Machame

Kilimanjaro Trekking

Do what people only dream of doing – hiking up the highest and most famous summit in Tanzania. This Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans known as Mount Kilimanjaro. It stands almost 6000 meters above sea level. To make it to the peak you don’t need to be an experienced mountain climber but to reach the summit, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition, strong will power and a little bit of luck. All you really need is the ambition - we will do the rest.

The Machame Route is one of the most beautiful trekking tours from the Kilimanjaro also known as the “Whiskey Route”. The climb begins with a gradual ascend amongst thick rainforest vegetation, which offers occasional fantastic views of Mount Meru, Shire Ridge as well the main summit of the Kilimanjaro - the Kibo. The Machame Route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes and requires more thorough preparation on behalf of the mountain climber.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Moshi:

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and be taken to the Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day will be at leisure with the option to explore the small town of Moshi (a small taxi ride away). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days.  (Dinner)

 

Day 2 - Machame Gate - Machame Camp:

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Once this is all prepared, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 - 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination - The Machame Camp. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 3 - Machame Camp - New Shira Camp:

After an early morning start, you will leave the Machame Camp where the path steepens and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the wonderful mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon, you will reach the campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the warm evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 4 - New Shira Camp - Lava Tower Hut - Barranco Camp:

The long trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape moves towards an afro-alpine desert. The trek passes through the spacious and sweeping Barranco Valley with its giant senecio and lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp. Here, you will stay for the night fortified with an evening meal.  (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 5 - Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp:

The trek for today starts with the steep climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is a priority and you will be secured wherever necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 - 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp. Once at camp, you can relax, have dinner and take a short nap in preparation for the early start for the next stage. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 6 - Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp:

After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of the Kibo and arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of the Kilimanjaro. Another 1 - 2 hrs climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Here, you will witness Africa’s Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying its surrounding landscape being lit up and warmed by the sun’s rays – a truly liberating experience - in which you have reached the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you will arrive at Barafu Camp. Here, the rest of the mountain crew will have waited for you and upon your return will provide you with warm meal. After a well-deserved break of 1 - 2 hrs, you will be on your way to Mweka Camp (3080m) where an evening meal and a well-earned sleep awaits you. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 7 - Mweka Camp (3080m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi:

The final leg of your amazing adventure is easier and begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 -3 hrs descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver takes you back to the Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi. The day is spent at leisure to relax and relieve your aching muscles in the pool. (Breakfast & Dinner)

 

Day 8 – Moshi:

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport to your onward destination. (Breakfast)

 

Items included:

  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Personal porter
  • Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan description
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Meals as indicated in the tour brochure
  • Return transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport
  • 2 overnight stays at Sal Salinero (inc. breakfast & evening meal)
  • Return transfer from Gate to Moshi
  • Tents for use on Kilimanjaro Tour
  • All national park fees

Items not included:

  • Meals not indicated in the tour description
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance