7Days Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Climbing Route

Day 7 night 6
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  • Climbing
  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Adventure
  • Comfortable & Luxury
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Duration

7 Days

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Tour Departure

Daily

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Group Size

6+ people

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Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English
  • Chinese

Overview

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca-Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping …
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The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca-Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days on the mountain. However, it is most often tackled over seven days, for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. The trek begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.

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Itinerary (Day by Day)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
  • You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your 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. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

    Gran Melia Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)
  • One hour’s drive from Moshi to Machame gate, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters, and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

    Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi 

    Approx. time taken: 6 hours

    Machame Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)
  • Our route continues up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

    Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi

    Approx. time taken: 5 hours

    Shira Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

  • Day 4: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)
  • Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

    Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi 

    Approx. time taken: 8 hrs

    Barranco Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)
  • Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

    Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi 

    Approx. time taken: 5 hours

    Karanga Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 6: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)
  • After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.

    Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi 

    Approx. time taken: 3 hours

    Barafu Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)
  • We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breath-taking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

    Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi 

    Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours

    Millennium Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 8: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)
  • A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome hot shower.

    Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi 

    Approx. time taken: 6 hours

    Gran Melia Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 9: Depart Tanzania
  • The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

    None / On Request

    Breakfast Included 

Accommodations
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Amenities
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Included

  • Park fees (for non residents)
  • All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day by day description)
  • All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • All taxes/vat
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Arusha in FULL BOARD (FB). (5star - Gran Melia Hotel)
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats 4 inches (10cm) thick
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides ,cook and porters,
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Portable oxygen tanks
  • Ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to the client's home country)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Personal items (souvenirs travel insurance visa fees and other personal items)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Tips for guides ,porters and cook,

Tour Policy

CANCELLATION

·40% Deposit payable upfront. The remaining balance is payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 20 days of departure.

PAYMENT

A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior to departure. For any bookings within 30 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Moonlight Tours Expedition recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

CREW LIST IDEA FOR 2 CLIENTS IS PER BELOW:

1 Lead Guide

1 Assistance Guide

1 Cook

1 Waiter

1 Toilet porter magic word (Pilot)

10 Regular porters

CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING:

We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility. As a Partner for Responsible Travel, we are proud members and active supporters of the porters.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

Every climb is audited to ensure crewmembers are provided proper salaries, tips, food, equipment, and sleeping conditions. We think it’s pretty great and our clients do as well, check out our TripAdvisor profile to see what people are saying about us.

Tour disclaimer

  • The exact order contents and rates of this tour is subject to availability.
  • If an accommodation is fully booked we will suggest a comparable alternative.
  • We reserve the right to change the rates advertised on moonlight tours expedition company without prior notice.
  • Rates include a fixed budget for flights during this tour.
  • If flights cost more your quote will reflect this tour.
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