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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, 6 days

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Get to the top of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame route with one of our certified mountain guides in Tanzania.

Private and Group

East African Mountains

6 Days

All year

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Climb the summit of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame route.
  • Witness stunning views of the peaks of Kibo and Kilimanjaro.
  • Traverse a diverse landscape of dense forest and moorland.

Description

Also known as the Whiskey route, the Machame route is one of the most popular routes to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Alongside offering an excellent summit success rate, it also provides ample time for acclimatization. Come, join us on this 6-day adventure to get to the summit of Kilimanjaro via this amazing route.

Beginning in the southwest of Kilimanjaro, the route takes us through Shira plateau and eventually joins the Shira and Lemosho routes just after crossing the Shira cave camp, offering breathtaking scenery on the way.

Starting at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. From there, a drive of about an hour will take us to Machame Gate, the starting part of the trek.

The initial trail leads through a dense rainforest, which finally gives way to moorland. The next few days will be spent crossing Machame Camp and Shira Camp until we reach the Barranco Camp.

The route from Barranco to Barafu requires us to climb the steep Great Barranco Wall, a true adventure indeed! Heading on scree slopes, we’ll finally reach the campsite to prepare for the final summit hike the following day.

Starting early, ascending on snow and ice, we’ll walk past the spectacular Stella Point to reach the Uhuru peak-the roof of Africa. The top offers exceptional views of the neighboring peaks.

After relishing our time here, we’ll descend to Mweka Camp and finally to Mweka Gate, ending this incredible trip.

Although the trip can be completed in 6 days, it is recommended to stretch it by an extra day for better acclimatization. Also, you need to be in good physical shape to get onboard.

So, strap your boots and send a message now to hop on this amazing adventure in Tanzania with us. Also, check out the summit hike via the Rongai route.

Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

Driving from Moshi, we’ll get to the gate of Machame route. After completing park formalities, we’ll begin to climb! The trail leads through dense rainforest. It is not a well-trodden path so you can expect some overgrowth and wet and muddy underfoot.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Continuing through the forest, we’ll head onto the Shira Plateau, to see spectacular views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi

  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Crossin a high moorland, we’ll set on the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach to finally reach the camp. You’ll spend the rest of the day acclimatizing.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

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

We’ll climb the Great Barranco Wall and passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we’ll head towards the Karanga valley, our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Walking on scree slopes, we’ll get to Barafu camp.

  • Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi

  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4640m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Starting early, we will be climb scree for 4 to 5 hours to get to the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) by sunrise. Another hike of an hour takes us to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to see incredible views. Thereafter, we’ll descend to Barafu Camp for breakfast and get down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  • Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi

  • Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Traversing the rainforest, we’ll get back to Mweka Gate, where you’ll receive your certificates. Thereafter, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi.

  • Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles

  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours

  • Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

Day 7: Departure

Transfer back to the airport.

 

Details

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport

About the guide

We are a local Tanzanian owned tour operator specialized in adventure travel in the country. We arrange lodge and camping safaris in Tanzania as well as Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru climbs. Besides, we also take our guests on relaxing beach stays on the beautiful shores of the Indian Ocean on either Tanzania’s mainland or on one of the beautiful islands of Zanzibar, Mafia or Pemba. We are the true experts when it comes to Tanzania!

We offer a personalized experienced with the highest service quality to our clients, encouraging them to let us know their interests, wishes, travel style, budget and time available, to come up with the most suitable itinerary to their family or group.

We have a great team of carefully selected driver guides, well trained and experienced and with a vast knowledge of the wildlife and animal behavior as well as the local fauna and flora. Our Kilimanjaro guides are all KINAPA trained and licensed, and specifically chosen for their friendly personalities.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Languages

English

Residence

Moshi, Tanzania


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2042 Each

Group of 2

USD 1696 Each

Group of 3

USD 1696 Each

Group of 4

USD 1696 Each

Group of 5

USD 1619 Each

Group of 6

USD 1619 Each

Group of 7

USD 1619 Each

Group of 8

USD 1537 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Clean drinkable water

- Hot shower

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

Price details

* A maximum of 10 people can join the trip. Price Includes: Taxes, Rescue Fee. Not Incuded: Laundry, Tips to mountain crew.




 

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