6 Day | Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame Route

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Package Overview


The 6-Day Machame Route offers the best experience to test your willpower, fitness level, and mental strength. The route takes you through the lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam. Kilimanjaro Machame Route will give way to heather and moorland with its many ferns and Erica plants. The varying altitudes on this 6 days tour offer a good environment for acclimatization increasing your chances of reaching the summit. The Machame route joins with the Lemosho route near Lava Tower.

Arrival at the Airport and Pick Up

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International or Arusha airports Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will be waiting and ready to receive you and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. Depending on your time of arrival, you will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town of Arusha. In the evening Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will meet you for a detailed briefing about the 6-Day Machame Route hike.




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Day by Day

Your safari to Kilimanjaro National Park will begin early in the morning soon after breakfast at 7:30 am. Today’s destination will be Machame Camp. It will take 2 hours to drive from Arusha to Machame gate. You will be served with parked lunch before you start your hike. Your adventure of 6 to 7 hours will commence soon after completing all the necessary paperwork at the gate. The ascent from Machame gate will take you through lush rainforest offering you a chance to see black and white colobus monkeys peeking through the leaves. Our destination for day 1 is Machame Camp. On arrival at the Camp, you will rest awaiting dinner in the evening. After dinner Genius Kilimanjaro Climb guides will brief you about the following day’s hike before you retire to your tents for the day.

On day 2 Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will wake you up early in the morning and provide you with warm water to freshen up. You will be served breakfast after which the day’s hike will start aiming to reach the destination in 4 to 5 hours of hiking. The hike will take you to New Shira Camp. You will pass the moor and heath zone reaching New Shira Camp around mid-afternoon. At the Camp, you will have lunch and relax for the remainder of the day. You can enjoy great views of Kibo Peak from New Shira Camp at sunset. Dinner will be served in the evening to allow you time to retire to your tent for the night.

On day 3 you will walk from New Shira Camp to Lava Tower. It is a long and tough trek taking about 5 – 6 hours to complete. The route turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. On arrival at Lava Tower Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will serve you lunch before proceeding for another 2-hour walk to Barranco Camp. This is the most important day on your trek as it gives you a chance to hike high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatization. By the time you arrive at Barranco Camp, our team will have set the tents and prepared the camp for your comfort and rest. You will be served dinner and allowed to retire to your tents for the night.

After spending the night at the Great Barranco Camp you will start your day 4 with breakfast after which you make your way up the Barranco Wall, an awesome-looking obstacle at the elevation of 4200 meters above sea level. The climb will take you about 1 hour to the top of the Wall. It is not as difficult as it seems. At some stages, you will be required to use your hands for a better grip. However, no technical climbing skills are necessary. After reaching Karanga Camp Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will serve you lunch before proceeding with the hike to Barafu Camp. Our team of guides will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. At Barafu Camp, which is the base camp, you will be served dinner and take an early night in readiness for the summit night. Before retiring to rest our team will brief you in detail on how to prepare for the summit.

At around midnight Genius Kilimanjaro Climb will wake you up with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. Your headlamps, and moonlight on a lucky day, will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point at 5,730 metres above sea level, reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak where you can enjoy the sun rising over the roof of Africa. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp. Our team will be waiting for you with some snacks and refreshments. You will rest in your tents before making your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa. Dinner will be served at Mweka Camp after which you will retire for the night.

Day 6 is your last day of this fantastic adventure with Genius Kilimanjaro Climb. The day begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from our team after which you will begin the descent. The descent will take 2 to 3 hours from Mweka Gate at 1,600 meters above sea level. At the gate you will sign out of the park and then have lunch before you are driven back to your hotel for rest and overnight stay

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About Route

6-Day Machame Route

Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro

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6 Day | Kilimanjaro Climbing via Machame Route