7-DAYS MACHAME ROUTE CLIMB OVERVIEW
Machame route is the best and most popular route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, compared to the rest of the routes. It is a little bit tough and difficult to hike in this route, as its trail passes through the rocks and steeper hiking for almost half way, it is for this reason, Machame route is nicknamed Whiskey route. Machame route takes a large share all climbers compared to the rest of the route, nearly 50% of all climbers use Machame route.
The overall summit successful rate is 95%, where the 5% may fail due to several reasons like bad weather (heavy rainfall and snow) and/or state of personal weakness/illness.
-The benefit of this route is that it offers a good acclimatization throughout the way.
-Accommodation nature of this route is public tent camping.
The route passes through several camps (camping where you might spend an overnight), from Machame gate to Uhuru Peak.
-Machame Gate to Machame Camp
-Barranco Camp via Lava Tower
-Barafu base Camp
-Mweka gate for exit.
ITINERARY 7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE CLIMB
DAY 00: Arrival Day
Upon your arrivals at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our office representative, followed by an hour drive to the hotel in Moshi Town. After having a short rest at the hotel, our Mountain guide will meet you to check with your climbing gears and equipment. If some gears will be missing, our guide will help you on how to rent those missing gears from the rental shops.
DAY 01: (beginning of the tour) From Hotel to Machame gate-Machame Camp.
Around 0900hrs, the drive from Moshi town to Kilimanjaro National Park-Machame gate will take place, it will take one hour to reach Machame gate, passing through the villages located on the lower slopes of the Mountain. At the gate you will have to register all the important details like name, Nationality and passport number. While the registration process is taking place, porters will be seen sorting and weighting the luggage. You will have spare time to move around taking photo and reading the historical information of Kilimanjaro Mountain.
After all process being completed, you will slowly start hiking, to the first point, Machame camp, where you will spend the rest of the day, dinner and overnight. Distance from Machame gate to Machame camp hut is 11km and it can take you up to 5 hours hiking, and the trail is through Mountain rainfall forest.
DAY 02: From Machame Camp to Shira camp
After breakfast at Machame camp you will slowly hike up to the next camp, leaving the rain forest and entering the moorland vegetations. You will cross many streams and walk a rocky ridge onto Shira plateau that leads you to Shira camp, (3,840m). At the camp you will spend the remaining time for rest, dinner and overnight.
DAY 03: From Shira camp to Barranco Camp, via Lava Tower.
Leaving Shira after breakfast and start ascending to Barranco campsite, passing through moorland to semi desert and rocky landscape. A break for lunch will be at Lava Tower (4630m) before start to hike down to the camp (3950m). At this pass, climbers may experiences the effects of high altitude like headache and shortness of breath.
At Barranco Camp you will have a rest, dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: From Barranco camp to Karanga Valley Camp.
After breakfast at Barranco camp you will have a short hike to Karanga camp, where you will spend the remaining time for hot lunch, dinner and overnight.
DAY 05: From Karanga Camp to Barafu base camp (summit overnight)
At barafu base camp you will have a rest, dinner and early sleeping because you will awake at mid-night for summit attempt. Around 01:00am, guide will awake you to get well prepared with the summiting gears, warm clothes that can accommodate up to -10 degree Celsius. After all process be done, guide will slowly lead you to hike up for the summit attempt, passing through Stella point, (5685m) to Uhuru Peak (5895).
DAY 06: From summit (Uhuru-Peak) to Barafu base camp- Mweka Camp
The beginning of sixth day might caught you at the peak if the weather is good, you will be able to spend couple of minutes at the peak, taking a beautiful photo while sunrises, drinking a tea on your thermal bottle before start descending down to Barafu camp.
At barafu camp you will have time to rest, before continuing to hike down to Millemium/Mweka camp for lunch, dinner and overnight.
DAY 07: (final day of the tour) From Mweka camp to Mweka gate.
It’s the end of 7 days in the jungle, morning of this day you will be packing all of your stuffs ready to leave the park. Crew will be seen organizing and sorting all stuffs for marking the end of the tour. They will be singing, celebrating and congratulating you for a successful climb. After all that you will hike down to Mweka gate, where you will sign out, and receive certificates for those who made their summit attempt successfully. An hour drive from the gate will drop you to the hotel in town, ready for rest and continuing with other schedule.
PRICE CHARGED FOR THIS TOUR
$ 2200 per single person
$ 1800 per group sharing
$ 1650 per 3+ group sharing.
-Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
-2 nights comfort stay in hotel/lodge
-Transport to and from Mountain
-All park entrance fee +18% VAT
-All park accommodation fee + 18% VAT
-Park rescue fee
-Food on the mountain (3-meals a day)
-Non personal hiking equipment and gears
-Salary to guide, cook and the crew.
-Personal hiking gears and rentals
-Other personal expenses out of the mentioned above.
ESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GEARS
-Warm clothes including trouser, sweater, thermal underwear and enough pair of warm socks.
-Balaclava, snow goggles or ski sun glasses and scarf.
-Water proof layers, sun roof hat, warm sleeping bag, mattress, warm jacket and pair of gloves.
-Comfort mountain boots and walking poles
-Sun cream, first aid kit, knapsack, pair of getters and water bottle minimum 2litres each.