The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by support crews. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation. There are however two drawbacks on this route:
Firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.
The second problem relates to the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that other routes join the Machame route from day 3 onwards – higher numbers of hikers can be therefore be encountered on this route.
The route utilises the Mweka route as a descend route.
Things You Need to Know Before Climbing Kilimanjaro
Interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Wondering what it is like to be on Africa’s highest peak? Here are important things you need to know before booking your Kilimanjaro Trekking.
Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)
Depart after breakfast from Hotel in Moshi or Arusha to Machame gate 1800Mt.
Your hiking will begin after registration in the entrance through the rain forest on a winding trail 5-6 hours overnight at Machame
campsite (3000m/9350FT) dinner overnight.
Time: 5-6 Hrs
After Morning breakfast leave the glades of the rain forest and continue trekking crossing a little valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather and turn to the river Gogre at 3658m lunch to be save on the way to shira =campsite ,Overnight at Shira campsite 3840m/ 12500Ft) 4-5hours trek dinner overnight.
Time: 4-5 Hrs
Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Total Elevation Total Elevation Gain: 760 meters, 2,264 feet Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 760 meters to a height of 4,600 meters at lava Tower before beginning your descent to Barranco Campsite. This day is crucial day for acclimatization. After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching Junction between Lemosho Route and Machame Route at 4435Mt Unction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending slowly to Barranco Camp Dinner overnight. Gain: 760 meters, 2,264 feet Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 760 meters to a height of 4,600 meters at lava Tower before beginning your descent to Barranco Campsite. This day is crucial day for acclimatization. After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching Junction between Lemosho Route and Machame Route at 4435Mt Unction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending slowly to Barranco Camp Dinner overnight.
After breakfast depart from Barranco, Campsite walk on a steep ridge passing the Barranco wall 4200Mt to karanga valley stop for Lunch and then Continue to Barafu campsite at 4600mt (this will depend on how many days you are trekking if you are taking for 7days 6night this will be your fourth night before hike to Barafu Campsite at the following day.
After leaving Barranco campsite you will start with a wall call Barranco wall, this will bring you to 4200Mt to reach the top of barranco wall, and soon you reach this top of barranco wall you will have a short beak here for 10-15 minutes while you explore over landscape view before descending to Karanga valley “where you will have your hot lunch. After Lunch (if you are in 6days 5nights on kili trek,) you will continue further to Barafu campsite 4600mt. Now you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Your dinner will be save earlier to allow enough time to rest before summit section commence right at mid night rest, late prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka, Right midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, make sure you have captured picture for your memory before beginning of the descent to Base Camp Barafu and later further to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru there is a great views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. At Barafu Camp your Branch will be save after a short break. As you still have another three to four hours descent further to Mweka Camp dinner overnight.
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet hiking time: 3-4 hours After your last breakfast on the mountain leave weka campsite hiking through rain forest to Mweka Gate where you will end up with your life time tour before transfer to a Hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
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