MOUNT KILIMANJARO-7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE TREKKING, known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of Mount Kilimanjaro, within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut and descends using Mweka Gate. Machame 7 Day route is recommended because it provides an additional acclimatization day and shortens some of the daily hikes. The total time on the mountain is 7 days.

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), You will be picked up by the staff of Kilipeak Adventure from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Arusha. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb for the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.
Dinner and overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.

DAY 2: MACHAME GATE – MACHAME HUT: 10.75k /7mi | Rainforest

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
Altitude gained: 1210m

After breakfast we will drive to Machame gate then completing the necessary registration formalities at Machame National Park gate, we begin to trek through a beautiful and lush forest. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here. We have a picnic lunch en route before we arrive at Machame Camp. [5-6 hours walking]

DAY 3: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP: 5.3km/3mi| Moorland

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
Altitude gained: 818m

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily through rocky hills with wide views of the Shira Plateau. From our camp near Shira Hut, we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds. [4-5 hours walking]

DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.75km/6mi| Semi-Desert

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 147m

A morning of sustained ascent and panoramic views brings us to lunch near Lava Tower. The trail then descends to the bottom of the Barranco Valley, where we stay in the spectacular Barranco Camp sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [7-9 hours walking]

DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2km/3mi | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga Camp, the last water point on the approach to the summit. [5-7 hours walking]

DAY 6: KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3km /2 mi | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut for lunch. There is a short acclimatization hike to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent. [3-5 hours walking]

DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86km /3mi up| – MWEKA CAMP: 11.5km /7.2mi down | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

We start our ascent by torchlight about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshments, we continue to descend to reach, Millenium Camp (12,500 ft) then to our final camp Mweka camp. [11-15 hours walking]

DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE: 9.1km/6mi | Rainforest

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m

A sustained descent on a well-constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Mweka; and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village, where we are transferred to our lodging in Arusha.
[4-6 hours walking]
Dinner and overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.

DAY 9: DEPARTING DAY

After saying bye to our team of guides then you need a private departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.
E-mail us at any time to discuss your trip and get an accurate quotation.
TREKKING KILIMANJARO FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE?
The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO-7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE TREKKING INCLUDES:
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport
• Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy) with bed dinner and breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to the starting point for your climb and return to your hotel after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees, and climbing permits.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters, and cook
• Salaries for the mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
• Chemical Portable toilet

MOUNT KILIMANJARO-7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE TREKKING EXCLUDED;
• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets
• Meals & drinks not specified and snacks
• Tips and any items of personal nature.




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