6 Days Best of Mount Kilimanjaro-Machame Route

Overview

6 Days Best of Mount Kilimanjaro-Machame Route takes you to the most famous and the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro through the Machame Route. This route has steep passages and higher altitudes, which offers you occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rainforest where colobus monkeys roam into heath and moorland. You will cross the alpine desert and the landscape offers you a unique experience to test your will power, fitness and mental strength.

Day 1: Machame Gae to Machame Camp

In the morning you will be taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (about an hour’s drive). You will begin your trek towards Shira Cathedral. On the journey, you might spot the black and white colobus monkeys watching you curiously as you walk past. In about 5 to 6 hours, you will reach the Machame Camp situated 3,010 m above the tree line, where you will enjoy your evening meal and overnight stay.
Machame Gate (1,790m) to Machame Camp (3,010m).

 

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping

  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2:Machame Camp to Shira Hut Campsite

After breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a little valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather until the end of the ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge at 3658m (5-7 hours). You will spend overnight at Shira hut campsite (3845m).

Machame Camp(3,010m) to Shira Hut Campsite (3,845m).

Main Destination:

Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Shira Hut Campsite to Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

On this new day, your trek begins with an ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The surrounding vegetation becomes more sporadic as the landscape changes to an alpine desert. The route stretches through the sweeping Barranco Valley, with its lobelia and giant Senecio plants, and in approximately 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp, the most beautiful camp on the mountain.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping

  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Today you will climb the “Barranco Wall”, where a steady hold will be needed. Luckily a helping hand is never far behind and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Leaving Barranco and ascend the Barranco Wall with some wonderful views for the top. Then descend through the Karanga Valley where you will stop for a lunch, before embarking on another 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). At the camp you will enjoy a well-deserved break, evening meal and an early night.

Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping

  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Around midnight after getting hot tea with light snacks, you will start your climb to Uhuru Peak. Ascending in the dark, with only a headlight to shine the way, you will climb the screes of Kibo, reaching Stella Point in about 5 to 7 hours. Walking along the crater ridge you will finally reach Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

On the “Roof of Africa” you will enjoy a 360° view over the surrounding landscape before starting your descent along the same route. From the summit descend back to Barafu, where you will have a warm meal and relax. Then continue to Mweka hut campsite (3080m). (The journey will take 5 hours). At Mweka camp you will have your evening meal and then sleep with the sights of Mount Kilimanjaro still fresh in your mind.

Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: Budget camping

  • In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

This will be the last day of the journey you will gently descend through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. After you descend, the whole group will gather to congratulate you and you will get a chance to share your opinion on the hiking in the guest book and a certificate will be provided. The driver will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel or to the airport.

Mweka Camp (3,080m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Moshi.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)

Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included

  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Excluded

  • Climbing gear
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fee

 

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