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Machame Route 6 days private climb
Private Trekking Tour

Machame Route – 6 Day Climb

6 day climb + 1 day pre & 1 day post from 2.110 USD (based on >6 persons)

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Machame Route – 6 Day Private Trekking Tour + 2 Days Hotel Stay

A physically slightly more demanding route with a variety of scenery. The 6 day private Machame Route climb is steeper and daily sections are longer than other routes, but it offers a good acclimatisation profile. This is our most popular route. Accommodation is in tents. Climbs can be booked to depart on any day of the week.

 

You can add an additional acclimatisation day to this route and extend the climb by one day. If you’d like to do a 7 day Machame climb, just mention it when you enquire with us!

Tent camping

Camping in Mountain Tents

Accommodation style

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from 2.110 USD (based on >6 pers.)

Starting price per person

travellers

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Any day of your choice

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Highlights

Day 1-8 | Tanzania

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

Experienced Guides

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

With your friends and family only

Private Tour

With your friends and family only

With stunning views

Scenic Campsites

With stunning views

Several hours across different terrain

Daily Hikes

Several hours across different terrain

With views of Mt Meru

Beautiful Scenery

With views of Mt Meru

Along Machame Route in good weather conditions.

Views of Kibo

Along Machame Route in good weather conditions.

Who Should Go

If you are looking for a classic Kilimanjaro experience with your friends and family only, consider this 6 day private climb along the Machame Route. As nature lover you will appreciate the beautiful and diverse landscapes and scenic campsites. Bring an adventurous spirit as you will be sleeping in mountain tents. You should be moderately fit to enjoy the daily hikes along some steeper sections.

Adventurers

Adventurers

active travellers

Active Travellers

nature lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Early birds

Early Birds

“We climbed the Kilimanjaro! And only by doing, we saw at firsthand what and adventure this is, and what a huge responsibility for the organizing company! In this respect, Tanzania Experience did a great job. We had a wonderful, amazing week, climbing the mountain over the Machame route. Tanzania-Experience gives great value for money and showed itself very organised, very kind and very willing to service.”
Peter Jan | Netherlands

Accommodation

5 campsites & 1 hotel over 8 days/7 nights
Meru View Lodge
Day 1 & 7
Arusha Area
Meru View Lodge
1 night half-board before and after your climb
Day 1 & 7
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Mountain Tents
With mattresses
Chairs table mess tent
Mess Tent
For all meals
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Private Toilets
Portable seated toilets with tent
Washing on Kilimanjaro
Washing
Warm water for personal hygiene
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Tour Itinerary

Private trekking tour

The slightly more demanding 6 day private Machame Route is regarded as one of the most beautiful and rewarding routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. This route, with its steep passages and higher altitudes, offers you occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rainforest, moorland and alpine desert. The nights will be spent in tents.

Kilimanjaro Machame Route 6 days map

Start Arusha

End Arusha

Meru View Lodge pre night

Day 1 | Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Meru View Lodge in Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the lodge or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Dinner
View of Kilimanjaro

Day 2 | Arusha – Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

Altitude ↑1220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Arusha – Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

Altitude ↑1220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the entrance gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination: the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line. Here, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hiking on 6 day Machame Route Kilimanjaro

Day 3 | Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)

Altitude ↑835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours

Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)

Altitude ↑835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours

After an early morning start, the path steepens. The landscape changes into heath and moorland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Barranco Camp on Machame Route

Day 4 | New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Altitude ↑795m|↓680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Altitude ↑795m|↓680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Today you will climb about 800 metres, but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4500 metres will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain: the Barranco Camp.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hike to Barafu Camp

Day 5 | Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Altitude ↑680m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Altitude ↑680m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

Today’s stretch starts with the climb of the Barranco Wall. Safety is paramount, and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp. Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunrise near Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro

Day 6 | Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Altitude ↑1255m|↓2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Altitude ↑1255m|↓2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

After a cup of hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point (5730m), the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak. Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360 degree view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you should arrive at Barafu Camp where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp where supper and a well-earned rest await you.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Private climb Kilimanjaro

Day 7 | Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Meru View Lodge and after a hot shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.

Breakfast Dinner
Flowers on Kilimanjaro

Day 8 | Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari or relax at the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast

Included

  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • 7 nights‘ stay in lodges and mountain tents
  • camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • portable toilet and toilet tent
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • all national park fees
  • all mentioned transfers

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • sleeping bag (can be rented at extra cost)
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

Upcoming Departures

Season 1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers. >6 pers. Language
01.01.2024-
31.12.2024
3.290 USD 2.630 USD 2.390 USD 2.170 USD 2.130 USD 2.110 USD English

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