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Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route | 9 Days

The Machame Route known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rain forest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice-field, before summiting from Barafu Hut. The 9 day Machame route is recommended because it provides an additional acclimatization day and shortens some of the daily hikes. The total time on the mountain is 7 days.

Destinations : Arusha | Moshi | Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Mount Trekking
  • Activity Level Out of Ten (10)
    10/10
All about Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route | 9 Days
  1. Day 1 Flight from Home county to Kilimanjaro Airport

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

    Meals : | Dinner | Breakfast
    Accommodation : SG Premium Resort

  2. Day 2 Arusha to Machame Gate

    The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about more than 1 hour minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After registration you leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are useful ● 1830m to 3100m ● 6000ft to 10,200ft ● Distance: 18km ● Hiking Time: 5-7 hours ● Habitat: Rain Forest

    Meals : Breakfast | 1 Lunch | 1 Dinner
    Accommodation : Machame Camp

  3. Day 3 Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing Western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for midway camp at 3,950m. 5-7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent – but having climbed higher and dropping back down assists acclimatization.

    Meals : Breakfast | 1 Lunch-Box | 1 Dinner
    Accommodation : Shira Camp

  4. Day 4 Barranco to Karanga Valley

    Up the steep Barranco Wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley. This is a short walking day, around 3 hours, and again you climb about 300m but drop back down again to around 4,000m. There’s an optional further acclimatisation hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers.

    Meals : Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
    Accommodation : Karanga Valley Camp

  5. Day 5 Karanga Valley to Barafu

    Up to a new camp about 100m above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,000m. Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak, and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours with a 700m height gain, and time for a good rest in the afternoon immediately before the hard summit day.

    Meals : Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
    Accommodation : Barafu Camp

  6. Day 6 Barafu -Summit back to Mweka

    BARAFU – SUMMIT – MWEKA A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise – another 40 mins and you’re at the highest point on the continent, usually in warm sunshine. We return on the Mweka descent route. Walking time 7 hours and 1,300m ascent to the summit, 5-6 hours and 2,800m descent to our camp in a clearing amongst the giant heather at Mweka. This is a long and hard day – you’ll feel tired but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve done it.

    Meals : Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
    Accommodation : Mweka Camp

  7. Day 7 Mweka Camp - Arusha

    After breakfast will take 4-5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka Gate to collect our certificates and meet our vehicle. Return to Arusha, arriving early to mid afternoon.

    Meals : Breakfast | Lunch
    Accommodation : SG Premium Resort

  8. Day 8 Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport

    After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home.

    Meals : Breakfast
    Accommodation : -

The tour package inclusions and exclusions
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Porterage
  • Camping Equipment
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Drinking water on all days
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Park fees
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Climbing Gear
  • Tips
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Tour Code Tour Name Arrival - Departure Tour Status Price (PP) Inquiry
MACH-01
Machame Route Adventure | 9 Days
08/11/2019 - 16/11/2019
6 Seat(s) left
$1980/pp
MACH-02
Machame Route Adventure | 9 Days
20/11/2019 - 28/11/2019
6 Seat(s) left
$1890/pp
MACH-03
Machame Route Adventure | 9 Days
06/12/2019 - 14/12/2019
10 Seat(s) left
$1960/pp
MACH-04 | 2019-2020
Machame Route Adventure | 9 Days
03/01/2020 - 26/12/2019
8 Seat(s) left
$1980/pp