Machame (“Whiskey”) Route.

Machame route nicknamed as “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is probably the most beautiful route to summits Kilimanjaro that while now the more famous route on climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more hard adventurous climbers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended.              

Proposed program

Day -: Arrival.

Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport met on arrival and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at hotel in Moshi/Arusha town (BB).

Day 01: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (9,300’)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Machame gate, after clearing all summits formalities ready to starts your hiking, Hike time: 7.5 hrs, Elevation change: +1200 M estimated distance, start your acclimatization through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Hut in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200-meter (3,936’) ascent and 5-7 hours of walking. Dinner and overnight at Machame Huts.

Day 02: Machame Hut to Shira Hut (12,300’)

Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M estimated distance 6km, Final elevation: 3800 M from the Machame Hut we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000’) in 5-7 hours and about 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking. Dinner and overnight at Shira Hut.

Day03: Shira Hut to estimated distance: Final elevation: 3900 m from Shira Hut hike to Lava Tower (15,000’) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Today’s hike will take most of the day Barranco campsite located on elevation of 3950m.Dinner and overnight at Barracco Hut.

Day04: Baranco to Barafu Hut (4,600m)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +600 M Estimated distance: 4km, Final elevation: 4600 M Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking. Dinner and overnight at Barafu Hut.

Day05: High Camp to the Summit and then Rau Camp (10,500’)

SUMMIT DAY! Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 M We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter (3,600’) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340′), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200’) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4-7 hours to Mweka Camp.

Day 06: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (6,000’)

Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M Today we descend about 1400 meters (4,592’) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Moshi/Arusha town.

Day-: Departure

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for taking in a flight and back home. End of our service

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