Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa! [First Time from India]
Soaring above the rippling tea plantations and low hills of northeastern Tanzania, stands Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340') - Africa’s highest peak. Follow the less traveled Machame Route up the slopes, hiking seven days through the spectacular landscapes of five temperate zones. On this once-in-a-lifetime trek, take in extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles, and experience the sunrise from the roof of Africa.
About the route
Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route (7 days)is now the most popular ascent route on Mt Kilimanjaro. Compared with the Marangu route, the walking days on the Machame route are longer and the walks are steeper. However, the scenery is spectacular and landscape interesting. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.
The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied and approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.
After arrival at your hotel in Moshi, you can have your rest time. And later there will be a meeting with the your guide for briefing about your trek and Mt Kilimanjaro. After finishing the briefing, he will check all your mountain gears to see if you have all equipment, and if you are missing out some of them, he would help you in renting those.
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, climb to Machame Camp Your 7 days machame route climbing starts from a drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate( it takes about 45 minutes). After paper work the journey starts, passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on the winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are good use in here. We continue this until we reach the Machame Camp.
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
Climbing Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Climb Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on the 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.
Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Climb Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east, up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as you had begun, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.
Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Climb Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
Climbing Time: 34 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Climb Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Climb Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
The wait is over! Today very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we start our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Climb Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Moshi
After breakfast we continue descending down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be good to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). End of your 7 day machame route climbing
Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Checkout from the hotel.
2 Nights accommodation
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
All Park fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.
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Sleeping Bag (rated to 0 degrees f. / Synthetic or down)
Backpack (Internal Frame 1,800 - 2,200 cubic inches)
Light to mid weight synthetic top
Mid Weight synthetic bottoms
Extra synthetic top light-weight
Fleece jacket (200-300 weight) or down jacket or down sweater with hood (optional)
Jacket with hood or equivalent
Wool or synthetic socks (2-3 pairs)
Synthetic Liner socks (2-3 pairs) optional
Lightweight fleece or synthetic gloves (windproof/water resistant preferred)
Tennis shoes to walk around villages and lodges
Variety of nuts, power bars, dried fruit, energy gels, crackers,, powder drinks for mixing-Gatorade, or so. (Suggestion here; divide snacks into daily Ziploc portions)
Two wide mouth water bottles
Required Medications: Antibiotics-Cipro-for food poisoning/lower body infections, Amoxicillin-for upper body/respiratory infections, Aspirin-helps in acclimatization, Diomax-helps in acclimatization. Please consult personal doctor for more info.
Please rent or supply your own liner
Summit pants (Ski pants)
Pair of walking poles
Headlamp (excl batteries)
Mt Kilimanjaro, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania