• :Known as the whisky route
  • :most scenic and recommended
  • :Magnificent forest to shira plateau,
  • :it has much higher success rate.

MACHAME ROUTE CAMPING (whisky route)  

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mountkenya hikes conducts hiking tours in mount kilimanjaro in tanzania,the route is termed as one of the beautiful to hike up,in the south west of the mountain,the hiking route up(machame route) is different from the descending route (mweka route) of mt kilimanjaro.

the machame route is olso known as the “whisky route”unlike marangu route where you sleep in the huts.From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show. the best number of days to complete the hike is 6 days and this helps in acclimatization.The machame route takes you up to lava tower 4630m and baranco camp 3950m,the ascent and descent helps the body to acclimate and therefore high chances of summit success.

climbing Kilimanjaro is best suited from the  months of January through early-March and June through October. The clear skies, great views, and the sunshine makes it the best comfortable hiking conditions. However, there is always the possibility of weather changing dramatically, regardless of the season.

Day 1: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)
Machame gate is an hour drive from moshi town,and walking is through the magnificent dense mountain forest,whereby the trail is well defined ,mashy and wet at sometimes.
One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.
•Machame Gate to Machame Camp 
•Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
•Distance: 11 km 
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours 
•Habitat: Rain Forest
Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m) Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.•Machame Camp to Shira Camp •Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft  •Distance: 5 km •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours •Habitat: Moorland

Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m) Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft•Distance: 9km•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours•Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & mweka.Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!  From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,343f ,Down to 3090m/10,150ft,Distance: 6km up / 13km down,Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down,Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit,Full Board at Mweka Camp.

Day 6:  Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Arusha or Moshi.After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in  Moshi.

3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Distance: 10km/6mi
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: B

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This includes:

  • All park entry fees
  • Camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Sufficient food 3 meal a day.
  • Company professional mountain guide
  • Reasonable number of porters+cook
  • Transfer of clients to the gate including pick up on the last day back to moshi.
  • good tents

Not included:

  • Water and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money for things like beers,ciggeretes
  • Tips for porters and guides
  • Hiking gears but we have for hire.
  • Visas

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