Itenerary: Machame Route
Duriation: 6 Days
Activity: Kilimanjaro Climbing, Destination: Kilimanjaro

Machame Route 6 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

This route is known as"Whiskey" route, Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame it offer you more days treks on the mountain which is usefully for Acclimatization. Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous folks in those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro's southern ice field before summiting. Minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although you can add extra day in to 7days for better acclimatization. Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to some days that accommodate high number of hikers brings heavy crowds which made this route to lose some of its splendor.

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Day to Day Activity


Day 1


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.
Distance: 11Km
Time: 5-6 Hrs


Day 2


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.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 4-5 Hrs


Day 3


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.


Day 4


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.


Day 5


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.


Day 6


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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