Machame route is among the popular Camping route offered on Mountain Kilimanjaro. This route is located in the southwest part of Mountain Kilimanjaro. This route is found in the village called the Machame. The start point of this route is called the Machame gate, and the endpoint of this route is at the Mweka gate. It takes only 62km from the Machame gate to the endpoint, the Mweka gate. The minimum number of days someone can climb this Machame route is six days, and the maximum is seven days which is highly recommended.
This route is very scenic, and the seven days Machame route climb provides the climber excellent acclimatization for the successful Kilimanjaro summit, so most first-time climbers are recommended to opt for this 7 days Machame route rather than 6 days Machame route. For the experienced climber, they can also do the 6 days Machame route without any problem. They will skip camp to Karanga camp and head direct to the base camp, which is the Barafu Camp, and prepare themselves for the summit of Mountain Kilimanjaro.
Many climbers attempt to climb Mountain Kilimanjaro use this Machame route and make it very popular. Almost 65% of climbers climb Kilimanjaro annually use this route compare to the old route, the Marangu route. Therefore the Machame cn be among the best route on the mountain; hence it has high traffic during the Kilimanjaro climb season.
This Machame route is the camping route; therefore, we provide our clients with a Mountain tent and sleeping mat for camping and other camping facilities to make them feel comfortable during their climb. The below is the Machame route itinerary for seven days climb.
Day 1: Drive from Moshi to Machame gate, then climb up to Machame camp overnight.
Day 2: Climbing from Machame camp to Shira camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Climbing from Shira Camp to Lava Tower for lunch, then descend to Barranco camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Conquer the breakfast wall in the morning (Barranco Wall ), then climb to Karanga Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5:Climbing from Karanga camp to Barafu camp, the base camp prepares the summit, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Climbing from the Barafu camp at midnight to Uhuru peak to summit Kilimanjaro then descend via Barafu trial to Millenium Camp or Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Descend from the Mweka gate to Mweka gate, and this will be the end of your climb.
Those who will opt for 6 days Machame route will skip to camp at Karanga camp and head directly to Barafu camp on day 4 of the climb.
The following are the campsites that are found on the Machame route.
The camps for the 6 days Machame route are Machame camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Barafu camp and Millenium Camp or Mweka Camp, while the camps for the 7 days Machame route are Machame camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga camp, Barafu camp and Millenium Camp or Mweka Camp.
The best months to climb the Machame route are January, February, March, Mid June, July. August, September, October and December.
The below is the 7 days Machame route itinerary.
Day 1: Moshi drive to Machame Gate the climb up to Machame Camp
We will pick you from your hotel and drive to the start point of the Machame route, which is Machame gate. At the Machame gate, which is 1640m from above sea level, the climb will start.
After all the Climb formality done at Machame gate and obtain our Kilimanjaro permit, we will start the trek. We will pass through the rain forest zone; on this day, we will walk for 5-7 hours, and we will cover 11 km from the Machame gate to Machame camp, which is 2850 m above sea level, and this Machame gate will be our first camp on this Machame route.
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
In the morning, we will start our climb at Machame camp(2850m). We will leave the rain forest zone and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather and reaching the Shira Camp (3810m)above sea level. We walk for 4-6 hours on this day, and we will cover 5 km from the Machame camp to Shira Camp, and this Shira Camp will be our second camp on this Machame route.
Day 3: Shira Camp ascending to Lava tower then descend to Barranco Camp.
We will leave the Shira Plateau and ascending to the southeast toward the lava tower, which is 4600 m above sea level. We will have a hot lunch break; then, after lunch, we will descend to the Barranco Camp is 3900 m above sea level. This day is for acclimatization as we will climb higher at Lava tower and sleep lower at Baranco wall, which will help our body to adapt to the Mountain for the successful summit of Mountain Kilimanjaro.
We walk for 6-8 hours on this day, and we will cover 10 km from the Shira camp to Barranco Camp, and this Barranco Camp will be our third camp on this Machame route.
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
On this day, we will have the morning challenge, which will be to conquer the Barranco wall, then we will head to the Karanga valley, which is 3995m above sea level. Today climb will be short, specific for acclimatization.
We walk for 4-5 hours on this day, and we will cover 5 km from the Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp, and this Karanga Camp will be our fourth camp on this Machame route.
Those who will opt for the six-day Machame route will skip to camp at Karanga camp and head directly to Barafu camp for overnight and summit preparation.
Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
In the morning, we will leave the Karanga Camp and head to the junction that connects the Mweka trial; then, we will ascend to the Barafu Camp (4673m), which will be our base camp before we summit. After reaching the base camp, we will spend our time resting and preparing for the summit. We walk for 4-5 hours on this day, and we will cover 4 km from the Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp, and this Barafu Camp will be our last camp before summit Kilimanjaro on this Machame route.
Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak then descend to Mweka Camp
We will wake up at midnight and begining our journey to the Kilimanjaro summit as the climb will be a steep climb with the darkness. We will walk slowly with a steady pace in a single line heading to Stella point, which is 5,735m above sea level, and we will have a coffee break there while enjoying the sunrise from Mawenzi Peak. Then we will continue ascending until we reach our summit peak, the “Uhuru peak”, which is 5895 m above the sea level, which is the Roof of Africa. Then we will have photos and a celebration for our achievement; then we will descend to Barafu camp for lunch, then descend to Mweka Camp, which is 3068m above sea level for dinner and overnight. We walk for 11-15 hours on this day, and we will cover 17 km from the Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak then to Mweka Camp, and this Mweka Camp will be our last camp before we checkout Kilimanjaro National Park.
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
We will descend while passing the rainforest zone then heading to Mweka gate, which is 1640m above sea level. After reaching the Mweka gate, you will collect the certificate of summit Mountain Kilimanjaro and checkout Kilimanjaro National Park; we will have lunch and celebration here for conqueror Mountain Kilimanjaro. Then later, our vehicle will take you to the hotel, which will be the end of your climb. We walk for 3-4 hours on this day, and we will cover 10 km from the Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, and this Mweka gate will be the endpoint of our climb.
Kilimanjaro budget Safari we offer the below package on the Machame route.