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Machame Route 7 Days Itinerary via Karanga


Kilimanjaro Climbing 6 Day Rongai Route 


The Machame Route is also called the “Whiskey Route” opposing Marangu, Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have resting huts for accommodations. Machame is the second most popular route on mountain climbing after Marangu. Machame is the right route for climbers who want a more challenging climb, and are confident to walk over long periods through the steep landscape. Climbers use Machame place as a best of varied scenery, but also accept heavy traffic. 

  • Mandara Hut
  • Horombo Hut
  • Kibo Hut
  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ground transfers with pick up and drop of at Kilimanjaro airport
  • Transfer from the base hotel to the starting gate
  • Transfer from Mweka gate to Hotel on last day after climb.
  • Park entrance fees,
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Rescue fees,
  • Emergency Oxygen at no extra charge
  • Every guide must carry Comprehensive Medical / First aid Kit with al necessary medications.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, to measure clients oxygen saturation and pulse rate.
  • 24 Hours standby radio Communication
  • 3LTRS bottled Mineral water on the first day per client
  • Hot meals (except first day) all meals are served in the mess tent.
  • High quality 4 Season tents for clients
  • 3 inches mattress and extra air mattress on top for each client.
  • Professional Mountain Guide, Park Fees and Salaries
  • Porters,
  • First and last night accommodation at the Hotel on (BB)
  • Each client is given one hot-water bottle at nights to put in the sleeping bag to keep them warm.
  • High quality food
  • Summit porter to carry client’s daypack and water at summit night.
  • Flying Doctor membership cover
  • Availability of High Pressurized helicopter for evacuation at the time of emergency.
  • Snacks
  • Water throughout the entire climb
  • Personal gears/climbing equipment,
  • Sleeping bags,
  • Drinks,
  • Tipping and all other expenses of personal nature.
Machame Hut
Day 1
The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96 % of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! We have lunch at ‘Halfway Clearing’, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000 m.). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. [6-8 hours walking]
Machame Hut
Shira Plateau
Day 2
A shorter day begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3,840m.) which has some of the most stunning views of Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]
Shira Plateau
Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.)
Day 3
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [5-7 hours walking]
Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.)
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall
Day 4
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp. [4-5 hours walking]
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall
the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.)
Day 5
A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views to reach Mweka Junction (4,150 m.). We then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) and continue to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night. [4-5 hours walking]
the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.)
Stella Point (5,735 m.)
Day 6
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,800 m.) Millenium. Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowded campsite. [11-15 hours walking]
Stella Point (5,735 m.)

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