MACHAME ROUTE THE MOST POPULAR AMONG ALL THE ROUTES High Level Facts About this Route Statistically approximately 50% of trekkers use the Machame…
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THE MOST POPULAR AMONG ALL THE ROUTES
High Level Facts About this Route
- Statistically approximately 50% of trekkers use the Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro.
- The route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.
- It is relatively difficult as climbers need to be able to ascend the Barranco Wall on day four and contend with a steep incline up Kibo on summit night.
- There are no parts on the route that require any technical climbing skills.
- The total Machame route distance is approximately 62 kilometers from gate to gate.
- One can complete the Machame route on a 6 or 7 day itinerary.
- Both options include a climb high, sleep low acclimatisation day.
MACHAME ROUTE ITINERARY
The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro's southern ice field before summiting.
MACHAME GATE (1790M) – MACHAME CAMP (3010M)
After breakfast, you will be collected from Stella Maris Lodge and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park – 1 hour drive. While your guide is registering, you can watch the mountain team preparing – it is always impressive ‘what’ and particularly ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once this is all packed up, your adventure will begin; after a few minutes you will be deep within the forest with ancient trees, ferns, mosses and black and white colobus monkeys frolicking in the treetops. After 5 – 6 hours you will reach – Machame Camp –situated just above the forest line at 3000m. Arriving here, the porters have already set up your tents and warm water for washing is ready. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MACHAME CAMP (3010M) – SHIRA CAMP (3845M)
After an early morning start, the path steepens and the vegetation changes into a moorland with shrubs such as hardy Ericas. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and by mid-afternoon, you will arrive at the campsite at the Shira Plateau. From the camp you will have breath-taking views of the mountain and evening light on the rock face and glacier of Kibo as the sun sets. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SHIRA CAMP – LAVA TOWER HUT (4640M) – BARRANCO CAMP (3950M)
Today will be a day for ups and downs. You will ascend almost 700m but descend again after reaching the imposing Lava Tower (4640m). This will help with acclimatisation as you will reach a height of over 4 500m. You will move through different vegetation zones. After reaching Lava Tower the path traverses Barranco Valley dotted with the weird-looking senecios. Barranco Camp is reached after 6 – 7 hours. Considered the most beautiful camp on the mountain, the camp is situated just below the imposing Barranco Wall. Rest and refuel tonight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
BARRANCO CAMP (3960M) – BARAFU CAMP (4640M)
The first section of today’s route is to scale the ‘Barranco Wall’. Use your hands and feet. Safety is paramount and you will be secured if necessary, but it looks more daunting than it actually is. The trail continues with many up and down sections, crossing a few streams, winding and climbing stopping for lunch in the Karanga Valley. After lunch there will be another 2 – 3 hours climb before you reach Barafu Camp (4640m). Tonight, drink a lot of fluids, try to eat and go to bed early to rest enough before tomorrow’s summit trek. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
BARAFU CAMP – UHURU PEAK (5895M) – MWEKA CAMP (3080M)
You will be woken in the midnight hours with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Dressed warmly and geared with a headlight and your daypack you will set off in the darkness. After 5 – 7 hours of ‘pole pole’, you will reach the rim of the crater, Stella Point. Another one to two hours of going slowly along the crater’s edge and you will arrive at the summit – Uhuru Peak (5895m). Looking down over the surrounding landscape below in the early morning light, will make you feel on top of the world. You have now reached the ‘Roof of Africa’. The descent should be easy but dusty, as the volcanic ash will now have defrosted. Returning on the same route you should arrive at Barafu Camp within a few hours where the porters are waiting with food and tea. Resting for an hour or two, you will continue down to reach Mweka Camp (3080m) for your overnight stay. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MWEKA CAMP (3080M) – MWEKA GATE (1630M) – MOSHI
Last day on the mountain. After breakfast, the crew will celebrate your achievement with a traditional song as part of their farewell ceremony. You will present them with their tips. Setting off and descending into the moist green forest, it should take about three hours to reach the gate. Back to Kindoroko hotel for hot shower and cold beers wait. There you can revive yourself and celebrate your achievement. Breakfast
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips to mountain crew
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8
The trek to the Barafu Hut is only moderately difficult.The only really steep point is Barranco Wall (which can be managed with just small will and wits ). The final push to the summit ridge takes around 6 hours and is very steep and cold. This last steep section is mostly switchbacks and then some easy rock scrambling near the top. Your guide will set a very slow pace. Most reasonably fit individuals can make it so long as they are not having any difficulty acclimatizing.
The official age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park to climb the Uhuru summit is 10 years, and we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. If anyone in your group is under 16, please let us know in advance so arrangements can be made.
Guides are a requirement on Kilimanjaro developed by Tanzania National Park Service
Although it’s not technically required but it's a good idea. Kilimanjaro is not the easiest trek and its good to have some previous experience and know what you are getting into and what the trekking is.
We have a complete downladable packing list or if you want more details please visit http://trekohike.com or https://share.bannersnack.com/bcie120lu/
March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period. Rest of the months are quite fine.
