6-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Machame Route

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/backpacking experience.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from 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.
Burigi Chato Safaris offers Machame as a seven day group climb or as a six day private climb. The six day variation combines days four and five, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga.

per adult from

$2,712

NZD

Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Flights ,Tipping the crew, Visas and Hotel

  • Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    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 Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, 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.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Machame Camp

    Day 2: Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Machame Camp to Shira Camp
    Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
    Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours.
    After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
    Habitat: Heath
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
    Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
    Distance: 7 km/4 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
    Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
    Distance: 3 km/2 miles
    Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
    Habitat: Alpine 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 Camp 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.
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barranco camp

    Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
    Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
    Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-5 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.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: overnight at Barafu Camp

    Day 5: (Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
    Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
    Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
    Habitat: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
    Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
    Distance: 12 km/7 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest

    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 screed 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 the 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.
    Meals: Breakast, Lunch & Dinner
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweka Camp

    Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m) -- Moshi

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
    Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
    Distance: 10 km/6 miles
    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). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Moshi or Arusha
  • Departure Point :
    Dar Express Bus Stand, Boma Rd, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport Rd, Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by #1 BURIGI CHATO SAFARIS CO L.T.D - Tanzania Safari | Kilimanjaro Climbing Company

Activity ID: V-241585P3

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