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6 Days Machame Route Climb

Mount Kilimanjaro budget climb| 6-day Machame route

Machame route is the busiest and most popular route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro compared to the rest of the routes. It is a little bit tough to hike on the first 3-days, as its trail passes through the rocks and steeper hiking for almost half way.

This tour is suitable for family, couple, private groups or/and open joining groups. It’s easy for a group joining as many groups of climbers us this route every day. The benefit of this route is that; it offers a good acclimatization throughout, hence guaranteed successfully summit.

Activities: Climbing/hiking/trekking.

Attractions: Mountain rain forest with small wild animals, different vegetation zones, Barranco wall, Mount Kilimanjaro sceneries and its panoramic view.

Accommodation: Tents camping.

Summit success rate: High, above 85%

 

TRIP – ITINERARY

Day 00: Arrivals

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll meet our office representative, followed by an hour drive to the hotel in Moshi Town. After having a short rest at the hotel, our mountain guide will meet you to check your climbing gears and equipment. If some gears will be missing, our guide will help you on how to rent those missing gears from the rental shops.

Day 01: From Hotel to Machame gate-Machame Camp.

It will take one hour to reach Machame gate, passing through the villages located on the lower slopes of the Mountain. At the gate you’ll register all the important details like name, Nationality, and passport number. While the registration process is taking place, porters will be sorting and weighing the luggage. You will have spare time to move around taking photo and reading the historical information of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

After all process is completed, you will slowly start hiking, to the first point, Machame camp, where you will spend the rest of the day, dinner and overnight. Distance from Machame gate to Machame camp hut is 11km, and it can take you up to 5 hours hiking, and the trail is through Mountain rainfall forest.

Day 02: From Machame Camp to Shira camp

After breakfast at Machame camp you will slowly hike up to the next camp, leaving the rain forest and entering the moorland vegetations. You will cross many streams and walk a rocky ridge onto Shira plateau that leads you to Shira camp, (3,840m). At the camp you will spend the remaining time for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 03: From Shira camp to Barranco Camp, via Lava Tower.

Leaving Shira after breakfast and start ascending to Barranco campsite, passing through moorland to semi desert and rocky landscape. A break for lunch will be at Lava Tower (4630m) before start to hike down to the camp (3950m). At this pass, climbers may experience the effects of high altitude like headache and shortness of breath.

At Barranco Camp you will have a rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 04: From Barranco to Barafu base camp via Karanga Valley(summit overnight)

At barafu base camp you will have a rest, dinner, and early sleeping because you will awake at mid-night for the summit attempt.

Around 01:00am, guide will awake you to get well prepared with the summit gears, warm clothes that can accommodate up to -10 degree Celsius. After all process is done, the guide will slowly lead you to hike up for the summit attempt, passing through Stella point, (5685m) to Uhuru Peak (5895). Congratulation! You have made it to the top of Africa, now you are standing at the Africa’s highest point ‘Uhuru Peak’

Day 05: From the summit (Uhuru-Peak) to Barafu base camp- Mweka Camp

The beginning of the sixth day will catch you at the peak if the weather is good, you will be able to spend a couple of minutes at the peak, taking a beautiful photo of your lifetime adventure in Africa while sunrises, drinking tea on your thermal bottle before start descending down to Barafu camp.

At barafu camp you will have time to rest, before continuing to hike down to Millemium/Mweka camp for lunch, dinner, and overnight.

Day 06: From Mweka camp to Mweka gate.

It’s the end of 6 days in the jungle, the morning of this day you will be packing all of your stuff ready to leave the park. Crew will be seen organizing and sorting all stuffs for marking the end of the tour. They will be singing, celebrating, and congratulating you for a successful climb. After all that you will hike down to Mweka gate, where you will sign out and receive certificates for those who made their summit attempt successfully. An hour drive from the gate will drop you to the hotel in town, ready for rest and continuing with other schedule.

 

PRICE CHARGED FOR THIS TOUR

  1. $ 1850 per single person
  2. $ 1600 per person in group sharing
  3. $ 1400 per person in 5+ group sharing.

 

PRICE INCLUSION.

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
  • 2 nights comfort stay in lodge the day before and after climbing.
  • Transport to and from Mountain
  • All park entrance fee +18% VAT
  • All park accommodation fee + 18% VAT
  • Park rescue fee
  • Food on the mountain (3-meals a day)
  • Non personal hiking equipment and gears
  • Salary to guide, cook, and the crew.

 

PRICE EXCLUSION:

  • Tipping
  • Personal hiking gear and rentals
  • Other personal expenses out of the mentioned above.

 

ESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GEARS

50L waterproof duffle, small-size backpack, warm clothes including trouser, sweater, thermal underwear, and enough pair of warm socks, Balaclava, snow goggles, or ski sun glasses and scarf, waterproof layers, sun roof hat, warm sleeping bag, mattress, warm jacket, and a pair of gloves. Comfort mountain boots, and walking poles, Sun cream, first aid kit, a knapsack, a pair of getters and water-bottle, minimum 2litres each.

Mount Kilimanjaro climb: Tips for safe and successful Kilimanjaro summit.

  • Choose the best route that offers good acclimatization, oxygen decreases as you climb to higher elevation, choose the routes that offer the acclimatization throughout to avoid the possibility of experiencing higher altitude mountain sickness. In this case Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame routes are highly recommended.
  • Be well prepared and full equipped for Kilimanjaro trekking, do not forget to carry all necessary trekking equipments and gears. Remember, weather in the mountain is not precisely predictable; having with you the all weather gears is the best decision.
  • Do not carry too much heavy day-pack. Most of your item luggage will be carried by Kilimanjaro porters; you will just carry your light day pack bag, which contains the most necessary personal use for a day only.
  • Listen carefully to your guide, do not ignore the little advice from your guide, our Kilimanjaro guides are having more than 10-years experience, they have a broad working knowledge of Mount Kilimanjaro, please listen to what they direct you to do.
  • Eat enough food and drink more water so that your body won’t run out of energy, long day working requires body energy, make sure you eat as much as you can. Do not forget to go to bed early so that you will wake up with new energy to continue climbing.
  • Choose the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Your chance to summit Kilimanjaro peak is highly influenced by the external factors like bad weather, knowing the best time to go for Kilimanjaro trekking will help you plan your adventure accordingly.

Best time of the year to go for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing:

  • June to October-peak of high season, most of the Kilimanjaro routes and hotels are crowded.
  • October to December-Most of the Kilimanjaro routes are less crowded, this season may be associated with seasonal rainfall so not that much good for climbing.

December to end of February-High season most of the routes and hotels are crowded.

  • March to early of June-Low season, it’s the peak of the wet season as these months are associated with heavy rainfalls so not ideal for climbing.
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