6 Days Machame Route | AFRICAN TOURS



Trekking Overview

The Machame Route is another popular trekking route to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its scenic beauty and offers a more challenging and diverse terrain compared to the Marangu Route.

Full Tour Itinerary

Your trek begins at the Machame Gate, where you will complete the necessary registration procedures. The trail starts in the lush rainforest, gradually ascending through the magnificent vegetation. After approximately 5-7 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Machame Camp, where you’ll spend the night.

On the second day, you’ll continue your ascent through the rainforest, which gradually gives way to the moorland zone. The trail becomes steeper as you approach the Shira Plateau, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The trek usually takes around 4-6 hours, and you’ll camp at Shira Camp for the night.

From Shira Camp, the trail takes you across the vast Shira Plateau, crossing several ridges and valleys. You’ll ascend to Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft) for acclimatization before descending to Barranco Camp. The descent helps your body adjust to the altitude changes. The trek on this day typically takes 6-8 hours.

On this day, you’ll tackle the famous Barranco Wall, a steep and thrilling section of the trek. After conquering the wall, you’ll continue along the ridges and valleys, passing through stunning alpine desert scenery. The trek usually takes around 7-9 hours, and you’ll reach Barafu Camp, the final base camp, in the late afternoon.

Your summit day begins in the early hours of the morning, typically around midnight. You’ll start the challenging ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The terrain is steep, rocky, and demanding, but the reward of reaching the summit is unforgettable. After enjoying the breathtaking views from Uhuru Peak, you’ll descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest before continuing down to Mweka Camp, where you’ll spend the night.

On the final day of the trek, you’ll descend through the lush rainforest from Mweka Camp to the Mweka Gate. At the gate, you’ll receive your summit certificates, marking your successful climb to the “Roof of Africa.” From there, you’ll transfer back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest and celebration.

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Tour Includes & Excludes

Trekking Includes

> Meals while trekking Kilimanjaro (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

> Transport to park gate from Hotel and back to the Hotel
> Airport transfer (pick up and drop off at the airport)
> Professional, Friendly and experienced English speaking guides
> Porters, Professional > Mountain cook/chef
> All parks entrance fees, > Hut/Camping fees, rescue fees and government tax (VAT 18%)
> Accommodation (one night before and after trek)
> Camping Equipment’s (Tents, > Table, Chairs, Mattress)
> Salaries for Guide, cook and Porters
> Private toilet (Option to clients)
> Oxygen cylinder for emergency

Trekking Excludes

> Tips to the crew (Guides, cook and porters)
> International Air tickets
> Personal Insurance
> Climbing Gears
> Tanzania Visa
> Sleeping Bag
> Personal items for nature such as alcohol and beverage drinks


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