Machame Route 6 Days

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame – 6 Days (TRIP OVERVIEW)​

The Machame route is our most successful and popular hiking route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, mainly as a result of the following two important factors:

On day 3 of the hike the topography of this route, allow you to climb high and sleep low – when you start from Shira camp (3 847m) hike up to Lava Tower (4 642m) and then down to Barranco camp (3 984m) to overnight.

The summit attempt path from Barafu camp has less loose scree (rocks) compared to the summit attempt path from Kibo Hut, making it slightly easier to reach the crater rim.

The minimum duration for the Machame route is 6 days, however since the biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast and it affects every person differently irrespective of their age, fitness levels etc, do we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days.

Kilimanjaro shira route,

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY​

Kilimanjaro international airport

Day 1

Arrive Arusha – stay overnight at Pamoja Expedition Lodge

Kilimanjaro national park, Londorosi gate with the agents

Day 2

Departs in the morning from Arusha to Machame village. The trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland.
Camp at Machame Hut Camp (3000m)

Day 3

Trek to Shira Plateau, walk/trek through the fine open moorlands.
Camp at Shira Camp (3840m)

Day 4

This day is a challenging trek to Barranco; the route turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding (via Lava Tower 4600m). Barranco camp lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach wall. The Breach wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley.
Camp at Barranco Hut (3950m)

Day 5

In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point.
Camp at Barafu Hut (4600m)

kilimanjaro karanga camp kibo

Day 6

In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point.
Camp at Barafu Hut (4600m)

Sunrise at the top of the Mountain Kilimanjaro

Day 7

At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at
Mweka Hut/High Camp. (3000m)

Zawadi House

Day 8

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Stay overnight at
Zawadi House Lodge on Bed & Breakfast

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