|7 Days / 06 Nights Classic Kilimanjaro Climb: Machame Wilderness Route
Machame ("Whiskey") Route: A Brief Description
Known as the "Whiskey" route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is 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.
The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its spendor.
Day One: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers
At 8:30 am, leave Arusha for Machame Gate, with the porters, guides, and cooks that will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. Once you arrive, wait at the gate while we registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.
Your first day's destination is Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.
Day Two: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
Elevation Gain: 840 meters, 2,760 feet
Distance: 7 kilometers
Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today's trek includes several uphill sections. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above.
As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.
Day Three: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.
After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.
Barranco Camp, set among stands of Senecio kilimanjari, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.
Day Four: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)
Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet
Distance: 7 Kilometers
Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.
Day Five: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
Distance: 6 kilometers
After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.
Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.
Day Six: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Distance: 18 kilometers
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
Day Seven: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.Our vehicle will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.
- Airport transfers for Kilimanjaro airport arrivals.
- 2 nights accommodation in a mid range hotel with a swimming pool (pre/post climb)
- Transport from the hotel to the park gate-trail head and return.
All park fees-includes entry fees-including forest fee,camping
fee,and rescue fee.
- Food-3 meals a day; morning tea served in your tent, full breakfast in a private mess tent, hot lunch and complete dinner in a mess tent.
- Top notch camping gears essential for very high altitude expeditions-including 4 seasons sleeping tents, private mess tents, camping chairs, camping tables.etc
- First aid service plus safety and health equipments; i.e W.H.O recommended katdyn water filter,micropur, oxygen cylinder,gamow bag for prevention and treatment of Altitude mountain sickness, pulse-oxymeter, thermometer, pressure meter,all the medical items needed for high altitude expeditions.
- Fair salary for our crew-guides, porters, cooks and drivers.
- Mobile, chemically treated toilet.
- Administrative costs and government taxes
Flights, gratuities, and items of personal nature.
NB: Budget Kili Climb Facilities & Services
- This Itinerary provides basic equipments and services, and all safety equipments are not included. This being optional to the client.
- Accommodation is of budget type.
- The Safari accommodation might not have camping chairs and tables.
KILIMANJARO CLIMB: SAFETY AND HEALTH
Your safety is our number priority.
One of the integral aspects to having almost 99% success rate on Kilimanjaro is our diligence and attitude shown towards effective protocols for the individual health and safety of all of our clients; from the food they consume to the medical support they receive…
On the actual mountain:
Every time we take to the mountain,be 2 or 50 clients,the team is always equipped with the following:
- A Gamow Hyperbaric Bag
- Supplement Oxygen
- Pulse Oxymeter
- A fully kitted Professional Expedition Medical & First Aid Kit with full resuscitation capabilities. Having a Long Lasting "Mountain Hardware" 2 & 3 man Sleeping Tents
- Chemically treated Water Flushable Portable Toilet.
- Katadyn Expedition Water Filtration units & proper hand sanitization protocols where all food/water consumption is concerned: Clean water is critical to your health on the climb.
We supply high volume commercial Katadyn water filters which can produce the vast quantities of clean drinking water your body requires for hard work at high altitudes. Katadyn is the only water filter endorsed by the World Health Organization to guarantee pure water.
The menus for all climbs are specially prepared to provide a balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, plenty of carbohydrates and protein. We have tried to choose food items that are easiest to digest at high altitude and deliver required energy into your body. If you have any special dietary requirements they are catered for whatever the need; from vegetarian to celiac…
Our cooks undergo extensive training and we have ongoing workshops to review menus. The cooks are particularly vigilant in their hygiene practices as contracting stomach bugs are common for visitors to the developing world.
At camp in the morning, we will wake you up from your tent with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea and provide a full breakfast in the dining tent. Please note there are No lunch boxes, Hot Lunch is served on the table on the trail along with your favorite hot drink.