MACHAME ROUTE


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Machame, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. Climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites, and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Staff prepares all meals and sets up the tents.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield.

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi, Tanzania

Kili Treks stuff member will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport upon arrival and transfer you to your lodge.Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge. 

Day 2
Relax, sort gear and Cultural tour or hiking in Arusha National Park

After a comprehensive climb briefing with your guide, come along for cultural tour or spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park. During your cultural your will visit stunning waterfalls, chagga blacksmiths and market. You will return to you lodge in the afternoon for the cosy rest ready for the next day. In the evening we will all gather at local place for to try local food.

Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge 

Day 3
Start Trek to Machame Camp

After a hearty breakfast you’ll head to Machame gate. After administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the walk to Machame camp.  The walk is at a leisurely pace through natural 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 forest floor. Savour a hot dinner.

Overnight: Machame Camp (10,000FT / 2,980M)
Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Day 4
Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp

Wake up early to a steaming cup of tea of coffee served in your tent, and then after breakfast, begin trekking up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant Heath and Erica. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the breach wall which mark the summit; Uhuru Peak.

Overnight: Shira cave Camp (12,850FT / 3,890M)
Trekking time: 4 – 5 hours

Day 5
Shira Cave Camp to Barranco Camp (Acclimatization day)

After breakfast proceed steadily upward over long ridgelines of high desert about 3 hours, and break for lunch at about 15,200 feet (4,600 M) as well as for acclimatization. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (12,960FT. / 3930M)
Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 6
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Trek to Barafu Camp starting on “Breakfast wall” via Karanga Camp. The trail traversing up and down the slopes and valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left.  We will reach the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch, then proceed to Barafu camp. Barafu campis set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt tonight.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,180FT / 4,600M)
Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 7
Barafu camp to Uhuru Peak / High (Millennium) Camp.

Dress up for a cold weather and pack very basic items in your pack that you will need on this particular day. After breakfast start trekking “pole pole” uphill on scree and rocks path to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point, at 18,900ft (5,795M) on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. It takes about 45min to Uhuru Peak from Stella point on a less steep uphill. The trek to Uhuru peak from Stella point involves lots of sightseeing; huge glaciers on the left and deep smooth crater on your right. After great momentous at the summit descend down back to Barafu. Then to Millennium Camp

Overnight: Millennium camp (12,500FT. /3,810M)
Trekking time: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak 6-8 hours / 4-5 hours to Millennium camp

Days 8
Complete Trek / Returning home or continue with adventure

After a restful night’s sleep and after a heartily breakfast you will start to descend to the Mweka gate. Together, the crew sing local songs describing the folk lore around their Mystical Mountain and spiritual homeland. Reluctantly we say our goodbyes and board our vehicles that transport us to the airport for departure. This will be end of journey for those catching flight home. For those staying for safari or Zanzibar your vehicle will take you to the hotel where a shower and a real bed wait!

Overnight / Day Room: Kaliwa Lodge

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

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Days 1
Arrive Moshi, Tanzania
Kili Treks stuff member will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport upon arrival and transfer you to your lodge.Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge. 

Day 2
Relax, sort gear and Cultural tour or hiking in Arusha National Park

After a comprehensive climb briefing with your guide, come along for cultural tour or spend a full day exploring Arusha National Park. During your cultural your will visit stunning waterfalls, chagga blacksmiths and market. You will return to you lodge in the afternoon for the cosy rest ready for the next day. In the evening we will all gather at local place for to try local food.

Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge 

Day 3
Start Trek to Machame Camp

After a hearty breakfast you’ll head to Machame gate. After administrative formalities and meeting with porters and guides, begin the walk to Machame camp.  The walk is at a leisurely pace through natural 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 forest floor. Savour a hot dinner.

Overnight: Machame Camp (10,000FT / 2,980M)
Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Day 4
Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp

Wake up early to a steaming cup of tea of coffee served in your tent, and after breakfast, begin trekking up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant Heath and Erica. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the breach wall which mark the summit; Uhuru Peak.

Overnight: Shira cave Camp (12,850FT / 3,890M)
Trekking time: 4 – 5 hours

Day 5
Shira Cave Camp to Barranco Camp (Acclimatization day)

After breakfast proceed steadily upward over long ridgelines of high desert about 3 hours, and break for lunch at about 15,200 feet (4,600 M) as well as for acclimatization. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (12,960FT. / 3930M)
Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 6
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Acclimatization day)

Acclimatization is very important and that’s why we decided to add another option. The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Breakfast Wall’, then traversing up and down the slopes and valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left. The day ends when reach Karanga camp for a hot lunch with fellow trekkers.

Overnight: Karanga camp (13,100FT / 3,970M)
Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Day 7
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. Temperatures decline and landscapes grow sparse as you hike a steady incline to Barafu Camp.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,200FT / 4,600M)

Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Day 8
Barafu camp to Uhuru Peak / High (millennium) Camp.

A short day takes us to Barafu Camp whichis set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt tonight.

Overnight: Millennium camp (12,500FT. /3,810M)
Trekking time: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak 6-8 hours / 4-5 hours to Millennium camp

Days 9
Complete Trek / Returning home or continue with adventure

After a restful night’s sleep and after a heartily breakfast you will start to descend to the Mweka gate. Together, the crew sing local songs describing the folk lore around their Mystical Mountain and spiritual homeland. Reluctantly we say our goodbyes and board our vehicles that transport us to the airport for departure. This will be end of journey for those catching flight home. For those staying for safari or Zanzibar your vehicle will take you to the hotel where a shower and a real bed wait!

Overnight / Day Room: Kaliwa Lodge

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

The LodgeKaliwa Lodge

Based at about 4300 feet above sea level. The lodge blends the simplistic elegance with perfect architectural designs, all combined to entice even the most seasoned traveler. After a strenuous Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, shower and nice quite relaxation will perfect your this happy end.

 

 

 

Kili-TreksMOUNTAIN TENTS

Due to the physical and mental challenge trekker undergo, a special accommodation is well deserved. Your mountain camps include all-weather tents, with customized ground-sheets and full-ground pads. Our spacious dinning tents with solar-lit, tables and chairs will make your delicious hot meal charming. Our well-trained camping crews will set up and brake down camps each day. For your convenient, you will have a private toilet tents and hot basins of water daily.

The food on our Kilimanjaro treks is exceptionally good. After full trekking days you will be saved a hot meals prepared by the camp’s chef.

Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

 

 

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MACHAME 7 DAYS, Maia Molina and Tom Lainis (USA)

We were recommended by a friend to go through Kilimanjaroo. The guides and crew were well organized, flexible and always friendly. We were extremely pleased with everything and have nothing negative to say.

MACHAME 7 DAYS, Jackie Reville (UK)

Both Wilfred and Sandy were excellent guides. We think porters were well cared for.
Moses was an excellent cook and managed to carter for my vegetarian diet. There was always lots of food.

MACHAME 7 DAYS, Eileen Forrest (UK)

I loved the whole experience. The scenery was wonderful and views were more varied than expected. Night skies spectacular.
Wilfred and Sandy were both really professional and knowledgeable. Our porters were well outfitted than others and did seem to be happy and said they enjoyed the trip with us.

MACHAME 7 DAYS, Hannah, Julia, Catherine, Lois, Andrew, Colie (UK)

We would like to thank you and your team for all your hard work, organisation and help getting us up to the top. If it wasn’t for you, your jokes and your inspirational speeches we would still be sitting at Machame gate. You Rock Us! See you in Edinburgh.


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