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Machame Route (6-8 days)


The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience. 

Machame Route Elevation Map

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rainforest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Chief's Tours is happy to offer you the chance to get to the roof of Africa via Machame route from 6 to 8-day tours. Below is itinerary and price for a sample 7-day Machame route climbing. 

Please kindly download detailed programs for 6-day, 7-day and 8-day tours in these links and CHIEF'S TOURS GALLERY.

- 6-day 5-night Machame Route Climbing: https://goo.gl/fCaynN 

- 7-day 6-night Machame Route Climbing: https://goo.gl/3qn5EC 

- 8-day 7-night Machame Route Climbing: https://goo.gl/VDTrbW 

Below is the itinerary and price for a sample 7-day tour. 

 

ITINERARY  

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME HUT CAMP

Departing from Moshi town, we will take a 45-minute drive to Machame Gate located at 18811/5942ft. When finishing the registration and hot lunch, we will start the walk through the lush rainforest which will take us 4 to 6 hours. Soon when arriving at Machame Hut, you will sign your name in the camp tracking book and spend the first night in nature.

  • Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft 

  • Distance: 11km/6.8mile

  • Altitude gained: 1210m

  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

  • Habitat: Mountain Forest

  • Meals: Lunch - Dinner

DAY 2: MACHAME HUT CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

Starting to climb from Shira plateau, our first walk will be a bit steep and the naked heathers at this altitude provide little shade from the heat. The path after lunchtime will be dusty so using gaiters will be a good choice. In spite of all the difficulties this route may bring, by taking it slowly, resting frequently and wholeheartedly enjoying en-route views that encompass Kibo Meru and all points down the foothills of the mountain. The route later will turn west onto a deep river gorge until we arrive at Shira One campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft

  • Distance: 5.3km/3.3mile 

  • Altitude gained: 818m

  • Walking Time: 4-6 hours

  • Habitat: Moorland

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP TO BARRANCO CAMP VIA LAVA TOWER

We’ll start early in the morning and trek towards the west of the Southern slopes of Kibo through the dry terrain of the Shira Plateau. The trek will cover 10.75km which will take us to the amazing Barranco Valley. 147m gain might surprise you, you end your day at the almost same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

  • Distance: 10.75km/6.7mile

  • Walking Time: 7-10 hours

  • Habitat: Semi-desert

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGE UPPER CAMP  

Today we will continue our journey by climbing Breakfast Wall and gaining 220m. Our walk will pass across the ridges and valleys to Karanga Upper Camp (Round Nuts Camp) at 4034m. On reaching Karanga Camp, we will have a hot lunch and optional an acclimatization trek up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice fields. This will increase our chances of reaching the top of Africa Uhuru Peak. You will camp and overnight at Karanga Upper Camp.

  • Elevation: 3986m/13077ft to 4034m/13,235ft

  • Distance: 5.1/6mile

  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

DAY 5: KARANGA UPPER CAMP TO BARANFU BASE CAMP

Our day will start by making our way between the boulders and over the sheltered rock and stones, before a short scramble up the cliff that brings us to Baranfu Ridge and camp at 4662m. We will try to get some food and rest as soon as possible then sort your preparations for the next stage before it turns dark.

  • Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft

  • Distance: 3.4km/2.1mile

  • Hiking time: 4-6 hours

  • Habitat: Stone scree

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6: BARANFU BASE CAMPS TO UHURU PEAK – DESCENT TO MILLENIUM CAMP

Very early in the morning (midnight up to 2 am), we depart to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head into 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 the reward will be one of the most magnificent sunrises you have ever seen in your life. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak at 5895m, you reach the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the peak of Africa!

As soon as from Uhuru peak, we begin our descent by continuing straight down to Barafu Camp where we will have maximum 1 hour to rest. We will then continue the trek down to Millenium Camp at 3827m where we will camp and overnight.

  • Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft (Baranfu Camp) up to 5745m/18848ft (Stella Point) up to 55895/19341ft (Uhuru Peak) down to 3827m/12556ft (Millenium Camp)

  • Duration: 13 – 15 hours

  • Ascent distance: 4.86km/3mile - Altitude gained: 1233m/0.7mile

  • Descent distance: 11.5km/7.1mile - Altitude lost: 2789m/1.7mile

  • Habitat: ice-capped summit

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 7: MWEKA HUT TO MWAKA GATE, BACK TO MOSHI TOWN

We’ll start early in the morning and trek down through the dusty path into the beautiful rainforest that will take us to Mweka Gate. The walk today will take you 5 to 6 hours. At the gate, we’ll have a picnic lunch, songs from your team and certificate presentation before driving to the hotel where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

  • Distance: 10km/6.2mile

  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Forest

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

PRICE OF 2018 

To meet a significant number of climbers’ demand, we are happy to provide you with a wide range of Kilimanjaro tours divided into 03 types: Budget – Standard – Luxury. Below is the price of Standard offers. For Budget and Luxury options, kindly contact us. Asante sana! 

Route

1 person

2 people

3 people

4-5 people

6-8 people

9+ people

Marangu Route 5 days

$ 1350

$1250

$ 1180

$1150

$ 1140

$ 1120

Marangu Route 6 days

$ 1510

$ 1450

$ 1400

$ 1380

$ 1340

$ 1350

Marangu Route 7 days

$ 1680

$ 1630

$ 1600

$ 1570

$ 1550

$ 1530

Rongai Route 6 days

$ 1690

$ 1650

$ 1620

$ 1590

$ 1580

$ 1570

Rongai Route 7 days

$ 1800

$ 1780

$ 1750

$ 1730

$ 1720

$ 1700

Rongai Route 8 days

$ 1920

$ 1890

$ 1860

$ 1830

$ 1820

$ 1800

Umbwe 6 days

$ 1800

$ 1770

$ 1740

$ 1710

$ 1700

$ 1670

Umbwe 7 days

$ 1850

$ 1830

$ 1800

$ 1770

$ 1750

$ 1740

Umbwe 8 days

$ 2000

$ 1970

$ 1940

$ 1910

$ 1900

$ 1880

Shira Route 6 days

$ 1690

$ 1670

$ 1630

$ 1600

$ 1590

$ 1570

Shira Route 7 days

$ 1800

$ 1770

$ 1730

$ 1700

$ 1690

$ 1680

Shira Route 8 days

$ 1920

$ 1890

$ 1860

$ 1830

$ 1820

$ 1800

Machame Route 6 days

$ 1690

$ 1670

$ 1630

$ 1600

$ 1590

$ 1570

Machame Route 7 days

$ 1780

$ 1750

$ 1720

$ 1690

$ 1680

$ 1660

Machame Route 8 days

$ 1920

$ 1890

$ 1860

$ 1830

$ 1820

$ 1800

Lemosho Route 6 days

$ 1690

$ 1660

$ 1630

$ 1600

$ 1590

$ 1570

Lemosho Route 7 days

$ 1800

$ 1770

$ 1740

$ 1710

$ 1700

$ 1670

Lemosho Route 8 days

$ 1920

$ 1890

$ 1860

$ 1830

$ 1820

$ 1800

Lemosho Route 9 days

$ 2100

$ 2070

$ 2040

$ 2100

$ 2000

$ 1980

Northern Circuit Route 7 days

$ 1690

$ 1660

$ 1630

$ 1600

$ 1580

$ 1570

Northern Circuit Route 8 days

$ 1920

$ 1890

$ 1860

$ 1830

$ 1820

$ 1800

Northern Circuit Route 9 days

$ 2100

$ 2070

$ 2040

$ 2010

$ 2000

$ 1940

 

Inclusion 

Exclusion 

  • 2-night accommodation in Moshi town: before the first and the final hiking day
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • High-quality 4-season camping equipment
  • Experienced and professional mountain guides
  • All park fees and rescue fees
  • All large-portioned, nutritious food and purified drinking water on the mountain
  • Guides, porters and cook salaries
  • Pulse Oximeter for daily health check
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Beds (for luxury tours) 
  • International Flights & Visa & Insurance
  • Tips to porters and guides (customary and much appreciated)
  • Meals while in Moshi town
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc.
  • Optional Tours (for example, short safaris after your climb or Moshi day tour, etc.)
  • Oxygen tanks (included in luxury tours - can be rented in budget and standard tour)
  • Portable toilets (included in standard & luxury tours - can be rented in budget tours)


Thank you for considering us. We look forward to guiding you to the holy mountain Kilimanjaro!

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