6 Days Machame Route


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Machame Route Highlights

  • √ Highly recommended route with best success rate.
  • √ Allows climbers to “walk high, sleep low” enabling better acclimatisation.
  • √ A challenging trek with stunning scenery over five climatic zones.
  • √ Ascent and descent via different routes.

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The 6 day Machame route variant is a challenging six-day trek that is short enough to take you to the summit for climbers that do not have enough time on their hands for a longer trek.

Because of its acclimatization profile, the Machame route is the ideal alternative for individuals who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro. In comparison to other six-day routes, the Machame route exposes climbers to higher heights sooner (day three), allowing the body to adjust to altitude sooner. This path, however, necessitates that a person be in high physical condition in order to manage the difficult elevation increases and declines.

Day four, in particular, when paired with day five, creates a highly demanding schedule. The fourth day is spent climbing from Barranco to Barafu. The extremely long and arduous summit day begins after midnight, after dinner and a half night’s sleep. The six-day Machame path entails 19-24 hours of strenuous walking at extremely high altitude, with just 4-6 hours of sleep.

6 Days Machame Route Prices

Below are the prices of the 6 day Machame route package, starting from $1,440 per person sharing for a group of 10 people. You can also contact us if you need prices and dates for the 6 days Machame Route climbs with full moon for the years 2022-2023.

$2,015 $1,715 $1,620 $1,570 $1,540 $1,520 $1,500 $1,480 $1,460 $1,440

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Machame Route

One of the most beautiful and recommended routes on the mountain is the Machame route, often known as the Whisky Route. It is well-known among climbers who utilize it to reach Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak. The path begins at the Machame Gate and concludes with a descent through the Mweka Route back to the Machame Gate. The spectacular sights along the route that passes over to the sheets of glaciers at the Southern Ice fields that meet up at the Barafu Route towards the Uhuru Peak summit will fascinate you as you make your way through the rainforest to the moorland zone and the picturesque Shira Plateau.

Duration: 6 or 7 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: High

6 Days Machame Route Success

The 6 Days Machame route for climbing Kilimanjaro has a lower average summit success rate of about 75% compared to the 7 Day Machame Route itinerary that has a considerably higher summit success rate of about 85%.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 4 stars B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

6 Days Machame Itinerary

Machame Route itinerary

Elevation (m): 1800m to 3000m, Distance: 11km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

We begin this 6 days Machame Route itinerary with a drive to the starting point of our trek, the Machame gate. The Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate is a short drive from your hotel. When you arrive at the park gate, check-in at the park office and make any last-minute preparations for the climb. Our route leads us through the rain forest and along a hill to Machame Camp, where we will spend the night.

Elevation (m): 3000m to 3850m, Distance: 9km, Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

We start hiking after breakfast, leaving the rainforest behind and continuing our trek up a steep rocky ridge covered in heath, passing a tiny valley and up to a high rocky ridge covered in heath. Our path now heads west across a river gorge. At the Shira campground, it’s time to recover, eat, and sleep.

On the stoves, our chef will prepare supper/dinner.

Elevation (m): 3850m to 4600m to 3950m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert.

This is a critical day for acclimatization, and it will aid your body’s preparation for summit day. This will be our most difficult day so far, and you may begin to experience altitude effects. To acclimate, we will go to Lava Tower (4600m) and eat our lunch there. We next descend to Barranco campground, where we will spend the night. The Western Breach and Breach Wall provide excellent picture opportunities. While you wait for your meal, the camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which will present you with a magnificent sunset.

Elevation (m): 3950m to 4600m, Distance: 13km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

A quick and enjoyable climb to the summit of the Great Barranco Wall after breakfast! We next climb through scree hills to the Karanga Valley (3930m), which lies beneath the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers’ icefalls. Our trail ascends to Barafu Camp (4600m) after rising out of the Karanga Valley.

Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) , Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent , Time: 6- 8 hours ascent / 6-7 hours descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit/Alpine desert.

Day 5 on the mountain is summit day for our 6 day Machame Route trek. At 23:30, you will be awoken with some fast tea and snacks. Between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers, we begin our ascent to the top. We’ll take a north-westerly route to Stella Point on the crater rim, ascending via hard scree. This is the trek’s most psychologically and physically demanding section. We’ll take a short break at Stella Point (5732m) and be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever witness (weather permitting). We will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa at Uhuru Peak (5895m). At these heights, it may get pretty chilly at night, but by the end of the trekking day, it will be fairly warm.

We descend from the peak to the Mweka Hut camp site through Barafu for lunch. The rough gravel on the way down to Mweka Camp will necessitate the use of trekking poles (3100m). Later that evening, we’ll have our final meal on the mountain before getting some well-deserved rest.

Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

We return to Mweka Park Gate to get your summit certificates marking the end of this 6 day Machame Route itinerary. It might be muddy and damp at lower levels. The use of gaiters and trekking poles will be beneficial. T-shirts and shorts will suffice (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)*
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
  • 1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Kilimanjaro Machame Route Reviews

Great route for those that have little time to travel and have experience climbing. We had done Mount Everest and were confident Mount Kilimanjaro would be a walkover for us. The food was great and the overall experience is Mount Kilimanjaro is not that technical to climb although the final step of waking up at midnight to attempt reaching the summit by sunrise, in my opinion, is the most challenging of the entire climbing process. We really enjoyed the environment surrounding the route and the climbing crew was very nice. We do recommend Mount Kilimanjaro Routes to other climbers.
Irene DurhamIrene Durham

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Update - Route infoThere are eight established routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, namely: – Marangu Route, Machame Machame, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit, Umbwe Route, Shira Route and Western breach . The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach the mountain from the west. The Rongai route and Northern Circuit Routes approach Kilimanjaro from the north near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka. Mount Kilimanjaro Routes has been providing and still continues to provide the highest quality Kilimanjaro climbs at a reasonable cost.

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