7 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route

Tanzania Joy Tours
USD1589
  • 9 days
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  • Tough
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Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular ascent route on Mt Kilimanjaro. Compared with the Marangu route, the walking days on the Machame route are longer and the walks are steeper. However, the scenery is spectacular and landscape interesting.



Description

The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.

After arrival at your hotel in Moshi, you will rest. And later there will be a meeting with the your guide for briefing about your trek and Mt Kilimanjaro. After finish to the briefing he will check all your mountain gears to see if you have all equipment, and if you will miss some of them he will take you to rent the missing gears.


Discounts

Discounts based on Group size

  • 1-participant- $1650
  • 2-participants- $1589
  • 3-participants- $1512
  • 4-participants- $1471
  • 5-participants- $1471
  • 6-participants- $1436
  • 7-participants- $1435
  • 8-participants- $1437
  • 9 or more participants- $1407
Discounts for joining existing group
  • Single trekker joining a group - USD 61

Attributes

Certification of guide Mountain first Aid

Languages spoken English, French and German

Gammow bag operation knowledge Yes

Oxygen supplement usage knowledge Yes

Rope rescue techniques Yes


Includes

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha or Moshi hotel
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa
  • After finishing Kilimanjaro climbing, 1 Dinner and 1 Drink (BEER or SODA)

Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • TIPS FOR PORTERS, GUIDE, COOK AND ASSISTANT GUIDES:
    Guide between 20$ per Day, Assistant Guide $15 per Day, porters 10$ per porter per day COOK $15 per Day. (Shared by all clients in group. NOT per client)

Transport

Transport from Moshi-Base-Moshi as per itinerary included in the cost


Refund Policy

  • Below one week 10% applied
  • Cancellation of one week and above, refund 100%.
  • Transfer to the next trip any time allowed.

Refund Policy

  • Until 4 weeks prior to departure – 0% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • Less than 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee

addons

  • 1 night hotel at Moshi - USD 35(for single room) or USD 56(for doubles)
  • Airport to Moshi transfer - USD 25 - per vehicle
  • Moshi to airport transfer - USD 25 - per vehicle

Location

Reporting at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, climb to Machame Camp

    Your 7 days machame route climbing start for driving you from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate it takes about 45 minutes. After paper work the journey start passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

    We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

    • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
    • Distance: 11km/7mi
    • Climbing Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Day 2 : Climb Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

    • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland

  • Day 3 : Climb Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
    • Distance: 10km/6mi
    • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Semi-desert

  • Day 4 : Climb Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

    • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Climbing Time: 34 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Day 5 : Climb Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

    • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    • Distance: 4km/2mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Day 6 : Climb Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

    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.

    • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
    • Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
    • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

  • Day 7 : Climb Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Moshi

    After breakfast we continue descending 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).

    Tanzania Joy Tours vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). End of your 7 day machame route climbing

    • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    • Distance: 10km/6mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Forest


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JackDAWightman

A great, fast route

Joy Tours were an amazing group to travel with, really hospitable and professional. My guide, Nicholas, was a great dude. I've already recommended them to friends looking to make the climb!

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Carina O

Kilimanjaro climb and 2-day safari

We had arranged the climb a few months in advance, Emmanuael (owner) is very responsive to questions which is very reassuring. Everything was well organized for the climb, though we were put together...

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tpemmasani

Hakuna Matata - Good Job on our Kili Climb

I had very good experience with Tanzania joy tours on my 7 day Lemosho Kilimanjaro climb. They did their best to accommodate all of my requests on and off the mountain. Guides - Freddy and Tembe knew...

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