We generally recommend flying to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where it is likely to end up spending several hundred dollars to and from Nairobi. There is a shuttle service from Nairobi operated by Riverside Shuttle which takes 6 to 8 hours and costs $ 35 to $ 40 each way. You will need a yellow fever certificate to cross the land border into Tanzania. You will also need a separate visa for Kenya. Flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro cost US $ 200 each way.
Permits are required and are included in the cost of the trip. You will receive your entrance permit at the entrace on the first day of the trip.
Your park entrance fee includes the cost of a mountain rescue that will be organized by the Tanzanian National Park in cooperation with our team. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance. While the Park Service will provide rescue services, your travel insurance will cover any costs related to cancellation fees, unexpected interruption of your vacation, medical expenses and repatriation including air ambulance, personal accidents, loss due to delay or damage to your personal belongings. If you do not already have one, we recommend either Cover More or World Nomads.
It depends on the route you chose and your physical fitness . It can be covered in 5 days (too aggressive) to 8 days (goo acclimatization).Some individuals opt for an extra acclimatization day which is spent at Camp.
The usual time spent walking is about 5 to 6 hours. On the day of the summit, you will spend 12 to 16 hours of trekking.However, you will be given a few hours to rest at Barafu so this long day of trips is divided into two parts. We make the summit push and decent all in one day to avoid acclimatization problems.
We offer camping tent on most of the Route. The camp staff will prepare the tents before you arrive. Tents are available for twin sharing and private tents may be available for individual travelers. You will need to bring your sleeping bag.
Your mobile service may work at one or two points in the mountain but do not rely on them. We tested mobile internet cards from Vodacom (Tanzania) and Safaricom (Kenya) and we could not access the Internet. If you have a phone call to make during the treks, please talk to your guide and he may be able to arrange something.
In general, it is best to bring additional batteries or a portable solar charger. In some cases, park rangers may be able to help you charge a device for an additional fee.
We provide plenty of drinking water on the climb. Drinking water is obtained on the mountain and then boiled before it is provided to you. Disposable plastic water bottles are not allowed on the mountain.
Your guide can provide you with a bucket of hot water both in the evening and the morning for washing.
Lunch are packed and eaten on the trail during the day. You will take lunch and dinner in the dinning tents that are set up.
You must be in good enough condition to walk continuously throughout the day. Comprehensive fitness, flexibility and health will ensure you can walk safely and comfortably. People with severe or chronic health conditions that affect their endurance, range of movement, coordination, or balance may experience difficulty completing the journey. If you suspect your physical preparedness, consult a good doctor before booking your trip!
The best scenario is to adapt slowly. The 6-day trip over Kilimanjaro is a fairly quick trip and the hikers must report any problems in their guidebook. Common symptoms of mountain sickness include headache and cough.
It may seem obvious, but your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage in the mountains than on the beach! The intensity of the sun increases dramatically when we rise in altitude, and the refreshing snow reflects more captivity than ultraviolet radiation than does sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothes and sunblock. It is recommended to use a sunblock specifically for mountain conditions. If you wear a prescription eyeglasses, I recommend that you get your medical prescription for sunglasses.
We take all possible precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our hikers, but be assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid and is Wilderness First Aid Certified. In case of altitude sickness, you will be taken directly to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will use the park rescue services for immediate evacuation.
Yes, we ensure the safety of travel for all our guests, both male and female. We have strong long-term relationships with hostels that we abound, and know that they are safe and reliable. In addition, our guides constantly indicate the whereabouts of all guests on treks. We travel in small groups, all the better to maintain continuous communication easily.
We will provide you a complete packing list on receipt of your trek. It is possible that you can rent gear once you reach Moshi but it tends to be expensive and the quality is not great. If you need any specific equipment beforehand we may be able to help you with some supplies free of charge.Please visit http://trekohike.com to get an idea.
A good pair of hiking boots are important for the final climb as they help to keep your feet warm and provide adequate ankle support. Tennis shoes are sufficient on the other days of the trek.
Porters on Kilimanjaro are allowed to carry 15Kg plus their own personal belongings.
Tipping is an important part of the culture in Tanzania. Please review our tipping guidelines.
Its not required to bring any money on the mountain and you can give tips at the hotel at the end of the climb. The hotel has a lock box where you can store valuables during the climb. Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Once you get on the mountain there are no opportunities to spend any money.
Your guide should be able to arrange a phone call or to get a message relayed in the case of emergency. Don’t expect any communication options although it is possible you will have cell signal in some locations.
Some climbers may actually finish the climb ahead of schedule and get back to Moshi early. Its also the case that sometimes climbers either have problems with altitude or decide to come down earlier for other reasons. If you do get back to Moshi early you are responsible to pay the costs for your extra hotel nights ($35 per/night) and meals. The reason behind this is that our costs are the same regardless of when you end the climb. So even if you are climbing less days than scheduled keep in mind that we have already paid the staff, purchased, food and rented gear for all the days you were supposed to be on the climb.
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