7 DAYS KILIMANJARO – MACHAME ROUTE
The Machame route, also known as the “Whisky route” is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro. This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then crosses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit.
You will be offered Machame Route 6 or 7 days Private Climb. For six days you will need to skip one point and for 7 days you will have stay on all places.
We brings you to the world’s best safari destination. When you book with us you get:
- Amazing lifetime experience
- Unlimited Safari Mileage
- Experienced Safari Guide
- Quality Service
Day 1. Machame Gate to Machame Camp.
Distance 10.75 km/7 miles, hiking time 5 – 6 hours, Habitat – Rainforest.
Departing from Moshi/Arusha town and drive through Machame Village to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while the crew prepare for the journey ahead, enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here. Elevation is 5942ft (ft) to 9911(ft).
Day 2. Machame Camp to Shira Camp.
Distance 5.3 km/3 miles, hiking time 4-5 hours, Habitat – Moorland.
After nice breakfast, we begin our hiking and experiencing a beautiful scenery from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along the steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperature begin to drop. Elevation is 9911 (ft) to 12,595 (ft).
Day 3. Shira Camp to Lava Tower then Barranco Camp.
Distance 10.75 km/6 miles, hiking time 5-6 hours, Habitat – semi desert.
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the kibo peak before we then continue, south east towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 15,250 ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp. Elevation is 12,595 (ft) to 13,077 (ft).
Day 4. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.
Distance 5.2 km/3 miles, hiking time 3-4 hours, habitat – Alpine desert.
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco wall to the Karanga valley and the junction, which connects with the Mweka trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility and strength of your crew on this wall with what appears to be easy. Overnight at Karanga camp. Elevation is 13,077 (ft) to 13,235 (ft).
Day 5. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.
Distance 3.3km/2 miles, hiking time 3-4 hours, habitat – Alpine Desert.
We continue up towards Barafu camp, and once reached you have now completed the south circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for the summit night. Overnight at Barafu camp. Elevation is 13,235 (ft) to 15,295 (ft).
Day 6. Barafu Camp to Summit.
Distance 4.86 km/3 miles UP, hiking time 5 – 7 hours, Then MWEKA CAMP 11.5 km/7.2 miles down, Habitat – Glaciers, snow.
We start our climb between the midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here to Uhuru Peak is 1 hour. And on the way you will encounter snow all the way. Congratulations, you will soon be at Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire African Continent.
After taking photos, and celebrate our achievement and maybe a tears of joy we start our descent down to Barafu Camp for Lunch then down to Mweka Camp for dinner and Overnight. Elevation 15,295 (ft) to 19,341 (ft) then descent to 10,190 (ft).
Day 7. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate.
Distance 9.1 Km/6 miles, hiking time 3-4 hours, Habitat – Rainforest.
After breakfast and a warm ceremony of appreciation of and a team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. From the gate a vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Village to drive you to Moshi town about 30 minutes or to Arusha town like 95 kilometers.