Machame route 7 days
The Machame route is also called the Whiskey route. It is a rather hard route – steep and long in the beginning.
It is one of the most popular routes. The route provides impressive views and varied landscapes and the acclimatization is good. The route is also a bit shorter than some of the others. The route starts on the southern side of Kilimanjaro.
The 6 days route
If you wish, the trek can be done in 6 days. You will skip the night in Karanga Camp and go straight from Barranco Camp to Barafu (Basecamp). But please bare in mind that this will decrease your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak.
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Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Around 9 a.m. you will be picked up from your hotel in Moshi and drive with your crew to the entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Gate. It takes about 45 minutes from Moshi to Machame Gate. Machame Gate is at 1,800 metres altitude.
Upon arrival at the Gate you will have to sign in and formalities will be taken care of.
The trek starts through the beautiful rainforest, which has a rich animal and floral life. You are very likely to see the fine black/white colobus monkey on the first day.
The ascent is relatively steep and it is a hard first day. You will leave the rainforest on the last part of the trip and a change in the landscape is already seen.
After 6-7 hours – 11 km – you will arrive at Machame Camp at 2,800 metres altitude
Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp
The trek is somewhat steep for about an hour, before it flattens and the trip continues cross the Moorland zone – into open an landscape with low bush growth, moss and distinctive plants – extremely beautiful and magnificent scenery.
The views to Kibo Peak and the Western Breach – a crack in the crater edge created by running lava – and the fascinating glaciers are stunning.
After about 5 hours – 5 km – you will arrive at Shira Cave Camp at 3,750 metres altitude.
Shira Cave Camp to Barranco Camp
The trek continues across the last part of the Shira plateau and then turns east. The landscape is changing into a desert landscape, where the vegetation is limited, the landscape is somewhat barren and desolated.
Along the route you have beautiful views of Mt. Meru and Kibo. The route continues up to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters altitude, which brings amazing views of the Western Breach. After Lava Tower it goes down towards the camp.
This day is a perfect day for acclimatisation.
After 7-8 hours – 10 km – you arrive at Barrance Camp at 3,950 metres altitude. This camp is beautifully placed with mesmerizing views of Kibo and the almost 300 meters high Barranco Wall.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
The day starts with an approximately 2 hour climb up the Barranco Wall. You will soon realize that it is not as difficult and daunting as it looks like from a distance. But rather an exciting and different terrain on the route to Uhuru Peak. At the top of the wall the landscape is changing again, and you are now in the alpine dessert. The view towards Mt. Meru is stunning from here.
After a short break you continue down to the Karanga valley where the next camp is.
After about 4 hours – 5 km – you arrive at Karanga Camp at 4,000 metres altitude.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Today you will reach the basecamp at 4,670 metres altitude. It takes about 4 hours to get to Barafu Camp from Karanga Camp. You will have great views to the two peaks- Mawenzi and Kibo on the climb.
The afternoon can be spent on relaxing and preparing for the next day’s climb to the summit. Dinner will be served early, as an early night is important. The climb to the summit starts around midnight
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
You have reached the absolute hardest trek on this route! It is in the middle of the night, and it is cold. Before starting off you will be served tea and biscuits. For several hours you will be walking very slowly and take many short breaks. It takes 6-7 hours to reach the first goal: Stella Point at 5,750 metres altitude.
There, you will be met by the most magnificent sunrise, which is worth all the challenges faced so far! Watching the sun rise will surely give you renewed energy!
After about an hour more of climbing, and you have reached Uhuru Peak at 5.895 metres altitude!
Here you will be rewarded with amazing views to the big crater and the gigantic ice glaciers. Nothing less than an incredible mesmerizing experience!
After enjoying the amazing landscape at the Roof of Africa, you will follow your steps back to Barafu Camp, where you will have time for a short rest and lunch.
After lunch you continue down the mountain to Mweka Camp at 3.100 metres altitude. It is a relatively easy walk, although there is no doubt that your legs are tired from the ascent.
An incredible and unforgettable day.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Back in the beautiful rainforest you will descent the last 10 km down to Mweka Gate. It takes about 3-4 hours.
After signing out at the Gate, you will be driven back to your hotel.