Travel Option

6 Days Machame

Route

Machame Gate (1630m/5,380 ft) to Machame Camp (2833/9,350 ft)

Distance: 11 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

Starting in the morning after breakfast, drive to Machame gate from the hotel in Moshi. The drive takes about 1 hour. The drive passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Do all registration at Machame gate, then Leave the park gate after registration; walk through the dense rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp (2,833m/9,350ft). for dinner and overnight.

Machame Camp (2833m/9,350ft) to Shira Cave Camp (3788m/12,500 ft)

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

After breakfast leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, the trail passes through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira Cave Camp for lunch then after some rest, there will be a chance to do a short acclimatization walk before dinner and overnight.

Shira Cave Camp (3788m/12,500 ft) to Lava Tower (4605m/15,190 ft)

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower (15,190 ft/4,785m) to Barranco Camp (13,044 ft/4,182m)
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Distance: 4 km/2.4 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours.

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower camp (15,190ft/4,785m), a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. After lunch, we descended to Barranco Camp (3953m/13,000ft) through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Beginning and end of the day at the same elevation is not a problem.

The time spent at higher altitude (Lava Tower) is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Barranco Camp (13,044 ft/3,953) to Barafu Camp (4,646m/15,331 ft)

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

The day starts by descending to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then, from the base, started to climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, the trail crosses hills and valleys until it descends sharply into Karanga Valley (Karanga River), the last water point. Then started climbing up to Karanga Camp, arriving there for lunch. After lunch the route continues up to the rocky section until Barafu Camp.

At this point, the Southern Circuit is completed, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Arrive at the camp, rest, followed by an early dinner, and prepare for the summit. When the weather gets clear, the view of the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen.

Barafu Camp (15,331 ft/4,646m) to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft/5,895m)

Distance: 6 km/3.7 miles

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft/5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,065 ft)
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Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

Starting at midnight begins the push to the summit, the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The journey will be spent in the wind and cold weather. Ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking some short breaks. Arrive at Stella Point (18,900 ft/5,730m) at sunrise. Then it continued for about an hour from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Spend a short time on the summit taking photographs before starting the descent back to Barafu Camp, which takes about 3 hours. Arrive at Barafu Camp, take a short rest (1-2 hours), then continue descending to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

Mweka Camp (10,065 ft/3,100m) to Mweka Gate (5,380 ft/1,630m)

Distance: 10 km/6.2 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On the final day, after breakfast and celebrations at the camp, then continue the three-hour descent to Mweka Gate, arrive at the gate and sign out to the national park authority and collect the summit certificates. A vehicle will be waiting at Mweka Gate and will be transferred back to the hotel in Moshi.

Cost Includes

  • Transport in 4X4 Toyota Land Cruisers with pop up roof for game viewing.
  • Park entry fees, Government fees & taxes
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned suite
  • Private professional safari guide
  • Enough bottled mineral water throughout the safari
  • Transfers to & from the International Airport and Moshi.
  • Camping gear Tent , Mattress ,sleeping bag and pillow
  • One night accomodations before and after safari

Cost Excludes

  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas and items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bank transfer charges & card payments processing fee.
  • Tips to the driver guide.

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6 Days Machame
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