• 6 Days from
    $1887 p/p in USD
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Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

Sometimes called the ‘whiskey route’, the Machame Route is a popular Kilimanjaro route up steep paths through the magnificent forests to a ridge leading through the moorland zones to Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the southern Ice fields to join the Barafu route before continuing to the summit at Uhuru Peak.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    10

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,887 per person

What's Included

  • Airport transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi double or triple occupancy (before and after the climb – first night includes breakfast, last night includes dinner & breakfast)
  • Return transportation between Moshi and the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees & rescue fees
  • Tents, sleeping mattresses, mess tent (for dining), chairs, tables, cutlery & crockery
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Pulse oximeters & first aid kit

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Guides, porters, cook & waiters tips
  • Mountain equipment not included (sleeping bags)
  • Climbing gear
  • Items of personal nature (expenses)
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Travel insurance

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rainforest. You will receive a lunch pack at the gate and you can also drink bottled water you bought at Springlands Hotel in Moshi. There is a possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at Machame Campsite.

You rise early at Machame Camp and after breakfast, you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike, you will reach the Shira Campsite at 3840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower. Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally at this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch, you descend again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Campsite.

Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5 hours.

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) 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 will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100m) for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, from the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. In the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious hot lunch! You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and overnight in Springlands hotel. It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated at the end of their trip. Tips can be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

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