Machame route - Difficulty : MEDIUM
PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCUIT
Sometimes known as the ