The 6 Days Machame Route offers the best experience to test your will power, fitness level and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam. Kilimanjaro Machame Route will give way to heather and moorland with its many ferns and Erica plants. The varying altitudes on this 6 days tour offer a good environment for acclimatization increasing your chances of reaching the summit. Machame route joins with Lemosho route near Lava Tower.

The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.

In certain sections this route is steeper than the Marangu and Rongai routes and physically more demanding but is easier overall.

Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities.

Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones.

Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting.

Day 1 Arusha – Machame Gate (1,830 masl) – Machame Camp (3,000 masl)

Your safari to Kilimanjaro National Park will begin early in the morning soon after breakfast at 7:30 am. Today’s destination will be Machame Camp. It will take 2 hours to drive from Arusha to Machame gate. You will be served with parked lunch before you start your hike. Your adventure of 6 to 7 hours will commence soon after completing all the necessary paper work at the gate. The ascent from Machame gate will take you through lush rainforest offering you a chance to see black and white colobus monkeys peeking through the leaves. Our destination for day 1 is Machame Camp. On arrival at the Camp you will rest awaiting dinner in the evening. After dinner your guides will brief you about the following day’s hike before you retire to your tents for the day.

Day 2 Machame Camp (3,000 masl) – New Shira Camp (3,840 masl).

On day 2 the team will wake you up early in the morning and provide you with warm water to freshen up. You will be served with breakfast after which the day’s hike will start, aiming to reach the destination in 4 to 5 hours of hiking. The hike will take you to New Shira Camp. You will pass moor and heath zone reaching New Shira Camp around mid-afternoon. At the Camp you will have lunch and relax for the remainder of the day. You can enjoy great views of Kibo peak from New Shira Camp at sunset. Dinner will be served in the evening to allow you time to retire to your tent for the night.

Day 3 New Shira Camp (3,840 masl) – Lava Tower (4,600 masl) – Barranco Camp (3950 masl)

On day 3 you will walk from New Shira Camp to Lava Tower. It is long and tough trek taking about 5 – 6 hours to complete. The route turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. On arrival at Lava Tower the team will serve you with lunch before proceeding for another 2 hours walk to Barranco Camp. This is the most important day on your trek as it gives you a chance to hike high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatization. By the time you arrive at Barranco Camp the team will have set the tents and prepared the camp for your comfort and rest. You will be served with dinner and then you could retire to your tents for the night.

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950 masl) – Barafu Camp (4600 masl)

After spending the night at the Great Barranco Camp you will start your day 4 with breakfast after which you make your way up the Barranco Wall, an awesome looking obstacle at the elevation of 4200 metres above sea level. The climb will take you about 1 hour to the top of the Wall. It is not as difficult as it seems. At some stages you will be required to use your hands for a better grip. However, no technical climbing skills are necessary. After reaching Karanga Camp the team will serve you with lunch before proceeding with the hike to Barafu camp. Your team of guides will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. At Barafu Camp, which is the base camp, you will be served with dinner and have an early night in readiness for the summit night. Before retiring to rest the team will brief you in detail on how to prepare for the summit.

Day 5 Barafu Camp (4600 masl) – Uhuru Peak (5,895masl) – Mweka Camp (3,100 masl)

At around midnight the team will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and moonlight on a lucky day, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 metres above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. In another 1 to 2 hours you will reach Uhuru Peak where you can enjoy the sun rising over the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp. The team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. You can rest in your tents before making your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa. Dinner will be served at Mweka Camp after which you can retire for the night.

Day 6 Mweka Camp (3,100 masl) – Mweka Gate (1,600 masl) – Arusha

Day 6 is your last day of this fantastic adventure. The day begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from our team after which you will begin the descent. The descent will take 2 to 3 hours from Mweka Gate at 1,600 metres above sea level. At the gate you will sign out of the park then have lunch before you are driven back to your hotel for rest and overnight stay.

Included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • All Camping equipment
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • National park fees
  • Transfer charges
  • Airport pick up and drop off

 

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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