Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek via Machame Route

Kilimanjaro Climb - 6 Days Machame Route

Kilimanjaro Hiking via Machame Route

Machame Route terrain is very varied as we pass through different eco-systems as we ascend the mountain. We trek on overgrown forest paths, moorland, rocky trail and scree. Much of the walking is rough underfoot. Lower down it can be wet and muddy; higher up barren and arid. This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude. The Machame Route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude as it contours around the mountain, rather than going straight up, and allows you to trek higher than you sleep at important points on the ascent.

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Tour Details

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Tour Highlights

Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

 

Day 3

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

 

Day 4

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

 

Day 5

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

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

 

Day 6

Mweka Camp to Moshi

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Tour Plan

DAY 1

Machame Gate (1,640 meters) to Machame Camp (2,835 meters)

The first-day trekking begins at Machame Gate (1,640 meters). Typically you will drive from the town of Moshi to the Machame gate, which takes approximately an hour. At the Gate, you will meet your trekking crew – your guide, porters and cook. You, your guide and climbing team will in the meantime begin the ascent through the stunning rainforest that covers the South-West of the mountain. You will have a picnic lunch on the way. The first-day trek on the Machame Route is a long one (~11km / 7miles) and takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete. The day’s trekking ends at Machame Camp (2,835 meters) which sits near the border of the rainforest zone and the low alpine zone. By the time you arrive your porters will have already set up your camp and tents, and dinner will be served.

DAY 2

Machame Camp (2,835 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

After breakfast, you will pack your gear and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters). The trek is relatively steep as you enter the low alpine zone which is characterised by moorlands and grasslands. Shira Camp 2 sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo in the North-West and Mount Meru in the East. Day two takes approximately 4-6 hours and covers a distance of 5km / 3miles.

DAY 3

Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

After breakfast, trek East of the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, up to Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters and then back down via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Camp (3,900 meters). The route is approximately 11km / 7 miles in length and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Although you end the day at a very similar elevation to when you started from Shira Camp, it is arguably one of the most important days on your trek as it gives you a chance to climb high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatisation.

DAY 4

Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) (and then Barafu Camp – 4,680 meters)

After breakfast our days will begin with a steep traverse up the Barranco Wall; a 257-meter rock face that requires basic scrambling skills to the top of the Karanga Valley. The path then follows a series of inclines and declines to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). If you are on a six-day trek you will stop for lunch at Karanga Camp and then continue on along the Southern Circuit until it joins the Mweka Trail up to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). For six day trekkers, day 4 takes approximately 8-10 hours to complete and covers 9.5km / 6 miles. When you arrive at Barafu around mid-afternoon you will be served an early dinner and encouraged to get some shut-eye as the summit trek commences around 24:00 that night

DAY 5

Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

You will be awoken around 23:30 with hot tea and biscuits. Hopefully, you have managed to get a few hours’ sleep; don’t worry if you haven’t as most people struggle to sleep before summit night. Do however make sure that all your kit, including warm clothes, headlamp, insulated water reserves and snacks are ready for a sharp departure at 24:00. The trek up Kibo is steep and slow. The trick is to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the top of the crater rim where you will see the sign for Stella Point (5,739 meters). You still have another 156 meters of altitude to walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, a 4.5km /3-mile ascent, you still have an 11km /7-mile descent to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)! Mweka is situated in the upper part of the rainforest zone. The richness of oxygen and moisture in the air will be a very welcome surprise.

DAY 6

Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

In the morning after breakfast, you will be trekking down to the Mweka gate. The trek is a pleasant one through the lower rain-forested slopes and down to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Although you cover 9km / 5.5 miles, the trek only takes 3-4 hours. Assuming you successfully reach Stella Point or Uhuru Peak you will be presented with official certificates – a green certificate for the former and a gold certificate for the latter. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi which you can have options of doing a safari or you can extend your stay and have an inland flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar for a tropical beach holiday. Please Contact us for Details.

Nights Accommodation

1st night  – Machame Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

2nd night –Shira Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

3rd night  – Barranco Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

4th night  – Barafu Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

5th night  – Mweka Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

Tour Include

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Kilimanjaro park fees
  • Climbing permits and fees, gate, camp/hut fees.
  • Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters salaries.
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Porters to carry luggage from one camp to the next camp.
  • 3 meals per day and bottled water/drinks (1.5 liters per person per day)
  • Emergency Insurance in case of altitude sickness
  • Rescue fees (required by the national park)
  • Transport to/from the hotel to Gate

Tour Exclude

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Meals outside the regular tour itinerary
  • International visa for Tanzania
  • International Airfares and Airport taxes

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