Kilimanjaro Machame Route.

This is the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are ported and a cook will prepare all of your meals. The Machame route offers strictly tent camping. For this reason the Machame route (also referred to as the “Whiskey route”) is better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker. This is a more scenic route than Marangu. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty protrusions of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over 7 days. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days, but some chose to take 7 days. There is an added benefit to taking an extra day, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimation. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to successful acclimation.

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • • All airport Transfers in a private car •
    • All entry and park fees •
    • Rescue fee •
    • Full board accommodation during the trekking •
    • • All camping equipment during trekking.
    • We strongly recommend you to come with your own sleeping bags •
    • 2 nights’ accommodation in Arusha after safari and Mountain Climbing on bed and breakfast basis •
    • Professional Mountain guides, Chef and crew of porters to carry your luggage’s •
    • Packed Lunches
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Both local and international flights •
    • All items of personal nature •
    • Soft and alcoholic drinks at the hotel •
    • Visa and passports
    • Tipping And other not shown in the program

  • Day 1: Arusha-Machame Gate.

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 18 km Habitat: Montane forest Your day starts early with a briefing from the tour organizer and the guides followed by 70-minute drive from Your Hotel in Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 1 km walk will take about 30minutes to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very foggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at this Machame campsite. Be prepared for this.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Machame Campsite.

    Day 2: Machame Camp-Shira Camp.

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 9 km Habitat: Moorland You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast climb an hour or so to the top of the forest. Next, there will be a 2-hour gentle uphill gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction. This will be a view of the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike, you will reach the Shira campsite at 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water and then serve dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Shira Campsite

    Day 3: Shira Camp-Lava Tower-Barranco Camp.

    Stop At: Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region
    Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 15 km Habitat: Semi-desert route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding the “Lava Tower” where you reach an altitude of 4630m after a 5-hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This will be the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point where some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch, you descend almost 680m to the Barranco camping. As this camping area is lower than the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, you will experience acclimation benefits. This is a proven method to help climbers adjust to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. The descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which could provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Campsite.
    Duration: 7 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Barranco Campsite

    Day 4: Barranco Camp-Karanga Valley.

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 4-5 hours Distance: About13 km Habitat: Alpine desert after spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you will proceed to make your way up this awesome looking obstacle. Hikers find that in the end this normally turns out easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley crossing the last water point over intervening ridges and valleys and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so take note. We will finish with dinner and an overnight Karanga Valley Camp.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Karanga Valley Campsite

    Day 5: Karanga Valley-Barafu Camp.

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 4-5 hours After breakfast at the Karanga valley camp, you will walk a ridge and enter a cold desert for about 4 hours and then reach the Barafu Hut. Crews will collect water from the last water stop at Karanga Valley in morning, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” as it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents as this is a dangerous area. The summit is now 1345m above you, and you will make the final ascent tonight. Prepare your equipment, ski stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. Make sure and replace the batteries in your headlamp and camera and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing, it would be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed around 7 PM and try to get some good. Try not to sleep more than 5 hours
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Barafu Campsite

    Day 6: Barafu Camp-Uhuru Camp-Down Mweka Camp

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m) Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak – 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka camp Distance: About 7 km ascent – 23 km descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit You will rise around 11:30 PM and have some hot tea and biscuits before you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trip. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you will witness in your lifetime (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow to Uhuru Peak (2 hour ascent). The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit will take about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest. You will then collect the rest of your gear before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). This route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared. Drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate, and beer is available from the camp office if you so desire. Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp
    Duration: 8 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Mweka Camp

    Day 7: Mweka Camp-Mweka Gate-Arusha/Moshi

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 3 hours After Hot breakfast from in Mweka Campsite you will start walking slowly towards the mountain gate the walk takes about 3hours to get to the Mweka main gate where our driver will pick you and transfer you to the Hotel in Arusha. Dinner and overnight at Royal City Lodge in Arusha.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Royal City Lodge Arusha.
  • Departure Point :
    1: Bondeni Street, Bondeni St, Arusha, Tanzania
    2: Arusha Bus Stand, Arusha, Tanzania
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 3/13/2020 - 11/4/2021
    Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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