6 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
Day 1: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet.
Leave Arusha/Moshi after breakfast for Machame Gate, where you meet with porters, guides, and cooks ready to conquer Kilimanjaro. The first day, hike through moss covered trees forest. The forest thin at the end of hike and vegetation change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers.
Day 2: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
Elevation Gain: 840 meters, 2,760 feet
Another climbing day in Kilimanjaro, the route passes within uphill sections. Ensure plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. You can enjoy several viewpoints along the way. As the altitude rise the trees diminish in size which gives a way to high altitude region with various plants. After lunch proceeds to Shira Plateau which created when Kibo lava flows and filled Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet.
The up and down of day ends with elevation gain of 110m by climbing 690m to the height of 4,530m then descent to Barranco Camp. After breakfast climb east side of Shira Plateau before approaching Shira and Lemosho routes then cross a barren landscape. After lunch proceed to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 600m, 2,140 feet.
Depart Barranco Camp after morning breakfast to ascend the highest wall to reach Karanga valley before reaching Barafu Camp for Dinner and Overnight. Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks and Rebmann Glacier. Ensure enough rest before another walking during mid night to reach Uhuru Peak.
Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet.
At midnight depart to ascent Uhuru Peak the highest point. The ascent to the crater rim is most challenging part of the entire journey. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
From Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb; however the altitude makes climbing long and tiring. Upon reaching to Uhuru stay for short period before descending down to the Camp Barafu Camp for Morning breakfast before proceeding down to Mweka Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet.
After morning breakfast descend down to Mwika Gate ready to depart to Arusha or Moshi.