Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit

What's Included?

• Private transport to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accomodation.
• Transportation to / from Kilimanjaro gate.
• Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees.
• 18% VAT on tour fees and services.
• Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes.
• Park entry fees.
• Camping fees.
• 3 season mountain tents.
• Double layered sleeping mats.
• Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters.
• 3 hot meals daily and while on the mountain
• Enough treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
• Hot water for washing.
• Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO).
• Government Taxes
• Emergency First-Aid Kit.

Duration

7 days

Destination Covered

Mount Kilimanjaro

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1:
Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet
At 8am, leave Moshi for Machame Gate, where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks that will
spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. Once you arrive, wait at the
gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.
Your first day's destination is Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp
in time for your arrival. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro's cloud forest.
The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and
wildflowers. If the weather is clear, view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.

Day 2:
Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) Elevation Gain: 840 meters, 2,760 feet
Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today's trek includes several uphill sections.
Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you
can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation.
The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii.
After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp,
where you will relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.

Day 3:
Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have
climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for
acclimatization. After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes.
Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day
before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out
of the mountainside.
Barranco Camp, set among stands of Senecio kilimanjari, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.

Day 4:
Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet Distance: 7 Kilometers
Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall.
This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the
top make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley.
We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.

Day 5:
Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet Distance: 6 kilometers
After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that
connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.
Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.

Day 6:
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Distance: 18 kilometers
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp.
The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and
tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning
the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

Day 7:
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft) Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing
through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at
the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to your hotel in Moshi,
where it is definitely time for celebration!
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