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Climb Mt Kilimanjaro 7 Days Machame Route Safe Accomplish

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Climb Mt Kilimanjaro 7 Days Machame Route is known due to the “Whiskey Route” as compared to Marangu’s “Coca Cola Route”. this is often actually because Machame could also be a harder route, and doesn’t have sleeping huts for accommodation. Machame is the best Ultimate route on the mountain.

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE

There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenics and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro.  This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of the summit.

  • Duration: 6 or 7 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Scenery: Excellent
  • Traffic: High

 

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 stars B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check, and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP: 10.75K /7MI | 5-6 HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m

Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

 

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP: 5.3KM/3MI | 4-5HRS | MOORLAND

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m

after a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop.

 

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.75KM/6MI | 5-6HRS | SEMI-DESERT

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 147m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend overnight at Barranco Camp.

 

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2KM/3MI | 3-4HRS | ALPINE DESERT

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

 

DAY 5: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3KM /2 MI | 3-4HRS | ALPINE DESERT

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m

We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

 

DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86KM /3MI UP | 5-7HRS | – MWEKA CAMP: 11.5KM /7.2MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW-CAPPED SUMMIT

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

 

DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1KM/6MI |3-4HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!!

Overnight Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 stars B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari, or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.

 

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
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) 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.

 

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    All about the Climb Mt Kilimanjaro 7 Days Machame Route Safe Accomplish.
    Machame Route – Seven Day Itinerary
    • DAY 1. •Machame Gate to Machame Camp. …
    • DAY 2. •Machame Camp to Shira Camp. …
    • DAY 3. •Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp. …
    • DAY 4. •Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. …
    • DAY 5. •Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. …
    • DAY 6 •Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
    • DAY 7 •Mweka Camp to Moshi
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Transfers:

    • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
    • Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
    • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro park and transfer to the hotel;

    Entry fees:

    • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees, and everyone other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

    Accommodation:

    • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
    • Tented accommodation on Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or  Kilimanjaro Tents).

    Please note:
    All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you’ll be sharing together with your travel companion a twin/double room within the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we’ll match you with a same-sex adventurer).

    Meals:

    • Breakfast within the hotel before and after the hike;
    • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several sorts of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
    • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, cocoa, and water).
    • Hiking and safety equipment
    • 2-inch (10-cm) thick and cozy sleeping mats;
    • All group equipment (spacious and cozy dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
    • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
    • GPS-tracking service;
    • Complete medical kits.

    Climbing crew:

    • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness care certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
    • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airline tickets;
    • Visa fee;
    • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
    • Personal gear rentals;
    • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
    • Mountaineering insurance.
    1. Day 1 Arrival at Location

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    8. Day 8 Leave with Memory

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    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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    Overall Rating
    5/5
    Branislav Z wrote a review Jun 2017
    Reviewed On 03/06/2021
    5/5

    Kilimanjaro I did 7 day Machame route with East Africa and it was great. Lewison and his team are very friendly and will accommodate your needs. They take time to show you Moshi, try local food and prepare you for the climb if you have any equipment missing. I highly recommend going with the guide named John who is very experienced and considerate. Cheers

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