The Machame path, also recognized as the “Whiskey” path, is the most prevalent path on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its picturesque beauty. However, the track is well thought-out to be difficult, sharp and challenging, mainly due to its shorter itinerary. Consequently, this way is better suitable for more daring folks or those with some high elevation, mountaineering or backpacking practice.
The path approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, opening with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Entrance. The trail leads trekkers through the rain woodland to Shira Plateau. Here, several of Kilimanjaro’s ways meet. Then the way turns east and crosses beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a track known as the Southern Route before summiting from Barafu. Succession is made via the Mweka way.
Top Kilimanjaro® provides Machame as a seven-day group ascent or as a six-day private ascent. The six-day disparity syndicated days four and five, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without hang around at Karanga.
Machame Entrance to Machame Camp
Elevation: 5,380 ft. to 9,350 ft.
Remoteness: 11 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Woodland
The drive from Moshi to the Machame Entrance takes around 50 minutes. The drive passes through the village of Machame which is situated on the lower slants of the mountain. As we leave the park entrance, we walk through the thick rain forest on a zigzagging track up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.
Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Elevation: 9,350 ft. to 12,500 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath
We leave the gaps of the rain forest and continue on mounting path up to a sheer, rocky ridge. On the Shira Highland, we pass through Heather and open uplands, then cross a great river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.
Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 12,500 ft. to 15,190 ft.
Remoteness: 7 km/4 miles
Mountaineering Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft. to 13,044 ft.
Remoteness: 3 km/2 miles
Climbing Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We continue to the east up a ridge and then lead southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft. tall volcanic rock creation. We incline down to Barranco Camp through the eccentric but lovely Senecio Forest to an elevation of 13,000 ft. While you begin and end the day at the similar advancement, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for adaptation.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft. to 13,106 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We start the day by plunging into a gulley to the base of the Great Barranco Barrier. Then we hike the non-technical but sharp, nearly 900 ft outcrop. From the highest of the Barranco Wall we cross a succession of hills and valleys until we incline sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper hike up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for adaptation.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft. to 15,331 ft.
Remoteness: 4 km/2 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave Karanga and knockout the intersection which connects with the Mweka Track. We continue up to the stony section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have accomplished the Southern Circuit, which provides sights of the summit from several different approaches. Here we make camp, break and enjoy an early feast to prepare for the summit day. The two summits of Mawenzi and Kibo are accessible from this position.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065 ft.
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Mountaineering Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the a.m. (around night-time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most emotionally and bodily challenging portion of the hike. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be thrilling. We climb in the night for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. Nearby Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be pleased with the most wonderful sunrise you are ever probably spot approaching over Mawenzi Top. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Ultimate- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the high-level meeting, we now make our ancestry continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, discontinuing at Barafu for lunch. The track is very stony and can be quite stiff on the knees; hiking poles are supportive. Mweka Camp is located in the high forest and fog or rain can be anticipated in the late p.m. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last feast on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.
Remoteness: 10 km/6 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our final day, we continue the ancestry to Mweka Entrance and collect the high-level meeting certificates. At lower advancements, it can be rainy and muddy. From the entrance, we proceed another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to get-us-and-go back to the hotel in Arusha.
Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
VAT on tour fees & services
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre-& Post trek accommodation at Arusha
2 Way private airport transfers
Tips to mountain crew
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Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration safaris
Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
Professional safari and tour guide / driver
All national park fees
All meals on the safari
Extras and personal expenses
International flights and corresponding taxes
Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary
Tips to mountain crew
Items of a personal nature
Laundry Services
A doctor for the group
Travel insurance
Tips and gratuities
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