Machame Route

Overview

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The Machame Route 8 Days up Mount Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly our most sought-after tour package. And it’s no wonder. You get to experience exhilarating challenge and adventure alongside breathtaking scenery, from rainforest and desert landscapes to polar ice fields. All while enjoying a smooth and gradual acclimatization process. Book early to secure your place on the most popular route on Kilimanjaro! Safari Africa Travels Machame Route 8 Days package is perfect for both seasoned adventurers and first-time high altitude climbers. It offers excellent acclimatisation, making for a high success rate. You’ll approach the peaks of Kilimanjaro from the southwest, passing the massive expanse of the Shira Plateau, the imposing peaks of the Lava Tower, and the spectacular Southern Ice Field. On the way, you’ll make rare contact with exotic wildlife in untouched wilderness surroundings. The approach to the summit will be rewarding and unforgettable. If you climb Kilimanjaro only once, do it in the most spectacular way possible. Check out our tour itinerary to see what to expect on your exhilarating Kilimanjaro Machame Route 8 Days adventure:


Our Kilimanjaro Trekking package is perfect for individuals who want to experience the power of Africa’s effervescent heart beat through the soles of their feet and feel the stunning mind blowing sense of adventure. Climbing to the highest point in Africa and witnessing the splendorous view of the murky clouds engulfing the gleaming glaciers is a revolutionising moment.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

Our driver will be waiting at the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Arusha. Orientation regarding your Kilimanjaro Safari package will take place at the hotel and our guides will emphasise all the important details. An inspection on your hiking gear will take place.

DAY 2:  Mt Kilimanjaro: Arusha – Machame Camp

We will depart for the Machame Gate in the morning and you will meet your porters, guides and cooks.on your way to the gate you will get to venture through coffee farms and friendly local villages. Registration will take place at the gate and then we will embark on our journey to Africa’s rooftop. Everyday your porters and cooks will hike ahead of the guide to ensure that the campsite is organised by the time you arrive, we will spend the night at the Machame Camp. The initial trail is set in Kilimanjaro’s enchanting cloud forest. Branches arch above, creating an ember tunnel with delicate clouds floating above. As we near the campsite, the scenery will begin to transform – high grasses, dry heather plants and vibrant wildflowers will inhibit the land. Unblemished, blue skies will ensure that Kibo’s frosted cone is visible.

DAY 3: Mt Kilimanjaro: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Today’s trail features many increasing inclines but it is considered to be the easiest trek on the route. We recommend carrying copious amounts of drinking water and hydrating regularly due to the fact that the trail is exposed. There are numerous viewpoints at which you can witness the emerald canopy of the forest and the vistas of Kibo and the jagged toothed Mawenzi Peaks. The fauna and flora diminishes as we gain altitude and the infamous high altitude plants begin to sprout including the colossal Lobelia and the striking Scenecio Kilimanjari. We will take a break and your tasty lunch will be served. Once we climb the ashen, engraved walls of the Shira Plateau, we will reach the Shira Camp. You can enjoy the splendid views of Kibo towering over the luscious slopes of Mount Meru during your unwinding time.

DAY 4:  Mt Kilimanjaro: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Every step we take towards the Lava Tower enlarges the size of the magnificent sight of Kibo. The trail steepens as we approach the Lava Tower and as a result the difficulty of the trek increases slightly. The Tower pylons at a height of three hundred feet and it was formed thousands of years ago when an enormous volcano erupted. A steep trail will lead us to the spectacular landscape of the Barranco Valley and to the Barranco Camp which lies on a col (a flat area) that is encompassed by three steep valley walls as well as the stunning Kibo massif. The dangling icicles twinkle and reflect the scenic splendour. Heather plants dominate the scenery and create patches of flamboyance. We will abide to the mountaineer rules of hiking high and sleeping low by ascending to the Barranco campsite (12,950 feet / 5-6 hours of walking). You will be provided with a delicious meal.

DAY 5: Mt Kilimanjaro: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp

Your second acclimatisation day will commence with a downward journey into the mysterious Gorge. Climbing the eastern wall will allow us to marvel at the glitter lined ice fields. We will continue trekking until we reach the Karanga Valley Camp (13,900 feet / 4-5 hours of walking) where an appetising meal awaits.

DAY 6: Mt Kilimanjaro: Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp

We will venture along the uphill trail in the Karanga Valley and pursue the striking lava ridge to the Barafu Camp (15,200 feet / 6-7 hours of walking). As we hike towards the campsite the temperature will start to decrease and the landscape will become scarcer. Barafu Camp is situated on a small, uncovered area on a ridge. It will be the unofficial base camp from which you will attempt the summit. A hearty dinner will be served and we suggest that you rest for the midnight climb.

DAY 7: Mt Kilimanjaro: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

The challenging trek to the summit will begin shortly after midnight (12-17 hours of trekking). Before we encounter Stella’s Point, we will voyage amongst the topaz blaze of Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers. Temperatures can drop as low as freezing before the sun’s glow begins to heat the land (Freezing temp: -23°C to 10°C). Smashing your goals and reaching Africa’s rooftop will reveal the resplendent landscape (6 – 7 hours of hiking). Peach hued rays dye the frosted fields and the clouds attempt to engulf everything on the mountain. You will have a chance to take photos and gaze at the magnificence afore the descent to the Barafu Camp. A short breather will occur once we reach the camp. We will journey to the Mweka Camp (9,840 feet / 3-4 hours of walking on the descent) where a delectable meal and snug sleeping anticipate your arrival.

DAY 8: Mt Kilimanjaro: Mweka Camp to Park Gate

The final trek is a leisurely walk to the park gate (3-4 hours). After exchanging final goodbyes with your crew, we will drive to your hotel in Arusha.

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