7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb, Machame Route
7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE MOUNT KILIMANJARO HIKING
The so called “Whiskey” Route is the Kilimanjaro longest and more scenic route.
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights (you will stay 7 days on the mountain) 5½ days ascending and 1½ day descending.
Length: 40 km (24 miles) ascending – 22km (13 miles) descending – 62km (37 miles) round trip.
Description: The Machame route is a beautiful route that allows you to experience the southwest and the south side of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepare all your meals. Unlike Marangu route, where you sleep in Huts, on Machame you sleep in tents, which will be pitched by the porters (tents are included). Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame better suited to more adventurous hikers and it also rewards you with better views than the Marangu route.
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi
After you arrive at the airport you will find our team representative who will pick you at the airport, brief you about the hiking requirements, he will also check your hiking gear and transfer you to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2:Moshi – Machame Gate (1,490m) – Machame Camp (2,980m), 18km, 5-7 hours, ↑ 1,210m
After breakfast in the hotel you will be transferred to Machame Gate for entry registration. Your guide and the porters will prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. After registration at the park office, you start your ascend to the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountains often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles and gaiters are useful. Lunch will be served halfway to the camp. You will reach the Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive earlier and will put up your tent before you arrive, while the cook prepares your dinner. The night temperatures can drop to freezing point. Accommodation: Machame Camp
Day 3: Machame Camp (2,980m) – Shira Camp (3,840m), 9km, 4-6 hours, ↑ 860m
After breakfast you climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then two hours through gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will have the opportunity to see Kilimanjaro` Great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Accommodation: Shira Camp
Day 4:Shira Camp (3,950m) – Lava Tower (4,630m), ↑ 680m– Barranco Camp (3,950m), ↓ 680m, 15km, 7 hours
After breakfast you will walk Eastward through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark, called “Lava tower”. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high and the trail passes right below it. After a lunch stop near Lava Towers you descend to Barranco Camp. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike. Barranco is at a good setting for a memorable sunset while waiting for your dinner. Accommodation: Barranco Camp
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950) – Karanga Camp (4,250m) 6km, 3-4h, ↑ 300m
From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Accommodation: Karanga Camp
Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,250m) – Barafu Camp (4,600m) 7km, 3-4 hours, ↑ 350m
On this day you climb the Great Barranco Wall. Topping out just below the Heim Glaciers, you can now appreciate how beautiful the Mount Kilimanjaro really is. The afternoon is for relaxation and acclimatization. Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Note: Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.
Day 7: Summit Day! Barafu Camp (4,00m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m), 7km up, 8hrs up, ↑ 1,295m – Mweka Camp (3,100m) 23km down, 7-8 hrs down, ↓ 680m
After a quick steaming tea / coffee you ascend to the Uhuru Peak. Your 6 hours climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for the most climbers. At Stella Points you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu route. Depending on the season and recent storms you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. After a photo shooting you descend back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and collecting your gear down to Mweka Camp for overnight. Accommodation: Mweka Camp.
The climb starts 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.
Day 8: Mweka Camp (3.100m) – Mweka Gate (1.780m) – Moshi/Arusha
After a well-deserved breakfast you descend to Mweka Gate, where you will be awarded your certificates. From there you will be transferred to Moshi for after trekking briefing and overnight. You will arrive in Moshi around lunchtime. Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Day 9: Moshi/Arusha
According to your flight time, driver will transfer you to the airport to meet your flight, if you have more days please let us know we can plan something to cement your stay in Tanzania like wildlife safari, cultural tours and Zanzibar beach holiday.
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7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb, Machame Route