MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING SAFARI
MACHAME ROUTE MARANGU ROUTE
Machame route is the most beautiful route for climbing
Mt. Kilimanjaro. All your equipments and supplies are
portered and a cook prepares your meals. Where
accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the
Machame route offers strictly tents only. The Machame
route is also referred to as the 'Whisky Route' (whereas
the Marangu route is known as the 'Coca Cola Route') and
it is better suited to the slightly more adventurous
hiker, however rewarding him/her with a scenic splendor
such as not seen on the Marangu route. There is an added
benefit to this route, as you are afforded the most
valuable commodity on the mountain and that is
acclimatization. The Machame route takes you high to
Lava Tower (4,630 m) on day 3 and brings you down by
nearly 700m for an overnight at Baranco Camp hence
making you more familiar to the altitude and climate.
The Machame is additionally more personalised in service
and trek as huge crowds are mostly avoided.
Day 1 – Springland Hotel - Moshi
Day 2 – Machame Camp
Day 3 - Shira Camp
Day 4 - Barranco Camp
Day 5 – Barafu Camp
Day 6 – Mweka Camp
Day 7 – Descent and departure.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ARUSHA THEN TO MOSHI - SPRINGLANDS
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport in Tanzania. Pick up
at airport and drive to Moshi.
Overnight at Springlands Hotel, Moshi - bed and
DAY 2 - MACHAME GATE (1,490M) TO MACHAME CAMP (2,980M) ;
HIKING TIME - 7 HRS ; DISTANCE 18 KMS; HABITAT - MONTANE
After breakfast drive to Kilimanjaro National Park at
the Machame gate. Register and begin climb. You will
receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water
in the village. Hike through the rain forest to Machame
Hut at about 10,000 feet. Your porters will have arrived
at the campsite before you and will have erected your
tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will
boil drinking water and the cook will prepare dinner.
Dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Machame Camp - fullboard.
DAY 3 - MACHAME CAMP (2,980M) TO SHIRA CAMP (3,840M);
HIKING TIME - 6 HRS; DISTANCE - 9 KMS; HABITAT -
After an early breakfast you climb an hour or so to the
top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler
gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch
and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira
Plateau. By now you will be able to see an easterly
direction, the Western Breach with its stunning
glaciers. You are now due to West of Kibo and after a
short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3840m.
Rest, dinner and overnight at the Shira Hut camp site.
Overnight at Shira Camp - fullboard.
DAY 4 - SHIRA CAMP (3,840M) TO LAVA TOWER (4,630M) TO
BARANCO CAMP (3950M); HIKING TIME - 7 HRS; DISTANCE - 15
KMS; HABITAT: SEMI DESERT.
Continue East and then South East to the landscape
surrounding the Lava Towere where you reach after about
5 hours trekking. Lunch is served in the designated area
before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower
called 'The Sharks Tooth', definitely the toughest day
so far. After lunch you descend again by almost 680m to
the Barranco Camping area and after reaching the high
altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true
acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This
descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers
great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs
of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is
situated in the valley below breach and Great Barranco
Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset
while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Overnight at Barranco Camp.
DAY 5 - BARRANCO CAMP (3950M) TO BARAFU CAMP (4550M);
HIKING TIME - 7 HRS; DISTANCE - 13 KMS; HABITAT - ALPINE
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a
very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this
awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally
turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out
just below Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how
beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads
down through Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and
valleys, and then joins up with Mweka route. This is the
preferred route down from the summit, so remember it.
After an hour, you will be at Barafu Camp. Barafu is the
Swahili word for 'ice'. The summit is now a further
1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same
night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal
clothing for the summit attempt. This should include
replacement of your batteries for the headlamp/camera.
To prevent your water from freezing it would be wiser to
carry it in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around
19:00hrs and try to get some precious sleep.
Overnight at Barafu Camp - fullboard.
DAY 6 - BARAFU CAMP (4550M) TO UHURU PEAK (5895M) TO
MWEKA (3100M); HIKING TIME - 8 HRS TO UHURU PEAK AND 7/8
HRS TO MWEKA; DISTANCE - 7KM ASCENT AND 23KMS DESCENT;
HABITAT - STONE SCREE AND ICE CAPPED SUMMIT.
will arise around 23:30hrs and after some tea and
biscuits you continue into the night. You will head in a
northwestern direction and ascend through heavy scree
towards Stella Point on the crater rim. At Stella Point
(5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be
rewarded with the most magnificient sunrise (weather
permitting) you are ever likely to see. From Stella
Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on
your 2 hours ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will
spend on the summit will depend on the weather
conditions. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to
remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to
Barafu from the summit takes 3 hours. Here you will have
a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of
your gear, before heading down to Mweka Hut (3100m).
Overnight at Mweka Camp - fullboard.
DAY 7 – DECENT AND DEPARTURE.
After an early and well-deserved breakfast it is a short
3 hour scenic hike back to the park gate. You will then
drive to Moshi, then further to Arusha and depart to
your next destination.
USD 1,300.- PER PERSON.
Park entrance fees
hut or camping fees for the climb
Guides, assistant guides, porter and cook
meals on the mountain including eating utensils
Certificate of successful completion
Tips for guides and porters
International and regional flights and taxes
Personal health insurance
In-house equipment: rental facility
also available for rental at Moshi.
Connections wishes you all a successful mountain climb.