6 Days Machame Route
Trekking route: Machame route
Trekking duration: 8 days / 7 nights (5 nights on Kilimanjaro and 2 nights in Arusha)
Trekking period: 2020/21
Number of participants: from 1 person
The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.
The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is most often tackled over seven days (six nights), for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest.
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport
On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Arusha town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Kilimanjaro.
Hotel in Arusha: bed and breakfast included.
Day 2: Arusha – Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame camp (2980m).
Your day starts early, after breakfast in Arusha, transfer to Machame Gate (1490m). The guide and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the park gate before start the trekking. Your porters (arrive at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.
Day 3: Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m).
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 4: Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m).
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky path to Lava Tower (4630m). The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Day 5: Barranco camp (3950m) – Barafu camp (4550m).
We leave Barranco campsite and continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.
Day 6: Barafu camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m).
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m) – Arusha
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. At Mweka Gate, meet the driver and transfer to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
Day 8: Depart Tanzania
The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.
Hotel in Moshi or Arusha: bed and breakfast included.
Options after Kilimanjaro Trekking:
Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.
6 days Machame route, group size price per person for year 2020-21
1 person $ 1900/person
2-4 people $ 1750/person
5-7 people $ 1700/person
8-10 people $ 1650/person
11 & above $ 1600/person
**Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates **East Africa Citizens pay 60% of rates
• Airport or border transfers before and after Kilimanjaro trekking.
• Hotel in Arusha/Moshi, before and after trekking, bed and breakfast included.
• Transfer from the hotel to Kilimanjaro Gate for the start of trekking.
• Transfer from Park Gate to Hotel after trekking.
• Accommodation in the campsites during the trekking.
• All Kilimanjaro climbing fees.
• 3 meals per day during the trekking.
• The services of our mountain guide, cook and porters.
Not included in the price
• Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
• Beverages during the trekking like alcohols.
• Sleeping bags and other private trekking gears.
• Travel insurance
• All items of personal nature.
• Tips to mountain guides, cook and porters (find below the recommended amounts).