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OVERVIEW

Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

The six day Machame variation is a difficult route. In particular, day four combined with day five makes for a very hard schedule. Day four is a full day of hiking from Barranco to Barafu. Then after dinner and a partial night’s sleep, the very long and strenuous summit day begins around midnight. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Hotel; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Hotel is bed & Breakfast

Day 1 Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

Machame Camp

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2 Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Shira Camp

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3 Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Barranco Camp

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Barafu Camp

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

  • Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5 Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Uhuru Peak

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  • Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi
  • Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Mweka Gate

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

  • Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

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. 

Departure 

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

 PACKAGE INCLUDE

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis)
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.

Day 1:  Machame Gate (1790m) To Machame Camp (3010m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. 

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) To Shira Camp (3845m)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.  

    • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
    • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) To Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude. 

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) To Barafu Camp (4640m)

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp. 

  • Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 5: Karanga Valley (4,200m- Barafu Camp (4,640m) 

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit. 

  • Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m)-uhuru Peak (5895m)-mweka Camp (3100m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest. 

  • Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi
  • Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100m)-mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel 

  • Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

Departure  

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

This popular Kilimanjaro route includes fewer amenities in camp and lower weight limits on luggage, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Baraka trails.

Kilimanjaro Route Highlights

  • Additional acclimatization day on Kilimanjaro
  • Challenging nighttime summit bid
  • Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals
  • Perfect for group and charity treks
  • Baraka Trails’s most budget-friendly option
  • Personal porters available to all trekkers*
  • 7 days trekking, 9 days in Tanzania

*Personal porter hire available for an additional fee

*Extend your trip with a safari!

Visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater a 4-days safari, or a 7-days safari, or call us for custom safari options.