Machame Route Kilimanjaro | East Africa Travel Company
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Machame Route Kilimanjaro | East Africa Travel Company
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Machame Route Kilimanjaro Hike 6 Days The treks begin on the southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro at Machame gate. Machame Route Kilimanjaro route takes six days minimum to complete, though seven days are often really helpful.
Machame route Kilimanjaro
The Machame Route Kilimanjaro, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is a six or seven-day camping route and is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro.
MACHAME ROUTE KILIMANJARO – 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 route 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 scenic 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 summit.
Duration: 6 or 7 days
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at QWine Hotel B&B.
Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Specialized Tour Guide
Box Lunch, Water, Dinner and Snacks
Travel With Bus
DAY 1 : MARANGU GATE – MANDARA
7K /MI | 4-5 HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2740m/9000ft
The Kilimanjaro National Park Gate is a 45-minute drive from Moshi through the village of Machame.
Waiting patiently for our permits, we will observe the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead.
With your guide telling you about the local flora and fauna, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails.
The trail can be quite slippery and muddy at these lower elevations.
Here, gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended.
DAY 2 : MANDARA HUTS – HOROMBO HUTS
11KM/3MI | 6-8HRS | MOORELAND
Elevation: 2740m/9000ft to 3690m/12,100ft
We emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending path through the heathland, looking for giant lobelias and grounds after a good night’s sleep.
In the open moorlands, small shrubs dominate the vegetation.
Stop halfway for lunch, to enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts late afternoon beneath the spectacular Kibo Summit viewpoint. Temperatures begin to drop.
DAY 3 : HOROMBO HUTS- KIBO HUTS
10KM/6MI | 6-8HRS | SEMI-DESERT
Elevation: 3690m/12,100ft to 4695m/15,400ft
After breakfast, we continue on through the dwindling heathland that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo.
Here while we stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours.
DAY 4 : KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS:
9.00 AM to 9.00 PM
KIBO HUTS – SUMMIT: 4KM /2.5 MI UP | 5-7HRS | – HOROMBO HUTS: 14KM /9MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW-CAPPED SUMMIT
Elevation: 4695m/15,400ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3690m/12,100ft
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 in a switchback formation by trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead.
With a switchback motion, we ascend through heavy scree and possibly snow toward Gillman’s 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 5: HOROMBO HUTS – MARANGU GATE – MOSHI:
18KM/11MI |6-7HRS | RAINFOREST
Elevation: 3690m/12,100 to 1830m/6000ft
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 stopping at the Mandara Huts for lunch. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to the Marangu Park Gate and 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 to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 45 minutes).
Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations!!
Overnight Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel. before being transferred to your journey home, safari, or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.
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