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Mt. Kilimanjaro - The Machame Route


Mt. Kilimanjaro - The Machame Route

8 days from $2,750 - Land Only
Departing Daily

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The Machame Route is one of the more popular of the 7 routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is known as the Whiskey Route, since it is considered more difficult than the Marangu Route (also referred to as the Coca Cola Route).

On the Machame Route, the incline of the climbs is steeper, the walks are longer and your overnight accommodations are in tents rather than huts. However, you are rewarded by stunning views along the way. The Machame Route is also one day longer - six days - and we strongly recommend you add an extra night to help acclimatize. This extra night has been proven to improve your changes for a successful summit.

We offer two levels of climbs: Silver and Gold. Each of these levels is a step above the basic climbs offered on the mountain. All of our climbs are private, which means your party is the only party with your crew and equipment.

Both levels are accompanied by a professional mountain crew who have both "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates along with 7 years of climbing experience. Each climber has a porter who can carry up to 15kg of personal baggage.

Along the way you will have 3 square meals a day, which include variety of soups, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. (As a comparison, basic climbs provide meals that are prepared for high carbohydrate intake and are not of hotel standard and lack variety).

Modern "The North Face VE-25" tents are provided.
Climbs also have warm and comfortable 2" sleeping pads and group equipment of dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery. Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters and a first aid kit are also carried.

Gold Level climbs add North Face sleeping bags and expanded rations for a wider choice of options. The crew carries an Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone with uninterrupted contact with the support team. Gold Level climbs also include a portable toilet and shower.

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Day 1  Base Hotel | Meals: D
Upon your arrival into either Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha, you will be met and transferred to Moshi town and your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Choices

  • First Plus

    Mt. Kilimanjaro: Aishi Machame Hotel
  • Premier Plus

    Mt. Kilimanjaro: Onsea House

Day 2  National Park Gate | Meals: BLD
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. We have lunch at 'halfway clearing,' a small opening in the trees, and then 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 (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 Forest Camp Site

Day 3  Shira Plateau - 12,500 Feet | Meals: BLD
A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. Here, there are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. It's a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Cave (3,7200 m.) which has some of the most stunning views on 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 Camp Site

Day 4  Barranco - 12,795 Feet | Meals: BLD
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, with extensive views of the plains far below. (5-7 hours walking)
Barranco Camp Site

Day 5  Barafu - 15,092 Feet | Meals: BLD
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. Lunch is usually taken at Karanga , the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) by mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, before a very early night. (6-8 hours walking)
Barafu Camp Site

Day 6  Summit Day! - 19,344 Feet | Meals: BLD
We start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so 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 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 (3,100 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. (11-15 hours walking)
Millennium Camp

Day 7  Base Hotel | Meals: BLD
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (4-6 hours walking). When we finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to your hotel based in Moshi town.

Accommodation Choices

  • First Plus

    Mt. Kilimanjaro: Aishi Machame Hotel
  • Premier Plus

    Mt. Kilimanjaro: Onsea House

Day 8  Depart | Meals: B
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Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs Daily
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
First Plus Silver Climb
01 SEP 18 - 30 NOV 19$2,750$3,120
Premier Plus Gold Climb
01 SEP 18 - 30 NOV 19$3,450$3,895
Tour prices are based on 2 people traveling together. Single traveler prices are available on request.
We recommend adding an extra night between Days 4 and 5 to help you acclimitize to the altitude. The cost of the extra night is $300.00 per person.
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This Tour Includes

  • Meet and greet services
  • Mountain guide and porters
  • All meals on the mountain
  • All park fees and hut fees
  • UTG Safari Delay Protection Plan
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