6 Day Kilimanjaro Trek Machame Route

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Overview

The Machame route labeled the ‘whisky route’, is another popular route and one of the most scenic. It’s considerably harder going than the Marangu route and involves camping out, but is good for acclimatization and has high success rates.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arusha to Machame Hut

Early morning after breakfast, our guide will meet you at the accommodation to transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park. You will receive proper pre-climb briefing and introductions with our team before being transferred to Machame gate, where you will complete entry formalities. After the registration, you will have hot lunch then begin your hiking adventure. From Machame Gate, it is a six-hour walk up a well-worn path, crossing tangled tree roots, through rainforest to Machame Hut, at 3,000 metres (9,840ft).

Day 2
Machame Hut to Shira Hut

On the second day, there’s a steady four-hour climb up a steep ridge, like a giant’s staircase, before the path flattens out into a gorge, with a gentle two-hour ascent onto the moorland of the Shira plateau to Shira Hut (3,840 metres/12,600ft), which offers dramatic views of mist swirling around the Shira cone and across to Mount Meru.

Day 3
Shira Hut to Barranco Hut

From here, with the effects of altitude kicking in, you are faced by a long, steady climb, with views of the glaciers on Kibo, before making a steep descent into the Barranco Valley, eventually reaching Barranco Hut (3,950 metres/12,960ft) after about eight hours.

Day 4
Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut

This day begins with a tough two hour climb in single file up the rock face of the Barranco Wall. Although not technical climbing, at one point you must shuffle around a narrow ledge with a drop of 600 metres (1,970ft), before following the southern circuit across scree and ridges to Karanga and Barafu Hut at 4,600 metres (15,090ft).

Day 5
Barafu Hut to Mweka Hut (Summit Day)

The slow, final ascent begins at 1am, crossing the Ratzel and Rebmamm glaciers and continuing up to Uhuru Peak, in time for sunrise, before descending to Mweka Hut

Day 6
Mweka Hut to Arusha

We descent down to the Mweka Gate. You will say a fond farewell to our trusty guide, staff and the porters who have helped us during the week and pick up our certificates of ascent, you will have Lunch with our Mountain Crew before transfer to your hotel in Arusha.