For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, the 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.
Park entry fees
Camping fees and camping equipment
Accommodation included: 5 nights
Transportation to Machame Gate, and from Mweka Gate after climb
Pass By: Machame Camp, W738+XPH, Barangata, Tanzania After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalizes packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant afro-montane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Overnight Machame Camp (full board).
Meals included: • • • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp
Day 2: Machame Camp-Shira Camp
Pass By: Shira Camp, W7MG+4J7, Gilman's Point, Tanzania From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight Shira Camp (full board).
Meals included: • • • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp
Day 3: Shira Camp-Barranco
Pass By: Barranco Camp, W84H+8F4, Gilman's Point, Tanzania Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on – great acclimatization day! Overnight Barranco Camp (full board).
Meals included: • • • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Barranco camp
Day 4: Barranco-Barafu
Pass By: Barafu Camp, W92H+76C, Gilman's Point, Tanzania From Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Lunch is taken at Karanga valley before heading to Barafu in the afternoon. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening slendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).
Meals included: • • • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Barafu camp
Day 5: Barafu-Summit-Mweka Camp
Pass By: The Summit, Kilimanjaro Wonders hotel Moshi TZ, 8964, Tanzania Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp (full board).
Meals included: • • • Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight at Mweka camp
Day 6: Mweka Camp-Mweka Gate
Pass By: Mweka Trail, Tanzania A final descent of 4,500 ft brings you down to Mweka Gate where your team will have prepared another scrumptious and fresh lunch and your transfer vehicles will be waiting to collect you. Here you will say goodbye to our mountain staff before heading to the hotel near Arusha for a farewell dinner and either overnight or a day room and departure. Extend your Tanzanian vacation with True Travel Tanzania on safari, walking safari or other adventures.
Meals included: • • No accommodation included on this day.