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The Kilimanjaro hike via Machame Route, also known as the Whiskey Route, is one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. Approximately 50% of the trekkers are believed to have used the Kilimanjaro Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro in the past. Choosing this path means smooth acclimatization and amazing views on the hiking trail. The Kilimanjaro Machame Route itinerary leads through very scenic landscapes and it provides hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes. The Machame route is relatively difficult but there are no parts on the route that require technical skills. The route is suitable for more adventurous people or those with some high altitude hiking experience. Himalayan Glacier offers Machame trail on a more enjoyable way to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro through stunning terrains.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kilimanjaro; drive to Moshi||950m/3,117ft|
|Day 02 Trekking from Machame Gate to Machame Camp||3,010m/9,876ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 03 Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp.||3,900m/12,796ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 04 Trekking Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower; descend to Barranco Camp||3,960m/12,993ft||6-8 hrs|
|Day 05 Trekking from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp||4,640m/15,224ft||9-10 hrs|
|Day 06 Climb Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp||3,820m/12,533ft||9-12 hrs|
|Day 07 Descent from Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate||1,640m/5,381ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 08 Final Departure||-|
On arrival at the international airport in Kilimanjaro, you will be met by a Himalayan Glacier representative who will escort you to your designated hotel in Moshi. Later, in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion with our manager. You may ask as many questions to your trip guide and get a clear vision about your upcoming trip. After the discussion, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, we will try excellent Tanzanian cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.
In the morning, your guide will arrive at the hotel along with a support crew who will meet you and have another short briefing. After breakfast at your hotel, you will drive off to Kilimanjaro National Park’s entrance, Machame Gate (1800m). After acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, you will start trekking to the Machame Camp (3010m). As you will be walking through the rainforest today, tropical showers can be expected so it is necessary that you have a raincoat with you particularly for this day besides the spare clothes.
Since it is your first day at this altitude, we strongly advise you to pay attention to the following instruction:
• Stay away from drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
• Drink as much boiled water as possible, at frequent intervals. It is best for your body if you drink at least 4 liters each day on your trek.
• To lessen symptoms of altitude sickness, take a Diamox pill. If you are allergic to certain medicines, it is recommended that you consult your doctor prior to your trip.
• If you experience any discomfort associated with your breathing and start feeling sick or get a headache, tell your guide about your condition immediately.
You will start trekking from Machame Camp after breakfast and head towards the second high-altitude camp, Shira 2 Camp (3900m). Emerging from the rainforest, you will see the stunning views of the Shira Plateau in front of you for the first time. Today is a short hiking day comprising a steep rocky and dusty trail. You will hike slowly taking plenty of breaks allowing enough time for acclimatization. After you reach the campsite, you will have lunch and resto for some time. Later, you will set out on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp and later return to the Shira 2 Camp to sleep.
Note: It is advised to take the acclimatization hikes seriously as they help you avoid getting altitude sickness and ultimately increase the chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro. It is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude that we recommend trekkers to do so as to speed up the acclimatization process.
You will start trekking from Shira 2 Camp after breakfast and head towards the key point of the route, the Lava Tower (4630m). Since this section of the trail comprises lots of ups and downs, it might not be easy and you may feel some discomfort. In order to get acclimatized to the altitude, it is necessary to spend a couple of hours here, so we will stop here for lunch. After lunch, it is time for descending down to Barranco Camp (3960m). At the camp, you will see the famous Barranco Wall which is notable for its colossal size and steep gradient.
Note: If you fall sick due to high elevation, you may avoid passing through the Lava Tower and instead follow the route used by the porters that lie at a lower elevation.
Today, you will climb the Barranco Wall. Hiking up the wall is not so hard and takes around one hour to the summit. In order to avoid crowds of other groups, it is advised to make an early start from the camp after breakfast. On reaching the top of the wall, you will rest for a while and take photographs in front of the Kibo volcano. It is then time to take up a more difficult hike towards the Karanga Camp. After walking with an optimal pace on the frequent ascents and descents on the route, you will reach the camp and have your lunch. After lunch, you will begin towards the Barafu Summit Camp (4640m) which is the starting point for summiting the Uhuru Peak. On reaching the camp, you will have your hot dinner and spend the remaining of your time resting and sleeping. You will begin summiting at night time.
You will wake up just before midnight. After having some tea and biscuits, you will begin the climb to the top of the Uhuru Peak. Relatively, it is an easy climb with only the high altitude as a challenging factor. Your trekking guide will monitor your physical and mental conditions throughout the entire journey. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m) located on the crater rim and make a brief stop with magnificent sunrise views. From this point onwards, you may encounter snow all the way in the 1-hour ascent to the last point of the climb – Uhuru Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After spending some time drinking tea and taking photographs on the summit, you may descend to the nearest glacier is you wish. Then you will return back to Barafu Camp which will take around 3 hours. Here at the camp, you will rest and enjoy your hot lunch in the sun and after resting for a while, you will descend further to the Millenium Camp (3820m) to spend the night.
Waking up in the morning in the camp situated in a tropical forest, you will be relieved with the normal elevation and the satisfaction of making it to the top. Following a well-deserved breakfast, you will have a big celebration with your staff, present your tips to the guides and other crew members. Then you will descend down for three hours and head towards the park’s exit Mweka Gate (1640m). Hikers will be congratulated and given a chance to share their opinions on the climb in the guestbook. In the end, you will be presented with commemorative certificates in our office and transferred back to your hotel room. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure back home. The hotel check-out time is 11.00 am but if you have an evening flight and wish to check out from the hotel at a later time, there is an option to extend your hotel stay for an extra charge. If you wish to extend your stay in Tanzania for a few more days, then you have the option to go on a Tanzania safari or relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.
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The Kilimanjaro Climb is totally a tent and camp trek. We sleep in camps, cook and eat at camps. Our well trained and experienced mountain trekking cooks and the team prepare delicious & hygienic breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most meals are European and Indian curry style. We serve hot meals for breakfast and dinner but sometimes packed lunch that includes sandwich, egg, chicken, nuts, fruit, cake, juice, hot tea, etc. will be provided. There will also be a welcome dinner with authentic Tanzanian cuisine and a continental farewell dinner after the trip to all our guests.
Kilimanjaro climb is a camping-style climb where you cannot expect a hotel or guesthouse unlike expecting warm lodges during the trek to Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas. Our camping crew will carry all the logistics that we need on the mountain for sleeping. Usually, we have a tent sharing basis for two people which is comfortable and enough space to keep your stuff inside the tent. If you want a single tent, it is possible for you to get, but will be charged a single supplement for USD 499 that includes two nights in Moshi hotel.
All our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don’t match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for and our travel experts will help plan your tailor-made trips in your dream destination.
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