Machame

Route

The Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Known as the “Whiskey Route” because of its steep and challenging ascent, the Machame Route offers hikers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and a variety of ecosystems as they ascend to the summit.

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The Machame Route is known for its breathtaking scenery, diverse ecosystems, and challenging terrain, making it a favorite among experienced hikers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or simply looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

Day 1

Kilimanjaro airport – Arusha city

After arrival and clear custom at Kilimanjaro airport, meet with our smiling driver and guide at the exit door with your name on our sign board. Together will welcome you and assist to load your bags in the vehicle thereafter drive you to your accommodation in Arusha city.

Once in accommodation, driver will help you with check-in process then confirm the next day schedule. (Depend with your arrival time, sales person will meet you for short briefing and your guide will check your climbing gears to ensure everything is in order before trekking. “If not today” briefing will be scheduled next morning before heading to the mountain)

Accommodation: Overnight stay at the hotel on Bed and Breakfast Basis

Day 2

Arusha city > Machame gate > Machame camp

Following an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up from Arusha and transported to Machame Village. Here, you can purchase bottled water and receive a packed lunch before proceeding to the Machame Gate (1490m). Depending on the road conditions, you may either drive or hike the remaining 3 kilometers to the gate. Once you arrive, the porters will organize and pack your gear while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park. Your hike will commence with an ascent into the rainforest, where you can expect rain, fog, and muddy terrain. Along the way, keep an eye out for Colobus monkeys and other wildlife. You’ll pause for a lunch break at the midway point and reach Machame Camp (2980) in the late afternoon or early evening.

Driving distance: 120km/3hrs
Walking distance: 11km/ 5-7hrs
Starting elevation: 1640-2835 meters AML
Nature of trail:  Steep
Vegetation: Rain forest

Day 3

Machame Camp > Shira cave

Following breakfast, we’ll depart from the rainforest and begin our ascent. We’ll traverse a valley and climb a steep, rocky ridge, which is covered in heath. Leaving the forest glades behind, we’ll continue upwards on a path that leads to the Shira Plateau. As we trek through this area, we’ll pass through heather and open moorlands. To reach the Shira 2 Camp, we’ll need to cross a large river gorge before turning west. Upon arriving at the Shira Campsite, we’ll set up our camp and enjoy dinner before settling in for the night.

Walking distance: 5 km

Hiking duration: 4 – 6 hours

Starting elevation: 2835 AMSL

Ending elevation: 3810 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep and rocky

Vegetation: Moorland

 

Day 4

Shira cave – Lava tower - Baranco camp

Our journey from the Shira Plateau continues to the east up a ridge, passing by the junction towards Kibo Peak. After a while, we’ll change direction and head southeast towards the Lava Tower, also known as the “Shark’s Tooth.” Soon after the tower, we’ll come across the second junction that leads up to the Arrow Glacier, situated at an altitude of 16,000ft. Next, we’ll descend to the Barranco Hut, which is located at an elevation of 13,000ft. Here, we’ll take a break, relish in dinner, and spend the night. Although we’ll end the day at the same elevation we started, this day is crucial for acclimatization, and will help prepare our bodies for summit day.

Walking distance: 10 km

Hiking duration: 7 – 9 hours

Starting elevation: 3810 AMSL

Ending elevation: 3976 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep and Challenging

Vegetation: Alpine desert

Day 5

Baranco camp > Karanga camp

Following breakfast, we’ll embark on a challenging hike up the Barranco Wall, a 257-meter rock face that demands basic scrambling skills to ascend to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here, the path features a series of ascents and descents that will take us to the Karanga Camp (3,960 meters), where we’ll spend the night before continuing to the Barafu Camp the following day.

Walking distance: 6.5 kms

Hiking duration: 4 – 5 hours

Starting elevation: 3976 AMSL

Ending elevation: 3995 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep incline and Moderate to difficult

Vegetation: High alpine desert

Day 6

Karanga camp > Barafu Camp

On day five, we have a short and comfortable trek ahead. Starting from Karanga Camp, we’ll merge with the Mweka trail that leads us to the Barafu Base Camp at an altitude of 4,680m. We suggest utilizing this easy hike to unwind and prepare for the final ascent to the summit.

Walking distance: 3.5 km

Hiking duration: 3–4 hours

Starting elevation: 3995 AMSL

Ending elevation: 4673 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep incline and Challenging

Vegetation: High alpine desert

Day 7

Barafu > Summit > Mweka Camp

We’ll start our final ascent to the summit between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, very early in the morning (between midnight to 2:00 am). After reaching Stella Point, located at 18,600 ft, we’ll take a brief rest and witness a spectacular sunrise (depending on weather conditions). From there, it will take around an hour to reach the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Fast-paced hikers will experience the sunrise from the summit. The climb to the summit may include snow, and appropriate gear will be necessary.

Next, we’ll make our descent, heading straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles and gaiters are recommended for navigating the loose gravel during the descent. The Mweka Camp is located in the upper forest, where we’ll have our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved rest.

Walking distance: 4.3 km

Hiking duration: 6 – 8 hours

Starting elevation: 4673 AMSL

Ending elevation: 5895 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep incline and Challenging

Vegetation: Artic climate

Day 7

Mweka Camp > Mweka gate > Arusha / Moshi

After breakfast, we will begin our descent towards the Mweka Park Gate where you will receive your summit certificates. The lower elevations may be muddy and wet, so gaiters and trekking poles are recommended. You can wear shorts and t-shirts, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy.

After reaching the gate, we will hike for another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will be waiting there to take you back to your hotel in Arusha.

Mweka Camp to Arusha.

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft.

 

Walking distance: 9.1 km

Hiking duration: 3 – 4 hours

Starting elevation: 3100 AMSL

Ending elevation: 1640 AMSL

Nature of trail:  Steep downhill

Vegetation: Rainforest

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Package Includes

  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before & after the climb)
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees, and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook, and porters
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, sleeping bag & trekking poles
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • All camping equipment
  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport
  • All Ground Transfers

Package Excludes

  • flights
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Beverages at the hotel
  • Personal gear and equipment (see rental prices)
  • Tips (see recommended tipping guideline)
  • Kilimanjaro search & rescue – air evacuation

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