Machame Route

6 Days

5 Nights 

Route Overview

Machame Route now vies with – and indeed over the last few years has overtaken – the Marangu Route as the most popular trail. Machame is also the regarded by many guides as the most enjoyable, though it is longer and, according to most, more arduous. Despite this, the success rate on the Machame Route is higher than on the Marangu Route, possibly because the Machame is a day longer at six days and five nights (assuming you take the Barafu Route to the summit) which gives trekkers more time to acclimatize. An extra acclimatization day can – and usually is -taken in the Karanga Valley. The Machame Route also gives you the option of taking the Western Breach / Arrow Glacier Route to the summit.

    1. Machame Gate to Machame Camp
    2. Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    3. istance: 11 km
    4. Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    5. Habitat: Rain Forest
    1. Machame Camp to Shira Camp
    2. Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
    3. Distance: 5 km
    4. Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    5. Habitat: Moorland
  • From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    1. Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
    2. Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
    3. Distance: 10 km
    4. Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    5. Habitat: Semi Desert
  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    1. Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
    2. Distance: 9km
    3. Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
    4. Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

     

    At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

     

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    1. Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
    2. Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
    3. Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
    4. Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
    5. Habitat: Arctic
  • After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

    1. Mweka Camp to Moshi
    2. Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    3. Distance: 10 km
    4. Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    5. Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Full briefing before you trip
    Park fees
    Camping fees
    Camping equipment
    Rescue fees
    Food (3 meals per day)
    Salaries (guide, cooks, porters)
    Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew
    Lunch box for the first day
    Crew park fees
    Administration fee
    Certificates of achievement
    Sleeping tent, mess tent ,camping chairs and table
    Airport transfer 2 ways Complimentary

  • International flights
    Visas
    Travel insurance
    Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages
    Additional personal equipment
    Gratuities
    Additional activities for after the climb e.g. safaris, waterfall visit, massage etc