Machame Route

The Machame, a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain and is often known as the "Whiskey Route," with incredible views of Kilimanjaro. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo's great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. On the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. The Machame route can be completed in a 6 or 7 day climb, however we strongly recommend the 7 day as you have a much better success rate.

  • Machame Route - 7 Day Climb

    The 7 day Machame route has beautiful scenery and classic majestic mountain views of Kilimanjaro. We can't recommend the 7 day Machame route enough.

    With a true 7 day climb you stay at Karanga camp on Day 6 then up to Barafu camp for the summit attempt. This is the big difference between High Adventure Tours and other outfitters, this allows you better, more comfortable acclimatisation with a much higher success rate of sumitting.

    Departures  - Weekly

    Group size  - Minimum of 2 people

                     - Single price available

                     - Private climbs price available

     Starts - Kilimanjaro Airport

     Ends - Kilimanjaro Airport

     Accommodation : Springlands Hotel Moshi

     On the Mountain - Tents

     Safari add on - huge range to choose from, after your climb is best.

     Price - $2,169.00 USD (approx $3,370.00 NZD *) per person (twin share)

    *subject to exchange rate

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    Includes

    Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)

    • First night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
    • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
    • Qualified guides with mountain crew
    • National park fees
    • Tents and sleeping mattresses
    • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
    • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
    • Rescue Fees
    • Return Airport transfers to JRO - Kilimanjaro international Airport
    • Pulse oximeters
    • First aid kit
    • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
    • Boiled water on the mountain
    • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

    Excludes

    • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
    • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
    • Meals and drinks not specified
    • Gear for your climb
    • Items of personal nature
    • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
    • Visas
    • Emergency oxygen

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight dinner and breakfast which is included.

    Day 2
    Machame Gate (1500m) to Machame Camp (3000m), distance is about 18 km.

    It is approx. 45 minutes drive from Moshi to Machame gate. All your equipment and supplies are taken over by porters; a cook will prepare all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route are in huts, the Machame route offers tents only. After all the formalities have been taken care of at the gate, we head into the forest and begin the 7-hour ascent to the first camp on the mountain, Machame camp (3000m) 

    Day 3
    Machame Camp (3000) to Shira Camp (3840), distance is about 9 kms.

    Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and weather permitting; you could take in your first view of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro. The lunch stop will be reached at about 3600m and after this short lunch and an equally limited rest you'll continue up the rocky ridge to the next camp on the mountain, Shira camp (3840). 

    Day 4
    Shira Camp (3840) to Barranco Camp (3950), distance is about 15 km.

    The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky environment where you reach an altitude of 4600m after a 5 hours walk to Lava Tower. As you ascend from the Shira camp (3950m), there are good views of the Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the northeast and the Western Breach to the east. This day you will climb high and steep low. 

    Day 5
    Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4200m), distance is about 6 kms.

    The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4200m and after approx 3 hours, the path now crosses through the southern slopes to reach the Karanga Valley. 

    Day 6
    Karanga Camp (4200m) to Barafu Camp (4600m), distance is about 7 kms.

    After breakfast, you continue in a southeasterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu camp (4600m) after about 4 hours. Here you take a long rest and prepare for the midnight ascent to the summit.

    Day 7
    Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m), distance is about 7 km.

    At around midnight, you'll head in a northwesterly direction up the southeast valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The 6-hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with the steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge. The time you spend on the summit is determined by the weather and wind conditions. The walk back to Mweka Camp from the summit can take over 7 hours. 

    Day 8
    Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (2000m), distance is about 15 kms.

    You will camp for the night at Mweka camp (3100m) before departing for the Mweka Parks Gate the next morning where your driver will pick up and take you back to the Moshi Bus stand. 

  • Machame Route - 6 Day Climb

    The only difference between the 6 and 7 day Machame route is on the 6 day climb you go straight from Barranco camp to Barafu camp. Then your summit attempt that night. This will save you one day. However it does reduce your chances of a successful summit.

    Departures  - Weekly

    Group size

                      - Minimum of 2 people

                      - Single price available 

                      - Private climbs price available

    Starts - Kilimanjaro Airport

    Ends - Kilimanjaro Airport

    Accommodation : Springlands Hotel Moshi

    On the Mountain - Tents

    Safari add on - huge range to chose from, after your climb is best.

    Price - $1,887.00 USD (approx $2935.00 NZD *) person (twin share)

    * subject to exchange rate

    Contact Us


    Includes

    • Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)
    •  First night includes breakfast
    •  Last night includes dinner & breakfast
    • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
    • Qualified guides with mountain crew
    • National park fees
    • Tents and sleeping mattresses
    • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
    • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
    • Rescue Fees
    • Return Airport transfers to JRO - Kilimanjaro international Airport
    • Pulse oximeters
    • First aid kit
    • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
    • Boiled water on the mountain
    • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

    Excludes

    • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
    • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
    • Meals and drinks not specified
    • Gear for your climb
    • Items of personal nature
    • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
    • Visas

    6 Day Climb Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport/Alternative Airport pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel for overnight Dinner and breakfast included.  

    Day 2

    Machame Gate (1490 m) - Machame camp (2980 m), Hiking time: 7 hours,

    Distance: About 18 km's - Habitat: Montane forest.

    Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the 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. Machame Gate (1490 m) - Machame camp (2980 m), Hiking time: 7 hours,

    Distance: About 18 km's - Habitat: Montane forest.

    Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910 m) to the Machame village (1490 m). 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 the 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.

    Day 3
    Machame camp (2980m) - Shira camp (3840m), Hiking time: 6 hours. Distance: About 9 km's – Habitat: Moorland

    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 3 840m. 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. 

    Day 4
    Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m), Hiking time: 7 Hrs, Distance: About 15 km's - Habitat: Semi-desert

    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 (4630m). 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 descent 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. 

    Day 5
    Barranco to Karanga Valley - Barafu camp (4550m), Hiking time: 7 hours

    Distance: About 13 km's - Habitat: Alpine desert

    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. 

    Day 6
    SUMMIT/DESCENT ATTEMPT

    Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m), Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

    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. 

    Day 7

    Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

    Hiking/Descend time: 3 hours,

    Distance: About 15 km's Habitat: Forest
    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, 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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