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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - 6 Day Machame Route
The Machame Route is the most popular and known as whiskey route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route for their trip. Machames draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a more...
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Type Of Safari: Mountain Climbing Safari Accommodation:
National Park: Kilimanjaro National Park Location city/town Moshi, Kilimanjaro
Offer Start Date 08/04/2023 Offer End Date 12/31/2024
No Of Adults No Of Children (0-11)
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Day:1 Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft


Distance: 11km | 7miles


Habitat: Rain Forest


Hiking Time:  5-7 hours


The drive from Arusha to Machame Gate takes about 2hours. The journey passes through arusha main road and Machame village which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.

 Distance and Time:

The distance covered on the first day is around 11 kilometers (approximately 7 miles), and the estimated time to complete this portion is about 5-7 hours. This can vary based on the pace of the climbers, their fitness level, and how well they acclimatize to the altitude.



Machame Gate
The Machame Route is one of the popular paths to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, known more...
Machame Camp
The first leg of the journey is the climb from Machame Gate to Machame Camp. Climb from more...
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Day:2 Machame Camp to Shira 2Camp

Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft

Distance: 5km l 3miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Health

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

Shira 2Camp
The trek from Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp is a crucial part of the Mount Kilimanjaro climb more...
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Day:3 Shira 2Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower


Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

Distance7 km | 4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert


Lava Tower to Barranco Camp


Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km | 2 miles

Hiking Time: 3hours | 2miles.

We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

 Flora and Fauna: The flora in this zone consists of hardy plants like lichens, mosses, and low shrubs due to the harsh conditions. At Barranco Camp, you'll encounter more lush vegetation, including senecio trees and other alpine plants. There isn't much fauna in these higher altitudes, but you might spot some birds like ravens and eagles.


Overall, this part of the Machame Route offers stunning scenery and a challenging trek as you gain altitude and experience varying weather conditions. Proper preparation and acclimatization are crucial for a successful climb.


Lava Tower
Shira 2 Camp (3,850 meters / 12,631 feet): This is where you start your day. Shira 2 Camp is more...
Barranco Camp
Descending to Barranco Camp (3,960 meters / 12,992 feet): After spending some time at Lava Tower, more...
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Day:4 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Camp

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft


Distance: 8.5km, 6-8 hours


Altitude gained: 676m


After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.


Flora and fauna in these higher-altitude camps are scarce due to the harsh conditions. You might see some hardy, low-lying plants, but don't expect lush vegetation.The climb from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp is challenging due to the altitude gain and the rocky, steep terrain. It's crucial to take your time, stay hydrated, and follow your guide's instructions. Altitude sickness can become a concern at these elevations, so be vigilant about any symptoms. Overall, this part of the Machame Route is physically demanding but offers stunning views and a sense of accomplishment as you prepare for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Karanga Camp
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Distance: The distance from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp is more...
Barafu Camp Camp
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp: Distance: The distance from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp is more...
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Day:5 Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours


Distance: 5 km | 3 miles

Habitat: Arctic


Distance: 12 km | 7 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Uhuru Peak
The climb from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route is the final more...
Mweka Camp
The descent from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp on the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro is an more...
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Day:6 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

Distance: 9.1km, 3-4 hours


Habitat: Forest



Descending from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate on the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro is the final leg of your journey and typically takes around 3 to 4 hours.



Descent Time: The descent from Mweka Camp (3,100 meters/10,170 feet) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters/5,380 feet) is approximately 10 kilometers (about 6.2 miles) long and typically takes around 3 to 4 hours.


Terrain and Difficulty: The descent path from Mweka Camp is a well-marked trail that passes through lush, dense rainforest. The trail is relatively easy compared to the steep ascents and rocky terrain encountered during the ascent. However, it can be muddy and slippery, so proper hiking boots and trekking poles are still essential.



After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye to the mountain. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! 

Mweka Gate
Descending from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate on the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro is the final more...
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