Mount Kilimanjaro – Machame route
Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights
Price: Please Contact us about the price of this Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport/ by shuttle bus from Nairobi you will be picked up with our representative and transfer to Le Jacaranda hotel/Outpost lodge where you will spend a night before the tour begins on the next day. You will have the opportunity to go over any last minute questions. At this point you will also have the chance to leave a bag behind with anything you don’t need on this trek. Your left-behind gear will be secured at the storage room and will meet you as soon as you back from the Mountain. Stay overnight on B&B
Machame Gate to Machame Hut (9,300’)
Hike time: 7.5 hrs, Elevation change: +1200 M
Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 3100 M
Early pick-up at Le Jacaranda hotel/Outpost lodge and a 1hr drive to Machame gate (5,400’) where trekking formalities take about 30 minutes. From the gate, we begin our trek following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Hut in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200-meter (3,936’) ascent and 5-7 hours of walking.
Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Hut (12,300’)
Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M
Estimated distance: 6km, Final elevation: 3800 M
From the Machame Hut we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000’) in 5-7 hours and about 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking.
Day 3: Shira Hut to Barranco Hut (12,800’)
Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Final elevation: 3900 M
From Shira Hut hike to Lava Tower (15,000’) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Today’s hike will take most of the day Barranco campsite located on elevation of 3950m.
Day 4: Barranco Hut to Karanga Valley (14,800’)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M
Estimated distance: 4km, Maximum elevation: 4590 M
Final elevation: 4000 M
From Barranco Hut we climb up through the edge of great Barranco 95 percentage of that day walking will be on elevation of 4250m. We will break our day at Karanga valley campsite at elevation of 4,000m walking time is 4 to 5 hrs on this day.
Day 5: Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut (4,600m)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +600 M
Estimated distance: 4km, Final elevation: 4600 M
Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking.
Day 6: High Camp to the Summit and then Rau Camp (10,500’)
SUMMIT DAY! Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M
Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M
Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M
Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 M
We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter (3,600’) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340′), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200’) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4-7 hours to Mweka Camp.
Day 7: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (6,000’)
Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M
estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M
Today we descend about 1400 meters (4,592’) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate. Our driver will transfer you back to Le Jacaranda hotel/Outpost lodge. Stay overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
A steep and fine route providing superb views on the traverse below the Southern Ice fields. An extra day could, spent either at Shira, where you could walk to the Shira Needles, or camping in the Karanga Valley. The final ascent is made very early in the morning from the Barafu Hut or Arrow Glacier camp. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag. The porters will pitch the tents for you. This is a strenuous walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Ski sticks or ice-axe are useful when ascending the scree to the summit and help you on descend.