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6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing
(Machame Route)

Day 1 Arusha (1.540m) - Machame Gate - Machame Camp (3.000m)

  • 2 hour drive to Machame gate (plantation of bananas, coffee, maize)
  • Registration at the National Kilimanjaro Park office at Machame.
  • In the morning trek through dense montane forest to Machame Hut (3.000m)
  • In the afternoon trek through giant heather
  • Overnight in Machame camp
  • The whole trek takes between 5 and 7 hours

Day 2 Machame Camp (3.000m) - Shira Camp (3.800m)

  • Leaving the forest
  • The trail follows a steep ridge
  • Heather and open moorlands
  • Crossing a large gorge to reach Shira Camp (3.800m)
  • Overnight in Shira Camp
  • The whole trek takes between 5 and 7 hours

Day 3 Shira Camp (3.800m) - Barranco Camp (3.900m)

  • The path turn eastwards
  • Ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco Hut (3.900m)
  • Overnight in Barranco Camp
  • The whole trek takes between 5 and 7 hours

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3.900m) - Barafu Camp (4.600m)

  • The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley
  • Crosses the Karanga Valley
  • Turns north to reach Barafu Camp (4.600m)
  • Overnight in Barafu Camp
  • The whole trek takes between 8 and 9 hours

Day 5 Barufu Camp (4.600m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - MwekaCamp (3.100m)

  • Start around midnight
  • The path climbs up the western ridge of the Southeast Valley
  • At the main wall the path became very steep true scree and snow
  • Reach the crater rim at Stella Point (5.896m)
  • From here join the route from Gillman's Point
  • Continue westward the Kibo rim till Uhuru Peak (5.895m) the highest point of Africa
  • The climb takes between 6 and 7,5 hours
  • Back to Stella Point
  • Down to Barafu camp
  • Further steep down through giant heather
  • The way down till Mweka hut take another 4,5 till 7 hours
  • Overnight Mweka camp (3.100m)

Day 6 Mweka Camp (3.100m) - Mweka Village - Arusha

  • Descend steeply through the forest
  • Narrow path by rainy weather very muddy
  • After the path widens to a track which leads to Mweka Gate
  • 2 hours drive to Arusha