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6 Days Machame Route | Kilimanjaro | Tanzania Safari

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Duration

6 days 5 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

The Machame route, famously known as the “Whiskey” route, is the second most popular and recommended route on kilimanjaro. It offers climbers captivating view, landscape and experience.

6 days machame route is organized so that you can enjoy the amazing scenery of the lush rainforest and Alpine moorland on the route giving more thrill to your journey and making your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure an unforgettable and lasting memory.

Accommodation will be in tented camps as there are no huts on this route and meals will be served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.

Duration: 6 days

Difficulty: Medium

View: Wonderful

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most scenic and popular route at Kilimanjaro
  • Climbing passage in the Barranco Wall, sure-footedness required
  • Ascent over the Machame route and descent over the Mweka route
  • Height profile has a positive effect on acclimatization
  • Total distance about 65 km

Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
Day 1: Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
Distance: 11km/7mi
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

You will depart early in the morning from your hotel to Machame gate through the Machame village and nearby the village chief house. This small journey will take 45 minutes to 1 hour.

At the gate, you will register and excitedly wait for your permit to be issued while the porters prepare and pack the equipment needed for the hike. You will also get to know the trekking team you will accompany up the mountain in your 6 days machame route adventure.

After everything is prepared, you depart and walk through the beautiful rainforest where you will enjoy the extraordinary scenery of tall trees and green moss. Using your trekking poles and gaiters here might be a good choice, as the trail can be muddy and slippery at lower elevations. Halfway up you will have a picnic lunch, then you continue your journey to the Machame camp, which you will reach in the late afternoon.

After arriving, you will find your tents and food prepared for you by the porters who preceded you earlier as their speed is much faster than yours. The night might be freezing, so get prepared!

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
Distance: 5km/3mi
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

After a comfortable night's rest and warm breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on your ascending path in this 6 days machame route tour.

Although the distance you will cross is only 5 Km, you will actually spend 4-5 hours to reach Shira camp. The road today is narrow, steep, and dusty, you will traverse a valley with a rocky ridge and many streams.

Halfway you will have your lunch then continue the journey which will end earlier than the first day as the distance is smaller, but at the campsite, you will get the chance to enjoy the wonderful views of Shira Plateau, such as Mount Meru, Klute Peak, and Shira Cathedral.

Similar to the first day, the tents will be prepared by the porters as well as food and water. Get ready for a cold night!

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Distance: 10km/6mi
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert

Today, after breakfast, you leave the beautiful moorland environment toward your next destination; Lava tower and Barranco camp. You will ascend the massive Lava tower (4630m) where you will have your picnic lunch.

After admiring the beautiful views offered at the tower, you will descend to your camp, a journey that will take around two hours. Once at the overnight camp, you will take your time to appreciate the Arrow Glacier and the southern face of Kibo.

As usual, when you reach Barranco camp, you will clean yourself, have dinner and get a good night's rest to get ready for the next day's adventure.

Today’s ascending and descending trek of the 6 days machame route journey will benefit you as your body will get more accustomed to the high altitude.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Distance: 9km/6mi
Hiking time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, you leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, you leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. you continue up to the Barafu Hut.

At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here you make a camp with your crew, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Distance: 13km/8mi
Hiking time: 5-6HRS
Habitat: Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of your 6 days machame route trek.

You continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy, you take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. You begin your steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Distance: 10km/6mi
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest

Today is the last day of your 6 days machame route unforgettable experience.

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. You continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy, and steep, and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.

Included/Excluded

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • National Park gate fees and Camping fees
  • Transport from Moshi to trail head and return to Moshi
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters and Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $350-500/person)
  • Sleeping bags and personal gear
  • $40 for single tent
  • Low season discount in April/May

Duration

6 Days

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