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6-Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trek (Machame Route)

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Taking over Marangu, the Machame route is now the most famous and better suited for adventurous people and those with hiking experience. The Machame trail, popularly known as the Whisky Route, is one of Kilimanjaro’s most scenic and highly recommended treks. The minimum days required for this route is 6 days though seven can be recommended. For those interested in a scenic view and hiking challenge Machame is the best combination. We provide FREE massage at every end of your hiking Adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

We depart Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park and complete all the required formalities before we begin our trek through the beautiful thick forest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.
Hiking for 5 to 6 hours you will spot wildlife such as the blue colobus monkey and a variety of bird species along the way. Machame Camp (3,000 meters), is where you will end your day. Your porters and cook will be waiting for you, for a hot bath and meals to reenergize you for the next day.

• Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
• Altitude gained: 1210m
• Habitat: Rainforest
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Machame Camp
• Hiking: 5-6 hours.

Today you will be up bright and early, though it’s a shorter day of climbing. The rainy forest gives way to open moorlands on this day, thereby making a completely different climbing adventure.

Around midafternoon you will arrive at Shira Camp, providing you with enough time to relax and absorb the beautiful view of Kibo Glacier.

• Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
• Altitude gained: 818m
• Habitat: moorland
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Shira Camp
• Hiking: 4-5 hours.

A 300 feet volcanic rock formation will be your first intimidating challenge for the day, you will begin this unique milestone immediately after you’re done with breakfast.
After you are done with this challenging landmark you will slowly descend to Barranco camp 4,500 meters above sea level.
Considered by many the most beautiful camp in Kilimanjaro, Barranco camp will be your base for the night.
• Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
• Altitude gained: 147m
• Habitat: semi-desert
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Shira Camp
• Hiking: 5-6 hours.

DAY FOUR: Barranco – Barafu Camp.
Today will be your 1st real taste of mountain climbing, as you challenge yourself to a bit of old-school rock climbing through the Barranco wall.
After this fearless challenge, you will carry on towards the great Karanga Valley, where you will rest and stop for Lunch.
Barafu Camp will be excited to see you after a tasty meal and a 2 to 3-hour hike.
You will be served an energizing mountain meal and plenty of water before turning in for the evening as you will be summiting tomorrow.

• Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
• Altitude gained: 676m
• Habitat: Alpine Desert
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Barafu Camp
• Hiking: 6-8 hours.

Just after midnight, our professional guides will wake you up with a cup of tea and a light meal for energy as you dress and get ready for the adventure ahead.

You will be hiking in pitch darkness for 5 to six hours, so take it easy and you will make it to Stella point a few hours before sunrise. From here, there will be additional two hours of extreme hiking before you achieve your ultimate objective: Uhuru Peak.

Standing at 5985 meters you will be able to experience an amazing sunrise and absorb a spectacular panoramic view.

You will now begin your walk down to Barafu Camp after snapping beautiful shots, where you will stop for lunch and celebration.
And after a beautiful and well-earned rest, you will continue down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

• Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
• Altitude gained: 1233m
• Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
• Altitude lost: 2789m
• Habitat: Glaciers, snowcapped summit
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Today is a day of fun, joy, and extreme celebration as you will enjoy your final meal on the mountain before you climb down to Mweka Gate

While at Mweka Gate you will again celebrate with your Guides, Potters, and the Cook for the well-deserved climb. Tips are recommended as well.
Your driver will then drive you to your accommodation in either Moshi or Arusha for a well-deserved rest o we drive you at the airport.
• Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
• Altitude lost: 1473m
• Habitat: Rainforest
• Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
• Hiking: 3-4hours.

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