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  • Machame offers the best route for acclimatization
  • Fantastic views of natural scenery and snow-capped peaks
  • Ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on African continent
  • Higher probability of making it to the summit
For those who only have 6 days to climb Kilimanjaro, the 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 kickstarts 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.

The 6-day Machame route offers a unique experience to test your physical fitness and mental prowess. However, our professional crew will be there to help you have a smooth climb and a great adventure. The route takes you through thick forests, where colobus monkeys and other animals can be spotted, into heath and moorland, until you reach the snowy caps of the summit.

From your hotel in Moshi, you will be driven to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park gate, where the trek begins. Overnights on the Machame route will be in tents.
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
Fast and friendly service!
Matthias At
5 - Excellent
“Amos was our main contact and he was always quick to respond with any information that we needed as well as being very accommodating to our needs. The guides for the trek were also great, helping us along every step of the way. Would definitely recommend Migration for any of their offered trips or even for organising a custom itinerary!”
EXCELLENT SERVICE
Tina Emmanuel From Tanzania At
5 - Excellent
“My experience with Migration Venture Africa was nothing but positive. I planned a 7 day Kilimanjaro trip with a friend. They were great with communication via email and setting things up even before I arrived. Everyone that works for the company was very kind and helpful to us. Migration Venture Africa gave a very personal and reliable service that you can't find with the larger companies. They are also one of the only companies based out of the small town of Moshi rather than Arusha and all of their workers are locally hired. The company itself is also locally owned, which is not always the case with the bigger companies. Prior to our trek, we met with our mountain guides to do a precheck for gear and to talk about what to expect. We were picked up at our hotel by the guides and our porters, where we all went together to the mountain gate. The gear provided was sleeping bags (the NorthFace), sleeping pads, a tent, and a dining tent with table, chairs etc. Higher on the mountain they also provided hot water bottles for our sleeping bags to keep warm. The meals during the trek were great, with hot meals in the morning and night and a box lunch for a mid-day meal. There was always more than enough food and the variety of food was great too. All food was safely prepared and no one on our trek was ever ill from food or water. The guides were very attentive to our needs. Our entire group made it to the summit and back down with no troubles. We even made it to the top in time for the sunrise, which was amazing. If you are looking for a company that cares about you and not just money, then I would recommend MIGRATION VENTURE AFRICA LTD.”
Climbing to the roof of Africa with the support of a dedicated company
Emma From Kenya At
5 - Excellent
“Climbing Kilimanjaro was always going to be an exceptional experience, and it certainly lived up to that. The climb itself was challenging but incredibly rewarding - the support team were dedicated, friendly and professional, ensuring that I had everything I required to succeed.
I was recommended Migration and Kili Expedition through a Tanzanian friend, and was blown away by the level of support given by Amos (the director) outside of the actual climb - personally helping me with my onward travel arrangements and other logistical requirements. It really was like being with a close friend and I thank him for that. It made my overall experience in Moshi and the surrounding area something truly memorable.”
7 hours Camping
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 Gate to Machame Camp •Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft •Distance: 11 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Camping
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.
•Machame Camp to Shira Camp
•Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Moorland
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 hours Camping
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." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction
which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to
the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very
important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
•Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8 hours Camping
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco 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.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
•Distance: 9km
•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14 hours Camping
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 (18,600 ft), 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 they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, 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.
•Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 hours Camping
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).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at
Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
•Mweka Camp to Moshi
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
what’s included
  • Full briefing before the trek
  • All park and camping fees
  • Camping equipment (sleeping tents, mess tents, chairs & tables)
  • Rescue fees
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • Water
  • Salaries (guide, cooks, porters)
  • Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew
  • Lunch box for the first day
  • Administration fees
  • Certificates of achievement
  • Two-way airport transfer
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Additional personal equipment
  • Gratuities (15-20% of the total cost)
  • Additional activities after the climb - e.g. safari, waterfall visit, massage etc.
  • With regards to gratuities, as the company we recommend 15-20% of the total cost for your Mountain climbing Expedition
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Group Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 10 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5895 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Moshi, Tanzania
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