The best 6 days Machame route group in 2024

The best 6 days Machame route group

The best 6 days Machame route on Kilimanjaro climbing

This 6-day Machame route is the best, classic and most popular route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5,895 meters above sea level.

The 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing tour via Machame route offers a challenging yet rewarding adventure allowing hikers to experience the diverse landscapes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 6 days Machame route on Kilimanjaro climb requires 19–24 hours of demanding walking at high elevations with only 4-6 hours of sleep, covering a distance of about 62 km from Machame gate to the summit (19,341’) and descending back to Mweka gate.

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Best 6 days Machame route price on Kilimanjaro climbing

The best and most affordable prices for the 6 days Kilimanjaro Machame route is from $1300 to $2800 per climber enabling you to successful summit 5,895 meters snow-capped Kilimanjaro peak.

This 6 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Machame route price varies depending on the accommodations before and after the climb, number of people on a group climb, luxury or budget climbing service required.

6 days Kilimanjaro fees and costs are paid in Dollars, Pounds, Euros, and Tanzania Shillings.

Best 6 days Kilimanjaro Machame route success rate

The best successful Kilimanjaro summit rate using the 6-day Machame route is from 90% to 95% allowing hikers to reach 5,895 meters Uhuru peak.

This 6 days Machame route is the most popular and most preferred route by over 50% of Kilimanjaro climbers due to its higher summit success rates to all hikers using it.

What is the difficulty level of the Machame route?

The Machame route also known as the “Whiskey” route is considered a challenging trek with about 5% to 10% difficulty level and is recommended for experienced hikers.

The route is known for its steep inclines and high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness for those who are not properly acclimatized. However, with proper preparation and training, many hikers successfully complete the Machame route and enjoy the stunning views and unique terrain along the way.

Package Inclusion & Exclusions


  • Guide, Porters
  • Park Fees, Tax
  • Gate transfer
  • Crew wages
  • Environment fees
  • During the climb you will be camping throughout you climb!
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Cook


  • Flights
  • Tipping the crew
  • •Visas

6 days Kilimanjaro Machame route itinerary

The best day-by-day full detailed itinerary for the 6-day Kilimanjaro climbing via Machame route:

Day 1: Machame Gate (56,000ft / 1,830m) to Machame Camp (10,200ft / 3,100m) | 5-7 hours | 11 km;

Day 2: Machame Camp (10,200ft / 3,100m) to Shira Campsite (12,600ft / 3,840m) | 4-6 hours | 9 km;

Day 3: Shira Camp (12,600 ft / 3,840 m) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (3,950 m / 12,960 ft) | 5-7 hours | 15 km;

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950 m / 12,960 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,680 m / 15,350 ft) | 6-8 hours | 9km;

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,680 m / 15,350 ft) to Summit (5895m / 19,343ft), down to Mweka Camp (3090m / 10,150ft) | 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down | 6 km up / 13 km down;

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3090m / 10,150ft) to Mweka Gate (1680 m / 5500 ft) | 3-4 hours | 10 km.

Day 1: Machame gate to Machame camp

Elevations: 56,000ft / 1,830m to 10,200ft / 3,100m Hiking time: 7 hours Hiking distance: 11 km

The 6 days Kilimanjaro Machame route adventure begins at the Machame Gate, where you’ll complete the necessary registration and meet your guides and porters.

The trek starts through the lush rainforest, immersing you in the beauty of the surroundings. The trail gradually ascends, and after several hours of hiking, you’ll reach Machame Camp, situated at an elevation of around 3,100 meters.

You’ll spend the night at the camp, enjoying a well-deserved rest.

 Day 2: Machame camp to Shira camp

Elevations: 10,200ft / 3,100m to 12,600ft / 3,840m Hiking time: 4-6 hours Hiking distance: 9 km On the second day, the journey continues through the moorland zone.

The trail offers magnificent views of the valleys below. As you ascend higher, the landscape becomes more rugged and open.

After a challenging but rewarding day of hiking, you’ll arrive at Shira Camp, located at an elevation of approximately 3,840 meters (12,600 feet).

You’ll spend the night there, taking in the breathtaking vistas.

 Day 3: Shira camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevations: 12,600ft / 3,840m to 3,950 m / 12,960 ft Hiking time: 5-7 hours Hiking distance: 15 km This day involves trekking from Shira Camp to the iconic Lava Tower, a volcanic rock formation at an altitude of about 4,630 meters (15,190 feet).

The ascent to Lava Tower helps with acclimatization before descending to Barranco Valley.

The descent takes you to Barranco Camp, situated at approximately 3,950 meters (12,960 feet). This camp is nestled beneath the impressive Barranco Wall, offering stunning views. You’ll spend the night at Barranco Camp, preparing for the next day’s adventure.

 Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevations: 3,950 m / 12,960 ft to 4,680 m / 15,350 ft Hiking time: 6-8 hours Hiking distance: 9 km On day four, you’ll conquer the Barranco Wall, which requires some scrambling and offers an exhilarating experience.

Once you’ve conquered the wall, the trail levels out, and you’ll hike through the alpine desert terrain.

The day’s trek leads you to Barafu Camp, located at an elevation of around 4,680 meters (15,350 feet). This camp serves as the base for the summit push and offers magnificent views of the mountain. Rest and prepare for the upcoming summit attempt.

 Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Elevations: 4,680 m / 15,350 ft to 5895m / 19,343ft to 3,100m / 10,150ft Hiking time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down Hiking distance: 6 km up / 13 km down Day five is the most challenging and rewarding day of the trek.

You’ll wake up in the early hours of the morning and embark on the final ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak.

The trail is steep and rocky, and the high altitude makes it physically demanding. However, the incredible views and the sense of accomplishment make it all worthwhile.

Upon reaching the summit, you’ll have a short period to celebrate before descending to Barafu Camp. After a short rest, you’ll continue down to Mweka Camp, situated at an elevation of about 3,100 meters (10,150 feet). You’ll spend the night at Mweka Camp, reflecting on your achievement.

 Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevations: 3,100m / 10,150ft to 1680 m / 5500 ft Hiking time: 3-4 hours Hiking distance: 10 km On the final day of the trek, you’ll descend through the lush rainforest from Mweka Camp. The trail leads you to Mweka Gate, where you’ll complete the necessary formalities and receive your summit certificates.

It’s a joyful moment as you bid farewell to your mountain crew. From the gate, you’ll be transported back to your hotel, where you can relax, celebrate, and cherish the memories of your Kilimanjaro climb

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