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9 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE

Overview

known as a whiskey route- is considered to be the most famous routes up Mount Kilimanjaro.  Machame Route is appropriate for more adventurer hikers who wish for a more physical demanding climb throughout. You can choose to complete this route in either six days or seven days but seven days... More

known as a whiskey route- is considered to be the most famous routes up Mount Kilimanjaro.  Machame Route is appropriate for more adventurer hikers who wish for a more physical demanding climb throughout. You can choose to complete this route in either six days or seven days but seven days is recommended for acclimatization. Accommodation style in the mountain is of basic category “a true adventurer style that include sleeping in the campsite”

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Type of Tour: Private tour
  • Style of the Tour: Basic style
  • Destinations Visited: Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Nature of the Tour: Active adventure

Itinerary

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DAY 1: Kilimanjaro airport – Arusha city

Driving distance: 55km/1hr

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.

Once in the accommodation driver will help you with check-in process then confirm the next day schedule.

(Depend on 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 Karama Lodge on Bed and Breakfast Basis

DAY 2. Arusha city – Machame Gate

Driving time: 2hrs
Walking distance: 5-6hrs excluding breaks
Elevation at the gate: 1800meters AML
Destination elevation: 2830meters AML
Nature of trail: step-stairs up
Vegetation cover: Rain forest

After breakfast start drive toward Machame gate. “If are in need” there is an option of passing to a supermarket to buy anything of personal nature like energy bars or snacks?
The lowest zone of the mountain is the settlement zone where you can see different agricultural practices done by the locals while heading up. At the gate your guide will clear registration processes "approximately 1-2 hrs depend with the queue". This is the best time to straitch and to take photos around as we won’t use the same route on descending.

After all formality we provide lunch at the gate thereafter we start our 5hrs trekking in a rain forest zone which makes the first zone of the mountain. Weather is totally unpredicted hence expect some shower on our way.

We continue walking in a step-stairs up while admiring things the forest has to offer like monkeys, birds, beautifully flowers and many species of trees.

Upon arrival at the camp, the team will welcome you and find all sleeping arrangements are ready for overnight stay.

Hot water will be provided in a basin for sponging followed by starter before enjoying the dinner.

DAY 3 Machame camp – Shira 2 cave

Walking distance:5kms 4-5hrs excluding breaks
Starting elevation: 2830meters AML
Destination elevation:3750meters AML
Nature of Trail: steep and narrow slope
Vegetation cover: Moorland

Soon after relaxed breakfast, we proceed on our way up while leaving behind the rain forest to moorland. It is a short day but quite steep and dust path whereby we expect to arrive to the camp for hot lunch and having sometime for Knapp before conducting the evening walk to admire sights such as the so-called Shira Cathedral, Klute Peak and Mount Meru around the cave.

The nature walk is suitable for acclimatization and enhancing smooth digestion system. After walking, there will be team introduction where we come to know each other in the crew together with enjoying Kilimanjaro songs performed by the team.

At around 1800hrs we enjoy coffee, tea popcorns followed by dinner.

DAY 4: Shira 2 cave – Barancco Campsite

Walking distance:10kms: 6-7hrs excluding breaks
Starting Elevation: 3750meters AML through 4600meters at Lava Tower
Destination elevation: 3900meters AML
Nature of trail: gentle walking to Lava Tower then steep-scree down to Barranco campsite.
Nature of weather: Moorland to Alpine desert

We become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast as we aim to leave the camp at 08.30. Today’s trek is longer than yesterday though our overall gain in height is modest.

It is the day where many start to feel the mountain by getting several mountain sicknesses like headache due to altitude. “But” the best medicine is to walk slowly and drink much water.

We plan to arrive at Lava Tower in the afternoon to enjoy our picnic lunch and having sometime for acclimatization later we descend down to the Barranco Camp.

Once at camp, should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00

Day 5: Barranco campsite – Karanga Campsite

Walking distance: 6kms 4 hrs excluding breaks
Starting elevation: 3900meters AML
Destination elevation: 3995meters AML
Nature of trail: steep up to the top of Barranco wall and down to Karanga valley campsite.
Nature of weather: Alpine desert

Our breakfast starts at 0730hrs then proceed with our trek toward Karanga campsite as our destination. At the beginning, we encounter the hardest part as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!).

At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. The rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley.

We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp. “This is the day intended for acclimatization”

DAY 6: Karanga Campsites – Barafu Campsite

Walking distance: 4kms3.5 – 4hrs excluding breaks
Starting elevation: 3995meters AML
Destination elevation: 4673meters AML
Nature of trail: Gentle slope 2.5 hr and steep slope 1 hr
Nature of weather: Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connect with the Mweka Trail then continue up to the Barafu campsite. At this point, you would have completed the South Circuit, which offers stunning views of the summit from various angles.
This is our base camp where final arrangements for summing night are made. Everything is early at this campsite as we arrive early for hot lunch; we enjoy our dinner early, having a Knapp early and wake up early going to the summit.

The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Before dinner your guide will brief you on what to wear and what to carry when going the summit.
Dinner and overnight at Barafu Campsite

DAY 7: Barafu Campsite – Uhuru peak – Mweka Hut

Walking distance: 17km 14-15hrs
Elevation: 4673m AML – 5895m AML then 3100m AML at Mweka hut.

Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure.

The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu camp where we take a steep and zigzag switch back up to Stella Point at 5756metres about 7hrs walk.

At Stella point we take our time for short rest and enjoying the sunrise if weather allow. From there it is another 45 minutes’ walk to the summit while taking a gradual walk.

Our goal is to reach the summit by around 0700-0730hrs then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After the summit, we return to Barafu, about 3hrs for breakfast rest and hot lunch then we keep on descending to Mweka Camp (3100 metres 4hrs walk) for our last dinner and overnight in the mountain. Mweka hut is situated in the rain forest which offer more fresh air for the body to recover from been staying in the less oxygen zone.

DAY 8: Mweka hut – Mweka gate

Walking distance: 3hrs excluding breaks
Elevation at the gate: 1650meters AML
Vegetation cover: Rain forest.

While keeping on celebrating your achievement, after breakfast we continue descending down to the Mweka Gate to receive summit certificate and check out from the park.

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy but gaiters and trekking poles will help. It is also best to keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Lunch will be provided at the gate where is also recommended time to reward/tip your crew.

From there we find our vehicle ready to pick and drive you back to your accommodation for strong shower and refreshment.

Overnight stray at Karama Lodge on Bed and Breakfast

DAY 9: Arusha city – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Relaxed night and breakfast followed by check out from your lodge mostly scheduled at 10:00hrs ready for transfer back to the airport.

If you need a day room, please let us know in advance so we can tell you the cost and book on behalf. If not, you are free to use the public areas until the time for your pick up to the airport.

If you have booked to extend to safari, salesperson and your driver guide will meet you for safari briefing.

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Included/Excluded

  • 1- Arrival and 1- departure airport transfer
  • Dedicated Mountain crew (professional English speaking guide, potters and chef)
  • Park entry fees, camping fee, and rescue fee
  • All Meals as per itinerary
  • Government taxes 18% VAT (Value added tax)
  • 3-ltrs treated water per person per day during trekking.
  • Accommodation in Arusha on arrival and after trekking as per the itinerary
  • 2-ways Transfer to/from Arusha
  • Any changes which attract extra charge
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal mountain equipment’s
  • Mobile toilet
  • Visa ($100 for USA citizen and $50 for other nationalities)
  • Tip for mountain crew and in the accommodation
  • Things of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Sleeping bag
  • Oxygen tank
  • Drinks in the accommodations
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