Machame Route – 7 days
The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro Machame route is a popular hike favored by experienced backpackers.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Machame route hiking package starts with collection from the Airport either Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. From the airport you are transferred to the hotel, Today you will be briefed about the Mount Kilimanjaro and Machame route that you are going trek through it.
Day 2: Machame Gate (1790 m) – Machame Camp (3010 m)
Transfer from the hotel to the area nearby the entrance gate Kilimanjaro National park. Finalize all the necessary requirements for your permission to proceed with the adventure Kilimanjaro climb. Trek through the thick rain forest for about 5 – 6 hours listening to the beautiful bird songs. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp
Day 3: Machame Camp (3010 m) – New Shira Camp (3845 m)
Proceed with Machame Route Climb by leaving the camp early in the morning hiking up the steepening path through moors and healthlands. In this area the vegetation become a bit open which provides magnificent views over the surrounding landscapes and dramatic mountain range. Today the walk is shorter therefore we will reach the next camp in the mid-day. This camp is located at the Shira Plateau offering a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro Mountain.
Day 4: New Shira Camp (3845 m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640 m) – Barranco Camp (3960 m)
The trek for the day begins with a long climb from the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower Hut lying at 4640 m. Ascend around 700 m on day four camping at a slightly higher elevation than the night before. This gives your body time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude as we hike up Kilimanjaro to more than 4500m high over the next two days. The Machame Trek passes through Barranco Valley, an expansive area where giant senecio and lobelia plants grow. After 6 – 7 hours of hiking, arrive at the overnight Barranco Camp where you will served a well-deserved meal and a rest.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960 m) – Barafu Camp (4640 m)
Today’s hike starts with the challenging climb of the “Barranco Wall” a stretch where you will be secured to ensure your safety when necessary. Following the ridge as it stretches above the south glacier of Kibo admiring the views. We stop for lunch in In the Karanga Valley and prepare for the 2 – 3 hrs trek to Barafu Camp (4640 m). At camp there is time for you to relax and have dinner, resting before we embark on the next stretch of our climb up Kilimanjaro.
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)
Wake up in the midnight for breakfast and snack then start the hike to the summit. starts at midnight, with a hot tea and light snack before we set off into the darkness. We hike up the screes of Kibo by torchlight on this exhilarating stretch. A 5 – 7 hour ascent through the night brings us to Stella Point, on the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro After a further 1 – 2 hrs of climbing along the edge of the crater we reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at a mighty 5895 m! Having hiked to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be standing at the top of Africa’s highest mountain! Descend Kilimanjaro Marangu Route follow a simple route down Kilimanjaro descending along a similar path. Before midday we arrive back at Barafu Camp where the rest of the climbing team welcomes you with a warm meal upon your return. Following a much-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs, we proceed to Mweka Camp at 3080 m. In the evening we have dinner and enjoy a hard earned rest.
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3080 m) – Mweka Gate (1630 m) – Moshi / Arusha
After breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides we set off on the last leg of this unforgettable hiking adventure. A gentle 2 -3 hrs descent takes us through the lush rain forest to Mweka Gate, at the base of Kilimanjaro. Our driver meets you at the gate and takes you back to the Keys Hotel in Moshi for some comfortable rest and relaxation. Relax at the hotel soothing your aching muscles in the swimming pool or taking a nap as you recollect your adventure to the “Roof of Africa”.