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6 Day Climb Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour - Machame Route | Starting/ Ending in Arusha or Moshi

 6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route hike takes the Machame Route, starting and ending in Moshi. The Machame Kilimanjaro Hike is considered the most beautiful route offering spectacular views and passing through various habitats. The Machame Route, known as the “Whiskey” route is a steep hiking trail up Mount Kilimanjaro. This Kilimanjaro hike is generally done by climbers who are physically fit with some previous hiking experience.

On the Machame Route hiking tour, you stay in tents and your meals are included. This Kilimanjaro climbing route entails a 6-day hike up Kilimanjaro allowing you time to acclimatize, with a high success rate in reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak. The descent is down the Mweka trail where you will stay at Mweka Camp for your final night. This guided Kilimanjaro Hike helps to ensure that you reach the Roof of Africa safely, and affordably. Let’s get you to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro!

Today you will be collected from the lodge/ hotel in Moshi, after breakfast, and driven to the Kilimanjaro National Park

Day 1: Moshi town to Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)
Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)
Day 3: New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)
Day 5: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)
Day 6: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) to Moshi town

Your driver transfers you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you part ways, bringing your extraordinary Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame Route to a close.  We advocate a minimum of 14-16 years because children are more susceptible to altitude sickness.

Climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route

This 6-day Kilimanjaro climb follows the Machame route, the most scenic route to the summit of Africa’s highest peak. The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first-time trekkers use the route as well and do just fine.

Because it has a great success rate and is really attractive the Machame route is undoubtedly the busiest on the mountain. The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca-Cola route.

On the Machame Route your accommodation will be in tents with your meals served to you in your tents or if the weather is good, on a blanket outside.

This Machame Kilimanjaro Hiking Package starts with a transfer to the Kilimanjaro National Park. At the park entrance, you are registered by the National Park authorities.  The trek begins at Machame Gate, located on the southern base of the mountain.

A 5 – 6 hour walk brings you to the first overnight stop, Machame Camp, located just above the tree line at the base of Kilimanjaro. After our first day of hiking, we enjoy dinner and rest at Machame Camp, situated at 3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet.

On day two a 4-6 hours walk brings us to our next campsite by mid-afternoon. The Shira Camp at 3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet is located at the Shira Plateau offering a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro mountain.

Our trek on day three begins with a long climb from the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower Hut and after 6 – 7 hours of hiking, we arrive at the overnight Barranco Camp at 4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet where we have a well-deserved meal and a rest.

A 5-6 hours walk on day four starts with the challenging climb of the “Barranco Wall” a stretch where you will be secured to ensure your safety when necessary. We follow the ridge as it stretches above the south glacier of Kibo admiring the views. We stop for lunch in the Karanga Valley and prepare for the trek to Barafu Camp at 4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet.

At camp there is time for you to relax and have dinner, resting before we embark on the next stretch of our climb up Kilimanjaro.

Day five of the Machame Hike starts at midnight, with a hot tea and a light snack before we set off into the darkness. We hike up the screes of Kibo by torchlight on this exhilarating stretch. A 5 – 7 hour ascent through the night brings us to Stella Point, on the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After a further 1 – 2 hours of climbing along the edge of the crater, we reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at a mighty 5895m! Having hiked to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be standing at the top of Africa’s highest mountain!

You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro’s slopes and the sweeping landscapes below. We follow a simple route down Kilimanjaro descending along a similar path.

Before midday, we arrive back at Barafu Camp where the rest of the climbing team welcomes you with a warm meal upon your return. Following a much-deserved break of 1 – 2 hours, we proceed to Mweka Camp at 5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet.

After breakfast on day six, we have a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides we set off on the last leg of this unforgettable hiking adventure. A gentle 2 -3 hours descent takes us through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate, at the base of Kilimanjaro.

Our driver meets you at the gate and takes you back to Arusha bringing your memorable Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame to a close.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate (1830 Meters/ 6000 Feet Hike) to Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet)
Day 2: Hike Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet) to Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet)
Day 3: Hike Shira Camp (3850 Metres/ 12,600 Feet) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)
Day 4: Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Barefoot Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)
Day 5 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet)
Day 6 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), drive to Moshi/ Arusha

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate (1830 Meters/ 6000 Feet Hike) to Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet)

Drive from Moshi/ Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 1 hour.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rainforest 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.

The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive at the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000 meters above sea level.

If is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

The hiking distance is 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Montane Forest.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Machame Hut


Day 2: Hike Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet) to Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet)

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rainforest 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.

A shorter day climb up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as a Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers.

The most spectacular views of Kibo Peak can be seen from Shira Camp.

The hiking distance is 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 4 to 5 Hours through Moorland.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Shira Camp


Day 3: Hike Shira Camp (3850 Metres/ 12,600 Feet) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)

Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. 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 southeast towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” 4650 Meters/15,250 Feet).

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.

The hiking distance is 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Semi-desert.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Barranco Camp


Day 4: Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Barefoot Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall 4250 meters/ 13,900 Feet), through the Karanga Valley 4050 meters/ 13,250 Feet) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

After a short break for a hot lunch, we take a steep climb out of Karanga and an easy path on a compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp.

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.

The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

The hiking distance is 9 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 6 to 8 Hours through the Alpine desert.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Barafu Camp


Day 5 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet)

0200 Hours: Very early in the morning, 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.

Hiking up distance is 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 7 Hours through Stone Scree and ice-capped summit

Hiking Down distance is 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Stone Scree and ice-capped summit

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}
Overnight at Mweka Camp


Day 6 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), drive to Moshi/ Arusha

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, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

The hiking distance is 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 3 to 4 Hours through the Forest

Meal Plan: {Breakfast and Lunch}

6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Prices

6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Rates Includes:

Oximeter + All meals on the mountain + Salaries for Kilimanjaro support staff + Group round-trip transportation from Moshi to the trailhead + Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes + Kilimanjaro National Park fees including park entry, camping and rescue fees + Tent or hut camping, foam sleeping pad, cooking equipment, and eating utensils

Dates From Dates To 1 Guest 2-3 Guests Per Person 4-6 Guests Per Person

7+ Guests Per Person

1st Jan 2023

31st Dec 2023 2,495 US Dollars 2,245 US Dollars 2,095 US Dollars 1,945 US Dollars

Notes

* The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro
Budget for extras: 200 US Dollars for tips, 30 US Dollars for meals in Moshi, and between 60 -120 US Dollars for 2 nights hotel in Moshi


6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Rates Do Not Include

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers Insurance* Communication charge
* Sleeping bag and personal items
* Private portable toilet and privacy tent
* Tips or gratuity for guides and support staff
* Accommodations and meals in Moshi and Arusha
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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