6 Days Machame Route

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Tour Overview

This is one of the most popular climbs due to the diversity and beauty of the route. You walk from the green rainforest to the beautiful Shira Plateau and the rock lava slopes. The trail circles around the mountain with spectacular views. Another advantage is the gradual ascend, so people have more time to acclimatize, which increases the success rate. The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey route” has an average to high success rate, especially if you choose the 7 days itinerary. This route is less expensive than most others but has the disadvantage to be quite busy.

huts at Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa

ARRIVE IN TANZANIA

Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Meet your guide and review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.

Day 1 – Machame Camp

(9,927 feet/3,026 m), 7 miles/11 km (5 to 7 hours)
We will pick you up at the hotel in Moshi after breakfast and drive about an hour to the Machame gate where the trek starts. From the Machame Park gate, it’s a gentle climb up through the dense rainforest to the Machame Camp.

Day 2 – Shira Camp

(12,355 feet/3,766 m), 3 miles/5 km (4 to 6 hours)
The morning starts with a personal introduction to your trekking team. The hike is different today as the jungle gives away to zones of giant heather and moorland. If you have enough time you take a short hike to the Shira Caves after reaching camp.

Day 3– Barranco Camp

(13,066 feet/3,983 m), 6 miles/10 km (5 to 8 hours)
Leaving Shira camp in the morning you climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trail ascends to the Lava Tower site (15000 feet / 4600m) before descending back down into Barranco Valley. It’s 6 to 7 hours walking and the total ascent is only 110m total but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization.

Day 4 – Barafu High Camp

(15,239 feet/4,645 m), 5 miles/9 km (5 to 8 hours)
The day starts with a challenging climb up the steep Barranco wall (some scrambling but not technically difficult) before dropping into the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch. If you decide to add an extra day it will be spent at Karanga Camp. Those on the regular itinerary will continue after lunch to Barafu Hut having hiked a total of 5 to 8 hours and ascended 650m. This is the highest camp and the push to the summit will begin at 11 pm when you start getting your gear ready.

Day 5 – Uhuru Peak Altitude

(19,340 feet/5,895 m), 3 miles/5 km ascent + 7 miles/12 km descent (10-16 hours)
The day starts at midnight with the final push to the summit. It’s a cold and grueling six-hour hike to the summit rim up a steep slope. The trail is doable but steep with many switchbacks. The summit rim is reached just about sunrise and it’s a fairly level hike around the rim to Uhuru Peak the ultimate summit and highest point in Africa. Going down you will head back to Barafu Hut for a short nap and snacks before continuing down to Mweka camp (3068m/10,065feet). One of the reasons for such a long day of trekking is to avoid problems with acclimatization and get you back down to a lower elevation quickly.

Day 6 – Mweka Camp to Moshi

(Descent to 5,380 feet/725 m), 6 miles/10 km (4 to 5 hours)
From the Mweka campsite, it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for the night and to have a final farewell dinner with your guides.

Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport as per your requirement.

Items included:

  • Transport from arrival point to Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to the departure point
  • Accommodation before climb
  • Accommodation after climb
  • All accommodation in tents on the mountain
  • Park fees on Kilimanjaro
  • Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain
  • Sleeping tents and dining tents (all camping gear)
  • Guide and porters
  • Cooks and waiters
  • First aid kit
  • Service of an English speaking mountain guide
  • Transportation to the mountain
  • Transportation from the mountain
  • All government taxes
  • Oximeter on the mountain

Items not included:

  • Extras in the hotel
  • Drinks rather than water
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Meals in Moshi
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, hiking poles, etc.
  • Flights
  • And all not listed above