Machame route is considered by many climbers as the most beautiful route up Mount Kilimanjaro. If you consider yourself more adventurous hiker, then Machame is the route for you. Climbing mountain Kilimanjaro using Machame route is a rewarding experiencing with a scenic splendor not seen on the Marangu route. Treat yourself with late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, this route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over 7 days. To make the most out of your climb we recommend that you take a minimum of 7 days. Incorporating an extra day into your climb is an added benefit, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatization. One of the climbing technique that can maximize your chances on this route is the trek that takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is has proven the secret to successful acclimatization.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL INTO KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On arrival you are personally met at Kilimanjaro International Airport one of our staff of GAMILY-TOURS waiting you and transferred to a well-appointed hotel in Arusha. If you arrive during the day then in the afternoon there is a full briefing with your local guide. Who will also help you go through your climb gear to make sure that you have all that is needed to make your climb a success,
OVERNIGHT AT YOUR HOTEL IN ARUSHA
DAY 2: KILIMANJARO – MACHAME
After breakfast you depart by a private vehicle to Kilimanjaro trailhead. To make no porter carries more than the stipulated weight of 20 Kgs per porter your crew will finalise packing at the gate. On arrival at the trailhead you will go through some formalities and after finishing with formalities you will start your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking from the Machame gate. Your first day’s hike is through verdant Afromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a gradation of forest zones!
From Machame camp your hike takes you to Shira Camp. You will notice that the first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is provided on trial today. Today you will pass through a zone known as the heath zone where attractive Helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Enjoy the sight of various geologic features that can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys.
OVERNIGHT SHIRA CAMP (BREAKFAST – LUNCH – DINNER)
DAY 4: KILIMANJARO – BARRANCO
To take advantage of acclimatization, today you will to a high altitude and then descend to a lower altitude. The trek will take you into alpine desert and if you are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch en route. Expect today to be a long day and the next time you head to this altitude is in two days’ time – great acclimatisation day!
Today your Kilimanjaro trek takes you from Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsels (Senecio species), you will ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short, however climbing the Barranco wall may prove tough, you will take your at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.
Another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp, this is advantageous as it will allow plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.
Today is the day you have been waiting for, most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Here the virtues of patience and persistence are the names of the game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. It is recommended that you ascend via Stella Point as this it affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp after conquering the highest peak in Africa.
OVERNIGHT MWEKA CAMP (BREAKFAST – LUNCH – DINNER)
DAY 8: KILIMANJARO – ARUSHA
After breakfast, you continue with final descend. It’s just a couple of hours further now from Mweka campsite to Mweka Gate (c1980m), where those who made it to the summit or Stella Point will collect their certificates. It is a day of celebrating your achievement the African way.
A private car and guide will be waiting to take you back to your hotel, and a land of warm showers and cold beers. You will spend the night at your Arusha hotel while waiting to go on wildlife safari the following day.