Get ready for an adventure as we climb to Africa’s roof, Mount Kilimanjaro! Being one of the highest, free standing mountains in the world, it is the most easy mountain for climbing. A regular physically fit person can climb it. We have well-trained, professional and experienced mountain guides to help you reach your dream.
This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. Accommodation on the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame, also referred to as the “Whiskey route”, better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker.
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate but, if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Night temperatures can drop to freezing point at this campsite.
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast, you climb for a few hours before a short lunch and rest. You continue up a rocky ridge and you will reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night.
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Definitely, this is the toughest day so far. It offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and then joins up with the Mweka route. The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically, the most challenging on the route. From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down.
After an early, and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!!