Kilimanjaro Machame Route 6 Days

This route provides the opportunity to “trek high and sleep low” which is considered important in minimizing the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb starts above the picturesque mountain village of Machame to the south of Kilimanjaro. After passing through the Machame forest and into the moorland zone, we scramble up and over some rocks and eventually emerge onto the Shira Plateau. We then advance counter-clockwise traversing below the southern face of Kibo, climb Lava Tower for magnificent 360 degree panoramas, ascend the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating rock scramble, and approach Uhuru Summit from Barafu or Kossovo Camp and the ridge that abuts the Southeast Valley. The climb from Barafu offers incredible views of Mawenzi Peak and Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone.

per adult from

$3,003

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Airport transfers
    • Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees
    • 2 - nights Accommodations on BB at either of the following Ameg Lodge or Salinero Hotels
    • Professional Up to date wilderness first responder trained guide or equivalent Assistance Guide
    • Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber)
    • Emergency oxygen
    • Expedition medical kit
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Comprehensive vital sign monitoring
    • 2 Way Radio
    • Mobile phone
    • 3 person expedition tents (2 clients/tent)
    • Mountaineering mattress
    • Light weight mess tent
    • Expeditions walk in mess tent
    • Light weight aluminum table
    • Luxury chair with back rest
    • Portable tented private flush toilet
    • Medical evacuations with AMREF Flying doctors
    • Purified water while on the mountain
    • Return transfer Arusha/Arusha hotel to Park Gate
    • Wine and Champagne the summit
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • Salary for the porters
    • Salary for the Guides
    • Salary for the Cooks
    • Government taxes
    • VAT 18% on park entrance fees
    • Hot steamy towel on the camp
    • Bowl of hot washing water in the morning and evening
    • Shower/wash tent
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • International airfare
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Costs of visas
    • Immunizations
    • Personal expenses(other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)
    • Room service
    • Souvenirs
    • Laundry
    • Communication charges
    • Medical or extra evacuation fees
    • Staff gratuities
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Additional transportation
    • Meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness
    • Medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes

  • Day 1: Moshi-Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

    Total Distance: 8.2 km

    Starting Altitude: 1829m (6,000ft)

    Final Altitude: 3030m (9,950ft)

    Environment: Montane (rain) Forest

    Depart Machame Gate and trek upwards through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs where you may hear the calls of many exotic birds and if we are lucky we may see blue monkeys on the forest canopy and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black colobus monkeys with their long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail.

    Our first campsite, Machame Camp, is right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bush where Podocarpus (African yellow-wood), Hagenia and Hypericum (St John’s Wort) dominate. In the evening you may hear the unmistakable shrieking call of the tree hyrax.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: You will spend an overnight in tents at Machame campsite

    Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner) Cultural Mingling

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

    Total Distance: 5 km

    Starting Altitude: 3030m (9,950ft)

    Final Altitude: 3840m (12,600ft)

    Environment: Moorland

    Today we continue through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. Picturesque hanging mosses often cover trees offering an ethereal quality to the landscape. The day finishes with Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east.

    White necked ravens can be seen throughout the day and around our campsite.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: You will spend an overnight in tents at Shira 2 campsite

    Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

    Total Distance: 7 km

    Starting Altitude: 3840m (12600ft)

    Final Altitude: 4642m (15230ft)

    Environment: Semi-Alpine Desert

    Today we turn east and continue to climb “pole pole” (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and desolate terrain. We will leave the moorland behind and continue up a rocky path through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation of Senecios and Lobelia. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone.

    We take lunch at Lava Tower (4630m) and for those who feel up to it you can undertake an optional rock scramble (non technical) to the top of Lava Tower where you will have spectacular panoramic vistas of the Karanga Valley below, Shira Plateau and the spectacular Western Breach above.

    From Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You will also feel the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp.

    Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by the Breach Walls, and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers shimmer in the sunshine above amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels, and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. This is definitely the toughest day so far, but incredibly beautiful.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: You will spend an overnight in tents at Barranco campsite

    Day 4: Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

    Total Distance: 11.4 km

    Starting Altitude: 3978m 
(13054ft)

    Final Altitude:4600m (15200ft)

    Environment: Alpine Desert

    Today we undertake the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt. Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and any cloud cover.

    Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this barren and dry landscape up to the Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area.

    Here there are ever-present powerful winds blowing down from the mountain peaks. Our campsite at 4600m offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi.

    In preparation for your final ascent tonight, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult, though you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the 1385m final ascent to the roof of Africa.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: You will spend an overnight in tents at Barafu campsite

    Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mellenium Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time: 7 hrs to summit, 7-8hrs descent

    Total Distance: 7km to summit, 23km descent

    Starting Altitude: 4682m

    Summit Altitude: 5895m – Uhuru Peak

    Final Altitude: 3819m (12530ft)

    Environment: Stone Scree, ice capped summit, Alpine desert

    We will rise early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the 2-hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point (5882) we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away. The roof of Africa is within your grasp.

    Arriving at the summit you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment you have done it, you have made it to the highest point in Africa. We spend as much time as you need to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and temperature.

    We start back down the same trail and descend to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up. We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Millennium Camp in the early afternoon where a hot shower and meal awaits. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But a life changing day that will stay with you forever, as you conquered the heights of Kilimanjaro.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: You will spend an overnight in tents at Mellenium Camp

    Day 6: Mellenium Camp to Mweka Gate

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Today’s Stats

    Hiking Time:5-6 hours

    Total Distance:13.5 km

    Starting Altitude: 3819m 
(15530ft)

    Final Altitude:1652m (5420ft)

    Environment:Montane (rain) Forest

    Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest. The trail is steep in places and the going slippery if wet.

    The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 mins to the Mweka Park Gates where we stop for a well-deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority.

    Post celebrations, we are taken by either private bus or Jeep to our hotel in Arusha.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport /shuttle bus stand a member of our staff will be at holding a Jaribu Africa Adventures placard. You will then be transferred to your Hotel in Arusha based on Bed and breakfast basis.Airports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    • Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport, Nairobi Kenya
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • 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
  • 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

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Jaribu Africa Adventures

Activity ID: V-146433P2

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