There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro.  This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit.

Duration: 6 or 7 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: High

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) To Machame Camp (2835m)

Drive from the hotel in Moshi to Machame gate for registration formalities and trekking preparations. Start climbing through coffee and maize plantations leading into the rainforest. The trail leads to Machame camp where hot dinner will be awaiting. Overnight at the camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2835m) To Shira Cave (3750m)

Hike through the rainforest into the moorland zone displaying magnificent view of Kibo and Mawenzi (Kilimanjaro’s peaks). Climb steeply crossing over Shira plateau for a lunch break. The path moves on to Shira camp to arrive in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 3: Shira Cave (3750m) to Lava Tower (4600m) Barranco Camp (3900m)

Trek from the Shira plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, to climb the great Lava Tower called “shark’s tooth”. This is meant for acclimatization which enables your body getting used to high altitude. Get time to rest while at the tower and have lunch. Descend down the tower and proceed with walking to arrive at Barranco camp in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3900m) To Karanga Camp (4000m)

Climb steeply up the Barranco wall leading into the Karanga valley with stunning views of the Heim glacier. Have lunch enroute and continue walking to reach Karanga Camp (4000m) in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4000m) To Barafu Camp(4673m)

Trek out of Karanga valley to hit the junction connecting with Mweka trail. By this point, Uhuru peak can be viewed from many different angles. The path leads on to Barafu camp. Rest upon arrival and drink large amounts of water in preparation for the summit day. It’s recommended to sleep early by 19:00.

Day 6: Ascend To The Summit (Uhuru Peak) 5895m

Wake up by 23:30 for a hot cup of coffee and putting on trekking gears. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic screen to reach Stella point (5756m) by sunrise. Take time to rest and make the final round trip to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m). At the summit, take pictures while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa. Start descending which is quite fast. The path leads to Mwekahut (3,100m) to arrive in the eveningfor dinner and sleep.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1640m)

Descend through moorland into the beautiful lush green forest. Arrive at the gate by mid-day for tipping the crew (guides, porters and cookers) and certificate awards. Green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Gilman’s and golden to the ones who reached Uhuru peak. Drive back to Arusha for resting and much celebrations or Moshi for a flight back home.

End of tour!

Price Include:

  • Kilimanjaro park permits

  • Professional mountain crew (guides, cooks and porters)

  • Two nights accommodation (before and after climb)

  • Camping facilities

  • Boiled water while at the mountain

  • Sleeping bags

  • First aid kit

  • 3 proper meals+ mineral water and tea/coffee

  • Certificates for successful climb

Price Exclude:

  • International flights

  • Tanzanian Visa

  • Trekking gears rentals

  • Tips for guides and cooks

  • All things of personal nature

  • Extra meals and drinks

  • Extended tours

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