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Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route 6 Days

The Mt Kilimanjaro Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty, 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 short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the South

Day 1: ARUSHA – MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 8.00am drive to Machame Gate. After registration, you will enter into the cover of the natural rain forest, which surrounds the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro. This part of the walk is very gradual with great photo opportunities as the suns rays filter through the dense canopy overhead. You can take your Picnic Lunch on route as you ascend through the mystical forest for your first overnight stay at Machame Camp. Day one is great introduction to the adventure you are embarking on. Walking time ranges from 4.5hrs- 6hrs.Altitude is 3100mts. Hot water is provided to refresh yourself before Dinner, enjoy the Mountain’s silence as night descends upon Machame Camp for your first night.

Day 2: MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

After breakfast, break camp and with picnic Lunch boxes continue your ascent leaving the Lushness of the rain Forest behind you. This part of the walk cuts up along various ridges which are dotted with scrubby low land bush this eventually gives way to the more hardy Alpine Flora and Fauna of the open plateau. The walk will take you 5hrs – 6.5hrs including your picnic lunch, the views are stunning as you begin to gain altitude. On one side you have the soft outline of Kilimanjaro towering over you and off in the distance stands Mt Meru. Dinner and Overnight at Shira Camp, which is 3840mts.

Day 3: SHIRA CAMP TO BARANCO

After breakfast, begin a gradual climb cutting your way through the low Alpine bush. Bird watching on these open slopes can be rewarding with several different type of birds of prey scouring the scrub for small mammals. The scenery will change to rusty Red moraine fields as you continue on toward Lava tower, finally descend to Baranco Camp. Altitude here is 3900mts Lunch will be taken on route. This is a good day for acclimatization as you reach a higher altitude than that of Baranco. Dinner & overnight at Baranco Camp. This day will take 5 – 6 hrs.

Day 4: BARANCO TO BARAFU

After breakfast, with your picnic Lunch boxes proceed to skirt around the south side of the mountain. Begin to climb through the Alpine desert and moraine fields. Barafu Camp is reached in 4.5hrs- 6hrs Altitude here is (4600m). Relax and soak up the vistas below you, a light dinner will be served. Rest and try and get some sleep, you will be woken at 12:30am for your final challenge.

Day 5: BARAFU TO UHURU PEAK – MWEKA CAMP

After a hot tea and snacks start your ascent to the highest peak in Africa (Uhuru Peak) this stands at (5895m). Have your camera ready for when the sun winks a sleepy eye at you. After you have done the victory dance on the summit and celebrate with your guide take a close look at the ice formations of the Glaciers and in your own time reflect on this amazing achievement. Start the descent to Barafu Camp for breakfast, then proceed down toward Mweka camp cutting through lowland grasses and scrub. Break for Picnic Lunch and refreshments the walking time for this day is around 8hrs – 10hrs. (Including summit ascent) After leaving Barafu the walking flattens out and follows tracks onto Mweka camp. Dinner & Overnight at which is 3340 metres.

Day 6: MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE- TO ARUSHA

After breakfast, with your picnic lunch boxes, proceeds back down into the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good viewpoints on route to the valley below. Continue down to Mweka Gate. Here you will meet one of our vehicle, and be brought back to Arusha Via AAA Express Adventure office, then back to your Hotel

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Price includes:

  • Transfer to Machame gate, 
  • Oxygen cylinder,
  • Flying doctors insurance,
  • Oximeter,
  • All park entry fees,
  • Camping fees,
  • Rescue fees,
  • English speaking Mountain guides,
  • Porters,
  • Cook,
  • Three meals a day,
  • Sleeping tents,
  • Mess tent,
  • Sleeping mattresses,
  • Safari chairs,
  • Tables,
  • Gas cooker,
  • Transfer back to Arusha from Mweka gate

Not Includes:

  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature