9-DAY ADVENTURE

THE MACHAME ROUTE

Kilimanjaro

HIKING KILIAMNAJARO 'S VIEW

The Machame Route is one of the most scenic routes and popular trails on Mount Kilimanjaro due to its high success rate.

According to Kilimanjaro National Park statistics, about 60% of climbers ascend Kilimanjaro using the Machame Trail. The route is very scenic, providing trekkers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

A wonderful trip in 7 days and a great chance to climb to the top The climb starts from Machame Gate at 1800 meters and approaches the southwest side of the mountain. The first day involves a climb through the majestic rainforest to Machame Camp. before continuing up the mountain to reach Shira Camp, where the Lemosho route joins from the west. From here, you traverse the southern side of the mountain to Barranco via Lava Tower and climb the Great Barranco Wall on your way to Barafu Camp. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka Trail rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.

The Machame route is nicknamed the ‘Whiskey Route’ as it is considered more dicult than the ‘Coca Cola Route’, the nickname for the Marangu route. In reality, it is not more technically dicult, but is longer and in places steeper. The longer distance and the opportunity to ‘walk high, sleep low’ oer much better acclimatization and, as a result, a very high success rate.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Extra day for acclimatisation
  • High summit success rates (over 95%)
  • High guide to client ratio
  • Open and private treks available

ITINERARY

DAY 1

ARRIVAL

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Accomodation: Hotel

DAY 2

FROM MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP

Transfer from your hotel to Machame Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Machame Camp at 3000m. We will stay here overnight.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 30 km)
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 1200 m
Max. altitude: 3000 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 3

MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

After breakfast we start walking, leaving the rainforest behind, and continue our ascent, crossing a small valley and up to a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather. Our route now turns west into a river gorge until we reach Shira Camp. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.

Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
Ascent: 850 m
Max. altitude: 3850 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4

SHIRA CAMP TO BARRANCO CAMP VIA LAVA TOWER

Today we will climb up to 4600m to the base of the Lava Tower for lunch and acclimatisation. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to Barranco Camp, following the ‘walk high, sleep low’ golden rue of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 750 m
Descent: 650 m
Max. altitude: 4600 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5

FROM BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

A short, but fun, day starting with a scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 30 km)
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 1200 m
Max. altitude: 3000 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6

FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU HUT

We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent trail. From here we continue up to Barafu Camp. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 30 km)
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 1200 m
Max. altitude: 3000 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7

BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP

You will be woken around 23:30 with tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and hopefully be in time to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we descend down to Mweka camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking time: 14 – 16 hours
Ascent: 1295 m
Descent: 2795 m
Max. altitude: 5895 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 8

MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel.

Transport: Private transfer (0.5 hour, 17 km)
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Descent: 1300 m
Max. altitude: 3100 m
Accomodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 9

DEPARTURE

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Meals included: Breakfast

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