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7-DAY MACHAME ROUTE MT KILIMANJARO TREK

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5 Days
Availability : Jan 1’ - Dec 31’
Marangu Gate - Tanzania
Marangu Gate - Tanzania
Min Age : 1+
Max People : 7
Tour Details

Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, affectionately known as the ‘Whisky Route’. This path, favored for its scenic diversity, offers adventurers an enchanting journey through lush forests, expansive moorlands, and the misty realms of Kibo. As you traverse the great Barranco Wall and beneath the glaciated cliffs of the Southern Ice fields, the Machame Route reveals stunning vistas and challenging terrains.

This route, celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, leads you to the summit through a gradual ascent, allowing for better acclimatization. The journey unfolds across several days, increasing your chance of a successful summit. Join Msangai Adventures on this scenic expedition, where each step is an exploration of nature’s grandeur, leading to the triumphant moment atop Africa’s highest peak.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Tour Type

Group

Single Person Price

$2,250 (For Private and Solo Travelers)

What to Expect

You are probably aware of this already but going on safari is not like any other holiday you may have taken…it’s really not. So if you like to know what to expect on safari, then let’s take a look at what lies ahead. You can expect:

  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Delicious Food
  • Relaxing Afternoons
  • Great Company

African hospitality is second to none!

A typical safari day begins by waking up early morning (around 6 A.M.). Take hot shower and head to take your breakfast before starting morning game drive.

During Safari don’t forget to keep your camera handy at all times – you never know when you will spot game wandering.

Keep in mind your day is always flexible. If you are not keen on early mornings or prefer to spend a whole day on safari making stops for picnic lunches in the bush, then you’re in luck! The friendly staff will always arrange your schedule with you the night prior to ensure you enjoy your stay. After all, it is your African safari!

Itinerary

Day 1Machame Gate - Machame Camp

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.

Enjoythe 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.

10.75k /7mi | 5-6 hrs. | Rainforest

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft

Altitude gained: 1210m

Day 2Machame Camp - Shira Camp

After a good night’s 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.

5.3km/3mi | 4-5hrs | Moorland

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

Altitude gained: 818m

Day 3Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

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” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

10.75km/6mi | 5-6hrs | Semi Desert

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

Altitude gained: 147m

Day 4Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up 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.

5.2km/3mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

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

Altitude gained: 48m

Day 5Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

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.

3.3km /2 mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

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

Altitude gained: 628m

Day 6Barafu Camp - Summit - Mweka Camp

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 of 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.

4.86km /3mi up | 5-7hrs | 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

Day 7Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi

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 to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight your hotel in Moshi before being transferred to your journey home, safari or relaxing trip to Zanzibar.

9.1km/6mi |3-4hrs | Rainforest

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

Altitude lost: 1473m

Package Inclusion & Exclusions

Package Inlusions

Crew

  • Lead Guide(s) for 1+ people.
  • English Speaking & Wilderness First Responder Trained
  • Cook, Porters, equipment, personal client luggage (15 kg per client)
  • The ratio of porters per client is 3 to 4.

Equipment

  • Sleeping tent, 3-person size for 2 people
  • Sleeping mat, 2-inch foam
  • Pillow
  • Walk-in dining tent and table
  • Backed chairs
  • Wash basins with hot water each morning and evening

Food & Drink

  • Three meals per day & afternoon snack during the trek

           Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free upon request

  • Treated drinking water

          (minimum of 3L per day while trekking with additional water available at camp)

  • Coffee and tea during the trek

Health & Safety

  • Pulse oximeter
  • Altitude sickness checklists
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen

Preparation & Fees

  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees and VAT.
  • Camping/hut, rescue, conservation and taxes
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Pre-trek briefing with your guide

Accommodation & Transfers

  • Round-trip airport transfer between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Moshi
  • Round-trip transfer between Moshi and the park gate
  • Hotel stays in Moshi pre- and post-trek (2 nights total) on bed & breakfast.

Package Exclusions

  • Gratuities/tips
  • Personal trekking gear such as sleeping bag and clothing
  • Favored beverages (soda and alcohol at hotels)
  • Additional accommodation or meals resulting from early descent
  • Tanzania entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic or international flights
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
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