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Machame Route 6 Days - Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Machame Route 6 Days

Machame Route 6 Days is one of the most common routes to reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The route offers the best ascent and descent opportunities and therefore it is good for acclimatization, however, you must be physical and mentally strong to enjoy your way to the summit.

Our tour guides are sure about every detail that they discuss with you. They know exactly that your ultimate goal is to reach the summit and therefore, they shall offer the best tips and advice possible to ensure that you fulfill your mission. This tour is customizable and you can always include other activities before or after climbing. Contact us directly for the best advice about how to make the most of your trip.

After completing the Lemosho Route 7 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

Read more about Machame Route and Mount Kilimanjaro on Wikipedia.


Your Itinerary For Machame Route 6 Days

Machame route is popularly known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate, and takes 6 days to climb Kilimanjaro, located in the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest.

We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut.

Machame is a good choice for people who want to enjoy a scenic hike on a challenging route in the shortest amount of time.

This is our second choice when choosing the Machame Route and it takes 6 Days to climb Kilimanjaro.

The 7 Days Machame Route itinerary is our first choice.

The climb begins and ends in Moshi.

Day 1

Arrive in Moshi, Tanzania at any time via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a private transfer waiting at the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Moshi where you will be staying overnight.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.

We will also check and confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2

Moshi to Machame Camp

The climb starts from Machame gate (1800 m) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 98 % of the water on Kilimanjaro originates.

On sunny days, and especially in the dry season is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently we have lunch at halfway clearing, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily.

The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000 m).

We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. (6-7 hours walking).

Day 3

Machame to Shira Camp

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as picnic rock.

There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too, the trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau.

We camp near Shira Hut (3840 m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-5 hours walking).

Day 4

Shira to Barranco Camp

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach.

After lunch near lava camp (4540 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below (4-6 hours walking).

Day 5

Barranco to Barafu Camp

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern icefields.

Lunch is normally taken at camp, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu Hut (4600 m) by mid-afternoon.

The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. (6-7 hours walking).

Day 6

Barafu summit to Mweka Camp

We normally start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella point (5735 m), in about 5-6 hours.

We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the 2 hour round trip from here along the Crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5895 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descend to Barafu campsite is surprisingly fast, and after lunch and other refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3100 m).

Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowded campsite. (11-14 hours walking).

Day 7

Mweka camp to Mweka Gate

A sustained descend on a well-maintained trail through lovely tropical forest alive with birdcalls and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds to the National Park Gate at Mweka (1650 m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. (4-5 hours walking).

After signing out transfer to Marangu and overnight.

Day 8

Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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Latest Reviews

“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”


K Kelly

“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”


Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”


Jess A

“Aggrey & William are real professionals and heroes in guiding us to the top.”


Angela Soenarijo

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