MACHAME ROUTE

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package
Machame Route
9 days



With lush rain forest, river valleys and views of the Kibo Peak, the Machame Route is considered by many to be the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro. The extra day used on the seven day climb makes it much easier than the six night climb – offering a better chance of success.

We ensure you are looked after by a large and professional team while climbing Kilimanjaro, including a chief guide, an assistant guide, a cook and numerous porters. All equipment during the trek is of the highest standard.


Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
As you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met with a representative from TAPAC Safaris, holding a sign with your name on it. From here you will transfer to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel.

If time allows it (depending on your flight time) you will meet your head guide today, where he will have a short pre – brief regarding the climb, as well as do and equipment check. If time doesn’t allow it this will be done the following morning.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        B&B




MOUNT KILIMANJARO; Machame Route, 7 days


Day 2 – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

Beginning Elevation: 1800 meters/5905 feet
Ending Elevation: 3000 meters/9840 200 feet
Elevation Gain: 1200 meters/3935 feet

At 9am, leave Arusha for Machame Gate, where you will meet the TAPAC safari porters, guides, and cooks that will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. Once you arrive, wait at the gate while TAPAC registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.

Your first day's destination is Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.

Day 3 – Machame Camp – Shira Camp
Beginning Elevation: 3000 meters/9840 feet
Ending Elevation: 3840 meters/12 12 600 feet
Elevation Gain: 840 meters/2760 feet

Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today's trek includes several uphill sections. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above.

As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.




Day 4 – Shira Camp – Barranco Camp
Beginning Elevation: 3840 meters/12 600 feet
Ending Elevation: 3950 meters/12 12 960 feet
Elevation Gain: 690 meters/2264 feet

Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.
After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

Barranco Camp, set among stands of Senecio kilimanjari, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.




Day 5 – Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley
Beginning Elevation: 3950 meters/12 960 feet
Ending Elevation: 4200 meters/12 13 780 feet
Elevation Gain: 250 meters/820 feet

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.


Day 6 – Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
Beginning Elevation: 4200 meters / 13 780 feet
Ending Elevation: 4600 meters / 15 100 200 feet
Elevation Gain: 400 meters / 1320 feet

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.


Day 7 – Barafu Camp - Summit (Uhuru)! – Mweka Camp
Beginning Elevation: 4600 meters / 15 100 feet
Top Elevation: 5895 meters / 19 340 feet
Elevation Gain: 1295 meters / 3177 feet
Ending Elevation: 3100 meters / 10 170 feet
Elevation Loss: 2795 meters / 9170 feet


Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.

At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.



Day 8 – Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
Beginning Elevation: 3100 meters / 10 170 feet
Ending Elevation: 1500 meters / 4920 feet
Elevation Loss: 1600 meters / 5250 feet

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.

TAPAC safaris vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha and Mount Meru hotel for a well deserved shower and some rest.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner




Day 9 – Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night’s sleep you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will be met by your guide at the hotel, where he will go through today’s short program. From here you will transfer to Arusha National Park for a half day game drive, with an optional canoe ride (extra cost).

Arusha National Park is a small and lush National Park situated on the outside of Arusha town. The park holds many mammals such as Giraffes, Zebra’s, Impala, Kudu, the rare Black and White Colobus Monkey in addition to many more.

In the afternoon return to Mount Meru Hotel for and early dinner before transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.


End of Tour


What’s included
-    All airport transfers
-    All park fees
-    All camping fees
-    All meals, as stated on itinerary
-    English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Spanish talking guide
-    AMREF’s flying doctors temporary insurance
-    All government taxes
-    All accommodation (as specified on the itinerary)
-    All crew for mountain (guide, assistant guide, cook, camp crew, porters)
-    All game drives (as specified on the itinerary)

What’s NOT included
-    International flights
-    Personal travel insurance
-    Visa
-    Tips/gratuity to your mountain crew (highly recommended)
-    Drinks, and private bills at the hotel
-    Canoe ride in Arusha National Park

Additional
-    Please note that in case of none availability at the above mentioned accommodation; we reserve the right to change to other accommodation of the same/similar standard.


Foto: Thomas Holden