6 Days Machame Route

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Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Route Description

You can climb this mountain via the Machame route for 6 days. The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey Route, given its reputation for being a tough climb compared to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca-Cola route.

The Machame Route climbing is often tackled for a maximum of 7 days for a better acclimatization schedule, though it can also be done in a minimum of six days (five nights).

Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport

Distance: 45km /50Mnts

Meet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport. Transfer to Tulia Boutique for dinner and overnight BB. (45 km, 50 minutes)

  • MEALS: Dinner and Overnight BB
  • ACCOMMODATION:  Tulia Boutique
Day 1: Tulia Hotel to Machame Gate

Driving from Tulia Boutique to Machame Gate takes about one to two hours. The journey passes through the Machame village which is located on the slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a windy trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery at sometimes though Gaiters and trekking poles will be of great help here. We will then continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
Distance: 11km/7miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast at the camp, we leave the dells of the rain forest and continue on an ascending trail, crossing the valley along a sharp rocky ridge. The route now goes west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
Distance: 5km/3miles
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we endure to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we keep going , our route 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 elevate to the Arrow Glacier and continue down to the Barranco Camp. On this day, you will end the day around the same elevation as when you began. This day is very vital as it prepares your entire body for acclimatization and ready for summit day.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Distance: 10km/6miles
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast at the camp, we leave Barranco and linger on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elevation 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the intersection which connects with the Mweka Trail and continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you will have completed the South Circuit which offers views of the summit from different angles.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Distance: 9km/6miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (Midnight to 2 Am), we linger our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Here, you will have head in a northwest direction and ascend through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most outstanding sunrise you are ever likely to see.

From Stella Point, you may come across snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the rooftop of the African Continent.

From the summit we begin to descent straight down to the Mweka Camp with one stop at Barafu camp for lunch. Here, you may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel walking down to Mweka camp. Arrive at Mweka Camp on time and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3miles up / 13km/8miles down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

After breakfast at Mweka camp, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your award (Summit certificate).

Joagro Safaris Tanzania vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Distance: 10km/6miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast

6 Days Machame Route Climbing Costing

1 pax – USD 1731

2 pax – USD 1608 per person

3 pax – USD 1561 per person

4 pax – USD 1507 per person

5 pax – USD 1494 per person

6 pax – USD 1470 per person

7 pax – USD 1468 per person

8 pax – USD 1461 per person

9 pax – USD 1457 per person

10 pax – USD 1452 per person

6 Days Machame Climbing Includes
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • 2 Nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees, Rescue Fees.
  • All meals while on the Mountain.
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
6 Days Machame Climbing Excludes
  • Tanzania Visa cost which is USD 50 except for Canadian and USA passport holders which are USD 100
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Meals not listed in the plan.
  • Optional Tours/ activities

Note: You can combine this experience with safari to have a complete taste of Tanzania from the roof top to the wilderness.


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Mel L

Couple Traveller

We did the private 6-day Kilimanjaro trip (Machame Route) with Joagro.

The guides, porters, chef, and waiter were absolutely fantastic. I knew we would be fed, but didn’t expect how well we would be fed!! Pancakes for breakfast, chips for lunch, curries for dinner. Popcorn snacks.

The Waiter (Bariki) was excellent, incredible customer service. Made an extra effort to get to know us and teach us Swahili.

The guides (Emmanual and Amy) were also fantastic. They did everything they could to get us to the top and safety was paramount. On the 4th day I started to feel slightly unwell. They made sure I ate and got me through it. On summit day, remarkably felt fit and well again! Was a great experience reaching the top.

On the way back down from the porters were on their way up offering us orange juice. It was a nice touch, and they all created a great atmosphere. Lots of celebration and laughter.

Thank you to Jonas for making this trip happen and exceeding our expectations! I’d highly recommend this company, incredibly organised. You just need to turn up and the rest is sorted.

January 12, 2024
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