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 as from day three which kick starts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging of elevation gains and losses. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended so climbers are well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.
DAY BY DAY PROGRAM
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrive Kilimanjaro and meet our representative, after a short briefing you will be transferred to Weruweru river lodge. The lodge is nestled on the flours of Kilimanjaro with great views of the mountain with a swimming pool to relax and nice place for your body to kick start acclimatization.
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Overnight Weruweru River lodge.
DAY 2 - MACHAME GATE
The drive from Weruweru River lodge to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 30 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach Machame Camp.
- Elevation (ft.): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
- Distance: 11 km
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest Camp
Dinner and overnight Machame camp
DAY 3 - SHIRA CAMP
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
Elevation (ft.): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
- Distance: 5 km
- Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
- Habitat: Moorland.
Dinner and overnight Shira camp
DAY 4 - LAVALAVA TOWER TO BARANCO CAMP
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. Elevation (ft.): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
- Distance: 10 km
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Semi Desert
Dinner and overnight Barranco camp.
DAY 5 - KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. Elevation (ft.): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
- Distance: 9km
- Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
Dinner and overnight Barafu camp
DAY 6 - SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft.), 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 may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Elevation (ft.): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to
- Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
- Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
- Habitat: Arctic
Dinner and overnight Mweka camp
DAY 7 - MWEKA CAMP TO WERUWERU LODGE
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 one and half hour through Moshi town to Weruweru lodge. Have a nice warm shower and time to relax in the pool side and swimming holding your Kilimanjaro beer. You will have a private vehicle to the lodge.
Elevation (ft.): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
- Distance: 10 km
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest.
Overnight Weruweru River lodge.
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DAY 8 - KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
Today according to your departure time we will take you from the lodge to Kilimanjaro airport and connect your flight back home.
Note you can connect these with a safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro or to relax in Zanzibar.
- Two nights accommodation at Weruweru River Lodge
- All transfer from and to the airport
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
- Professional, experienced, mountain guide
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
- Park fees for the duration of trekking
- Additional Flights
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for
- souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance