6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame Route

Machame ("Whiskey") Route

Known as the "Whiskey" route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous folks and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro's southern ice field before summit. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended.
The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its splendor.

per adult from

$2,598

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • All accommodations per itinerary including 2 free nights before & after mount Kilimanjaro climbing.
    • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
    • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
    • Kilimanjaro National Park fees including park entry, camping and rescue fees
    • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes (Other language at additional cost)
    • Tent or hut camping, foam sleeping pad, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
    • Group round-trip transportation from Moshi to the trail-head
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • International and domestic flights
    • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
    • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
    • Sleeping bags and personal gear
    • Beverages and alcohol

  • Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Stop At: Machame, Machame, Kilimanjaro Region
    • Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    • Distance: 11 km
    • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Duration: 7 hours

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

    Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    • Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
    • Distance: 5 km
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the Shira campsite

    Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Duration: 8 hours

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

    Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Duration: 10 hours

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

    Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    • 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 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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Duration: 8 minutes

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

    Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    • 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 Moshi.

    Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Panama Garden Resorts
  • Departure Point :
    Kibosho Tours & Safaris, Familia St, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Kibosho Tours and Safaris

Activity ID: V-60451P4

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