The Machame Route also known as the Whiskey route with a reputation of being a tough climb,compared to the easiest Marangu route known as the Coca Cola route, Unlike hut accommodations with a gradual incline found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame sleeps in tents,hikes steep, for longer distances ,climb can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights) to seven days(six days] on mountain,for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail covering approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate.
NB:- For 7 days hike please add karanga hut camping day.
Machame Gate (1,640 meters) to Machame Camp (2,835 meters)
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
We meet our guides and porters after breakfast and sort out all our gear before we set off for our 1-hour transfer by road to the South Western side of Kilimanjaro and the Machame Gate at the entrance to the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. Each person has a personal porter and there are extra porters for the food, etc.
The climb starts from machame gate (1830m), we walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest. W
e arrive mid-afternoon at the Machame Hut, situated at 3000m above sea level where we make camp. The huts fell into disrepair some years ago, so with the help of our porters, we set up tents for the night. Enjoy an evening meal prepared by the porters and savour the first night of sleeping outdoors.
If is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.
Machame Camp (2,835 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)
Hiking time:4-6 hours
Distance: ~5km / 3 miles
Habitat: Low Alpine Zone
A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.
Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)
Hiking time:5-7 hours
Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
Habitat: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.).
Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) (and then Barafu Camp – 4,680 meters)
Hiking time:8-10 hours
Distance: ~9.5km / 6 miles
Habitat: High alpine zone
A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp,If you are on a six day trek you will stop for lunch at Karanga Camp and then continue on along the Southern Circuit until it joins the Mweka Trail up to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). For six day trekkers, day 4 takes approximately 8-10 hours to complete and covers 9.5km / 6 miles. When you arrive at Barafu around mid-afternoon you will be served an early dinner and encouraged to get some shut-eye as the summit trek commences around 24:00 that night. Note: Trekkers on the seven day route spend the night at Karanga Camp before continuing on to Barafu. This additional day is beneficial in terms of acclimatisation.
Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)
Hiking time:6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
Distance: 4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
Habitat: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
Hiking time:3-5 hours
Distance: ~9km / 5.5 miles
A gentle walk takes you down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Arusha for hotel and lodging.
Supplements applicable when electing to spend the post-summit night in the crater and complete an optional crater excursion the following morning Great Heights
-Discounts applicable for climbers not requiring our airport transfers and also not requiring Arusha accommodation before and after the climb
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