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6-day Kilimanjaro ascent via Machame Route

Reach Africa's highest point, the top of Kilimanjaro, together with the guides team and local porters of Congema, on this 6-day ascent via Machame Route.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

This 6-day Kilimanjaro ascent via Machame Route is a demanding program for those of you who want to complete this amazing trip in 6 days!

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route and is now the most popular route to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit. It approaches the mountain from the southwest and descends using Mweka route, which is a faster way to go down.

This route is scenically beautiful and varied. The days are longer and you’ll have to endure steeper walks compared to other routes, but you’ll be rewarded by the amazing views of the expansive Shira Plateau.

I’ll pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport and take care of everything. During our journey my stuff will prepare all the meals and they’ll have the tents set up for us when we arrive at  the campsites. You’ll enjoy a good sleep in our tents and have a dining tent available for dinner.

Another reason to go through this Machame Route is that we’ll go through stunning terrains and over five different climatic zones. This will be a challenging trek to do in 6 days, but you’ll never forget this experience.

So send me a request to make this 6-day Kilimanjaro ascent via Machame Route happen!

And if you want to check the Kilimanjaro ascent via another route, I can also offer you these routes: Rongai RouteMarangu route and Lemosho Route.

Read about an Explore-Share user who reached the Kilimanjaro summit via the Machame route. And check out his awesome photos!

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Accommodation

The first night you will stay in a hotel and then we will camp.

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Tips: The typical tip is $15-20 day for guides, $10-12 day for assistant guides, $10-12 day cooks, $6-10 day porter This is from the whole group, not per hiker.

Meeting point

We will meet at Kilimanjaro airport.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and meeting with my representative who will pick you up and drive you to Silver Palm Hotel for your overnight.

Day 2: Machame Gate - Machame Camp

Transfer from the Hotel by car until the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. We sign up at the Park’s office, at the gates of the Park. Then we get ready to start climbing. We go by a rain forest, a winding trail takes us up on a ridge until Machame Camp, our camping site for tonight.

*Altitude change: from 1800 m to 3000 m (+1200 m)
*Distance: 11 km
*Time: 5-7 h
*Environment: Montane Forest

Day 3: Machame Camp - Shira Camp

We have breakfast and then start our walk, during which we leave behind the rain forest. We continue ascending, traversing a valley and going up a rocky ridge, quite steep and covered in heath. Then we turn west, to the river’s gorge. We end the day at the Camp Shira, where we have dinner and spend the night.

*Altitude change: 3000 m to 3850 m (+850 m)
*Distance: 9 km
*Time: 4-6 h
*Environment: Moorland

Day 4: Shira Camp through Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

Today is crucial for acclimatisation, our bodies are getting prepared for the summit day. It’s an intense day and you may feel the altitude symptoms. We ascend until Lava Tower (4600m), where we have lunch and rest. Then we go down to Barranco campsite, where we will sleep. This camp is located in a beautiful valley under the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall. and the sunset here is memorable! It’s a special place to photograph.

*Altitude change: 3850 m to 4600 m to 3950 m (+750 m)
*Distance: 12 km
*Time: 6-7 h
*Environment: Semi-desert

Day 5: Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

The day begins with a fun scramble, quite short, until the top of Great Barranco Wall. Then we cross over the scree to Karange Valley (3930 m), located under the icefalls of Kersten, Heim and Decken Glaciers. We reach Karanga camp and continue to the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail for descent. Then we continue until the Barafu Hut. This marks the completion of the Southern Circuit. From here there are views of the top from different angles. We will camp, rest and enjoy some dinner. From here we can clearly see the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

*Altitude change: 3950 m to 3930 m and 3930 m to 4600 m (+670 m)
*Distance: 13 km
*Hiking Time: 7 h
*Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 6: Barafu Camp until the Summit - Hut Mweka

We will wake up at 11:30PM, quickly have some tea and cookies and start the hike. The destination is the summit located between the Ratzel and Rembman glaciers. Heading to the north-west, we go up through scree to Stella Point, on the rim of the crater. This is probably the most challenging portion of the hike, both physically and mentally. At the Stella Point (5732 m) we have a short stop to rest, and the sunrise here will likely be the most marvellous you have ever seen, if the weather permits. At the Uhuru Peak (5895 m), we reach the culminant point both of Mt Kilimanjaro and of Africa.

It can get really cold during the night. But it’ll be very warm at the end of the day of hiking. From the peak, we go down until the Hut Mweka campsite, via Barafu, where we have lunch. We need trekking poles for the loose gravel heading down to Camp Mweka (3100 m). Later in the day, we enjoy the last dinner on the mountains and a well-earned rest.

*Altitude change: 4600 m to 5895 m (+1295 m) (and down to 3100 m)
*Distance: 7 km ascent /23 km descent
*Time: 6-8 h ascent /6-7 h descent
*Environment: Stone scree, ice-capped summit / Alpine desert.

Day 7: Mweka Camp - Silver Palm hotel

We go down until the Mweka Park Gate where you receive the summit certificate. At lower altitudes it may be muddy and wet. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful. It’s convenient to have t-shirts and shorts for this part, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothes at hand.

*Altitude change: 3100 m to 1800 m
*Distance: 8 km
*Time: 3-4 h
*Environment: Montane Forest.


About the guide

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Please get in touch with me if you are interested by coming to Tanzania, for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or any other exiting adventure you wish to experience !
Our company was established with the aim of promoting both local and global tourism. May I say that nowhere else will you feel really in Tanzania than at our organisation. Years of experience have taught us to prepare special programs that take you off the beaten tracks (eg. Rubondo National Park, Gombe National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater Highland, Lake Natron, Oldonyo Lengai mountains, Longido Mountains and Monduli Mountains).
This of course, is in addition to the already popular places of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro in the North, and Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa in the South. Last but not least beach holidays on the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba are also among our programs. Some National Parks extension trips in Kenya and Gorilla tracking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are coordinated as well.
We have something to satisfy anyone's budget, from single seats on a vehicle safari, to exclusive safaris, incentive tours, educational and cultural safaris, ecological tours, and face-to-face safaris. You have the option to choose our basic "Canvas Safaris" or let us arrange a stay at luxury 5-star hotels.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2287 each

Group of 2

USD 1880 each

Group of 3

USD 1744 each

Group of 4

USD 1676 each

Group of 5

USD 1656 each

Group of 6

USD 1625 each

Group of 7

USD 1615 each

Group of 8

USD 1596 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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