8-Day Kilimanjaro Adventure (6-Day Climbing)- Machame Route

  • Tour code: 792-1014
  • Available: Daily
  • Depart from: Moshi, Tanzania
  • Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
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Takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak and you can start your trek any day of the year! Kilimanjaro's longer, more scenic, "Whiskey Route." The Machame is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain. You can add an extra day by breaking the trek from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp into two days.

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Tour Itinerary

    Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

    Duration

    6 days trekking from Moshi; 4 and a half days ascending, 1 and a half days descending. You can also add an extra acclimatization day and make it a 7-day trek.

    Length

    100 km/62 mi total; 62 km/38 mi to summit; 38 km/24 mi descent from summit

    Elevation

    4,405 m/14,450 ft net gain; 3,915 m/12,845 ft descent Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descent to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft)

    Description

    Machame Route is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the "Whiskey Route," better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show. The Machame Route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

    You can add an extra day by breaking the trek from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Day 4) into two days. If you choose this option, you will hike from Barranco Camp over the Great Barranco Wall, and descend to a camp in the Karanga Valley on Day 4. There is water at this camp. Then, on Day 5 you will hike from the Karanga Valley Camp to the Barafu Camp, summit on Day 6, and finish your descent on Day 7.

    If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (airport transfer is not inclueded in the tour fare, $20/person/way from JRO). We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day.

    Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

    The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

    Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

    The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

    The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

    The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

  • Day 1 Moshi
  • Day 2 Moshi - Machame
  • Day 3 Machame Camp - Shira Camp
  • Day 4 Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp
  • Day 5 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp
  • Day 6 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp
  • Day 7 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi
  • Day 8 Moshi
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Day 1 Moshi

Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
Standard Hotel: Springlands Hotel

Day 2 Moshi - Machame

We will begin their day early with a briefing, followed by breakfast, and a 50-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Village where guides and porters will prepare and pack equipment and supplies. We will receive a lunch pack, and we can also purchase mineral water in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, in which case we will hike an hour to the gate. After registering at the park office, we will start our ascent and enter the rain forest. Heavy rains often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good foot gear, trekking poles, and gaiters are recommended. We will enjoy a lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Porters will arrive at camp before guests to erect tents. In the evening, porters will boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares dinner.

Note: Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp so plan accordingly.

Day 3 Machame Camp - Shira Camp

Today we will wake early at Machame Camp, eat breakfast, and hike for an hour to the top of the forest, then hike 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, we will continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro's great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. After a short hike west, we will reach the Shira Camp. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Day 4 Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

After breakfast, we will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro. After several hours, we will reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, we will descend for 2 hours to the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall, before arriving at Barranco Camp where we will eat dinner and spend the night.

Day 5 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

Today we will begin their hike from Barranco Camp to just below the Heim Glacier where we can admire just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. Next, we will begin their descent about an hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice." We will pitch a tent on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge.

**It is essential that guests familiarize themselves with the terrain before dark to avoid accidents. Additionally, guests should prepare equipment and wear warm clothing for the summit climb, and drink plenty of fluids.

After an early dinner, we will have the chance to relax and enjoy a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

After a breakfast of tea and biscuits, we will begin the 6-hour climb to the summit at approximately 11:30 p.m. Heading northwest, through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, we will arrive at the most challenging portion of the route at Stella Point. Here, we will stop for a short rest and a chance to see a breathtaking sunrise. From Stella Point, we journey to the top of Marangu Route to Uhuru Peak. At the top of the summit, we can take in the surrounding scenery, and enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishing from the mountain tops.

After the 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, we will take a short rest and collect our gear before hiking into the forest to Mweka Camp. Located in the upper forest, we can expect mist or rainfall in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and we can purchase drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate and beer at the camp office. We will spend the night at Mweka Camp.

Day 7 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi

After a well-deserved breakfast, we will take a 3-hour hike back to the Mweka Gate. Here we will have an opportunity to sign their name and add details to the park register, and successful climbers will receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point will be issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak will receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, we will continue down to the Mweka Village (if the road is deemed too muddy for vehicles, we will be required to hike 1-hour to Mweka Village). Here, we can enjoy a hot lunch. Finally, we will be driven back to their hotel in Moshi where we can enjoy an overdue hot shower and comfortable accommodations for the evening.

Note: Guests are encouraged to wait until all of their gear has arrived at the Mweka Gate before tipping park staff.

Moshi, in the very northeast of Tanzania, sits on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and a dormant volcano. Many hikers and climbers stay in Moshi before exploring the famous mountain on which is resides.

Day 8 Moshi

Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.

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