6 Days Machame Route

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About this activity

  • Instant Booking
  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:6 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Mountaineering
    • Trekking and Hiking
    • Unique Adventure
  • Travel StyleBudget
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Moshi
    • Machame Camp
    • Shira Camp One
    • Barranco Camp
    • Barafu Camp
    • Uhuru Peak
    • Mweka Trail
    • Moshi
  • Pickup

    Hotel

    From: To:
    9:00 AM 9:15 AM
  • Drop-off

    Hotel

    From: To:
    12:00 PM 12:30 PM
  • Age Range 15 - 80 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights
  • Extra day for acclimatisation

  • High summit success rate (over 85%)

  • High guide to client ratio

  • Classic Adventure! Hiking & Camping

  • More quiet route for the most adventurous experience

  • The descending follows the Mweka route via Mweka gate

  • Tour Introduction

    Nicknamed the "Whiskey" route because the route is popularized as somewhat difficult and more expensive than Marangu route.On an overall comparison of the routes to scale Kilimanjaro, this is one of the best routes to take, both in terms of acclimatization and cost.The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.In certain sections this route is steeper than the Marangu and Rongai routes and physically more demanding but is easier overall.Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities.Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones.Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting.Very popular trail.

    ITINERARY

    Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. 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. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp. Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft Distance: 11km/7mi Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: Lunch and Dinner

    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. Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft Distance: 5km/3mi Walking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). 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. Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft Distance: 10km/6mi Walking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. 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. Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft Distance: 9km/6mi Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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. Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3090m/10,150ft Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    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). Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft Distance: 10km/6mi Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Forest Meals: Breakfast

    WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Pickup & Drop-Off
    • Airport Transfer
    Guide
    Meals
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    Transport
    Other Included
      Private Transportation to
      and from your selected
      Route Airport pick up Certified, experienced, English speaking
      mountain guides Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain
      sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis) All Kilimanjaro National Park Fees Government Climbing Taxes Camping fees (part of park fees) Climbing permits All hot Meals prepared by
      our cook while on Mountain Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries Fair and ethical treatment of Porters Enough porters to carry
      your luggage Personal Summit Certificate
      signed by the National
      Park and your Guide

    WHAT’S EXCLUDED

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Extra Services

    Other Excluded:

    • Personal items and toiletries
    • Accommodation before
      & After trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
      such as sleepings bags,
      hiking boots, clothes,
      etc (available for renting)
    • Tips for guides, porters and cook
    • International airfares and
      departure taxes
    • All items of person nature
      such as telephone call,
      fax, email etc
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    • Visa and International flight
      tickets fees.

    Covid Safety

    On the bases of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) and the MNRT COVID-19 Stand Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has customized specific COVID-19 standard operating procedures that will guide service provisions in the national parks. The procedures provide a framework for operations during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic.

    These guidelines will be updated as the COVID-19 situation progresses in conformity with the measures provided by the MoHCDEC.

    The protocols will help to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and therefore protecting staff, visitors, other park users, along with ensuring a safe working environment.

    Availability

    Tour Cancellation Policy

    Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 20 % of the tour amount

    Tour Date Change Policy

    Tour Date can be changed 45 day(s) prior departure

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