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6 Days 5 nights Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route

Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp,Barafu Camp and Mweka Camp

Mountain Safaris in Tanzania

The Machame Route is known as the "Whiskey Route" in comparison to Marangu's "Coca-Cola Route". This is because Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have sleeping huts for accommodation. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain. It is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb and are confident in their ability to hike over extended periods of time on sometimes steep terrain.

Key information

  • Hiking group safari with a min of 2 and max 50 participants
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 15 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English and French included in the price. Other language speaking guides are also available for an extra fee of 50 USD.
  • Park and camping fees included
  • Transfer to and from the mountain included

Highlights

  • Exciting safari adventure
  • Adventurous climb in Machame route
  • Camping equipment and professional guide
  • Park and camping fees included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals and drinks

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 50 participants
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Accommodation

You will be provided with five nights accommodation on this mountain climbing safari adventure. On the first night, you will stay overnight at Machame Camp. On the second night, you will take time to rest and stay for overnight at Shira Camp.

For the third night, take time to relax and sleep at Barranco Camp. For the fourth night, you will be staying at Barafu Camp. Finally, on the last night of this climb, you will be staying overnight at Mweka Camp.

Your accommodation in Arusha before and after your tour is also included in the package.

Program

Day 1 – Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Machame Gate to Machame Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 2 hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest 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. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2 – Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest 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 now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 3 - Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

  • Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. 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.

Day 4 - Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
  • Distance: 9km
  • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We 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. Here we 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.

_Day 5 - Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

  • Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly 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 ft), 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 1-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, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, 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, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep

Day 6 – Mweka Camp to Arusha

  • Mweka Camp to Arusha
  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we 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, a vehicle will meet you and drive you back to the hotel in Arusha.

Location

Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp,Barafu Camp and Mweka Camp

This mountain climbing safari will take place at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. At 19,340 feet (5,895 meters), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The base of the mountain is nearly 50 miles (80 kilometers) long and 25 miles (40 kilometers), and contains three peaks in various stages of erosion. Shira on the west side, Mawenzi on the east, and Kibo in the center. The youngest peak, Kibo, is covered by three large ice fields and is the location of the highest point on Kilimanjaro.

Food

Breakfast or brunch: You can expect anything from omelets to quiches with a variety of salads. Continental breakfast is also typically served with toast, sausage, pastries, charcuterie, cold meat, coffee, and tea. Cereals, fruits, bread, eggs, and cheese are also very common.

Lunch: More often than not, lunches are served picnic style in the middle of your game drive. Sometimes, guides/drivers also take you back to the lodge or camp for a hearty meal before going on an afternoon or sundowner game drive. Food is usually composed of sandwiches and fruits.

Dinner: Prepared at the lodge or camp, dinner is usually served in three courses: soup, mains, and pudding. Butternut soup, vegetable curry, and fruit pudding is a very common combo, but of course, there will be a variety during your stay ranging from meat, fish and pasta dishes served with assorted vegetables and sauces.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

What's included

  • Camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Porters
  • Professional English speaking mountain guides
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Overnight stays in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All fees

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag (you can hire $5 per trip)
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations in Arusha
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request with an additional cost of 50 USD one way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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