6 Days Machame Kilimanjaro Trek + 2 nights hotel stay
Machame Route Itinerary
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi Town
Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and driver, and you will be taken to a hotel in Moshi Town. In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by our professional Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing—dinner and overnight at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.
Day 2: Machame Gate (1790 m) – Machame Camp (3010 m)
- Distance: 11 km
- Trekking time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Rainforest
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park 1 hour drive. While your guide is registering, you can watch the mountain team preparing it is always impressive ‘what’ and particularly ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once this is all packed up, your adventure will begin; after a few minutes, you will be deep within the forest with ancient trees, ferns, mosses and black and white colobus monkeys frolicking in the treetops. After 5-7 hours you will reach Machame Camp situated just above the forest line at 3000 m. Arriving here, the porters have already set up your tents, and warm water for washing is ready.
Day 3: Machame Camp (3010 m) – Shira 2 Camp (3845 m)
- Distance: 5 km
- Trekking time: 4-6 hours
- Habitat: Moorland
After an early morning start, the path steepens, and the vegetation changes into a moorland with shrubs such as hardy Ericas. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day, and by mid-afternoon, you will arrive at the campsite at the Shira Plateau. From the camp, you will have breath-taking views of the mountain and evening light on the rock face and glacier of Kibo as the sunsets.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3810 m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640 m) – Barranco Camp (3960 m)
- Distance: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower (7 km) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (3 km)
- Trekking time: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower (2-3 hrs.) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (4-5 hrs.)
- Habitat: Alpine-desert
Today will be a day for ups and downs. You will ascend almost 700 m but descend again after reaching the imposing Lava Tower (4640 m). This will help with acclimatisation as you will reach a height of over 4500 m. You will move through different vegetation zones. After reaching Lava Tower, the path traverses Barranco Valley dotted with the weird-looking Senecio. Barranco Camp is reached after 6-8 hours. Considered the most beautiful camp on the mountain, the camp is situated just below the imposing Barranco Wall. Rest and refuel tonight.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960 m) – Barafu Camp (4645 m)
- Distance: 10 km
- Trekking time: 8-10 hours
- Habitat: Alpine desert
The first section of today’s route is to scale the ‘Barranco Wall’. Use your hands and feet. Safety is paramount, and you will be secured if necessary, but it looks more daunting than it is. The trail continues with many up and down sections, crossing a few streams, winding and climbing stopping for lunch in the Karanga Valley. After lunch, there will be another 3-4 hours climb before you reach Barafu Camp (4640 m). Tonight, drink many fluids, try to eat and go to bed early to rest enough before tomorrow’s summit trek.
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4645 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)
- Distance: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5 km) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (12 km)
- Trekking time: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (7-8 hrs.) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (4-6 hrs.)
- Habitat: Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
You will be woken in the midnight hours with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Dressed warmly and geared with a headlight and your daypack you will set off in the darkness. After 5-7 hours of ‘pole pole’, you will reach the rim of the crater, Stella Point. Another one to two hours of going slowly along the crater’s edge and you will arrive at the summit – Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Looking down over the surrounding landscape below in the early morning light will make you feel on top of the world. You have now reached the ‘Roof of Africa’.
The descent should be easy but dusty, as the volcanic ash will now have defrosted. Returning on the same route, you should arrive at Barafu Camp within a few hours where the porters are waiting with food and tea. Resting for an hour or two, you will continue down to reach Mweka Camp (3080 m) for your overnight stay.
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3080 m) – Mweka Gate (1640 m)
- Distance: 10 km
- Trekking time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Rainforest
Last day on the mountain. After breakfast, the crew will celebrate your achievement with a traditional song as part of their farewell ceremony. You will present them with their tips. Setting off and descending into the moist green forest, it should take about three hours to reach the gate. Back to Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel for a hot shower and cold beers wait. There you can revive yourself and celebrate your achievement.
Day 8: Moshi Town – Kilimanjaro Airport
After getting some rest and refreshment at the hotel, your driver-guide will take you to the Kilimanjaro International Airport ready for your flight back home. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on wildlife encounter safari or relax at the tropical islands and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
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