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6 Days Machame Route Climbing Kilimanjaro

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Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) - Machame camp (3000m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1800m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately.
There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have pitched your tent. In the evening the porters will boil your drinking water and heat washing water for you. 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.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Machame camp

Day 2: Machame camp (3000m) - Shira camp (3840m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for two 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. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. 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.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shira camp

Day 3: Shira (3840m) | Lava Tower (4630m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
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 scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descend again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower , the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. 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.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Barranco camp

Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m) | Barafu camp (4600m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Barafu camp

Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT | Barafu camp (4600m) | Uhuru Peak (5895m) | Mweka (3100m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions.
Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). 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.

Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Meek camp

Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short three hour 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. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, about 3 hours hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch. You now drive back to Moshi for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Duration
6 days
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation
  • Mountain camping sleeping tents, dinning room tent, camping chairs, kitchen tent, private toilet,
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
Exclusions
  • Tips for the support crews
  • Your out trekking gears: sleeping bag, down jacket, etc..
  • International flights, Visas
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: Kili Base Adventures
28 reviews
Pong N
11
Memorable Trip
Visited Tanrangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara. The tour was awesome and the team took care of us very nicely. The
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10
Best lifetime experience in Ngorogoro and more!
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10
Great experience with Kili Base Adventures and Sifael
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Raisoi
Surat Thani Province, Thailand
50
Awesome team and great experience
We did a three days of Safari tour; Tarangire, Ngorogoro crater, and Lake Manyara. Sifael, our guide and another
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Aun A
10
Greatest trip of the year
I have contacted Kilibase to organise the trip to Ngorogoro crater and a few national parks with friends who came
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Leanona
Galway, Ireland
30
Amazing trip with Kili Base Adventures
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Murrieta, California
31
Came as a friend, left as family!
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Murrieta, California
10
Ngororgoro and Terangire wiht Kili Base Adventures
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Phil K
11
Great trip with the best guide!
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Baoding, China
10
Excellent service and very professional guides with Kili Base Adventures.
I and my husband from China just finished our Kilimanjaro trekking 6days Marangu route with Kili Base Adventures.
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rolfbroelemann
Lippstadt, Germany
21
Kilimanjaro Climb Feb. 2018
It has been the greatest experience in our life. Thank you very much Killibaseadventures for your support. During
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Célia S
31
Two day safari from Moshi to Tarangire and Ngorongoro park
Everything from meeting Sifael to being dropped off after our two day safari was perfect! Sifael was able to
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10
Excellent service and experience
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10
Absolutely Amazing Safari with Kili Base and more!!!
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Chris C
10
Safari
Sifael and our driver were amazing. We got close to so many animals. They were informative and excellent guides.
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