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Mount Kilimanjaro summit via the Machame route, 6-day Group trek in Tanzania

Join one of the certified mountain guides at Monkey Adventures and climb the stunning Kilimanjaro via the Machame route on a 6-day program designed just for you!

Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Join a unique mountaineering program to the top of Kilimanjaro.

  • Discover the stunning Tanzanian wilderness.

  • Climb the Marangu route and enjoy the most popular way up to the Kili summit.

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At 5,895 m.a.s.l, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the world’s Seven Summits.  Would you like to trek to the summit of this stunning mountain in Tanzania? Then join me on a thrilling 6-day program via the Machame route!

There are six main routes to the top of Kilimanjaro. The most popular route is Machame, which boasts the highest summit success rate. The Machame route spans an overall trekking distance of around 62 k. Although it is not a technical climb, keep in mind that it does require proper acclimatization and physical preparation.

We will begin our adventure with a pre-trek briefing in Moshi. Then, on the following day, we will set off after breakfast on a 1-hour drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park. From there we will begin our ascent. Every day, we will trek for approximately 6 hours. On summit day, we will set off extra early and spend a long day trekking and enjoying the spectacular views. Finally, we will return to Moshi. You can find a detailed itinerary of the program below.

Keep in mind that climbing Kilimanjaro requires a good fitness level. It is also ideal to have some prior trekking experience. Of course, we will be there to help and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route? Then book your place now and start planning an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania!

We also offer treks to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu, Lemosho and Rongai routes. Check them out!

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Disclaimer

Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations 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.

  • 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

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • 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

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” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • 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

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

  • 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: Summit Day

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down 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: Return

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).

Monkey Adventures vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

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


About the guide

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We are an East African based operator, with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We offer safari tours and climbs to Mount Kilimanjaro over different routes, with ascents ranging from 5 to 9 days.

Our guides hold official certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide License, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificate, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide and more. We strive to provide the best service at the most reasonable rates. Customer satisfaction and safety are our main priority.

We have guaranteed departures to Mount Kilimanjaro every day. You can either join a group (if there is a group on that day) or join us on a private trek just for your group.

Contac us and let's start planning a unique adventure in East Africa together.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1717 each

Group of 2

USD 1717 each

Group of 3

USD 1717 each

Group of 4

USD 1717 each

Group of 5

USD 1717 each

Group of 6

USD 1717 each

Group of 7

USD 1717 each

Group of 8

USD 1717 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

• Also included: Emergency Oxygen Cylinder, VAT (18% charged by the Government) Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%). NOT INCLUDED: Tanzania Visa Hotel (available as an optional addon) Transfers (available as an optional addon) Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting) Tips and gratuities Travel insurance Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) Meals not listed in the itinerary Liquors, beers and bottled beverages Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%) Please ask about discounts for children, expatriates/residents living in Tanzania, East African Citizens.


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