Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route 1880 , 9 Days
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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.

Tour Highlights
♦ 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

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Nairobi Airport (transfer from Nairobi to Arusha not included, arranged in advance – 30 $, to be paid on the spot). Transfer to Out Post lodge or Le Jacaranda hotel in Arusha where you will spend a night before the tour begins on the next day.

Day 2.  Machame camp
We start with a transfer to Machame gate, where it will take us about 30 min. to check in at Mechame Gate office. From the gate, we begin our trek following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Camp. Trekking duration: 5-7 hrs; uphill: 1200m 

Day 3. Shira plateau
After breakfast we start from Machame Camp with about 1 hour climb to the forest line and then 2 hours more at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch brake, we continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau and Shir hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. Trekking duration: 7 hrs; uphill: 800m

Day 4. Lava tower - Barranco camp
We start heading east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where we will reach an altitude of 4630m.a.s.l. after about 5 hours hike. After lunch we descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area, situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner. Trekking duration: 5 hrs.

Day 5. Great Barranco wall - Karanga valley
From Barranco Camp, we climb up through the edge of great Barranco Wall. We climb on a tough steep trail, but once we reach the top, we will enjoy spectacular panoramic views. 95 percentage of that day walking will be on elevation of 4250m.  After a short break we head down through the Karanga Valley and campsite where we will spend the night. Trekking duration: 3.5 hrs.

Day 6.
  Acclimatization hikes
Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking.

Day 7.
 Summit day! Uhuru peak - Mweka camp 
 We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the the snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter ascent in just over 3 km will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters, we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters in 12 km in about 4-7 hours to Mweka Camp. Trekking duration: 14 hrs.

Day 8.
Mweka gate - Arusha
Today we descend about 1400 meters through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km in 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate. Our driver will transfer us back to Le Jacaranda Hotel or Out Post lodge.

Day 9. Departure

Transfer to the airport for departure

We offer you to extend your stay in Africa with an unforgettable 5 days Safari trip in the national parks of Tanzania. For more information click here - SAFARI EXTENSION

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.

How to get there:
For flights to Arusha and Nairobi please check KLM Airlines, Ethiopian airlines

We reccommend trip in the period:   January - March and June - September

Necessary equipment:   please see detailed trip dossier

Price Includes:
transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International airport
2 nights hotel accommodation in Arusha (day 1 and day 8) on BB basis
6 nights in tent camps on Full board
camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag)
park entry fees
all mountain fees
English speaking guides
3 porters per each climber
assistant guide for every two climbers
Rescue fees,Tents; Mattresses; table and camping stools
Treated mineral water
Private chemical toilet on the mountain
First aid Kit
Supplementary oxygen cylinders/Hyperbaric bags

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
transfer from Nairobi airport

Additional Services:
single room supplement (day 1,8): 70 euro
rental of equipment: prices on the spot
price for extra porter: 20 EUR per day


Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route (Rated 4.85 / 5 Based on 257 Reviews.)
1880 EUR
9 Days
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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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