7-Day Machame Route Itinerary

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Overview

7-Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Machame Route – Also know as the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. All trekkers sleep in tents (tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags are provided), and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This climbing Kilimanjaro adventure is done over 7 days, so that acclimatisation is easier. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail, with a stay at the Mweka or Millennium camp on the final night on the mountain.

Day To Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your lodge and taken to the Kilimanjaro National park gate. After completion of all the necessary paperwork, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primeval ferns, and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal, before snuggling into your tent for the night.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heathland. Arriving at your campsite a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Acclimatization is on today’s menu. You will climb roughly 800 m but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower. Here you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert, as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecios, will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight await you at Barranco Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary. Your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow for further acclimatization and leads you to the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 3 to 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination – Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever-present on your left side. After 3 to 4 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and night as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away…
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

At around midnight you will be woken up by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point (5,730m), reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

A scrumptious breakfast is followed by a traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka Gate. You will be met at the gate and taken back to the Lodge or Hotel for a long shower and relaxed day by the pool. Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel.
Breakfast; Dinner

You can take some rest and enjoy this paradise made of beautiful beaches of white sand and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. There is a possibility of extra activities such as a Day Tour in Stone Town (includes Old Town guided tour, Spice Tour and Prison Island – lunch not included), Half Day Tour (includes Old Town guided tour or Spice Tour or Prison Island). Another suggestion is Jozani Forest tour (lunch not included).
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
The Z Hotel or similar accommodation

You can spend the last hours of your journey to relax. After you will have a transfer to Zanzibar airport for international flight.

Tour Dates & Prices

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  • All Kilimanjaro park fees
  • Professional experienced mountain guides, cook and porters
  • Rescue fees
  • All accommodation in huts on the mountain
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, cook park fees
  • Clean and purified drinking water
  • Transfers from Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park and back as described in the itinerary
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, Hiking poles etc.
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc

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