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You are invited to trek the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro! Out of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. Get your gear ready and let Siafu Tanzania Safaris organize a wonderful trekking experience for you.
During the trek, you will stay at various camp accommodations, such as:
The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level; an altitude that is aptly categorized in climbing parlance as extreme. As you might have guessed, the body does not cope well at very high altitude, let alone extreme altitude, unless it has had lots of time to acclimatize. Kilimanjaro’s camp profile makes for what is generally considered a very rapid ascent to extreme altitude.
Over the years, new routes and camps have helped lengthen and flatten the ascent profile, and provided additional opportunities to acclimatize, but as far as high altitude trekking goes, Kilimanjaro is definitely one of the highest ascents that can be completed in such a short period of time.
Tano expedition leads the treks up the Machame, a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you will go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies will be carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Machame Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you.
Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the "Whiskey Route," better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views than the Machame route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo's great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show.
The Machame route is normally completed in six days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 meters or 15,190 feet) on day three, then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 meters or 12,960 feet). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. You will leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. You will continue trekking a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp.
After breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route will turn west onto a river gorge. Afterwards, there will be time for rest, dinner, and stay overnight at the Shira campsite.
From the Shira Plateau, you will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, your direction will change to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 feet.
You will continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 feet. You will rest, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight there. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
After breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail, and continue up to the Barafu Hut.
At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. You will make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 02:00), you will continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head in a northwestern direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 feet), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, you will make your descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, and stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
After breakfast, you will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you will continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka to drive you back to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
This trekking safari will take place in Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania, through Machame route.
Daily meals are included in the price. You will be served mainly English food, cooked by a cook who accompanies you throughout the journey.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).