Machame Route – Six Day Itinerary

If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 Day Machame Route of hiking Kilimanjaro, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high.  The descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millennium camp the final night on the mountain.

Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the south-west.  Popular Machame Route, with a total trip time of six days.  More acclimatization time and an even better chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterize the Machame Route.  Trek which is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra time given to acclimatize.

Duration: 6 Day Machame Route
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: High

Success Rate:  machame route success rate  6-Day itinerary has an average summit success rate of  73% success rate for the 6 day trek.

Distance:  62 km or 37 miles •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest.

Number of Climber Per Year: More than 50,000

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6 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route Itinerary

Kilimanjaro climb Machame route 6 Days is the most of popular route on mount Kilimanjaro also its the unique route. Machame route 6 Days recommended route on Kilimajaro climb with affordable price. According to stastic from kilimanjaro national park its appropriate 50% of climbers they use Machame route to ascend Kilimanjaro mountain the route is very beautiful and marvelous its providing climbers incredible views of different natural and amaizing feature and varying landscape.

The overall success rate on Kilimanjaro is 70-80%, Machame route is probably the most popular route up Kilimanjaro with roughly 50% of all trekkers using it. The route can be completed on a 6 day or 7 day itinerary and the route provides a fantastic landscape and scenery. Both the 6 day and 7 day routes have a great climb high, sleep low profile and summit success rate is high because of this, especially for climbers spending that extra day to acclimatise. Based upon our interviews with several leading operators, the 7-day Machame has an average summit success rate in excess of 85% whilst the 6-day option has a 73% Kilimanjaro success rate on average.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The Hiking Kilimanjaro journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue Hiking Kilimanjaro on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: BLD

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue with hiking Kilimanjaro to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (Elevation 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elevation 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elevation 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 9km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue with  Hiking Kilimanjaro our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

  • 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
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

Include

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation the day before and after your trekking
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • 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:

Exclude for Machame Route

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • The Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Mountain equipment
  • Sleeping Mattress:

What to Bring for Machame Route

  • Clothes.
  • A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper

Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your Arusha

Machame Route 6 Day Itinerary & Prices for 2021/2022/2023

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