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Kilimanjaro trek (Machame ″ whiskey route ″

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    1    Moshi

    Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (or at the bus station). You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Hotel in Moshi

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    2    Moshi - Machame Camp

    Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) - Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) - Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) 18 km, Walking time: 5-7 hours Montane Forest Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Village (1,490m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy mineral water in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take you an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good foot gear, trekking poles, and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame camping in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

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    3    Machame Camp - Shira Camp

    Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) - Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft), Walking time: 5 hours You rise early at Machame camp, and after breakfast, climbs for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira campsite. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

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    4    Shira Camp- Barannco Camp

    Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft), to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft), to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft), Walking time: 7 hours After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass.After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower,descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

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    5    Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

    Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft), to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft), Walking time: 8 hours After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

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    6    Summit day!

    Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft), to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft), to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft), Walking time: 7 km up, 23 km down 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

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    7    Mweka Camp

    Begin hike back to Moshi through the beautiful rain forests.

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    8    Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate back home

    Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft), to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft), to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft), Walking time: 3 hours After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and or comfortable night in your Moshi Hotel and transfer tot he airport t fly back home or to Arusha for your Tanzania Safari.

Type Mountaintrek Adventuretravel

Treks up the Machame, a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals.

 

Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route.

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. 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 Machame Route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

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  • Days Place Duration:
  • 1 Moshi
  • 2 Moshi - Machame Camp
  • 3 Machame Camp - Shira Camp
  • 4 Shira Camp- Barannco Camp
  • 5 Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp
  • 6 Summit day!
  • 7 Mweka Camp
  • 8 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate back home