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7 Days Machame Route, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Known as the “Whiskey route”, Machame is by far the most popular route due to the fact that it has a very high success rate of summiting to the top. It starts with a nice day of walking through the rainforest and has a nice steady altitude increase each day. Curling around the mountain gives you a variety of different views and beautiful landscapes.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1907 - $2100
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Kilimanjaro
Activity level Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Camping
This is a beautiful route following the Machame and Barranco Valleys before making a direct ascent to the Kibo Summit. Only 5 nights on the mountain makes acclimatization more difficult, it helps to have spent two nights at our 6,000 ft private camp on Mt Meru. This route traverses under the massive southern glaciers of the mountain offering stunning views of the Southern Ice Fields. The final ascent is up and down the same trail so it has the great advantage of allowing everyone to climb as high as they can before descending with a guide. We will do Pre- Trip briefing and equipment check a day before, our guide will meet you anywhere within an hour of Arusha/Moshi for the briefing and equipment check. He will arrange with you the departure time.

DAY 1: Day 1: Transfers and formalities at Machame gate

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Machame National Gate, we begin our climb at 6,000 feet, walking for a few hours through thick and undisturbed tropical forest. Admire the magnificent bird life and the many unique flower and plant species, about which your guide will tell you. And with any luck, you might get the chance to see the blue or colobus monkeys that populate the forest zone.
Trekking duration: 4-7 hours.

 

DAY 2: Machame camp (2834 m/9,300 ft) to Shira camp (3749 m/12,300 ft)

You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest. You’ll have a phenomenal view of Mt. Meru and start ascending over the clouds. You continue your trek for another 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo, on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.
Trekking duration: 4-6 hrs.

 

DAY 3: Shira camp (3749 m/12,300 ft) to Barranco camp (3901 m/12,800 ft)

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190ft. Depending on the season, this area is known to get a lot of snow so be sure to be dressed for it! This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice.

Trekking duration: 4-6 hrs.

 

DAY 4: Great Barranco valley (3900 m/12,800 ft) to Karanga Valley (3963 m/13,000 ft)

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The valley is both a welcome and daunting site as you make your way up to camp. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.
Camp: The Great Barranco Valley

Trekking duration: 4-5 hours.

 

Day 5: Karanga (4000M)-The South-East Valley (4800 M)

Within this day we follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4600 M) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4800 M). The remainder of the day is spent in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Trekking duration: 3 -5 hours.

 

Day 6: Summit

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.
Spend a moment to congratulate yourself and celebrate the fact that you have just reached the Roof of Africa! Enjoy the views before heading back towards camp. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite Millennium.

Day 7: Mweka Gate (1650 M)

After a leisurely breakfast, a sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. Your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Arusha/Moshi.
Trekking duration: 4-6 hours

On this day, your ANDA African Adventure will come to an end. We hope you’ve enjoyed your ANDA Adventure Package. We welcome any questions, concerns, comments and feedback on how we can better serve you. Positive reviews on Trip Advisor and likes on Facebook are always appreciated.

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