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7 Days Machame Route. The Machame route is also referred to as the whiskey route as it is considered to be more difficult and more intoxicating than the Marangu (coca-cola) route. The Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro is slightly more challenging than the other routes. The climb begins at Trek Kili.

Machame Gate in the Mt Kilimanjaro rain forest and ascends through the forest on the South Western side of the mountain until it reaches the Shira Plateau, where you will enjoy stunning views across the Shira Plateau, Western Breach, and Kibo. From the Shira two camp, you will hike across the plateau to the Barranco wall and then will follow the southern circuit path to Barafu Camp. The descent for the Machame route is via the Mweka route, this route is best done in 7 days.

This tour is offered by Simba Paka Safaris.

Departure Kilimanjaro International Airport
Includes
  • Pick - up from Airport {KIA} and transfer to Hotel in Moshi
  • Moshi Hotel accommodation at day of arrival on BB
  • Accommodation while on expeditions
  • All park fees
  • Three meals per day
  • Bottled water
  • Guide, cook & porter fees
  • English speaking and knowledgeable lead guides, cooks & porters
Excludes
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Soft Drinks like Sodas, Beer etc.
What to bring on trekking either Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Waterproof rucksack with day pack
  • Sleeping bag (covering at least 3 seasons) 3. Roll mats and insulation pads 4. Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip - flops)
  • Gaiters (useful when encountering snow)
  • Wooden walking stick / ski pole
  • Sunglasses or snow – goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat
  • Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
  • Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
  • Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
  • Sunscreen and lip salve
  • Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
  • Water bottle

Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi - Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The breakfast will be served from 0630am to 0800am, then you will be picked up from the Hotel at 0900am after everything is set and organized by our Guide and Senior Cook. The Fresh food and fruits will be packed as it’s our norm to serve every day with fresh food while in the mountain as well as fresh fruits. After the pickup you will proceed to the Machame area which is an agricultural area, you will transverse the Machame Village and then to Machame Park Gate, the drive is steep every Km and the road is tarmacked to the Gate and it normally takes 40-50min to get to the Machame Gate. On arrival you will go through the registration with the park authority as the crews weigh the bags and food the normal weight for each bag should not exceed 20kg for the porters, this process normally takes at least 45min depending on the number of people. The Kilimanjaro trek to the World Heritage Site begins at the end of the tarmac road, walking for about 6 hrs., gradually ascending through the cloud forests of Kilimanjaro, you will be served lunch at the lunch point which is halfway to the Camp after lunch proceed on via the giant heather forested hills and then arrive in at Machame Camp (2850 m) at around 1700hrs. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed in your tent which will have been mounted up by our crews who had arrived ahead of you to make sure everything runs as per the program, followed will be a cup of hot Coffee or soup as you await the dinner to be served in the Dinning Mess Tent. The weather might be cold and guests are advised to keep warm as well as hot water bottle will be provided as you go to sleep to make your feet warm.

Trek Kili Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Camp

This being our second day inside the mountain and your bodies adjusting to the weather the Wakeup call will be at 07:00 am, you will be provided with hot water in a basin and thereafter have breakfast, then trekkers ascend an enjoyable ridge, lunch will be served in one of the lunch points which is about halfway to Shira Camp, after lunch traverse along a stream gorge and finally emerge on the Shira plateau volcanic moorland (3840m). The total trekking time for this day is approximately 6 hrs. Dinner and overnight in Shira Camp.

Trek Kili Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

This will be a long day, our cook will have offered you enough water as you will ascend several meters up and this will require taking much water to keep you strong. Trekkers follow the trail to Lava Towers (>4500m), have lunch before spending an hour at Lava Towers, and then descend into the scenic Barranco gorge. Continue to Barranco Camp at 3950m. Total trekking time is approximately 6 hrs.

Trek Kili Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

At the look from Barranco Camp, the Barranco wall seems unbeatable but as you approach it with a lot of determination this takes 45min to go over the wall. Trekkers cross the Barranco Valley, ascend the well known and fascinating Barranco wall (not technical climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Descend and ascend again for about 2 additional hours to arrive at Karanga Camp (4000 m) for lunch and overnight. Total trekking time is approximately 5 hrs.

Trek Kili Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Another half-day trek takes you across some splendid volcanic lands, with Kibo Volcano (the highest of the Kilimanjaro volcanoes) and its remaining glaciers as the backdrop. Enjoy the final ascent to Barafu Camp (4673 m). The total trekking time between camps is approximately 5 hrs. After lunch and a couple of hours of rest, you begin a short trek up to Kibo Camp for further acclimatization and then descend for dinner. Sleep until 11:00 p.m. and then begin all-night ascent. The summit is attainable since you should be properly acclimatized by now.

Trek Kili Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Lower Mweka Camp

Trekkers move “polepole” (Swahili for “slowly”) to the north-west, with mountain guides at their side, up a defined trail toward Stella Point on the crater rim. Summit day is scheduled to coincide with a waxing moon, which will be nearly full. This 6-hour trek to Stella Point (5756 m) is the most mentally and physically challenging on the route. Temperature is usually -10° Celsius, and winds can make it even more challenging. At Stella Point, the group re-nourishes, enjoys the famous Kilimanjaro sunrise, and then continues for another hour to the true summit of Africa, Uhuru Peak. Photos and celebrations ensue. A slow descent back to Stella Point, followed by a quicker descent on scree slope trails back to Barafu Camp for a well-deserved rest and brunch. Break camp and hike down to Lower Mweka Camp by mid-afternoon. This is the day you appreciate your trekking poles and honor your guides and porters – you descend over 2800 meters from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp. If weather thwarts your summit bid, an extra day has been allowed if the group decides delay is advisable.

Trek Kili Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha

This will be a great day; you will be entertained by the crews with the Kilimanjaro songs after having successfully made it to the top. The breakfast is served as at 0730am which is followed by 3 hr. descent to Mweka Gate very enjoyable moments for the reflection, provides good views of yesterday’s accomplishment, and provides excellent photo opportunity of Mount Kilimanjaro’s unique vegetation of the cloud forest. Check-out at Mweka trail head, and then shuttle to Moshi with a drop off to the hotel of your choice

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