6 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Hike (Machame Route)
6 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Hike (Machame Route): Machame Route is one of the shortest and easiest route to experience Mt Kilimanjaro with a large landscape scenic view along the route. This route can be executed within 6 or seven days with the note that the longer the days the greater or higher the percentage of successfulness of reaching the peak. Most almost 50% of the hikers to Kilimanjaro use Machame route with 70% to 85% registered successful on 6 and 7 days respectively.
Day 1: Arusha to Kilimanjaro
Pick up from the hotel in Arusha after your breakfast, drive to Machame village with enroute brief stopover at the village for picnic lunch. Always if its rainy season the car stops and be parked to this village but if dry season we can continue our drive to the park headquarters at Machame gate for registration, meet our potters as they are ready to take you higher and higher on this trek. We will start our hike through the forest as the potters will go ahead of you to erect and prepare tents for you. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 2. Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
Rise up early for breakfast at the camp, start the day hike to surpass the forest vegation which will take you an hour or more depending on your fitness to the Moorland zone. Have stop for lunch and some rest before we continue to Shira plateau where will have our diner and overnight at the camp.
Day 3. Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)
After our breakfast in the morning, we hike to the Eastern sector to the semi arid and rocky landscape reaching around lunch time, break off for lunch. After lunch continue with our hike to the Lava tower the turning point and determinant of the great hiking experience of MT Kilimanjaro, its from this point that will show you who is the experienced and inexperienced hikers as more start developing systems of the common breathlessness, headaches and irritability. Proceed to descend down to the camp of Barranco Camp situated at the Western Breach wall below the Barranco wall. Dinner and overnight at our camp.
Day 4. Barranco camp (3950m)– Barafu camp (4550m)
On our day four which starts with coffee and heavy breakfast, you will have an early morning sunrise view as its reflected by the glaciers, start our long day hike to the most looking obstacle of Kilimanjaro hike but the softest to face located just beneath Heim Glaciers. It’s at this point one can prove beyond reasonable doubts that scenic view of Kilimanjaro is beyond wonders! Our journey continues tirelessly through the valley of Karanga as we join the Mweka Route which is the best descending and shortest route in Kilimanjaro. We have a brief stop at the Karanga valley the last spot one can see water then continue to the Barafu which is Swahili word meaning “ice”. Its at this point you can now smell the real feel of the Uhuru peak with only around 1345m left to reach to the summit. Have a relaxing evening rest early as we prepare for a night hike to our dream destination.
Day 5. (Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Rising up just few minutes to the next day at around 23:45, we head to North West ascending to Stella point where physical fitness is required at its peak as we reach up to the crater rim. WE will have a small rest at Stella point as we wait for the sunrise to have wonderful sunrise view take pictures and enjoy the sun bathing. Embark on our remaining 2-3 hour journey to the peak depending on your fitness, we will spend some time jubilating at the peak depending on the weather of the day. After we descend down to the Mweka camp where we continue with our celebrations of the victory, dancing the whole night with camp fire as we enjoy glasses of toss with our colleagues.
Day 6. Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Before our journey down to the park gate , our breakfast will be served for energizing us and killing the hug over of happiness then we descend to the base after receiving our certificates then go to Arusha for more celebrations.
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
- All Park fees
- Rescue 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
Items not included:
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Arusha
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)