Home / 7 Days /6 Nights -Kilimanjaro Climb Machame (Whisky) Route
This is probably the most beatiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are ported and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only.
This makes Machame (also referred to as the “Whiskey route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over six days
Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut
Drive rive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Valley
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.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 4: Karanga Valley Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
DAY 5: Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
DAY 6 : Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
DAY 7: Descent – Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel
After breakfast, we continue the descent 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 plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel.
Equipments to bring with you
> Walking poles
> Heavy clothes
> Light Clothing
> Sun Glasses
> Torch with Spare Batteries
> Water bottles or back pack.
|Area/Spot||Days||1 people Price/p||2 people Price/p||3 people Price/p||4 people Price/p||5 people Price/p||6 people Price/p|
|Mt Kilimanjaro Machame ( Whysky Route)||7||$2,790.00||$2,538.00||$2,145.00||$1,964.00||$1,867.00||$1,796.00|
- Professional, English speaking guide
- Personal porter $ Cook
- Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan description
- Meals as indicated in the tour brochure
- Transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro Airport
- Return transfer from Hotel to the National Park Gate
- Overnight stays in mountain huts
- All national park fees
- Tents in the rout necessary
- Porter loo
- camping & rescus fees
- fair wages to guides/Assistant guides & porters
- camping equipmentguide
- 3 meals per day + snacks on trek
- pre & post climb accommodation.
Items not included:
- Meals not indicated in the tour description
- Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
- Visa fees
- Personal spending for souvenirs
- Travel insurance