7 Days Machame Route to Climb Kilimanjaro

7 Days Machame Route to Climb Kilimanjaro







Kilimanjaro mountain Climb 7 days Machame trail, also popularly known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the mountain’s most celebrated route. If you want to compare this route with other routes like the Marangu trail, you will discover the days on the Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. Machame Trail is believed to be a difficult route, the best choice for trekkers with some hiking experience more adventurous. Machame route climb can be completed in six days, although seven days is recommended. Want to challenge yourself? Machame route on Kilimanjaro Mountain is the best choice you can make. Welcome to Tanzania

Trekkers use their own tents at designated campsites and take their meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Tanzania Travel Company crew prepare all meals and set up the tents.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied with the different features as you trek up. Machame trail can be accessed from the southwest and descends using the Mweka trail, offering trekkers with fantastic views of the Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, acclimatization climbs up the Barranco Wall, crossing below Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice field.

Itinerary - Day by Day Program

  • Day 0 : Arrival

    Meeting and Greetings

  • Day 1 to Machame Camp (2835m)

    The first part of the 11km trail from Machame gate at 1800m to Machame camp follows a gravel road and is very easy to walk. It is a gradual ascend and not very steep. You cross the rain forest and on the way you might see Black and White Colobus and Blue Monkeys. After a short lunch break the trail gets steeper and the forest gets thinner. If the weather conditions allow it, you will get a nice view of your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak, at the end of the day.

  • Day 2 to Shira Cave (3750m)

    Your day starts with game drive en-route to Ngorongoro with a visit to Oldupai Gorge, a historical sight center where the reThe way from Machame camp to Shira camp is only 5km long, but quite steep at the beginning. It leads through the moorland zone of the mountain. There are several viewpoints with a nice view of mount Meru, the forest you walked through on day 1, Shira and Kibo peaks. After reaching the camp you can optionally take a short walk of about 45 minutes to 1 hour for acclimatization and a nice view of the sunset.maining’s of an early human being were discovered. Later on proceed to Ngorongoro crater – Enjoy being at the only caldera in the world that house the largest number of wildlife including the big five”. After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro crater via a tour to the Olduvai Gorge site of archaeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered. Hot lunch at your lodge. Afternoon at leisure. Ngorongoro crater is the only largest caldera in the world. It is also among the 7 wonders of the world. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge at Ngorongoro

  • Day 3 to Baranco Camp 3940m

    The way from Shira Cave to Baranco camp is 10km long and will take 6-7 hours, including lunch. At the beginning it will be a gradual walk to the junction point where we meet people from the Western routes. Join them and walk straight to Lava Tower (4600m), a 150m high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of mountain. The lunch will be at lava tower rest for few minutes then descend down to Baranco camp.

  • Day 4 to Karanga Camp 3995m

    From Baranco camp to Karanga camp it takes 3 – 5 hours and distance is 6km and you will cross Breakfast or Baranco Wall, which is 300m high. The peak of the wall is at 4200m. This part is challenging because the trail is narrow and the number of hikers, porters and guides is large. In some parts you have to use your hands for climbing. You will cross the famous places called Kissing Rock. Shorty before Karanga Camp you will cross the Karanga Valley at 3930m which is the last point where porters can fetch water.

  • Day 5 to Barafu Camp 4673m

    It will only take 3 to 4 hours to the cover distance of 4km from Karanga to Barafu Camp. It is gradual steep walk and (pole pole) slow walking is recommended for acclimatization. You will be in the alpine desert and at the left side you can see the Kibo Peak and few meters before Barafu you will cross the section occupied with Sedimentary rocks. Barafu camp is the dry camp but our team will carry water from Karanga valley.

  • Summit Night

    You will wake up around 11:00pm, for some tea and snacks and dress up warm for the summit. At 12:00am you will start your summit with steep rocks for about 2 to 3 hours, and then you will start crossing the zigzag area and keep moving to the crater rim and finally Stella point, 5756m around 06:00amThis is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point 5756m, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak 5895m, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for short rest and brunch.

  • Day 6 to Mweka Camp 3100m

    The descend via Mweka route starts at Barafu camp via Millennium Camp 3797m. The way is steep, and it just takes only 2-3 hours to cover the 4km to Millennium Camp. You will pass from the alpine desert to the moorland zone. From Millennium Camp to Mweka camp 3100m is also a steep walk which takes 2 – 3 hours for 3.5km. You will cross the moorland to the forest zone and on the way you will see Protea Kilimandscharica and Red Hot Poker and various other species of flowers and plants.

  • Day 7 to Mweka Gate (1640m)

    Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: It is a long and steep downhill walk of about 10km which takes about 4-5 hour. The rain forest floor is wet and slippery, requiring careful and slow walking. You are again in the rain forest where you will see various species of flowers like Impatiens Kilimanjari and different trees species and also if your lucky you might see Blue Monkey and Black and White Colobus Monkeys.7 Days Machame Route At the Mweka Gate: Once you reach Mweka Gate you have to sign out in Kilimanjaro national park log book, our guide will collect certificate for those who made successful climb to Stella Point and Uhuru Point. Then we will drive you via Mweka village to your Hotel in Arusha for long shower and Kilimanjaro beer.

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