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Widerange African Safaris

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau where many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    18

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,700 per person

What's Included

  • Tented accommodation
  •  5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinking water
  • Guide, porters, cook
  • Park fees, environment fee & taxes
  • Gate transfer
  • Crew wages

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Crew tips

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Widerange African Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Widerange African Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

The drive from Moshi to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We 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.

  • Distance covered: 10.6km
  • Time to be used: 6 hours
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Machame Camp
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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.

  • Distance Covered: 5.4km
  • Time to be used: 4-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Shira Camp
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From the Shira Plateau, we 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 Camp 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.

  • Distance Covered: 10.8km
  • Time to be used: 8 – 10 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Barranco Camp
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After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, 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.

  • Distance Covered: 8.5 km
  • Time to be used: 8 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kibo Hut
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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 screed 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.

  • Distance Covered: 16.4km
  • Time to be used: 7-8 hours ascent – 4-6 hours descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mweka Hut
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Head back down to Mweka Gate for the transfer back to Moshi.

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