For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, 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 (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 elevation gains and losses.
In the last day Machame 6 days route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.
We will meet and drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi and rest for a while. Afterward, you will meet your guide for gear checking and briefing about the mountain. Also, your guide will go through your group camping gear and demonstrate the use and operation of all equipment, especially emergency oxygen cylinder and pulse ox meter and explain signs and symptoms of various mountain sicknesses which might happen while trekking.
•Machame Gate to Machame Camp •Elevation : 1800m to 2835m •Distance: 11 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 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 the Machame Camp.
•Machame Camp to Shira Camp •Elevation: 2835m to 3750m •Distance: 5 km •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours •Habitat: Moorland
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.
•Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Baranco Camp •Elevation :3750m to 3940m •Distance: 10 km •Hiking Time: 6-8hours •Habitat: Semi Desert
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." for lunch, After we descend to Baranco for rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day in almost same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation : 3940m to 4673m •Distance: 9km•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Baranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Baranco 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.
•Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation: 4673m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent •Habitat: Arctic
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 (5756m), 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 (5895m), 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 Hut 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.
Today after breakfast you will descend for 10km crossing the rain forest to Mweka gate 1640m, sign out and our guide will collect your summit certificate and drive to your hotel in Moshi for hot shower, beer and overnight.
Pick from from your hotel in Moshi and drive you back to Kilimanjaro international airport for departures.