Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route

Climb the roof of Africa! Mount Kilimanjaro, situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain on Earth. Climbed by around 25000 people per year it is one of the worlds most accessible high summits.  Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually every ecosystem on earth - glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle, all of which found on the mountain. The Machame Route, also called the Whiskey Route, is definitely the most popular among climbers who want to take their time, and enjoy sleeping outdoors and watching the sunrise and set over the Great Rift Valley.

Important! We offer 2 options of climbig the roof of Africa: Marangu and Machame route. Machame route is more difficult but better in terms of acclimatization, landscape variety and views. It ascends on the Machame route and descends on Mweka route offering different areas and views every day of the hike. Machame is suited for more adventurous people and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

♦ Tanzania, famous for its wildlife
♦ The Kilimanjaro National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site
♦ The scenic Machame Route

Machame route itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival
Your Kilimanjaro adventure begins with you being met at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to the tour hotel. . Feel free to the make use of the swimming pool or explore the friendly town of Moshi before your trek briefing at the hotel with our mountain guide in the late afternoon.

Day 2. Machame camp
After an early breakfast we will leave Moshi at 9am and drive for approximately 45 minutes to Kilimanjaros Machame Gate, on the southwestern side of the mountain. Your guide will handle your registration before we begin the hike around 10:30am.
Once we start our ascent we immediately enter the rain forest. The trail ahead is often very muddy and slippery, due to heavy rains on this side of the mountain, so good grip footwear, trekking poles and gaiters are recommend even at this early stage! Our cooks will have a welcome lunch ready for us at the halfway point, then we continue through the rain forest and we should reach camp at around 4-5pm. Camp is set up for us ahead of our arrival, giving us time to unpack, relax and socialize around the campfire.Trekking duration: 5-7 hrs; uphill: 1200m

Day 3. Shira plateau
After an early breakfast, we climb to the top of the rain forest and follow a gentle gradient though the moorlands. After lunch we follow a rocky ridge, and as Shira plateau comes into sight, we are welcomed with some spectacular views of the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The path leads us to Shira camp, which is located on moorland meadows next to a cold mountain stream. We should arrive at camp around 2-3pm, and have the rest of the afternoon and early evening to explore the plateau. Please note that this camp is exposed to the elements and at night temperatures can drop to below freezing.Trekking duration:4-6 hrs; uphill: 960m

Day 4. Lava tower - Barranco camp
Todays hike will take us past the Lava Tower at 4600m before descending down to Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3900m. Today is extremely important for acclimatization, and will be the toughest so far. The terrain will change from moorland into semi desert and rocky landscape, which surrounds the Lava Tower. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, and we should arrive at camp around 4pm, giving us time to rest and find a prime position for what is sure to be a memorable sunset.
Today be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness and be sure to make our guides aware of how your feeling, so that they can plan accordingly and make recommendations for the following days hike.Trekking duration:7 hrs.,uphill: 820m.

Day 5. Great Barranco wall - Karanga valley
Over breakfast we take in the enormity which is the great Barranco Breach Wall and consider our next task of climbing it! The climb itself is not as hard as you may anticipate and brings us just below the Heim Glacier. We now head down into the Karanga Valley, where our path entwines with the Umbwe route. We plan to arrive at Karanga camp by mid-day, giving us time to unpack, relax and socialize before dinner. Trekking duration: 4-5 hrs., uphill:200m.

Day 6. Acclimatization hikes
Leaving Karanga camp we have another shortish day but with some steep valleys to negotiate. We have some hard hiking today, especially as your body may well be struggling with the altitude. Our destination is Barafu Camp (Barafu meaning ice in Kiswahili) from where we make our final ascent at midnight. Once at the camp we will have time to walk around the rocky ridge for some spectacular views of Mawenzi peak and Kibo, weather permitting!
We will have the afternoon to prepare our equipment for our final ascent and then an early dinner and early to bed to get some much needed pre-climb rest and sleep.Trekking duration: 4-5 hrs., uphill:470m

Day 7.Summit day! Uhuru peak - Mweka camp
Today is our ascent day! Well wake at 23:30, have a light breakfast and prepare for our journey under a star lit sky. It will be a very cold and steep hike, but everyones spirits will be high! We have around a 6-8 hour hike to the top of Africa. Once at Uhuru Peak, we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. You would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak!
Faster hikers will see an incredible sunrise from the summit, others from Stella Point, just below on the craters edge, but both are sure to be a memorable and breath-taking experience. Once we have all reached the summit, had time for some champion photos, we need to head straight down. We head for Mweka Huts, which will take around 5 hours, after dinner we get some well-deserved sleep!
Please note that we will be doing the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek.
Trekking duration: 13-16 hrs., uphill: 1220m.

Day 8. Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi
After a hearty and well-deserved breakfast, we make our way down to Mweka Gate. We will reach the gate around 2-3pm, and at this point we will receive our Summit Certificates, and say goodbye to our guides, cooks, and porters. Well transfer to your hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebrations!Trekking duration: 3 - 4hrs.

Day 9. Free day
Free day for you to relax after you have achieved this extraordinary feat, for those wishing to explore Moshi township, you have time to do so today, or if you wish you can take an Optional Chaga Village tour. On this tour you will learn about the people of Kilimanjaro The Chaga tribe, you will have a guided tour and learn about their history and culture as well as visiting the local Chaga museum.

Day 10. Departure
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for outbound departure.

Good to know:

Guides: the guides used are highly trained and qualified, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. One chief guide and one assistant guide will be provided to every 2 climbers. In case one of the climbers get sick or unable to continue an assistant guide will help him/her to descent to the lower altitude or even back to the hotel

Terrain and route: with its three volcanic cones, Kilimanjaro is an inactive stratovolcano. The Machame route starts with walking on steep paths through magnificent forests to reach a ridge leading through higher than the tree limit zones to the Shira Plateau. Then the route traverses under the glaciated precipices to the south face of Kibo volcanic cone. The final ascent is made very early in the morning from the Barafu Camp. For the descent we will use the Mweka Route, which is quicker and offers different landscapes.

Luggage transportation: your luggage will be placed in our specially designed waterproof bags carried by your porters, giving it that extra protection if it is wet on the mountain.

Electricity: there is no electricity at the camps inside the parks, but we recommend climbers to bring their batterychargers they can plug in the car; or theirdriver will take them to a nearest lodge to charge batteries.

We reccommend trip in the period:January- Marchand June- September

Price Includes:
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
Full board accommodation whilst on the trek and bed and breakfast basis in Arusha
All park fees to include government taxes
Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain,porters and skilled cook
All services begin and end in Arusha as per the itinerary
Tents and mattress on the trek
Private chemical toilet
Camping stools and table
Boiled water on the trek
First aid kit box.
Supplementary oxygen cylinder
3 porters per climber
1 Head guide and his assistant.

Not Included:
flight tickets
rental of equipment
entry visa for Tanzania (and transit visa for Kenia if arriving at Nairobi)
dinner on day 1
personal expenses
alcohol drinks
medications and toiletries
-Laundry,sleeping bags,beverages/drinks and climbing gears


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This trek is physically demanding. Normally, the treks are 6-8h per day, but some can be longer. Good trekking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in good physical shape. Acclimatization should be considered the most important issue regarding the successfull ascend of mount Kilimanjaro.  

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