Machame Route

The Machame route,also referred to as the Whiskey route,is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to trek high & sleep low; hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho route just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimation before making the final ascent to the summit..

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

After breakfast and meeting the local guides, we drive for just over an hour to Machame Gate(1,490m). at the gate we register with the National Park and then meet our team of porters. Once we start walking its not long before we enter the tropical rain forest. Depending on how much rain there has been the trail can be quite muddy. After some time we stop for lunch and then continue to Machame Camp in the afternoon by the time we reach the campsite the porters will already have set up your tents and the cook will be preparing dinner. Most people are quite tired after the first day’s walk so we advise any early night. Overnight camp. Altitude 2,980m.

After breakfast we leave Machame Camp and follow a steep trail all the way to the Shira Plateau. We stop for plenty fo rests and photos throughout the day. We are rewarded with great views of the westernbreach with its stunning glaciers. We set up camp in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight camp. Altitude3.840m.

We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatization and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 meters over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall Todays route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m.

The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. We set up a temporary camp just after the Karanga River. Here you will have lunch and relaxing, chatting at fellow trekker, guides and porters. After lunch we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatization. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. after about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,600m. .

We rise very early usually around 12:00 am, have some tea and snacks and start walking, We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep screen to reach Stella Point (5,685m). for many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Barafu Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight Camp. Altitude 3,832m.

After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek at Mweka Gate. Form the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies by the pool. In the evening you will enjoy a celebratory meal and some drinks at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

After breakfast and meeting the local guides, we drive for just over an hour to Machame Gate(1,490m). at the gate we register with the National Park and then meet our team of porters. Once we start walking its not long before we enter the tropical rain forest. Depending on how much rain there has been the trail can be quite muddy. After some time we stop for lunch and then continue to Machame Camp in the afternoon by the time we reach the campsite the porters will already have set up your tents and the cook will be preparing dinner. Most people are quite tired after the first day’s walk so we advise any early night. Overnight camp. Altitude 2,980m.

After breakfast we leave Machame Camp and follow a steep trail all the way to the Shira Plateau. We stop for plenty fo rests and photos throughout the day. We are rewarded with great views of the westernbreach with its stunning glaciers. We set up camp in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight camp. Altitude3.840m.

We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatization and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 meters over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall Todays route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m.

The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. we set up camp just after the Karanga River. Spend the afternoon relaxing, chatting at fellow trekker, guides and porters. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,000m.

After breakfast we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatization. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. after about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,600m.

We rise very early usually around 12:00 am, have some tea and snacks and start walking, We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep screen to reach Stella Point (5,685m). for many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Barafu Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight Camp. Altitude 3,832m.

After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek at Mweka Gate. Form the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies by the pool. In the evening you will enjoy a celebratory meal and some drinks at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha / Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Included
Park fees, camping fees & rescue
18% VAT on tour fees & services
3 season mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority(KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators(KIATO)
2-way private airport transfers

Not Included
Flights
Items of a personal nature
Laundry services
A doctor for the group