7 Days 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.

1. Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Hotel: Bed & Breakfast.

2. 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.

3. Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.
Distance covered : 5km / 3.4mi.
Approx. time taken : 5 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

4. Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.
Distance covered : 10.8km / 6.7mi .
Approx. time taken : 8 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

5. Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

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.
Distance covered : 5.5km / 3.4mi.
Approx. time taken : 5 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

6. Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Distance covered : 3km / 1.9mi.
Approx. time taken : 3 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

7. Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

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 Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Distance covered : 16.4km / 9.6mi.
Approx. time taken : 13 – 15 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Included.

8. Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest 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 Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.
Distance covered : 9.1km / 7.5miles.
Approx. time taken : 3 hours.
Hotel: Bed &Breakfast.

9. Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

PACKAGE PRICES

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS MACHAME ROUTE
Group Size Price per person
1 person 2,090.USD
2-4 person 2,025.USD
5-7 people 1,980.USD
8-10 people 1,920.USD
11+ people 1,865.USD
INCLUDED

– Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
– Private safari guide
– Extended Toyota Land Cruiser
– Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
– Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Moshi.
– All entrance Park fees
– 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
– All meals while on safari.
– One night Hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha.
– Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals

NOT INCLUDED

– Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100
– Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
– Meals not listed above
– Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 540 per person etc)
– Tips and any items of personal nature

 

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7 Days, 6 Nights

$1,865

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