Mount Kilimanjaro-Machame Route 7 days Trekking

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 considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous folks and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro's southern ice field before summiting. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended.The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its spendor.

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$3,104

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    What's excluded :

    • Day 1: Machame Huts

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      We depart Moshi or Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site. Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.

      Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft

      Distance: 11 km/7 miles

      Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

      Habitat: Rain Forest

      The drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. We’ll pass through the village of Machame which is situated on the lower slopes of the mountain region. Leaving behind the park gate, we’ll walk through the dense rain forest up the ridges until we reach the Machame Camp.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 2: Shira Camp

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.

      Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft

      Distance: 5 km/3 miles

      Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

      Habitat: Heath

      We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 3: Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

      Distance: 7 km/4 miles

      Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

      Habitat: Alpine Desert

      Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

      Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

      Distance: 3 km/2 miles

      Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

      Habitat: Alpine Desert

      We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Through the Senecio Forest, we descend down to Barranco Camp to an altitudinal level of 13,000 ft. Even if you start and end at the same altitude, it is very beneficial for acclimatization.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 4: Karanga Camp

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

      Distance: 5 km/3 miles

      Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

      Habitat: Alpine Desert

      We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then the climbing of a non-technical but steep 900 ft long cliff begins. As we desend down, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we reach the Karanga Valley. Another steep climb will lead us to Karanga Camp. This will be a shorter day which is meant to acclimatize your body properly.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 5: Barafu Camp

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

      Distance: 4 km/2 miles

      Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

      Habitat: Alpine Desert

      We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. This point marks the completion of the southern circuit. It offers a mesmerizing view of the summit from multiple angles. Here, we’ll be making our camp and rest for the rest of the day and have dinner to prepare for the upcoming summit day. Viewable from this position are two peaks, namely, Mawenzi and Kibo.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 6: Uhuru Peak

      Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 40000 Tanzania
      Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

      Distance: 12 km/7 miles

      Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

      Habitat: Rain Forest

      Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping

      Day 7: Mweka Gate

      Pass By: Arusha Village Experience, Arusha Tanzania
      Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

      Distance: 10 km/6 miles

      Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

      Habitat: Rain Forest

      On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Camping
    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Departure Time :
      8:30 AM
      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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • 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, English - Written

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    15

    Organised by Signature Safari

    Activity ID: V-146205P7

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