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Machame Route – 7 Days

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known as “Whiskey” route which means challenging route Climb Kilimanjaro 6 day, Machame the best route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain.

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All about the Machame Route – 7 Days.

known as “Whiskey” route which means challenging route Climb Kilimanjaro 6 day, Machame the best route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain.All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millennium camp the final night on the mountain. bellow is 6 Day Kilimanjaro climb-Macrame route itinerary:

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

All Park entry fees – All Park Camping fees/Hut fees
Pick up from the Airport
Guide/assistant guide/Porters
Overnight at the Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps/Campsites according to the program
Chef/Meals as per the above itinerary
Park commission fees
Transport to and from the gate
Complimentary bottled drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during on safari
1 night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bagsTents

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

International flights & Domestic flight
Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
Tips for staff such as guides/Chef & porters.
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
Climbing gears.

  1. Day 1 Machame Gate

    Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

    One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

    Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

    Approx. time taken: 6 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

  2. Day 2 Machame Camp ─ Shira Camp
    Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
    • Hiking time: 6 hours
    • Distance: About 9 km
    • Habitat: Moorland

    You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast climb an hour or so to the top of the forest. Next there will be a 2 hour gentle uphill gradient through the moorland zone. After lunch and a short rest you would continue to the Shira Plateau. Now you would find yourself in an easterly direction. The stunning glaciers of the Western Breach would mesmerize you.
    Now you are in the West of Kibo and after a short hike you would find yourself in the Shira campsite at 840 meter. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, and then serve dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
    The porters will boil drinking and washing water, and then serve dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

  3. Day 3 Barranco camp
    Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m)
    • Hiking time: 7 hours
    • Distance: About 15 km
    • Habitat: Semi desert

    The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surround ing the “Lava Tower” where you reach an altitude of 4630m after a 5 hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This will be the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point where some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch you descend almost 680m to the Barranco camping. As this camping area is lower than the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, you will experience acclimation benefits. This is a proven method to help climbers adjust to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. The descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which could provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site.

  4. Day 4 Barranco Camp ─ Karanga Valley

    Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi

    Approx. time taken: 5 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.


  5. Day 5 Karanga Camp ─ Barafu Camp
    Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp
    • Hiking time: 4-5 hours

    After breakfast at the Karanga valley camp, you will walk a ridge and enter a cold desert for about 4 hours and then reach the Barafu Hut. Crews will collect water from the last water stop at Karanga Valley in morning, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” as it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents as this is a dangerous area. The summit is now 1345m above you, and you will make the final ascent tonight. Prepare your equipment, ski stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. Make sure and replace the batteries in your headlamp and camera and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing, it would be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed around 7 PM and try to get some good. Try not to sleep more than 5 hours.

  6. Day 6 Barafu Camp ─ Uhuru Peak ─ Mweka Camp

    Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi

    Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  7. Day 7 Mweka Camp ─ Mweka Gate

    Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi

    Approx. time taken: 6 hours

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

    A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration.