6/7 DAYS KILIMANJARO CLIMB-MACHAME ROUTE
6 / 7 days Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route
Machame Route 7 Days also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro. This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
All year round
Arrival in Tanzania
Day 1: Machame gate – machame camp:
Day 2: Machame camp – shira camp:
Day 3: Shira camp – Lava tower – Barranco camp:
Day 4: Barranco camp – Karanga Camp:
Day 5: Karanga camp – Barafu camp:
Day 6: Barafu camp – summit:
Day 7: Horombo huts – Marangu gate – Arusha:
- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
- Airport Transfers round trip
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water
- All National Park & Hut Fees or Camping fees
- International flights
- Extra night
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Lunch & Dinner (but Neeko tours will arrange upon your request for an extra charge).
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- International flights
- Additional accommodation
- Services not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance
Arrive in Tanzania
Upon arrival at the airport, your driver shall pick you up and drive to your hotel in Arusha. Have a rest and prepare for your safari in the next morning.
Accommodation at appointed Hotel
Day 1: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP
Departing from Arusha, the driver 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, Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery 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.
Dinner and Overnight at Machame Camp
Day 2: MACHAME 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.
Dinner and Overnight at Shira Camp
Day 3: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARANCO 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 towards South East upon the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend and overnight at Barranco Camp.
Dinner and Overnight at Barranco Camp
Day 4: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to 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, ability, and strength of your crew.
Diner and Ovenight at Karanga Camp
Day 5: KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP
We continue upward 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.
Diner and Ovenight at Barafu Camp
Day 6: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight. 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 on 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.
Dinner and Overnight Mweka Camp
Day 7: MWIKA CAMP – MWIKA GATE – ARUSHA
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of accomplishment and team bonding with your crew it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down stopping at the Mwika gare for signing out. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. You return back to Arusha.