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6 Days Machame Route

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

6 Days Machame Route

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To climb Mount Kilimanjaro on the Machame route could mean trekking in large groups for Exposed Africa. Since budget clients knew Machame, the traffic on the route has been ever-growing. It soon overtook the Marangu Route as the most severely trafficked climb route on Mount Kilimanjaro.


The reason is not only the prices but, The Machame route is considered the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro. From our research in 2018, scenic facts may not be the reason for popularity because both Shira Route and Lemosho route share the same path at some points. But it is correct to say Machame is the most beautiful Kilimanjaro route that you can climb on a budget. It facilitates the camping accommodation option other than Huts as compared to the Marangu Route. It is however considered a bit more difficult than the Marangu Route and Rongai Route, hence called the “Whiskey Route”. It’s longer and frequently steeper on its hikes. It covers more ground and includes more ups and downs. It wears you out more, takes more energy, not more skill. But it offers great acclimatization and a record of a higher success rate than all.



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  • Departure Time
    Early in the morning.

Tour Plan

Airport Transfer to the Hotel in Moshi
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport by our representative and to drive to your Accommodation in Moshi town. Late afternoon for a pre-climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
  • Accommodation: Park View Hotel or Panama Garden Resort
  • Time and Distance:1 hour’s drive, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
Moshi – Machame Gate – Machame Camp
This morning you take a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, before setting out in your vehicle at around 08.00hrs to allow for a scheduled arrival at the Machame Gate (1,800 metres) at 09.00hrs. Your first job will be to complete the registration formalities, before you start your trek. You will also enjoy the introduction to your mountain team: your guides, porters and everyone else who will accompany you as you make your ascent. Today’s walk is a long one: in pure numbers, you will gain around 1,035 metres of altitude over a distance of just under 11 km/7 miles and can expect to be walking for between 4.5 and 5 hours. The beginning of the walk today is characterized by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as impatiens kilimanjari and impatiens pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery. You will also be able to get your first glimpse of Kibo peak, away to the east. The birdlife around the camp is surprisingly rich, so look out for species such as olive thrush and stonechat. You hope to reach camp at around 17.00hrs, giving you a couple of hours of welcome rest before dinner is served.
  • Accommodation: in tents at Machame Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 4.5 – 5 hours’ walking, from Machame Gate at 1,800 m to Machame Camp at 2,835 m
From Machame Camp To Shira Cave Camp
You will soon become used to the early, 07.00hrs breakfast and today you aim to leave the camp at 08.30hrs. You have a further 915 metres of ascent, finishing the day at 3,750 metres, and although the overall distance is short (5 km/3 miles) you will spend around 5.5 to 6 hours actually walking. Your path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but soon you will encounter the first of the giant groundsels. The climb before your midday picnic lunch is steep, but there are then great views to the south and to Kibo, all to savour as you eat. With today’s early start and the short distance, you would expect to reach your camp by 14.00hrs, by which time you will have met the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Once at the camp, you will have plenty of time to marvel at some great natural sights such as the so-called ‘Shira Cathedral’, Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before enjoying your dinner around 18.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: in tents at Shira Cave Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 6 hours’ walking, from Machame Camp at 2,835 m to Shira Cave Camp at 3,750 m
From Shira Cave Camp To The Lava Tower And Descent To Barranco Camp
Today’s stage is considerably different in character from yesterday’s, with a much longer trek. You start at 3,750 metres, of course, but even though you cover nearly 10 km/6 miles, your gain in altitude will be a modest 150 metres by the time you reach Baranco Camp at around 16.00hrs. During your hike, however, you will climb to the base of the Lava Tower which is located at a lofty 4,600 meters, before you descend again for your overnight stay. Although this may seem a bit of a waste, in fact it helps enormously with the crucial process of acclimatizing at altitude. The overall distance today means that you will actually be walking for around 6.5 to 7 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, your day will begin with breakfast at 07.00hrs and departure at 08.30hrs, when you begin your trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 13.00hrs. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, you then descend down to the Baranco Camp. Once at camp, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00hrs.
  • Accommodation: in tents at Baranco Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 6.5 –7 hours’ walking, from Shira Cave Camp at 3,750 m to Baranco Camp at 3,900 m
From Baranco Camp To Barafu Camp
Today will be a challenge, that much is certain! You will have breakfast again at 07.00hrs, in anticipation of what will prove to be a long day. Your departure time today will be 08.00hrs, with a cooked lunch scheduled at Karanga for midday. Your ultimate destination, Barafu Camp, should be reached by 16.00hrs with your dinner at 18.00hrs. The beginning of today’s trek involves something a bit different, a tough scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also known as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as the climb is straight after your breakfast!). At the top, you enjoy spectacular views of the Heim Glacier, before you begin to gradually descend to the gully below, and into the cold, beautiful Karanga Valley. Next, you continue by climbing up a steep series of zig-zags until you reach Karanga Camp where you will have lunch. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage continues steadily upwards, passing through the barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.
  • Accommodation: in tents at Barafu Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation:7.5 – 8 hours’ walking, from 3,900 m at Baranco Camp, up to Karanga Camp at 3,995 m, then up to Barafu Camp at 4,673 m
Ascent To Uhuru Peak And Descent To Mweka Camp
Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is necessarily very different to your other days on the mountain. Rising at 23.00hrs, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4,673 metres to Stella Point at 5,756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From Stella Point, there is still another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Your goal is to reach the summit by around 07.00hrs then celebrate reaching the top, take your precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit (5,895 metres), you return to Barafu (4,673 metres), where you rest for a couple of hours, take a brunch and then leave again at 13.30hrs to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3,100 metres) where you spend the night. You would expect to arrive there at 17.00hrs and take your dinner at 19.00hrs. (In total, you cover around 17 km/10 miles today with about 11-14 hours of walking – tough going, but with your objective hopefully achieved!)
  • Accommodation: Mweka Camp
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 11-14 hours’ walking, from 4,673 m at Barafu Camp to the summit at 5,895 m, then down to 3,100 m at Mweka Camp
Descent From Mweka Camp To Mweka Gate – Moshi
Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00hrs and at 08.00hrs you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’ Although you still have 10 km/6 miles to walk, departure is at a leisurely 09.00hrs and you descend down to the Mweka Gate which sits at an altitude of 1,640 metres. There, you will be served a cooked lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can choose to relax – or, if you have any energy left, to celebrate!
  • Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
  • Hiking time and Elevation: 3 hours’ walking, from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, descending from 3,100 m to 1,640 m, then return by vehicle from Mweka Gate to your hotel 0.7 hours’ drive.
Departure - Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for a ‘day room’ which allows you to stay until 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) As a transfer to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.
For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our guide will be meeting you in the late afternoon to provide you with a briefing.



Machame route 6 Days

  • 1 person $ 2000 USD
  • 2-4 people $ 1700/person
  • 5-7 people $ 1600/person
  • 8-10 people $ 1550/person
  • 11 & above $1450/person
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