 3: Machame Camp To Shira Camp

After breakfast our hike towards Shira Camp (3,845 m) will begin. After trekking through the rainforest for the first day and a half, we’ll come out the other side and see the Shira Plateau. This makes for some awesome views.

We’ll walk at a gentle pace because at this point the altitude might be impacting you. Then, when we reach Shira Camp we’ll take the time to rest. We will have covered 5 km over 4-5 hours.

In the afternoon we’ll take an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp before retuning back down for dinner.

Day 4: Shira Camp To The Lava Tower and Descent To Barranco Camp

The journey to the Lava Tower (4,630 m) from Shira Camp is a tricky one with lots of ascents and descents. We’ll have lunch at Lava Tower. This is key for acclimatization purposes. After lunch we’ll descend to the Barranco Camp (3,960 m) which will be our home for the night. On this day we’ll cover 11 km and it will take roughly  6–8 hours.

Day 5: Barranco Camp To Barafu Camp

We’ll get an early start in on day 5 to start our journey to the summit of Barranco Wall. After that we’ll get awesome views of the Kibo Volcano. We’ll then continue on to Barafu Camp (4,640 m)  to have dinner and rest before our night ascent to the summit. This is one of the more difficult days, we’ll cover 11km but this time over 8- 10 hours.

Day 6: Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

Our adventure to the summit begins at midnight from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The altitude makes this last stretch but you’ll almost be there! The views from the summit are amazing and you’ll have time to soak it all in and also take in the nearest glacier. From there you’ll return to Barafu for a rest before descending further to Millennium Camp (3,820 m). This is a long day. You’ll be hiking anywhere from 8- 12 hours covering 15 km of ascents and descents.

Day 7: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

Day seven is your final day of hiking and is all descent. It’ll take us around 4-5 hows to cover the 12 km to Mweka Gate (1,640 m). There, you’ll get your certificate and we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

Day 8: Departure

You’ll be able to rest at your hotel until we take you to the airport for your flight home.

About the guide

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Altezza Travel is a team of dedicated wildlife specialists, whose mission is to turn your Tanzanian dreams into reality. We are vastly experienced in organizing top-notch Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions and wildlife safaris.

Unparalleled safety standards, individual care for each guest and professional guides are the foundations of our vision. We will make your adventure a lifetime memory!

Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Dec 19, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020

USD 2323 per traveller

Jan 09, 2021 - Jan 17, 2021

USD 2323 per traveller

Feb 06, 2021 - Feb 14, 2021

USD 2323 per traveller

Feb 14, 2021 - Feb 22, 2021

USD 2323 per traveller

Mar 14, 2021 - Mar 22, 2021

USD 2323 per traveller

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2809 each

Group of 2

USD 2244 each

Group of 3

USD 2096 each

Group of 4

USD 1993 each

Group of 5

USD 1931 each

Group of 6

USD 1879 each

Group of 7

USD 1842 each

Group of 8

USD 1809 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad, Cooking utensils

Price details

This price does not include airline tickets, visa fee, lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent), personal gear rentals, tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person) and mountaineering insurance.

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