Machame Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

Route Overview

Also known as the Whiskey Route, Machame Route has grown in popularity. This is a camping route that provides breathtaking views of Mt Meru, the Pare Mountains, Lake Chala, and Lake Jipe. While the six-day itinerary is doable, the seven-day Machame climb is preferable because it allows for one more day of acclimatization and rest before the summit day. This will help you avoid altitude sickness and increase your chances of reaching the summit.

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Tour Itenerary

Welcome to the Land of Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar – Tanzania.
We will pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and assist from your Lomo Tanzania safari guide who will be with you on your safari.
Depending on your arrival time, you will be welcomed with a cup of coffee, tea and hot chocolate served with some delicious snacks and a glass of champagne at your disposal.
Our guide will help you with luggage in your comfortable safari vehicle and safely start to drive for 1 hour to your hotel in Arusha town.
You will be assisted to check-in at your hotel, and if possible followed with a short safari briefing or it can be done tomorrow early morning.

The Accommodation – Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa.
At the Lodge you will be ensured that you are looked after in a unique, friendly, and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening.
The spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling amid tropical trees and coffee plants.

Meal plan
Hot served dinner will be provided at Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Elevation: 1200m to 1700m to 3000m.
Distance: 13 km.
Hiking time: 5-7 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest

Our vehicle will transport you from the hotel to Machame gate after breakfast. You will complete the necessary registration procedures here before beginning the trek through the rain forest to Machame camp, where the tents will already be set up for you. Dinner and overnight at the campsite

Elevation: 3000m to 3800m
Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.

After breakfast, leave the camp and continue ascending through small valleys and steep rocky ridges covered in heather plants to the camp on the western side of the mountain. This camp will provide you with a spectacular view of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak, and sunset, followed by dinner and overnight at Shira Campsite.

Elevation: 3800m to 3950m.
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.

This is a long and important acclimatization day, so start early and continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. You will have lunch at Lava tower and then continue down to Barranco camp. The camp is located in the bottom valley of the Barranco wall, where you will eat and sleep.

Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Moorland

Today is a short walk. In the morning, you will begin climbing the Barranco wall to 4200m for acclimatization before continuing across ridges and valleys to the Karanga campsite for a hot lunch. After lunch, you’ll get some rest and another acclimatization hike up the scree slopes towards the southern ice field. You’ll then return to camp for supper and an overnight stay.

Elevation: 3900m to 4620m.
Distance: 8 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

The ascent to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult on this day due to the altitude. Because of the short distance, the walk only takes a few hours, but it is steep and requires a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You’ll be trekking through an alpine desert. A strong, cold wind is likely to blow from Kibo peak and its ice. You’ll eat dinner at 4620 meters, then rest until midnight, when you’ll attack the summit.

Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.

After a light breakfast at midnight, prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise by climbing before dawn. The trail is a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow to Stella Point on the crater rim between 4 and 5 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its glaciers in front of you. After an hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the famous snows, you will reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. You will spend some time here taking photographs, but this will depend on how you feel.

After completing your summit activities, you will return to the Barafu campsite for lunch, rest, and equipment collection before continuing down through moorland and heath zone to the Mweka campsite. Mweka Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.

This is your final day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will walk through Montane forest to the Mweka park gate. This descent will take approximately 3-4 hours. Sign out at the gate and prepare to board the vehicle for the transfer back to the hotel for your certificate presentation and well-deserved celebration.

Acclimtization Day

On the 7-day itinerary, after lunch on Day 5, the afternoon acclimatization trek is skipped in favor of the 6 Days trek, which includes dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.

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