6 Days Kilimanjaro trekking Machame Route

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Overview

The Machame route is renowned for its stunning and diverse scenery, offering trekkers a captivating journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro. However, its popularity among climbers has led to increased foot traffic, somewhat diminishing its natural splendor. Nevertheless, this route remains highly rewarding, with its approach from the southwest and descent via the Mweka route granting trekkers breathtaking views of the expansive Shira Plateau.

Along the Machame route, adventurers have the opportunity to embark on an optional scramble up Lava Tower and conquer the challenging ascent of the Great Barranco wall. Additionally, the route allows for a captivating traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field, providing trekkers with awe-inspiring vistas throughout the journey.

It’s worth noting that certain sections of the Machame route are steeper and physically more demanding than alternative routes like Marangu and Rongai. However, overall, the Machame route is considered to be easier, offering climbers a balanced blend of challenge and accessibility amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Kilimanjaro’s landscapes.

Included/Excluded

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp Kilimanjaro

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Moshi to Machame Gate, approximately 45 minutes away. En route, we pass through the charming village of Machame nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic mountain. Upon arrival at the park gate, our adventure kicks off as we embark on a trek through the lush rainforest along a winding trail that ascends a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail may be muddy and slippery, so it's advisable to equip oneself with gaiters and trekking poles. After a few hours of trekking, we reach Machame Camp, where we settle in for the night amidst the enchanting surroundings.

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft Distance: 11km/7mi Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp Kilimanjaro

Following a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to the verdant rainforest glades and continue our ascent along an ascending path. Crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge, we head westward, immersing ourselves in the rugged beauty of the landscape. The trail leads us to the Shira campsite, nestled amidst the breathtaking moorlands, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding terrain. As we traverse through this captivating habitat, keep an eye out for unique flora and fauna that call this region home.

Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft Distance: 5km/3mi Walking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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

Our journey continues eastward from the Shira Plateau, ascending a ridge and passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we press onward, the landscape transforms, offering mesmerizing views of the iconic Lava Tower, also known as the "Shark’s Tooth" (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). After a brief stop to admire this geological marvel, we proceed southeast towards the Barranco Camp, navigating through semi-desert terrain. Despite ending the day at a similar elevation to where we began, this leg of the journey is crucial for acclimatization, preparing our bodies for the challenges that lie ahead.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft Distance: 10km/6mi Walking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp Kilimanjaro

After a replenishing breakfast, we embark on a steep ascent up the Barranco Wall (elevation 4250m/13,900ft), followed by a traverse through the scenic Karanga Valley (elevation 4050m/13,250ft). Continuing our upward journey, we eventually reach the junction connecting with the Mweka Trail. The path leads us to the Barafu Camp, marking the culmination of the South Circuit and offering captivating views of the summit in the distance. As we settle into our campsite, the anticipation of the summit bid looms large, motivating us for the challenges ahead.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft Distance: 9km/6mi Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp Kilimanjaro

In the pre-dawn darkness, our ascent to the summit commences, navigating through the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This leg of the journey is undeniably the most mentally and physically demanding, as we push through heavy scree towards the ultimate goal. Arriving at Stella Point, we pause to witness the awe-inspiring sunrise, a fitting reward for our determination and perseverance. From here, a final push brings us to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire African continent. After basking in the glory of our achievement, we begin our descent, retracing our steps to Barafu Camp for a well-deserved rest and lunch. Continuing onward, we make our way to the Mweka Camp, where we spend our final night on the mountain, reflecting on the extraordinary journey we've undertaken.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft Descending to 3090m/10,150ft Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel Kilimanjaro

Our descent continues as we make our way down to the Mweka Park Gate, where we receive our hard-earned summit certificates. Trekking through the forested terrain, we navigate the final stretch, mindful of the wet and muddy conditions at lower elevations. Upon reaching the Mweka Gate, our adventure concludes, and a Monkey Adventures vehicle awaits to transport us back to our hotel in Moshi. As we bid farewell to Kilimanjaro, we carry with us memories of an unforgettable journey and the triumphant feeling of conquering Africa's highest peak.

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

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