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Kilimanjaro Machame Route 7 Days

Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. It is also one of the cheaper routes due to its easy access and shorter itinerary.

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

per adult from

$2,983

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
    • High-Altitude Medical evacuation With Kilimanjaro SAR
    • Emergency Oxygen tanks
    • 2 Nights Accommodations; One before and after the trek in a good hotel
    • Rescue fees in mountain
    • Transfers from Airport and return
    • All meals while on the Mountain
    • Portable personal flash toilet
    • Salaries to the guides, cooks and porters
    • Professional & experienced mountain guides
    • Government Tax
    • Camping gear
    • Hot water for washing every day
    • Clean, purified drinking water
    • Management and safety procedures
    • Water proof tents on climbing, Mess tent, Crew tents and Toilet tents
    • Large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious foods
    • Pulse Oximeter
    • Crisis management and safety procedures
    • Summit Emergency Oxygen
    • All transportation in destination location
    • All Park entrance fee
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • Any Personal Expenses
    • Optional Tours
    • Tanzania Visa on arrival
    • Tips
    • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
    • International flights
    • Personal Climbing gears

  • Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 7 hours

    Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers

    Habitat: Montane forest

    After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue driving 3 kilometers or walk to the Machame Gate (1490m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest.

    During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Machame Camp (2980) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served. For overnight, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Machame campsite, sleeping in tents.

    Day 2: Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m).

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 6 hours

    Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers

    Habitat: Moorland

    After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East.

    Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Shira campsite, sleeping in tents.

    Day 3: Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m).

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 7 hours

    Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

    Habitat: Semi-desert

    Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.

    After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barranco campsite, sleeping in tents.

    Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

    Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers

    Habitat: Alpine desert

    After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Karanga Camp, sleeping in tents.

    Day 5: Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 2-3 hours

    Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers

    Habitat: Alpine desert

    Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barafu campsite, sleeping in tents.

    Day 6: Summit Attempt

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka

    Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent and 23 kilometer descent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

    At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Barafu campsite, sleeping in tents.

    Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

    Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
    Hiking time: 3 hours

    Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

    Habitat: Forest

    Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion.

    Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to your hotel for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: An overnight at your previous hotel.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Arrive in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA – JRO) where by Tupo Travel staff will be holding a Tupo Travel placard who will transfer you to Moshi town, for you to spend the first night at a hotel of your choice. Those who will arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA – NBO) in Kenya, will be picked by Shuttle bus to Moshi.Airports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    • Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport, Nairobi Kenya
    Return Detail :
    -
    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
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Tupo Travel

Activity ID: V-202369P3

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