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Machame route

The Machame route is traditionally the most popular out of the seven Kilimanjaro routes, recently overtaking the Marangu route with about 50% of climbers using it each year.  Popularly known as the Whiskey Route, the Machame route is widely considered as one of the most scenic Kilimanjaro routes.

It offers breathtaking views and a rich variety of terrain throughout. The route approaches from south and has a high success rate,

 

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

After an early breakfast, our driver will take you to the Machame Gate. Here we get recorded and enter the national park. You will then start on your journey and make your way through the rainforest to the Machame Camp at 3020m. You will stay here overnight.

 

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Cave

After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest from Machame Camp and into the heather and moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Campsite. 

 

Day 3: Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

After lunch at Lava Tower, we head down and reach Barranco Campsite in about 2h. The camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”) This is a short 4-5h hiking day meant for acclimatisation. After an early morning breakfast, it’s time for us to conquer the Great Barranco Wall.

 

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

This is a short 4-5h hiking day meant for acclimatisation. After an early morning breakfast, it’s time for us to conquer the Great Barranco Wall. Although it may look intimidating at first, our travellers usually state it was much easier than they anticipated.

 

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

It’s getting real! We’re now very close to the summit and will have some amazing views of the mountain during our short 2-3h ascent to the last base, Barafu Campsite, at 4,600m (15,091ft). An early dinner will be served so you can get some rest before attempting the summit that same night. 

 

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (summit day!) then to Mweka Camp

You then begin your summit attempt which many describe as the most mentally and physically challenging part of the whole Kilimanjaro climb. The route heads northwest into the dark night ascending over stone scree. In about 6h, we’ll reach Stella Point (5,685m/18,651ft), After reaching the summit, we descend down to Mweka Campsite at 3,110m (10,204ft). 

 

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

We wake up at our last campsite down in the rainforest. After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to all of our helpers that have been working so hard throughout the week to get us successfully to the summit

 

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