6 Days machame Route

Full Itinerary

Day 1:Machame Gate - Machame Camp.(3,000m).

Transfer to Machame Gate and begin the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. Upon completion of entry formalities, begin walking through the rainforest with mist and sometimes wet land on a 4×4 truck way. The trackway ends, and the trail continues up through the dripping, verdant forest.

Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys as they hike along the forest floor. The trek is quite long, though not very steep, and it takes from 5 to 7 hours trekking to reach the first camp. Machame Camp is just above the forest zone, in the heather zone. When it is clear, there are views of jagged Shira ridge and the summit itself.

Day 2: Machame Camp - Shira Camp (3840m)

You wake up early in the morning with a cup of tea and a well prepared hot breakfast on the table, enjoy morning talk with your fellow trekkers and the team while enjoying your first breakfast in Kilimanjaro.
After breakfast, you begin up the steep way, through the savannah of tall grasses and trees before entering the moorland zone which is marked by volcanic rocks offering a clear far view of the white glacius found on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
On this day, after 4-5 hours of normal walking you will be at the camp, relaxing,showering and having dinner then day briefing with your chief guide before bed.

Day 3: Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp (3,950m)

Early morning wake up, have your breakfast, get ready for another day of Kili adventure. After breakfast, proceed walking steadily upward along the long desert zone for about 4 hours of casual walking and have a break for lunch at an elevation of about 4,420m high.
After lunch proceed to Lava tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug. You will have another short break at Lava Tower before starting descending via a steep way down to the great Barranco Valley where you will camp , have dinner and stay for a night.
This is a good day for acclimation as trekkers trek high and sleep low. Trekking Time on this day is between 6 – 7 hours.

Day 4: Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp. (4630m)

The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then we trek 3-4 hours and stop in the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.

Day 5: Barafu Camp - Summit (5,895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m)

A midnight wake up call is the start of a trekking journey to the summit of the tallest Mountain in Africa, a trek of about 12-17 hours. This tremendous journey starts between 12:00am and 01:00am. At midnight the temperature range will be down just below freezing.After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater, at Stella Point, at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.)

An early arrival at Stella point will grant you a great chance to experience a spectacular sunrise you ever had before rising beneath clouds.
After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then again summon your strength for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

Day 6: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi Town or Arusha Town.

Descend straight to the gate (2-4 hours), where you’ll have lunch and be awarded with climbing certificates. On arrival at the gate you will have lunch, and a final day celebration with the whole crew then you will be transferred to Moshi or Arusha for dinner and overnight looking forward to other activities in the following days of your holiday.

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi is or Arusha included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT.
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Visa fees for Tanzania (approx. 50 USD on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100)
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes etc. (available for renting)

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Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide.The mountain is a dormant volcano which is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo (on which Uhuru summit stands) and Mawenzi.
Kibo is classified as dormant but not extinct. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago. The last volcanic activity happened 200 years ago and resulted in today’s ash pit (visible from Uhuru Peak)

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