7 Days Machame Route

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb

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The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb.

Overview

In contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accomodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is most often tackled over seven days (six nights), for a better altitude acclimatization schedule.

The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your 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. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi Approx. time taken: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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.

Day 4: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi Approx. time taken: 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

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.

Day 6: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest. Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 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.

Day 8: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

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 Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome hot shower.

Day 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 gifts shop before heading to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast Included

*Safari ,Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

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Choose the PRICE that suits you best

Budget Camping Safari
10 People +
$230/person
  • 1 person $ 400
  • 2- 4 people $ 300/person
  • 5- 9 people $ 250/person
Luxury Tented Camp & Lodge Safari
10 People +
$430/Person
  • 1 person $ 650
  • 2- 4 people $ 500/person
  • 5- 9 people $ 450/person

Package Includes

• Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi. • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi. • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate • Park entry fees, • Camping fees • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees • 18% VAT on tour fees & services • 4 Season mountain tents • Double layered Sleeping Mats • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek • Hot water for washing • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) • Government taxes • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter • Emergency first-aid kit

Package Excludes

– Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb. – Travel insurance – Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 150 for the entire trek. – Flights – Laundry (Available at hotel) – Personal items and toiletries – Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.

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