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6-day Kilimanjaro Trek via the Machame Route

Reach the top of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest point with one of our certified mountain guides on this 6-day trek via the Machame Route.

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

Highlights

  • Hike to the top of Africa via the popular Machame route.

  • Explore the amazing plant and animal life of the area.

  • Walk through a varied landscape of rainforest and moorland.

Description

Join us to trek to the top of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame Route. Also known as the Whiskey route, Machame offers diverse landscapes and exceptional views on the way to the summit.

The route takes you through a lush rain-forest, where you’ll see colobus monkeys and other amazing animals. You’ll walk through moorland and appreciate the ferns and ericas of the heath until you reach the icy caps of the mountain top.

We’ll begin the journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro by heading from Arusha to the Machame Gate. From there, the trail leads through a beautiful rain forest to the Shira Plateau. We’ll be camping at New Shira Camp (3845 m) before getting to Barranco.

Traversing the Barranco Wall, you’ll get to Barafu, from where you’ll head towards the final leg of the journey, the ascent to the summit.

Starting just past midnight, equipped by our torchlight, we’ll scale on scree slope to get to Stella Point, the crater rim of Kilimanjaro to see a stunning sunrise. From here, a good 1 to 2-hour climb will lead us to Uhuru Peak (5895m). And, it will be no less than an accomplishment to stand here!

We will then make our descent along the Mweka Route to end the trip.

The journey includes 2 nights in a hotel and the for rest of the days, you’ll be staying at various camps. The camps are well located and offer spectacular views of towering peaks.

Regarding difficulty, keep in mind that it is a moderate trek that requires you to have a good physique. Rest, we’ll be there to take care of everything else.

So, send a message now to book your 6-day adventure to the top of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route. We’ll be glad to guide you.

In case you want an extended trek, you can check out this 7-day trip to the summit via the Marangu Route here.

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Itinerary

Day 0: From Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

We’ll pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport transfer you to Tulia Hotel and Spa or a similar hotel in Arusha. You’ll spend the day relaxing in the hotel and exploring Arusha.

In the late afternoon, you will meet one of our team members, and get a brief about the upcoming trek. Bed and Breakfast.

Day 1: rusha – Machame Gate 1790 m to Machame Camp 3010 m

Altitude: ↑ 1,220 m
Walking time: 5-7h

After breakfast, we’ll head towards the Machame gate. After registration, the adventure begins. Hiking through the lush rainforest of ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss, you’ll continue towards Machame camp(3010m). You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys on the way.

After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach the Machame Camp and relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp 3010 m to New Shira Camp 3845 m

Altitude: ↑ 835 m
Walking time: 4-6h

Starting early, we’ll begin our journey towards the New Shira Camp.

As you’ll ascend, you’ll notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush rainforest to heathland.

The camp offers a breath-taking view of Kibo glaciers. especially during sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: New Shira Camp 3845m to Lava Tower 4640m to Barranco Camp 3960m

Altitude: ↑ 795 m ↓ 680 m
Walking time: 6-7h

You’ll climb around 800 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will help your body to acclimatize.

Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower. From there, you’ll continue to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, taking you through the stunning Barranco valley of lobelia plants and giant senecios.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp 3960m to Barafu Camp 4640m

Altitude: ↑ 680 m ↓ 50 m
Walking time: 5-7h

The stretch starts with the climb of the Barranco Wall. Following the ridge, you’ll continue to enjoy splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo.

After lunch in Karanga Valley, a 2 to 3-hour climb will take you to Barafu Camp (4640m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Barafu Camp 4640m to Uhuru Peak 5895m to Mweka Camp 3080m

Altitude: ↑ 1,255 m ↓ 2,815 m
Walking time: 10-14h

The Big Day!

After tea, we’ll begin around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”.

Then you’ll descend via the Barafu to get to Mweka Camp (3080m) where supper and a well-earned rest awaits you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Mweka Camp 3080m to Mweka Gate 1630m to Arusha

Altitude: ↓ 1,450 m to Finish
Walking time: 2-3h

After breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony, a descent of 2 to 3 hours through the rainforest takes us to Mweka Gate. From here, we’ll drive you back to the Tulia Hotel and Spa or similar in Arusha, ending the incredible trip.

Included: Bed and Breakfast


About the guide

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Mack was born and raised in Arusha, northern Tanzania, in a lovely Ilmaasai tribe family. He is the eighth child of ten and has spent the majority of his career as Tour Guide covering East Africa.

Mack studied Information Communication Technology and has also specialized in the field of Procurement and Supply Management. However, he feels at home in the African wilderness!

Travel and Tourism Management is where his heart lies. As he gained more experience, Mack realized that he wanted to create safaris of his own using the skills he acquired during his travels. He wanted to use his personal touch to provide the best possible customer experience! His intense love for nature and conservation has contributed richly to the quality of the safaris he offers.

Mack has the uncanny ability to coordinate and organize tours for large groups of people making his tours a hassle-free and seamless experience.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1805 each

Group of 2

USD 1805 each

Group of 3

USD 1805 each

Group of 4

USD 1805 each

Group of 5

USD 1805 each

Group of 6

USD 1805 each

Group of 7

USD 1805 each

Group of 8

USD 1805 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

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

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping pad

Price details

• Pride does not include: Flights, Sleeping bag, Drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Travel insurance.


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