Climbing Kilimanjaro Machame route 6 days is an option as others can choose between 7 to 8 days, 6 days is for energetic people as it means skip some camps on the way. We offer special and affordable prices for people who want to attempt Mt Kilimanjaro in 6 days on this route.
Duration: 6 Days 5 nights
Best time to climb: Yearly around
Your guide and our Kilimanjaro manager meet you at your lodge in Arusha or Moshi a day before for detailed briefing & gear checking. Please tell us know if you will need transfers and accommodation in Arusha before and after your trekking to be included in your package.
Day 1. Arusha (1,400) -Machame gate (1,490 m) – Machame camp (2,980 m)
Hiking time: is 6 to 7 hours
Distance: About 18 km
Vegetation type: Montana Forest
After early breakfast at your lodge, you will depart Arusha (1400 m) and drive to Machame Gate. On the way you will have 15 minutes stop at Boma area for last minute purchase while porters are having breakfast, from there you will drive to the gate via some local farms of banana, coffee, cassava, potatoes & others. After registration & other park formalities you will start your ascent & immediately you will reach the rain forest. There will be a possibility of rain as far as the rain forest characteristic is concerned, you will reach your fist camp late afternoon.
Potters are fast & by the time you reach the camp they will already be there & all set up are done including tents, mess tent etc. When reaching to the camp almost every day you will have warm water for washing & boiled water for drinking, you will have coffee or tea with bites before diner, retire to your tent after dinner for your first night on Kilimanjaro (Machame route 6 days program). At that time temperature will have already drop to a freezing point.
Overnight at Machame Camp. All meals included.
Day 2. Machame camp (2,980 m) – Shira camp (3,840 m)
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
Distance: About 9 km
Vegetation type: Moorland
Wake up early & after breakfast, hike for one hour or more past the forest then another 2 hours on a gentle gradient through moorland habitat. Stop for lunch & some rest before proceed up to the rocky ridge & the Shira plateau. The western breach with its shinning glaciers will be appear in an easterly direction. You’re now on the west side of Kibo & you will soon reach the Shira camp at (3840 m). Same procedures as the previous day will apply soon after reaching the camp. This camp is more openly & it can be colder than the first camp.
Overnight at Shira Camp (3,840 m). All meals included.
Day 3. Shira camp (3,840 m) – Lava Tower (4,630 m) – Barranco camp ( 3,950 m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: approx. 15 km
Vegetation type: Semi-desert
After breakfast you will start your third day on Kilimanjaro, you will turn to the east and trekking into semi desert & rocky area which surrounds Lava Tower which will take you 5 hours walk to reach (4630 m), probably this will be the toughest day so far. It is at this point where some climbers at the first time feels some sign of breathlessness, mild headache & irritability. You will have lunch & little rest before going down almost (680 m) to barranco camp after reaching (4630 m) this is a climbing technique of climbing high & sleep low ( best acclimatization).
Decent from Laver Tower to Barranco camp takes almost 2 hours & it offers a great chance of taking some good photos of estern breach as well as the Breach Wall. The great sunset can be viewed here while waiting for dinner as this camp stands in a valley just bellow Breach & The Great Barranco Wall.
Overnight at Barranco Camp. (3,950 m). All meals included.
Day 4. Barranco camp (3,950 m) – Barafu camp (4550 m)
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Distance: About 12 to 13 km
Vegetation Type: Alpine desert
After the night at the Great Barranco Wall, a very imposing sight, you will start hiking up to what you might see to be an obstacle but at the end usually turns to be the easiest hike than you expected. Trekking up just bellow Heim Glacier you will tell how beautiful Kilimanjaro is. The route now will take you down through Karanga Valley over prevailing ridges & valleys and the adjoining of Mweka route the most preferable descending route from the summit, to be noted. Take the left side & after an hour or more you will reach Barafu Hut.
There will be no water at Barafu, the water will be carried from Karanga which is the last water point on the route. Barafu means ice in Swahili, spending a night at this undesirable place totally unprotected against windstorms, tents are erected on dangerous ridge which is narrow & stony. Get to know better the terrains of this place before dark in order to avoid accidents. Summit attempt will be tonight, you only have (1345 m) to reach Uhuru peak, get prepared with thermal clothing, ski stick, head lump & camera with extra batteries for your final ascent to the summit. Carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid freezing, go to bed as early as possible (19:00 hrs) try to get much rest & a good sleep, be ready for your 5th day of trekking Machame route 6 days “The summit day”.
Overnight at Barafu Camp (4,550 m). All meals include.
Day 5. Summit Attempt. – Barafu camp (4,550 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mewka camp (3,100 m)
Hiking time: 8 hrs to Uhuru Peak, 7 to 8 hrs down to Mweka camp
Distance: About 7 km up & 23 km down.
Vegetation type: Stone scree & Ice capped Summit
This is the summit day of your Machame route 6 days, your guide will wake you up at 23;30 hrs for tea & biscuit then set out for your final attempt to the summit. You will hike towards North- west and trek along heavy scree to approach Stella Point at the crater rim. The route to Stella Point which takes about 6 hours it challenging many climbers mentally & physically. Stella Point stands at (5685 m) here you will stop for some rest while anticipating for amazing sunrise you have ever seen ( if weather permitting). 2 hours walk from Stella Point to Uhuru peak you will likely experiencing snow all around. Weather condition will determine time to be spent at the summit.
Don’t spend much time here as it will be very difficulty to start again due to cold & tiredness. A great accomplishment & a lifetime experience to be remembered & cherished. Afterward walk down to Barafu camp, a trekking of about 3 hrs. Have short rest at the camp to gather some strength, collect all your stuff before start descending to Mweka camp. The way down will take you through three zones, rocky & scree path, moorland & the forest zone. Mweka camp is in the upper forest therefore mist or rain can be expected any time in the afternoon. Getting to the camp water to wash, coffee/tea will be provided, get rest while waiting for dinner.
Overnight at Mweka Camp (3100 m). All meals included.
Day 6. Mweka camp (3,100 m) – Mweka gate (1,980 m) – Arusha
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: About 15 km
Vegetation type: Forest
After well – deserved breakfast, the crew will have big celebration singing & dancing, this will be a good time to tip them after a well done job, you can start porters, chef, assistant guide & lastly the head guide. After celebration it will take you 3 hrs to reach Mweka gate. Kilimanjaro National Park Authority will present two types of certificates to climbers, green certificate for whoever reached Stella Point (5685 m) & gold certificate for Uhuru Peak (5895 m). You will then require to sign you names that will appear in you certificate of completion. After receiving certificate you will drive back to Arusha, you will have hot lunch on the way before reaching Arusha for drop off at the airport or for overnight at the lodge (might shower & more celebration) (Accommodation on this day is not included bu can be arranged upon request at extra cost)
Machame Route 6 Days – Rates including VAT
One person $2,219
Per Person for 2 people $1,972
Per Person for 3 people $1,838
Per Person for 4 people $1,804
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
Professional, experienced, mountain guides, porters & a chef
All Park fees & camping fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Government value added tax VAT
Accommodation in Arusha after & before the trek.
Gratuity/Tipping for porters, guides & cook
Items of Personal nature (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short Tanzania safari after your Kilimanjaro climb Machame route 6 days or Zanzibar beach holiday etc)