7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Machame route

Machame, known as the "Whiskey" route, is now the most popular route on the mountain.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1600 - $1700
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
8 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Not specified
Activity level:
Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
Camping safaris Camping
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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. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended. 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.

Day 01: -Arrive-Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport meet and great by your guide, pick you from Airport transfer to the Hotel in overnight at Zawadi House Lodge    B/B

 

Day 02:  Machame Hut Camp (10,000')(day 1 on the mountain)

pick you from your Hotel and drive for 2 hours to Machame gate (10,000ft) for registration, and meet the rest of the crew (Cooks and Porters) ready for the climb. We will start the climb through rainforest and the giant heathers for 6 hrs to our first overnight camp.

Day 03: Shira Camp (12,480') (day 2 on the mountain)
Short day but rather steep rocky and dusty trails. It's a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation providing little shade from heat. You will cross many ridges and see the first of many Senecias

Day 04: Barranco Camp (13,000') (day 3 on the mountain)
Start with climbing over boulders and very few rocks, then steady uphill climb to Lava tower and stop for lunch around noon. For those interested we may climb up the Lava tower which is 14850ft (You may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.

 

Day 05: Karanga Valley Camp (13,450') (day 4 on the mountain)
Start scrambling up the Barranco wall for an hour and half which is steep and you will be using your hands to reach and steady yourself like rock climbing, although it's not as challenging as rock climbing. At the top of the wall you can see the Barranco valley and the campsite you spent a night before. You will walk up and down the greener valley which is the last water point to the mountain.
 

Day 06: -Barafu Hut Camp (14,200') (day 5 on the mountain)
Short but steep uphill climb across barren landscape with lots of boulders and shattered rocks. You will see the Decken glaciers on your left. Keep going a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section for more scrambling for about hour and half.  Our next camp will be on large rocks with very steep cliff faces. We will go to bed very early because we will have to wake up at 11.00p.m for the summit
 

Day 07: -Summit Day and Mweka Hut (10,500') (day 6 on the mountain)
We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour, and then will enter a snow covered area where you can see glaciers above. If it's a moonlight night, you may turn off your headlamp and walk in the moonlight, it is a wonderful experience. Next 2 hours to Stella Point, we will take a break every 15 minutes as a struggle gets more mentally and physically challenging. Then we will get to Stella Point where the Lava fields are like loose sand. It's very funny and frustrating because you will take a step up and slide back gaining 0 distances and if not careful slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps.  After breakfast, we will climb to UHURU PEAK for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the Mawenzi peaks. We will be at UHURU PEAK (19370ft) around 6.00 or 7:00am. We will start our descent which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu hut Camp. We will stop at Barafu Camp for lunch and a good rest before we proceed down to Mweka camp, a very comfortable hike, but very dusty and long.

Day 08: - Arusha (day 7 on the mountain and hike out)
Today's hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descent to the park gate. We will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the park gate office, then eat our lunch and say goodbye to our mountain staff. After lunch we will drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chaga people back to Arusha, and drop off to the Hotel, for a nice hot shower or swimming at the lodge and relax, .ready for departure home or onto wildlife safari the next day

Overnight at SG Resort   B/B

 

“End of Gosheni Safaris Company services

 

INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE RATES ARE:

·         Airport transfers as specified in the itinerary

·         3 meals a day at mountain Kilimanjaro as specified in the itinerary.

·         Government tax..

·         -Private professional English speaking guide.

·         in the itinerary.

·         6 nights / 7 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Machame Route.

·         Kilimanjaro National Park fees,

·         Transportation to and from the Mountain.

·         All meals during the Climb.

·         Porters and Guide fees

·         3 leisure nights’ accommodation  at Arusha  before trekking

 

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE RATES ARE:

·         International/ local Air Transportation.

·         Any other items of a personal nature, i.e. Telephone, Laundry, beverages etc.

·         Tips for the driver guide highly recommended $20 per person per day.

·         Any Insurance package

·         Mountain gears

·   

 

 

GENERAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CLIMBERS.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

CLIMATE:

Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically 'equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ‘Short Rains’ (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid.

The 'Long Rains' fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.

 

 

BAGGAGE:

For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!

We would suggest:

 

One main piece - soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted - max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent - it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.

A daypack - For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.

 

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:

It’s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it’s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure.

If you require further advice please contact your mountain climb consultants at

E-mail: info@gosheniadventures.com  

 

The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipments page.

 

T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)

Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar)

Gloves (waterproof warm outers + thin liners)

Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears

Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)

Waterproof outer trousers _ Warm mid-layer (fleeces or down)

Warm long-sleeved shirt _ Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)

Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)

Walking shorts

Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing

Sun-hat

Gaiters

 


EQUIPMENT:

Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses – preferably with side shields)

Personal first aid kit & essential medication

Wet wipes

Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season)

Sleeping bag liner

Trekking pole(s) - can be hired locally

Small towel

Head torch & spare batteries

Spare plastic bags

Water bottle(s) - minimum 3 liters capacity

High factor sunscreen & lip salve

High energy snacks, dried fruit, nuts, sweets, etc. NB: hang on to some till the last day - you’ll appreciate them more!

A small bottle of cordial or squash concentrate (to liven up the ‘flat’ taste of boiled water)

 

MEALS:

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.

 

TIPPING:

Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $15 to $20 per pax per day   for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.

 

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  • SG Resort, Zawadi House

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