6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route

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Trekking Overview

The Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a renowned and challenging path to the summit, spanning 6 to 7 days. It winds through diverse landscapes, including rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts, offering breathtaking views. With gradual altitude gains and rest days for acclimatization, climbers face steep ascents and rocky terrain. Guided by experienced teams, the summit push begins before dawn, culminating in a sunrise from Uhuru Peak. Camping along the route, climbers immerse themselves in the journey’s natural beauty and camaraderie.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP:

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m

Starting from Arusha, a journey of an hour transports you to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, passing through the charming Village of Machame. Upon arrival, we'll await the issuance of our permits amidst the bustling activity of crews gearing up for their expeditions. Amidst the stunning rainforest scenery and winding trails, your guide will provide insights into the local flora, fauna, and wildlife. Be mindful that at these lower elevations, the trail may be muddy and slippery, so we strongly advise the use of gaiters and trekking poles for added stability and safety.

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP:

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m

Following a restful night's sleep and a satisfying breakfast, we depart from the rainforest and proceed along an upward trail, traversing the valley via a steep and rocky ridge. Our journey then shifts westward, leading us through a river gorge until we reach the Shira campsite. As we progress, temperatures gradually begin to decrease.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP:

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 147m

While the day concludes at a similar elevation to its start, it holds paramount significance for acclimatization. Proceeding from the Shira Plateau, we advance eastward along a ridge, passing the intersection leading towards the Kibo peak. Continuing southeast, we navigate towards the iconic Lava Tower, known as the “Shark’s Tooth” at an elevation of 4650m/15,250ft. Following the tower, we encounter a secondary junction guiding towards the Arrow Glacier. Our journey then descends to Barranco Camp for the night's rest.

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP:

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 676m


Following breakfast, we embark on a steep ascent along a ridge, leading to the exhilarating Barranco Wall and onward to the Karanga Valley. Here, we encounter the junction linking to the Mweka Trail, a pivotal moment showcasing the remarkable skill and efficiency of your crew as they navigate the wall effortlessly. Continuing upwards, we progress towards Barafu Camp, marking the completion of the South Circuit. This leg of the journey offers awe-inspiring views of the summit from various perspectives. Following an early dinner and rest, we prepare for the summit push. Our overnight stay will be at Barafu Camp.

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT:

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

Embark on an early trek towards Kilimanjaro's peak, facing mental and physical challenges amid glaciers and scree terrain. Witness a stunning sunrise at Stella Point before the final push to Uhuru Peak, Africa's highest point. Celebrate the achievement with photos and emotions, then descend to Mweka Camp for a well-deserved rest.

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI:

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m


Following breakfast and a sincere ceremony of gratitude and team unity with your crew, it’s time to bid farewell. We proceed with the descent to the Mweka Park Gate to collect your summit certificates. Given the considerably warmer weather, the terrain becomes wet, muddy, and steep, making gaiters and trekking poles strongly advisable. A vehicle will await you at Mweka village to transport you back to your hotel in Arusha.
What is Included
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees or Camping fee
  • Gate Transfers
What is Not Included
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel  or Medical Insurance  is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

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