Kilimanjaro - Machame Route: 8 days
Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route: Tanzania
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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route: 8 days
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.
The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Because of the ascent in the west and descent down the north, Machame offers great vistas of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.
Machame 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. Climbers using Machame place a premium of varied scenery, but also accept heavy traffic.
Machame Camp (9,850 ft./ 3,000 mt.)
Shira Camp (12,600 ft./ 3,840 mt.)
Barranco Camp (12,950 ft./ 3,950 mt.)
Karanga Valley Camp (4000m)
Barafu Camp (15,200 ft./ 4,630 mt.)
UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./5,895 mt.) ~ Mweka Camp (9,840 ft./3,110 mt.)
Machame Route Itinerary, Info & Prices
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport.
We’ll meet for an introductory briefing upon our arrival in Arusha, before transferring to the Oasis Lodge for the evening.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro Climb – Arusha to Machame Camp.
At 7:30 a.m., we’ll transfer to the Machame Park Gate (5,950 ft./ 1,815 mt.). After registering with the park authority, we’ll begin our climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots and mud on the forest floor.
We’ll continue on to some heath land before reaching our overnight camp at Machame Camp (9,850 feet, 6-7 hours of walking), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, thus not steep.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Camp to Shira Camp.
Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heath land and alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. We begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. We’ll overnight at Shira Camp (12,600 feet, 5-6 hours of walking).
Kilimanjaro lava tower Day 4: Kilimanjaro Climb – Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
We’ll draw nearer the peak as we get closer to the Lava Tower. The trek becomes a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens on the approach to the lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet.
In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia.Then we slowly ascent to our overnight stop at Barranco Camp (12,950 feet, 5-6 hours of walking). This day and the following day will be your acclimatisation day.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro Climb – Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking until we reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours of walking).
Day 6: Kilimanjaro Climb – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp
We’ll trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a
small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking).
Day 7: Kilimanjaro Climb – Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek(12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of – and the reward for – 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent).
Day 8: Kilimanjaro Climb – Mweka Camp to Park Gate, transfer to Arusha
We’ll make our final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll drive to Arusha.
One may choose 6days/5nights on Kilimanjaro, without an extra day for acclimatization at Karranga Valley.
Kilimanjaro Tanzania – best time to climb, precautions, checklist, medicine, tips
See trip report from Nelson Chenkin
find here a list of equipment that we can rent:
Prices in USD
$ per person
Price for 2 clients
$ per person
Daily Departure from Arusha or Moshi
2 – 6 persons +
This Climb: Inclusions and Exclusions
all meals during the Climb
1 night hotel accommodation
transfers to and from hotel in Arusha
mountain tent accommodation,
climb and park fees, porters,
English speaking, professional guide,
AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance
International airfare & flights
All items of a personal nature
Tips to guides and porters
Airport departure tax
Visa and Passport fees
Laundry services while out of camp
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in Camps & lodges
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