Great Trek via Machame

Mt Kilimanjaro via the Machame route

7 days

Up to
6 climbers

About this tour

This is a more scenic route with the highest summit success rate because of the up and down nature of the climb-hiking high and sleeping low is good for acclimatization. There is a challenging almost sheer wall to climb – Baranco wall.

However, it’s easier than it looks beautiful trail, longer and much gentler than Umbwe or Marangu. It is often referred to as the “Whisky Route“. Our itinerary provides valuable acclimatization by having shorter walking days during the trek. You can combine trekking the summits of the Africa’s continent highest and fifth highest peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro is advisable. Starting with the beautiful ascent of Mt. Meru – an exceptional crater rim roller – coaster warm up and acclimatization trek for the big one – Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame route.

Service details

Includes

  • Transport from the airport to the hotel and back
  • Transport from moshi to the marangu gate and back
  • Porters, cook, and guides
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fee
  • 3 meals / day
  • Drinking water
  • 2 nights hotel before and after (b&b)
  • Tents, and sleeping mats (no sleeping bag

Does not include

  • Airfare
  • Tips for the guides, cook and porters
  • Rental equipments
  • Sleeping bag
  • Other personal climbing gear
  • Laundry service
  • Visa fee

Itinerary
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and be met by ALESHA TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD representative with a driver for a transfer and check in to your Hotel. Evening mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipments inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1 - MOSHI / ARUSHA – MACHAME CAMP / HUT

After breakfast drive from Moshi or Arusha drive to the Machame route, From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique busy lizzie flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 -6 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp.

Day 2 - MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAVE CAMP

After breakfast emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4 – 5 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 3 - SHIRA CAVE CAMP TO BARANCO via LAVA TOWER

After breakfast start climbing from Shira Cave Camp towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Karanga Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 – 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent. But having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley.

Day 4 - BARANCO TO KARANGA CAMPSITE

After breakfast start your climb up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down. The reason behind why Barranco Wall is nick named breakfast is that, just after taking your breakfast right away you start with a steep climb.

You walk for 4 – 5 Hrs up Karanga Camp for hot lunch and some acclimatization, dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 5 - KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMPSITE (4600m – 15,200 feet)

After breakfast you start your climb towards Barafu Campsite 4 – 5 Hrs. We recommend our Clients to do a seven days climb because of having enough time to enable your body to relax and more acclimatization. On your relaxation you will be having a fantastic view of Mawenzi peak from the camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. Early dinner and early sleep ready for the summit.

Day 6 - BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP via BARAFU

Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek (12-15 hours of trekking). At the early hours of the fifth day, you will start for the summit. You will climb for the peak through Builder- strewn ridge and a gap between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers to arrive rim at Stella point about midway between Gilman’s point and Uhuru Peak. You will proceed to Uhuru peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro where you will be given enough time at the top of Africa taking some photographs and admiring the beautiful views, and not forgetting signing a special book kept at the top of the mountain for visitors. The temperature range from just below freezing at midnight at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. After breathtaking you will start to descend straight to Barafu for breakfast, then proceed down to Mweka Camp for dinner and where you will spend a night resting and memorising.

Day 7 - MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA PARK GATE – TRANSFERS TO MOSHI / ARUSHA

From Mweka campsite it is a 4 – 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for night at the Hotel in Moshi for a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. OR Overnight.


Our meeting point

We can meet at the Kilimanjaro Airport, or if you're arriving by bus, we can also meet at the Moshi bus station.


Cancellation policy

Since we understand that planning ahead isn't always easy, to provide you with the best experience, we offer free-cancellation up to one week before departure. No questions asked.

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2 climbers shared their experience

  • Hi.
    Me and my friend Robert are planing to climb Kilimanjaro in January 2018.
    We are flexible with time ( in January) so we can join bigger group.
    We are interested Machame route -7 days. ( or some other )
    We have some experience climbing Rocky Mountain Canada.
    We also want to take Safari trip - for few days.
    Can you send as more information how to make registration for this trip and what you can offer to us.
    Tad








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  • Hey tadeusz. I also am interested in climbing Kilimanjaro in January. I'll be headed to Tanzania for a couple weeks after new years in Dubai for a safari. If it works out well, I'd like to make a climb as well....preferably starting between the 4th and the 10th of January on the machame route and finishing no later than the 17th of January before I go to Zanzibar. I can do the safari first and then the climb or the other way around.

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