Climb Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame route

The Machame route is one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. Once the budget operators discovered it, Machame quickly became the most popular Kilimanjaro route.

Duration: 6 or 7 days

Advantages:

• Relatively low cost.

• Very scenic.

• Higher success rate than Marangu.

Disadvantages:

• Higher level of difficulty.

• Very crowded.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft

Distance: 11 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.

DAY 2

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Heath

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

DAY 3

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

DAY 4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 5

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

DAY 6

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Experiences:
Attractions
Art and History
Farmers Market
Landmarks
Nightlife
Outdoor Activities
Shopping
Workshops
Other
Languages spoken: Swahili, English Chagga
Recommended gear: Kilimanjaro Packing List Footwear Water-resistant hiking boots (should be reasonably broken in) 2-4 pairs of Woolen socks. 2-4 pairs of thin Liner socks. Gaiters (optional but helpful for descent). Comfortable shoes/sandals – for wearing in the evenings around camp. Clothing 2 pairs of Thermal Base Layer – Wool is the best as you can wear for weeks without washing. Expedition Top Balaclava Minus33. 2-3 pairs of Hiking Pants (No Jeans) 1-2 pairs of Shorts. Down Jacket for higher altitudes. Waterproof Outer Layer Jacket (Goretex or other breathable fabric). Waterproof over Pants. T-shirts/Underwear (Breathable, lightweight, odor resistant and long-wearing) Thin Fleece Jacket/Top. Half Zip Heavy gloves. Marmot Men’s U-notch Glove or Marmot. Big Mountain Mitt Winter hat (anything warm). Climbing Equipment. Cold weather sleeping bag (at least sub-zero celsius). Marmot Lithium MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag. Sleeping pad,Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro Mattress. Daypack that can carry extra layers/lunch (roughly 750 to 1500 cubic inches) Recommended to get a daypack with water storage like the Camelbak Products Ante Hydration Packs. Larger pack for all of your clothing, etc. to be carried by one of your porters. Walking sticks/ski poles (optional but handy for the descent). Headlamp (with extra set of batteries). Water bottles (Nalgene®) and/or a Camelbak®) NALGENE Tritan 1-Pint Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle This is what we recomend,you can have a choice of your own. You can also read from our website with the link below http://www.ringoexpeditions.com/preparing-for-kilimanjaro/
Included in price: o -- 2 Airport Transfers, from JRO Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi when you arrive, then transfer back to the Airport for your flight home. o -- 2 nights Hotel Lodging on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy (3 star hotel you will need to pay extra if you want to have a 4 or 5 star hotel) o -- 3 Delicious meals a days plud snacks if applicable, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain. o -- Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening. o -- Oxygen Cylinder - only for emergency o -- English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters o -- Staff salaries and fees. o --All huts and camping fee o -- Transport to/from national park gates. o -- Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town. o -- 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you o Camping equipment on Machame/ Shira/ Lemosho/ Rongai & Umbwe routes (tents) o Portable oxygen for emergencies (returnable on completion of climb) o Certificate of successful completion o Tanzania government taxes.
Not Included in price: o -- Prices do not include sleeping bags o – Gratuities (tips for guides and porters) o -- Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted (plenty of water will be provided for hydration) o -- Health insurance o -- International airfare o -- Laundry o -- All Meals and drinks in Moshi town o --Round-trip airfare to and from Kilimanjaro (JRO airport) o --Travel and visa documents o --Optional travel insurance o --Additional equipment rental (walking sticks, sleeping pads, etc.) o --Personal items
Refund policy : o -- Cancellation before 1 month: full refund of advance paid o -- Before 15 days: 75% refund o -- Before 7 days: 50% refund o -- Less than 7 days: no refund
Cancellations : o -- Cancellation before 1 month: full refund of advance paid o -- Before 15 days: 75% refund o -- Before 7 days: 50% refund o -- Less than 7 days: no refund
Availability : Through out the year