6 Days Superb Machame Route Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Package cost from usd $1350 p.p
Machame Route Climbing
Machame route climbing is one of the challenging routes in Mount Kilimanjaro that is Physically fit with climbing experience. Ready to adventure and conquer the Roof of Africa. It’s one of the scenic routes up the maintains with easy acclimatization within the climbing days. It’s among the popular routes and the accommodation is on pinched tents that are covered on the climbing package cost.
– Machame Route Climbing is one of the challenging routes well known as the Whiskey Route. – Machame route Climbing is the second best and popular route that is regularly booked as it’s a scenic one on Mount Kilimanjaro. – Machame Route climbing accommodation is on pinched tents which are covered by the package cost. – Machame route climbing allows easy acclimatization with a fairly high success rate and climbers can add an extra day if they wish to. – The Climbers taking Machame route climbing are required to have climbing Experience as it is for physical fitness. – Conquer the roof of Africa and get thrilling views from all directions at the summit.
DAY 1: ARUSHA – MACHAME CAMP.
– Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
– Distance: 18km
– Hiking Time: 5 – 7 hours
– Habitat: Montane Forest
The drive from Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes and Machame Route Climbing starts. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach Machame Camp.
DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP.
– Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
– Distance: 9km
– Hiking Time: 4 – 6 hours
– Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path. Crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Machame Route Climbing takes us to Shira Campsite for rest, dinner, and overnight.
DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP.
– Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
– Distance: 15 km
– Hiking Time: 5 – 7 hours
– Habitat: Semi-desert
Machame Route Climbing starts 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.”
Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started. This day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP – BARAFU CAMP.
– Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
– Distance: 13km
– Hiking Time: 8 hours
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we start Machame Route Climbing. Leaving Barranco and continuing on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall. Through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut.
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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT – MWEKA HUT.
– Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m to 3100m
– Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
– Hiking Time:6 – 8 hours ascent / 7 – 8 hours descent
– Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 0200 am). We continue the Machame route climbing to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We 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 (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest. Be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (if weather permits). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.
At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite. Stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP – ARUSHA.
– Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
– Distance: 15 km
– Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
– Habitat: Forest
After breakfast, we continue the Machame Route Climbing 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). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you to Moshi or Arusha town where the Machame Route Climbing ends.
– Transport to & from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. – Accommodation as per the itinerary in tents. – Porters, Guide & Cook entrance fees. – Three meals a day whilst on the mountain. – All camping fees. – All park entry fees. – Certificate of achievement after a successful Climbing.
– Tipping to the guide, porters, and cook [mandatory]. – Personal climbing gear. – clothing & rucksack. – Personal travel insurance. – Beverages & mineral water. – Items of personal nature use. – Visa fee to Tanzania.
CLIMBING GEAR CHECK-LIST
– A Rucksack For Your Equipment – To Be Carried By Porters
– Sleeping Bag [Mountain Type], Day Pack – For Your Personal Items
– Hiking, Climbing Boots, Camp Shoes, Trainers Not Sandals
– Socks. 2 Thin Polypro Type For Quick Drying, 4 Thick Wind Pants, Wind shirts
– High Gaiters, Warm Pants [Fleece], Jacket Or Pullover, 1 Rain Parka
– 2 Underwears,1 Hiking Shirt, Long Sleeve, 1 Bandanna
– 1 Warm Hat, 1 Hiking Shorts, Pants, Balaclava, Fleece Neck Warmer
– Headlamp, Bulb, Batteries, First Aid Kit, Pocketknife, Sunglasses, Snow
– Goggles, Water Purification Tablets, or hand water purifiers.
– Toiletry Item, Plus Sunblock, Lipsalve, And Moisturizer
– Trekking Stick and Guitars among others.