6 Days, Kilimanjaro Trekking; Machame Route

Climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame is very scenic but slightly challenging. Often called the Whiskey Route this is a scenically beautiful trail, longer and much gentler than Umbwe or Marangu. Despite being a tough climb compared to the Marangu route, the Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This hike takes 6 Days although an extra day at Shira or Karanga valley is recommended for better acclimation. This route is much quiter route as opposed to Marangu and involves a rather gradual ascent unlike that on Umbwe Route. The walking is rather tiring. However, our itinerary is designed to provide valuable acclimatization by having shorter walking days during the trek.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

You shall meet our representatives at Kilimanjaro International Airport, then transfer to the hotel. There you have short description on nature of the Mountain and its hiking gear ready for the next day

Day 1:  Moshi/Arusha to Machame hut.

Drive from your hotel to  the Machame route 1800, often called the “Whiskey Route”.  From Machame gate you start a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique -busy lizzie- flowers, begonias and ferns. The hike goes through the giant heather to Machame hut 3000m which takes 5 to 6 hours.

Day 2: Machame to Shira Camp:

Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-5 hours walking)

Day 3: Shira to Barranco Camp:

From Shira, you climb towards the main peak Kibo. At these points western glaciers are clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 to 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down for better acclimatization.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu hut

Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch. After lunch hike on to Barafu Hut 4600m, having hiked a total of 7 to 8 hours and ascended 650m. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning.

Day 5: Summit to Mweka Camp

A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to go past Gillman’s Point to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise another 40 minutes and you are at the highest point on the continent (Kibo:5900m), usually in warm sunshine. On our way back we use Mweka route. Ascent of 1,300m and about 7 hours trek to the summit; 2,600m descent and 6 to 7 hours trek to the Mweka campsite (3400m) above Mweka gate. This is a long hard day but you feel absolutely delighted as you celebrate unforgettable hike! The roof of Africa.

 Day 6: Mweka camp to Arusha/Moshi

From Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 7: Departure to Airport

You shall be picked from your hotel to Airport. But this depend on how your schedule would be.

Climbing Includes:

  • 2 Nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees, Rescue Fees.
  • All meals while on the Mountain.
  • Arrival and Departure transfers.
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:

Climbing Excludes:

  •    TanzaniaVisa.
  •    Personal Expenses.
  •    Meals not listed above.
  •    Optional Tours.