The 6 Days trekking via Machame Route takes you to the roof of Africa the Kilimanjaro Mountain. The longer days of walking and steeper ascents, providing a bigger challenge and thus an even greater reward when you reach the summit.
Begin at the Machame gate and make your way through the rainforest before hiking up to the Shira Plateau. Wind your way up the mountain, passing the Lava Tower and the Great Barranco Wall.
On the final stretch you will pass Stella Point and experience the most spectacular sunrise you have ever seen before the final push to Uhuru Peak.
Machame Route – Tour Features
- Route: Climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Machame Route
- Duration: 6 Days
- Accommodation: Mountain Huts
- Age: 10+
- Departure: Can Start on any day.
- Park, hut & rescue fees
- All Taxes/VAT
- A professional driver/guide
- All accommodation & meals as specified
- All transport, unless listed as optional
- Porters & drinking water
- International flights
- Tips from safari driver/guide and chief
- Personal items
- Travel insurance, visa fees
- All things of personal nature
- Climbing gear (available for rent)
- Medical & travel insurance
Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp
After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and make your way to Machame village. Meet your climbing crew and register before beginning your journey with a hike into the rainforest. Keep an eye out for the colobus monkeys and the many beautiful birds in the forest. Stop for a lunch break before pushing through to Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Arrive to a set up camp and a tasty meal.
- Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
- Distance: 11km/7mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
Machame Camp – Shira Camp
After an early breakfast, you will begin the days walking by making your way out of the rainforest and entering the moorland. Cross numerous streams before walking over a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau that leads up to Shira Camp where you will spend the evening. Here you will be beside a stream and have a spectacular view of the western breach and its glaciers in the east. Enjoy a warm meal after a good day of hiking and settle in for a cold night.
- Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
- Distance: 5km/3mi
- Walking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Moorland
Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
After breakfast, leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, heading towards the Karanga Valley campsite. Join the Mweka Trail and continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you would have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many angles. Here you will rest and prepare for the summit.
- Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
- Distance: 9km/6mi
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut
Wake up early for some great photos of the sunrise before breakfast. Begin your climb by passing through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you cross the saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. After lunch and once through the saddle, you can examine the summit climb up to Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours later.
Dinner will be served early at kibo Hut before an overnight
- Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
- Distance: 9km/5.5mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp
Wake at midnight for a light breakfast and prepare for your push to the summit. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. The route heads northwest, ascending over stone scree. After about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point, at an altitude of 5,685m, located on the crater rim. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise, before your final 2 hours push to the peak along the snow-covered trail.
Finally you will reach the top of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, an amazing accomplishment! Spend some time on the summit, enjoying the feelings of success and taking photographs before making your way back down the mountain.
Descend to Barafu Camp where you will be able to enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. Later you will continue down to Mweka camp for dinner and Overnight
- 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
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
Enjoy your final breakfast on the trek and take part in the big celebration, filled with dancing and singing. Thank your climbing team for their support on the mountain and bid farewell to them all as you make your way down to Mweka Gate. At the gate you will receive your summit certificate before making your way to Mweka village for your final stretch of the journey. Enjoy a hot lunch and later drive back to Arusha for dinner and Overnight.
- Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
- Distance: 10km/6mi
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Forest
Are safaris in Tanzania safe?
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of wildlife viewing, rest up at lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences.
What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?
Your safari land packages will include all accommodations, meals, water (with meals and on wildlife-viewing drives), airport transfers, park fees and services of guides and drivers. International airfare is not included.
Additional costs may include: tips for your guides, drivers and staff, bar beverages, laundry service, passport and visa fees, souvenirs and travel insurance (if you choose to purchase it).
What is the Great Wildebeest Migration?
The Great Wildebeest Migration is a year-round phenomenon where millions of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in a clockwise pattern in search of food and water. The driving force of the migration is rain, making it difficult to predict.
This happens from June to September (the mammals head Masai Mara) and October to November (Migration return back to Serengeti)
What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?
Hakuna matata! No worries! Plenty of awe-inspiring moments present themselves whenever you travel in Tanzania. Even if you don’t happen to see the Great Migration, you’ll still see an abundance of wildlife.
What’s the food like?
With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip.
Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?
Many of our trips provide opportunities to visit local villages and interact with the people. However, if your itinerary does not include these visits, you’ll still gain valuable local insight from your expert guide, a native of Tanzania.
Can i bring children during the safari?
Of course! We think taking your whole family on safari is a wonderful way to learn and grow together; think of the lifelong memories! We recommend a minimum age of six on our family safaris.
Can I make my own itinerary?
Absolutely. Just contact us to start the process. We’ll listen to your needs and give expert recommendations based on your interests, timeline and budget. Leave the details to us!