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Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route(7 Days)

The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. 

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME HUT CAMP

Departing from Moshi town, we will take a 45-minute drive to Machame Gate located at 1811/5942ft. When finishing the registration and hot lunch, we will start the walk through the lush rainforest which will take us 4 to 6 hours. Soon when arriving at Machame Hut, you will sign your name in the camp tracking book and spend the first night in nature.

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft

Distance: 11km/6.8mile

Altitude gained: 1210m

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Mountain Forest

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

DAY 2: MACHAME HUT CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

Starting to climb from Shira plateau, our first walk will be a bit steep and the naked heathers at this altitude provide little shade from the heat. The path after lunchtime will be dusty so using gaiters will be a good choice. In spite of all the difficulties this route may bring, by taking it slowly, resting frequently and wholeheartedly enjoying en-route views that encompass Kibo Meru and all points down the foothills of the mountain. The route later will turn west onto a deep river gorge until we arrive at Shira One campsite.

Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft

Distance: 5.3km/3.3mile

Altitude gained: 818m

Walking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP TO BARRANCO CAMP VIA LAVA TOWER

We’ll start early in the morning and trek towards the west of the Southern slopes of Kibo through the dry terrain of the Shira Plateau. The trek will cover 10.75km which will take us to the amazing Barranco Valley. 147m gain might surprise you, you end your day at the almost same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 10.75km/6.7mile

Walking Time: 7-10 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGE UPPER CAMP  

Today we will continue our journey by climbing Breakfast Wall and gaining 220m. Our walk will pass across the ridges and valleys to Karanga Upper Camp (Round Nuts Camp) at 4034m. On reaching Karanga Camp, we will have a hot lunch and optional an acclimatization trek up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice fields. This will increase our chances of reaching the top of Africa Uhuru Peak. You will camp and overnight at Karanga Upper Camp.

Elevation: 3986m/13077ft to 4034m/13,235ft

Distance: 5.1/6mile

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5: KARANGA UPPER CAMP TO BARANFU BASE CAMP

Our day will start by making our way between the boulders and over the sheltered rock and stones, before a short scramble up the cliff that brings us to Baranfu Ridge and camp at 4662m. We will try to get some food and rest as soon as possible then sort your preparations for the next stage before it turns dark.

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft

Distance: 3.4km/2.1mile

Hiking time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Stone scree

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6: BARANFU BASE CAMPS TO UHURU PEAK – DESCENT TO MILLENIUM CAMP

Very early in the morning (midnight up to 2 am), we depart to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head into 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, you will stop for a short rest and the reward will be one of the most magnificent sunrises you have ever seen in your life. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak at 5895m, you reach the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the peak of Africa!

As soon as from Uhuru peak, we begin our descent by continuing straight down to Barafu Camp where we will have maximum 1 hour to rest. We will then continue the trek down to Millenium Camp at 3827m where we will camp and overnight.

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft (Baranfu Camp) up to 5745m/18848ft (Stella Point) up to 55895/19341ft (Uhuru Peak) down to 3827m/12556ft (Millenium Camp)

Duration: 13 – 15 hours

Ascent distance: 4.86km/3mile – Altitude gained: 1233m/0.7mile

Descent distance: 11.5km/7.1mile – Altitude lost: 2789m/1.7mile

Habitat: ice-capped summit

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 7: MWEKA HUT TO MWAKA GATE, BACK TO MOSHI TOWN

We’ll start early in the morning and trek down through the dusty path into the beautiful rainforest that will take us to Mweka Gate. The walk today will take you 5 to 6 hours. At the gate, we’ll have a picnic lunch, songs from your team and certificate presentation before driving to the hotel where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6.2mile

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

 

 

Inclusion Exclusion
  • 2-night accommodation in Moshi town: before the first and the final hiking day
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • High-quality 4-season camping equipment
  • Experienced and professional mountain guides
  • All park fees and rescue fees
  • All large-portioned, nutritious food and purified drinking water on the mountain
  • Guides, porters and cook salaries
  • Pulse Oximeter for daily health check
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Beds (for luxury tours)
  • International Flights & Visa & Insurance
  • Tips to porters and guides (customary and much appreciated)
  • Meals while in Moshi town
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc.
  • Optional Tours (for example, short safaris after your climb or Moshi day tour, etc.)
  • Oxygen tanks (included in luxury tours – can be rented in budget and standard tour)
  • Portable toilets (included in standard & luxury tours – can be rented in budget tours)

Rate per person

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2 people

3 people

4-5 people

6-7 people

Machame  7 days

$1800

$1770

$1730

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