6 Days -5 Nights Machame Route

  • Duration in days: 6
  • Itinerary Category: Trekking,  Northern circuit
  • Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro via Machame Route
  • Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro Mountain, first free standing mountain in Tanzania
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Moshi
  • End point: Moshi
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultraviolet radiation filtering etc

Additional information:  Our porters will escort and guide you all way along the Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Itinerary Description by Day

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Pickup from your hotel/lodge in Moshi and transfer to Machame gate to perform registration formalities before you start your climb
  • Start a steady climb through the coffee and maize plantations leading into the montanne forest 
  • The path leads to Machame Camp to arrive in the evening where hot dinner will be served and overnight stay there

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Cave

  • Climb through montanne forest into the moorland zone which provides stunning views of Kibo(one of Kilimanjaro’s peaks)
  • Proceed with the steep climb passing through Shira Plateau and break for a while to have lunch
  • The trail leads to Shira Cave where we will arrive in the evening
  • Have hot dinner and overnight stay at Shira Cave

Day 3: Shira Cave to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Hike from the Shira plateau to ascend to Lava Tower. The process is meant for acclimatization allowing your body getting used to high altitude
  • Break for a while to rest and have lunch 
  • Start descending the Lava Tower to finally arrive at Barranco Camp for dinner and overnight stay there

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Start a steep climb up the Barranco wall to the top of Karanga valley
  • The trail leads to Karanga Camp, where we will break to have lunch
  • Proceed with the climbing to meet Mweka trail which finally leads to Barafu Camp
  • Take as much rest and water upon arrival to prepare your body for the final summit day which is ahead of us tomorrow
  • It’s recommended  that you sleep early around 19:00 hrs

Day 5: Ascend to Summit at Uhuru Peak

  • Wake up around 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and headlamps 
  • Leave the camp and start summiting by midnight into the glacial zone
  • The path leads to Stella point (5756m) after a 6 hour walk to arrive at sunrise
  • Have time for photographs and a little rest while at the summit 
  • For climbers who have experienced AMS are advised to start descending, however for those interested can take a round trip along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak (5895 m)
  • Proceed by descending down the mountain to arrive at Mweka Hut (3100 m)

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • After a hot breakfast, continue descending through the beautiful green forest to arrive at Mweka gate
  • Take time to show gratitude to the crew by tipping guides, cooks and porters
  • Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers
  • Retreat back to Mweka village for a drive to Moshi town for resting or airport for a flight back home 

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Tour Includes

  • Overnight stays in mountain Camps
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • Mountain Equipment, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tents, Porters, Guides, and Chef
  • Tents, Tables and Chairs, Food utensils, and so on.
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters

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