6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike

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6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike; Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey” Route. Of the seven main routes used to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path.

It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route.

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route.

Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

In this 6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike, tents are included in the price and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience.

Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millennium camp the final night on the mountain.

6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate (1830 Meters/ 6000 Feet Hike) to Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet)

Drive from Moshi/ Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 1 hour.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here.

The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive to the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000 meters above sea level.

If is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Hiking distance is 11 Kilometers/ 7 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Montane Forest.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Machame Hut

Day 2: Hike Machame Camp (3050 Meters/ 9950 Feet) to Shira Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet)

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge.

The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers.

The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.

Hiking distance is 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 4 to 5 Hours through Moorland.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Shira Camp

Day 3: Hike Shira Camp (3850 Metres/ 12,600 Feet) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)

Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. 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” 4650 Meters/15,250 Feet).

Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp.

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Hiking distance is 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Semi-desert.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Barranco Camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Barefoot Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall 4250 meters/ 13,900 Feet), through the Karanga Valley 4050 meters/ 13,250 Feet) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

After a short break for a hot lunch we take a steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp.

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

Hiking distance is 9 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 6 to 8 Hours through Alpine-desert.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at Barafu Camp

Day 5 : Hike Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet) to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (5895 Meters/ 19,340 Feet)

0200 Hours: Very early in the morning, 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see.

Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.

Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Hiking up distance is 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 7 Hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Hiking Down distance is 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles and the hiking time is 5 to 6 Hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}
Overnight at Mweka Camp

Day 6 : Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), drive to Moshi/ Arusha

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, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

Hiking distance is 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is 3 to 4 Hours through Forest

Meal Plan: {Breakfast and Lunch}

6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Prices

Dates FromDates ToPrice Per Student8 to 12 Year Child
 1st January 201931st December 2019Request for ratesRequest for rates


* The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on mount Kilimanjaro
* Budget for extras: 200 US Dollars for tips, 30 US Dollars for meals in Moshi and between 60 -120 US Dollars for 2 nights hotel in Moshi

6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Rates Includes:

* Oximeter
* All meals on the mountain
* Salaries for Kilimanjaro support staff
* Group round-trip transportation from Moshi to the trailhead
* Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
* Kilimanjaro National Park fees including park entry, camping and rescue fees
* Tent or hut camping, foam sleeping pad, cooking equipment, and eating utensils

6 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Hike Rates Do Not Include

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charge
* Sleeping bag and personal items
* Private portable toilet and privacy tent
* Tips or gratuity for guides and support staff
* Accommodations and meals in Moshi and Arusha
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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