Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climb, 6 Days

Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climb, 6 Days

Duration: 6 days
From $2,505 pp

Machame route, also known as the Whisky route, has become very popular. This is a camping route which offers spectacular views of various landscapes such as Mt Meru, Pare Mountains, Lake Chala and Lake Jipe.

While the 6 day itinerary is very possible, it is very advisable to have the seven days Machame climb because of having one more extra day for acclimatization and resting before the summit day. Doing this will maximize your chance of reaching the top.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Moshi

  • Elevation: 1,000 m to 1,200 m
  • Distance: 36 km
  • Driving Time: 45 min
  • Habitat: Town

Mikio Tours staff will meet and pick you up from JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi for overnight B/B.

Day 2: From Hotel /Machame Gate /Machame Campsite

  • Elevation: 1,200 m to 1,700 m to 3,000 m
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

After breakfast our vehicle will transport you from the hotel and drive to Machame gate. Here you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest to Machame camp where you will find the tents are already setup for you. You will have dinner and spend the night at the campsite.

Day 3: Machame Hut Campsite to Shira Campsite

  • Elevation: 3,000 m to 3,800 m
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast leave the glades of rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rocky ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able to get the spectacular view of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak and sunset; then dinner and spend the night.

Day 4: Shira Campsite to Barranco Campsite

  • Elevation: 3,800 m to 3,950 m
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

This is long and important acclimatization day so you will be having an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards you will continue down to Barranco camp. The camp location is in the bottom valley of Barranco wall where you will stop for dinner and spend the night.

Day 5: Barranco Campsite to Barafu Campsite

  • Elevation: 3,950 m to 3,900 m
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Today is a long day walk. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Barafu campsite for dinner and spend the night before the midnight ascent to the summit.

Day 6: Barafu Camp/ Uhuru Peak/ Mweka

  • Camp Elevation: 4,620 m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
  • Habitat: Desert and ice

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise.

The trails are a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its glaciers facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows that take you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak where you will spend some time for taking photos but it will depend on how you feel.

After your summit activities are done, you will descend back to the Barafu campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite.

You will have dinner and spend the night at Mweka campsite.

Day 7: Mweka campsite to Mweka gate

  • Elevation: 3,100 m to 1,700 m
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Descending time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. Here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel for your certificate presentation and a well deserved celebration.

Day 8: Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

  • Elevation: 1,200 m to 1,000 m
  • Distance: 36 km
  • Driving Time: 45 min
  • Habitat: Town

Mikio Tours staff will meet and pick you up from Moshi and transfer you back to JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport) or to Safari or Zanzibar if you have extension because we do organize safaris too. Please request for this service. Thank you.

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