For this trek, the seven-day Machame variation is the best itinerary. The Barranco to Barafu trip on the seven-day Machame route is divided into two days, providing hikers with a short day shortly before the summit attempt. This is crucial because summit day starts quite early, at around midnight, leaving climbers exhausted going into the hardest day of the mountain. Climbers can be more rested by having a short day before.
The seven-day Machame climb on Mount Kilimanjaro’s daily schedule is provided below.