6 Days Machame Route

Kilimanjaro

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  • Max People : 10
  • Min Age : 10+
  • Pickup : Airport

Description

Machame route is considered one of the most popular routes and most beautiful routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Machame route is located closer to Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, commencing with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate or from Arusha to the Machame gate. The route leads climbers through the Montana forest to Shira Plateau and also offers views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge. The 6 days of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is highly recommended and used by many climbers, it offers you enough time for acclimatization.

Package Includes

  • Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO);
  • Transfer to a hotel in Arusha and back to the airport;
  • Accommodation before and after safari (double rooms, breakfast included);
  • New SUV (2015-2017) Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop-up roof;
  • Experienced English-speaking safari guide;
  • 24/7 phone support;
  • All park fees;
  • All accommodation under your program;
  • Three meals per day on safari;
  • Bottled water and soft drinks throughout the tour;
  • Thermos with hot tea/coffee;
  • Medical kit;
  • Binocular (1 per SUV);
  • Wet wipes.

Package Exclude

  • Air tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after safari);
  • Insurance;
  • Tips to your safari guide ($30-50 per day per car).

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 Covered: 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 Covered: 5km / 3mi

Hiking 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 Covered: 10km/6mi

Hiking 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 Covered: 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

Distance Covered: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Alpine Desert

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).

Explore Green Africa Safaris vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance Covered: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

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