Kilimanjaro Trekking

8 DAYS KILI TREK MACHAME ROUTE

The Kilimanjaro Machame Route is sometimes referred as the “Whiskey Route” because it is considered more difficult at the top than the Marangu Route. The route passes through the rainforest, Shira Plateau and Lava Tower, and has beautiful views. However it is one of the best routes with the summit access as well as walking into different habitat and has a lot to see.

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  • ● Duration: 8 Days
  • ● Machame Route
  • ● Arrival : Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • ● Departure :Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • ● Price: $ 1,860/ pp

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DAY 1

FLIGHT FROM HOME TO KILIMANJARO

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: B&B

DAY 2

MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 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

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 1830m to 3100m
  • ● 6000ft to 10,200ft
  • ● Distance: 18km
  • ● Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • ● Habitat: Rain Forest

DAY 3

MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 3100m to 3840m
  • ● 10,200ft to 12,600ft
  • ● Distance: 9km
  • ● Walking Time: 4-6hours
  • ● Habitat: Moorland

DAY 4

SHIRA CAMP TO LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
  • ● 12,600ft to 12,700ft
  • ● Distance: 15 km
  • ● Walking Time: 5-7 hours
  • ● Habitat: Semi-desert

DAY 5

BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 3860m to 4200m
  • ● 12,700ft to 13,800ft
  • ● Distance: 7 km
  • ● Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • ● Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY  6

BARRANCO CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 3860m to 4600m
  • ● 12,700ft to 15,100ft
  • ● Distance: 13km
  • ● Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • ● Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 7

BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA HUT

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
  • ● 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
  • ● Distance:7km ascent / 23km descent
  • ● Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • ● Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

DAY 8

MWEKA CAMP TO ARUSHA

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village.

  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • ● 3100m to 1830m
  • ● 10,200ft to 6000ft
  • ● Distance: 15 km
  • ● Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • ● Habitat: Forest

DAY 9

BACK HOME

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

  • ● Meals: Breakfast

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