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Exclusive 6 Days Machame Route: All inclusive Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the 6-Days Machame Route, a thrilling trek on Kilimanjaro. Explore breathtaking landscapes and conquer the tallest peak in Africa. Get expert insights and tips for an incredible journey. Discover the beauty and challenges of this iconic route!

6-Days Machame Route Itinerary

Embarking on the 6-Days Machame Route is an extraordinary experience that promises memories of a lifetime. From the enchanting rainforests to the surreal alpine desert and the triumphant summit, every moment is filled with wonder and adventure. Proper preparation, physical fitness, and mental resilience are keys to conquering Kilimanjaro’s majestic peak.

So, if you seek a journey that challenges your limits and rewards you with breathtaking beauty, the 6-Days Machame Route is your perfect adventure.

Duration: 6-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours | Difficulty: Medium | Scenery: Excellent | Traffic: High

Success Rate: The Machame route success rate  6-Day itinerary has an average summit success rate of 75%.

Distance: 11 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest.

Full Tour Itinerary

Machame Route – Six Day Itinerary.

Are you an adventurous soul seeking a trek that combines the thrill of scaling a magnificent peak with the wonder of exploring breathtaking landscapes? Look no further than the 6-Days Machame Route on Kilimanjaro. This iconic trek offers an unforgettable experience, taking you through diverse ecosystems and challenging terrains while providing stunning vistas along the way.

We’ll delve into the intricacies of the 6-Days Machame Route. From its stunning beauty to the physical demands it entails, we’ll provide you with all the insights and tips you need for an incredible journey. So, lace up your boots and let’s dive into this exhilarating adventure!

Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Pre-trek briefing at your Arusha hotel. You should be planning to arrive atleast one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend in having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed. To ensure a higher success rate it is best to take your time. The 7-day itinerary has an average summit success rate of 85%. For the 6-day itinerary success rate drops to 75% on average

Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp

Drive from Arusha to Machame Gate takes about 2hrs. 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
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

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
Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

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
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

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
Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

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
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

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).

Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha (around 2hrs).

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

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Your trekking will take place on Mount Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania.

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