Kilimanjaro Trekking Via Machame 6 Days With Boker Adventures

Known as the Whiskey route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its spendor.

For those who only have six 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.

per adult from

$3,247

NZD

Duration

6 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
    • • Pre & Post Trek accommodation.
    • • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services
    • • 4 Season mountain tents
    • • Sleeping Mats
    • • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
    • • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
    • • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
    • • Filtered water throughout the trek
    • • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority
    • • Oxygen machine
    • • Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
    What's excluded :
    • • Flights
    • • Items of a personal nature
    • • Laundry Services
    • • A doctor for the group
    • • Tips to mountain crew
  • Itinerary

    DAY 1
    •Machame Gate to Machame Camp
    •Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    •Distance: 11 km
    •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    •Habitat: Rain Forest

    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.

    DAY 2
    •Machame Camp to Shira Camp
    •Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
    •Distance: 5 km
    •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    •Habitat: Moorland

    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.

    DAY 3
    •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

    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.

    DAY 4

    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

    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.

    DAY 5
    •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

    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.

    DAY 6
    •Mweka Camp to Moshi
    •Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    •Distance: 10 km
    •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    •Habitat: Rain Forest

    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.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • 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.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Boker Adventures

Activity ID: V-119047P5

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