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6-day Kilimanjaro Trek via the Machame Route

Join the certified guides at Orongai Africa Safaris on an exciting guided Kilimanjaro ascent via the Machame route and discover the highest mountain in all of Africa!

Duration6 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Climb to the top of the highest mountain in Africa.

  • Join a 6-day Kilimanjaro ascent and enjoy a mountaineering challenge.

  • Discover the amazing landscapes of Tanzania on a unique Kilimanjaro climb.

Description

Would you like to climb the stunning Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? Then join us on this unique ascent via the Machame Route.

The Machame Route, also known informally as the whisky-route, is one of the most popular to summit Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) is Africa’s highest mountain, and therefore, one of the world’s seven summits. This route is slightly rougher than the Marangu route, another popular alternative, however, it boasts the highest summit success rate of all the Kili routes.

On this 6-day adventure, we will pick you up from your hotel or the airport, and set off on an unforgettable journey that will take us through one of Tanzania’s most famous landmarks. On the way, we will enjoy the amazing flora and fauna of Kilimanjaro, as well as the unique experience of climbing this amazing peak. You will need a good fitness level and prior mountaineering experience to join.

So, are you ready for an amazing Kilimanjaro climb? Then book your place now and join us on this 6-day adventure to the Kili summit via the Machame Route!

Or, check out other some of the other alternatives we offer for climbing Kilimanjaro!

Accommodation

Shared tents, you can stay in a solo tent for the total price of the excursion at $2,150. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Meeting point

You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).

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Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp


Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft

Distance: 11 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Machame Camp to Shira Camp


Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft

Distance: 5 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp


Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Semi Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp


Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft

Distance: 9km

Hiking Time: 8-10 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut


Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to

10,000ft)

Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

Habitat: Arctic

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Mweka Camp to Moshi


Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)


About the guide

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Welcome to Orongai African Safaris, our company, located right in the heart of Arusha, has a team of experienced, professional and dedicated guides. The whole team and entire staff at Orongai African Safaris is made up of natives who know Africa, Tanzania in particular by their fingertips. They have taken naturalist courses and are excellent game spotters. In addition they speak excellent English and some of them speak a couple of foreign languages.

All our 4×4 safari vehicles are custom-made for the rugged terrain of African roads in order to withstand the harsh terrain while offering game-viewing comfort. In addition they are fitted with HF radio communications and all passengers are guaranteed comfortable window seats.


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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 1908 each

Group of 2

USD 1908 each

Group of 3

USD 1908 each

Group of 4

USD 1908 each

Group of 5

USD 1908 each

Group of 6

USD 1908 each

Group of 7

USD 1908 each

Group of 8

USD 1908 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

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Total price including solo tent option is $2,150.


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