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6 Days Machame Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Trek

Created with Sketch. Machame Gate - Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Duration

6 days 5 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SafariBook offers Machame a 6 Days private climb. The six day variation has no acclimatization day at Karanga Camp. The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep... More

SafariBook offers Machame a 6 Days private climb. The six day variation has no acclimatization day at Karanga Camp.

The Machame route,

also known as the “Whiskey” route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Arusha / Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hut accommodation over ground camping
  • Shortest Route up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro

Itinerary

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Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
 Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate takes about 120 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.
Accommodation: Machame Camp
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira Camp.
Accommodation: Shira Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert

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.

Accommodation: Barranco Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
•Distance: 9km
•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert

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.
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
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

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.
Accommodation: Mweka Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Arusha
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Arusha

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

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 Arusha.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Included/Excluded

  • Guarantee trek on confirmation
  • Transport in shared shuttle van
  • Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Accommodation in huts as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional porters and skilled cook
  • Start and finish in Arusha
  • Tips
  • Hiking gears
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Tour's Location

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FAQs

List of required climbing gear
Warm Sleeping bag - 15°c
head touch
Rain jacket and trouser, -warm puff jacket,sweater
Warm trouser
Hand groves
warm woolen hats
sun glasses
Water proof mountain boot and warm thick socks like 2 pairs
Walking poles
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