Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, East Africa, is the highest mountain in Africa with an elevation of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters). It is the largest free-standing mountain in the world and is one of the seven summits.
Its snow-capped peak towers above the surrounding Savannah’s and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park, which is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna. While it is a dormant volcano, it still serves as an important source of inspiration for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Why choose us?
As the Kilimanjaro is world's largest free standing mountain, It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro from all the sides. There are seven established Mount Kilimanjaro routes which lead to the summit, Uhuru Peak, one of which starts on the Northern side of the mountain and the rest on the Southern side. The Routes are, Northern Circuit Route, Lemosho Route, Shira Route, Machame Route (“Whiskey” Route), Rongai Route, Marangu Route (“Coca-Cola” Route), Umbwe Route. If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain.
All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millennium camp the final night on the mountain.
Kilimanjaro Itinarery 6 Day Machame Route
Arrival and Pickup from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
After arrival at the Airport our guide will transfer you to the Hotel which is found on the foothill of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After check in, you will have tour briefing and equipment check. If we found any missing equipment, we will take you to a store where you rent the missing gears. Spend your evening by exploring the surroundings.
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations 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.
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.
Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
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” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.
Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp - The D Day
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Tour vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).
Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
End of the Tour
Thank you very much for choosing us to make your life time adventure together, the driver will transfer you to the airport to met your flight OR if you have more days don’t hesitate to contact us so we can plan something for you.
Highlights of Machame Route
The Rain forest
The lowlands and rainforest stretch from approximately 2,600 feet in elevation to 9,200 feet, and the area remains vibrant, warm and humid year-round.
Elephant Trunk Flower
The impatiens kilimanjari is a deep red flower only found in the rainforests of Mount Kilimanjaro
The Lava Tower
The Lava Tower was formed over 1,50,000 years ago, as a result of volcanic activity, when mount Kilimanjaro was still a triple volcano.
You will find an assortment of truly unusual vegetation here. The Zone is distinguished by heath like vegetation and tarrain filled with wold flower.
The Alpine Desert
The alpine (or highland) desert zone is very inhospitable, with the blazing sun in the day and sub-zero temperatures at night. And almost no rain.
Something like a cross between a burned-up cactus and a pineapple, these alien-looking plants can only be found on Kilimanjaro, and only above 14,000ish feet.
You will also have the beautiful Furtwangler Glacier at the top of Kilimanjaro. The glacier is a remnant of the ice cap that covered the entire mountaintop a century ago.
Crater and the Ash Pit
The Ash Pit , a powerful sight that speaks to Kilimanjaro’s volcanic history. Confident climbers can undertake a two to three-hour round trip to the Ash Pit .
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
2 Nights accommodation
Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
All Park fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
Clean, purified drinking water:
Crisis management and safety procedures:
Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
"What not included"
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above (During Hotel Stay)
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa:
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
60 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
30 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 30days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.