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6 Days Machame Climbing Route.

Machame Trail (Whiskey) is the most popular route to Kilimanjaro camp. It is a combination of rugged trails that start in the rainforest in the village of Machame on the southwest side of the mountain and in six days climb to the edge of the Shira Plateau, descend into the beautiful Barranco Valley and then circle the Kibo Massif. clockwise through the alpine desert to Ice Camp. From here the journey to the summit is at night to the edge of the crater on the steep slopes of the Mweka road heading east-southeast.

The journey passes through a beautiful landscape, which changes a lot every day. The six-day journey is a physical challenge for many people. The last two days (the trip from Barranco to the Ice and then the night trip to the summit) require a lot of mental and physical strength, due to the high altitude and little time to rest before the night summit attempt. There are no huts on this route; Accommodation is in mountain tents and meals are in our tent restaurants.




After arriving in Kilimanjaro / Arusha city via Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your professional driver from Leon Expeditions Ltd and transferred to the Hotel for rest, dinner and overnight, if time permits a free city tour can be arranged . On this day you will be given climbing information at your hotel and climbing equipment to check to ensure a successful climb. a chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru in the distance.

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE (5 950 feet / 1 815 meters) - MACHAME CAMP (9 850 feet / 3,000 meters)

Leave Arusha/Moshi at approximately 09:00 to Machame gate, approximately 1.5 hours by car. After completing the check-in procedures, you will start walking in the fog on a 4 x 4 track for an hour through the forest. The path ends, and the path continues through a green, flowing forest. Hikers can hear many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many will see black and white monkeys and sykes monkeys as they walk the forest floor. The journey is very long (12 miles / 20 km), but not too steep, and it takes between 5 and 7 hours to reach the first camp. Machame Camp is located just above the forest area, in the heath area. When the weather is clear, the edge of Shira and the peak can be seen.

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAMP (12,600 feet/ 3,840 meters)

Wake up early with a cup of tea or coffee served in your tent, then after breakfast start a brisk walk through the savannah of tall grass and giant heather and erica trees. The clouds should clear to give you a good view of the western landscape and the glaciers atop Liberty Peak. You pass huge rocks as you enter the moorland, with wonderful lobelias and senecio, and volcanic rocks covered with beards of lichen that protect the alpine wildflowers growing at their base. You will reach the camp after descending a small valley, crossing a stream, and then climbing Shira Ridge, after 4-5 hours of trekking.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP - BARRANCO CAMP (12 950 ft/3 950 m)

Continue climbing steep lines in the high desert for about 4 hours, and have lunch at about 14,500 ft (4,420 mt.). After lunch, continue to Lava Tower, a 300-foot-tall crater that marks a 15,000-foot (4,600 m) open passage. In the afternoon we descend on a steep path into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco camp is located on a pass (plain area) surrounded on three sides by the walls of the steep valley and mass of Kibo itself. Hanging plants glisten in the sunlight, amidst a beautiful landscape of plants such as giant ragwort (Senecio Kilimanjaro) and giant lobelia, a unique plant found. Travel time is 6-7 hours.

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP - BARAFU CAMP (15 200 ft/ 4 630 m)

The day begins with a climb up the steep 'Barranco Wall', followed by a 3-4 hour drive with a stop at the Peanut Valley for a hot lunch. In the afternoon, the election is growing rapidly. The temperature is getting colder and the atmosphere is getting colder as we approach the Ice camp. Ice Camp is located on a small flat clearing on the ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will attempt to reach the summit by midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as you can before going to your tent to rest and sleep.

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP - UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./5,895 mt.) ~ MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft./3,110 m)

A hot and steamy drink will arrive early on this memorable day. The midnight wake-up call is the start of the real juggling act (12-17 hours of travel). You start the journey between 12:30 and 1:00 am. Temperatures range from below zero at midnight to -12 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to -10 F. (-23 deg. C) before dawn at the summit. The winding road with its endless turns will take shape in the shadow of the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers at dawn, and behind you, the spiers of Mawenzi will be visible in the red light of the sun under the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will reach the crater rim at Stella Point, at 19,000 feet (5,790 m), which is the end of the steep trail. From here it is a good climb upwards for about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. After a short time at the summit, descend to Ice Camp for a break, then recharge your batteries for the descent back to Mweka Camp for the night.

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE (1,830 m / 6,000 ft.)

Descend directly to the gate (2-3 hours), where you will have lunch and receive climbing certificates. When you arrive at the gate you will have lunch The car will meet us here and take us to the hotel in Arusha / Moshi. Dinner and bottles of Champaign accompanied by a party at your Hotel/Lodge.


Getting off at the airport depends on the flight schedule. You will be picked up from your hotel to the airport  ready to catch your flight to the next destination.


• Mobile phones - carried by the main guide and all assistant guides, for daily communication with our Arusha base. For any emergency
• Linen (with replaceable bedding)
• Complete medical / first aid kit
• Professional mountain guides, all senior guides (at least one per trip) are currently certified by NOLS USA as WFR (Wilderness First Responder).
• A ratio of at least one guide for every three guests, to ensure personal attention.
• Cooks and porters
• Storage fees
• Camp fees
• Emergency rescue costs
• 4-season mountain tents (triple tent used as a double or single tent (extra charge), each tent equipped with a reinforced floor mat that covers both sides of the road, to allow clean and dry storage of equipment and waterproofing, mud or dust from entering the tent.
• Foam camping mat
• Large dining tent without weather, at night the tent is lit by candlelight, this tent is used for breakfast, lunch and dinner if the weather does not permit.
• Aluminum tables and chairs for all meals.
• Three meals a day, we prepare and prepare delicious and exciting meals needed for a long trip in the mountains.
• Snacks
• Tea and coffee
• Mineral water
• Transfer from the hotel to the starting point
• Transfer from the final destination to the hotel


  • Accommodation on arrival and last day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mountain guide tips, recommended 15-20 per group per day
  • Porters 5 - 10$ per porter per group per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal items
  • Personal insurance / travel insurance
  • Personal medicine/first aid kit
  • Personal travel equipment

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