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Kilimanjaro Machame Route - 6 Days
Kilimanjaro Machame Route - 6 Days

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - 6 Days

Kilimanjaro Machame Route 6 Days approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the southwest and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of 'wilderness' once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. The final ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro is made via the Barafu route.

For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other 6 days routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person is in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

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Kilimanjaro Machame Route - 6 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi - Machame Gate (1790m) To Machame Camp (3010m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters, and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

Approx. time taken: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Machame Camp

Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) To Shira Camp (3845m)

Our route continues up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira 1 Camp

Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) To Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Barranco Camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) To Barafu Camp (4640m)

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up to the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for freshwater before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Barafu Camp

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4640m) To UHURU PEAK (5895m) & Down To Mweka Camp (3100m)

We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views of jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi

Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mweka Camp

Day 6: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) To Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower and then celebrate with cold drinks.

Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

Panama Garden Hotel

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Includes

  • img 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Moshi, a day before trek and a day after trek
  • img Transfer from Airport/Bus station in Moshi on arrival and return to airport/Bus station after climb.
  • img Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • img Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides:
  • img Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day

Excludes

  • img International airfares and departure taxes
  • img All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • img Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • img Laundry services
  • img Visa and International flight tickets fees.

In case you go with a group, the price will go down. It is possible for you to join a group, as well as to come with your own group. Please inform us about the size of your group. We can share the prices for groups:

If you have any questions or special requirements, do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to give you some more information and to help you to fully prepare for the most beautiful experience of your life.

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