Item Code: 21-4074
$1616.00

7 days

Duration

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Location

12+

Age

Overview

Machame Route second established route to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro after the Marangu route. This route was nicknamed as Whiskey Route of which many people don’t know why ……. but was named the Whiskey route since was the first camping route established to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to its varied and beautiful nature, this route become so popular, unbeaten and with amazing splendour. The success of the route is high to 98 with Kilimanjaro Simon Adv Travel  The route starts with a short drive from Moshi town to Machame gate before the hike starts. The route begins from the south heads to the west and then later traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before summiting from the south-east of the mountain. The population on this route has been reduced after the coming of the Lemosho route which is considered a a new route. These two routes meet up on day three and continue as one until the end of the tour. 

Inclusions
✓All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
✓Airport transfer on your Arrival day and at your
 departure day
✓ Hotel on your arrival day and a day after Kilimanjaro trip. Bed & breakfast 
✓Professional, experienced, mountain guides
✓Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
✓Quality mountain sleeping hut sharing basis)
✓Sleeping Mattress
✓Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
✓All meals while on the Mountain
✓Quality Dinning with table and chairs
✓Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
✓Clean, purified drinking water
✓Conservation fees (part of park fees)
✓Hut fees (part of park fees)
✓Rescue fees (part of park fees)
✓VAT (18% charged by the Government)
✓Kilimanjaro summit certificate
 
Exclusions
×Tanzania Visa
×International and domestic flight
×Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
×Tips for the crew 
×Travel insurance
×Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
×Meals not listed in the itinerary
×Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
×Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend time having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
    Meals: Breakfast,
  • Lunch and Dinner

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: Breakfast,
  • Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).


Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 45minutes).

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast

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