Mt Kilimanjaro trekking on Machame route
Machame route starts on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Trekking Kilimanjaro on Machame route offers great views of western Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru - a stunning surprise above the clouds at sunset on reaching Shira Camp. Changing vegetation, valleys and glaciers are also features of trekking on Machame route.
Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates of all the Kilimanjaro routes because of the up and down nature of the climb - hiking high and sleeping low is good for acclimatization.
Climbers ascend Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame route and descend on Mweka route to Mweka camp for a final overnight. The trail to Mweka gate is well defined and, if legs are still functioning, the distance can be covered quite quickly to be back in Moshi and the hotel by mid morning.
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Machame route: 9 days / 8 nights (7 trek days):
Day 1: Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) to arive in Moshi hotel for overnight (bed and breakfast).
Day 2: Transfer to Machame gate (1800m) to start your Kilimanjaro trekking on Machame route through montane forest to the first campsite, Machame (3,000m. 6 to 7hrs).
Day 3: Mount Kilimanjaro trekking continues through steep rocks and open moorland, offering stunning views of Mt. Meru, before reaching Shira campsite (3,840m. 6 to 7hrs).
Day 4: Leave Shira Camp to continue trekking via the Lava tower (a short acclimatization ascent to 4,100m). The route descends from Lava tower to reach Baranco camp (3,950m. 7-8 hrs).
Day 5: Wake up to your challenge – Baranco wall (easier than it looks), a rock scramble that levels out beneath the glacier. Continue hiking through the surreal alpine vegetation to reach the shelter of Karanga Valley where you will stay overnight. This is a short hiking day of 2 to 3 hours to help your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. Dinner and overnight camping (Karanga – 4000m).
On a 6 day GROUP Machame climb - climbers continue ascending to Barafu Camp after lunch and a short rest at Karanga Valley. Preparation for the summit ascent begins on reaching Barafu camp,
Day 6: After breakfast in Karanga Camp, begin hiking through alpine vegetation, which becomes more sparse as the trail ascends. If there is no cloud cover you may get a good view of Mawenzi peak. After 4 to 5 hours hiking, reach Barafu camp site. After dinner you will be briefed on the summit ascent before retiring to your tent for resting (Barafu 4,600m).
Day 7: After a light snack and hot drink, the final stage of your Kilimanjaro climb will begin around midnight while the scree (small stone) is still frozen. There is a steep climb to Stella Point (5,700m - 5 to 6 hrs). Some climbers finish here but for those with energy reserves, the route begins to flatten out along the crater rim. Uhuru Peak (5,895m) can be reached in 1 to 2 hrs. After a short rest on the top for photographs and energy snack, start the descent and return to Barafu for breakfast. Enjoy a short rest before descending via Mweka route to Mweka Camp (3,100m - 6 to 7 hrs) for dinner and a final Kilimanjaro camping night within the forest.
Day 8: Wake up to an easy days trekking on a well defined rocky path to return through the forest to reach Mweka gate (3 to 4hrs). Join the waiting vehicle to return to the hotel for overnight (dinner not included).
Day 9: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure (not included) or continue to another activity.
- Pre-arrival information pack
Two hotel nights provided - one before and one after trek
Licensed Kilimanjaro mountain guides and experienced teams
- Kilimanjaro entry and camping permits
Kilimanjaro camping equipment - tents, mattress, dining
- Mt Kilimanjaro gate transfers (all routes)
- Kilimanjaro rescue fees
All mountain meals and drinking water
- All government taxes.
- Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
Internal air or road transfers (e.g. Nairobi, Dar es Salaam etc)
International travel visas (obtainable at most border entry points)
Personal insurance (mandatory)
Alcohol, sodas, items of a personal nature
Airport transfers (JRO) - from US$25 per person
- Oxygen and pulse oximeter (US$40 each group)
Emergency air rescue service (price on request)
Internal flight or bus tickets for transfers within East Africa
- Extra hotel nights (a rest day on arrival is advisable after a long-haul flight).
- Extension safari - staying in lodges or adventure camping
- Additional activities e.g. Zanzibar.
Take a look at our climbing Upgrade Service available on this route for private bookings.
Fitness preparation is important for a successful and enjoyable kilimanjaro climb.
page update 28/09/2013
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