The popular Machame route offers a great success rate for summit bids.
Marvel at the snow lined landscapes rising high from the plains of Tanzania.
Sleep under the stars, camping in picturesque locations on the route.
With a great success rate, the attractive Machame route is undoubtedly the busiest on the mountain. Over 7 days, you'll have a fantastic journey and a great chance of summiting successfully.
The climb begins at Machame Gate, at an altitude of 1800 metres, with an approach to the south west of the mountain. It passes through majestic rainforest on the first day, before continuing up the mountain to reach Shira Camp, where the Lemosho route joins from the west. From here you traverse the southern side of the mountain to Barranco via Lava Tower, and climb the Great Barranco Wall on your way to Barafu Camp. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.
The Machame route is nicknamed the ‘Whiskey Route’ as it is considered more difficult than the ‘Coca Cola Route’, the nickname for the Marangu route. In reality, it is not more technically difficult, but is longer and in places steeper. The longer distance and the opportunity to ‘walk high, sleep low’ offer much better acclimatisation and as a result a very high success rate.
The Machame route is a good seven day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatisation, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatised mountaineers may opt for the more difficult 6 day ascent along the Machame route.
Enjoy a fun acclimatisation day, scrambling beneath glaciers.
Starting in the rainforest, pass through different climate zones all offering incredible experiences.
Achievable by anyone with a good level of fitness, it's a less technical route to the summit.
Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO)
Kilimanjaro Airport Road
It's best to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). KLM flies to JRO from all major UK airports, with a number of flights from US international airports.
Arrival in Tanzania. Private transfers will be arranged from the airport to the hotel. Representatives will meet participants at the hotel for pre-climb briefings.
Transfer from hotel to Machame Gate for registration. Start the ascent, climbing the forest trail to Machame Camp at 3000m.
Leaving the rainforest, crossing valleys and ridges to follow a river gorge to Shira Camp. Expect temperatures below freezing overnight.
Climb to 4600m to the base of the Lava Tower as an acclimatisation exercise. The toughest day so far, then sees a descent of almost 650m to reach Barranco Camp. Sublime views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.
A shorter day on foot, scrambling to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. Traverse scree slopes to the Karanga Valley beneath the icefalls of Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers.
Leave Karanga camp to join the Mweka descent trail, and continue ascending to Barafu camp. At camp there's time to rest, take dinner and prepare for the summit day.
Starting at 2330, to take tea and biscuits in preparation for the climb, start climbing the scree slopes between the Rebman and Ratzel to arrive at Stella Point in time for sunrise at 5732m. Time to appreciate the views, before pushing on to the summit. It's approximately an hour on foot to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak at 5985m. From the summit, descend to Mweka camp side via Barafu for lunch. Later on, enjoy a last meal on the mountain with the group.
Final day trekking, descending to Mweka Gate to collect a well-earned summit certificate. Transfer to the hotel.
Airport transfer to the airport to start the journey home.
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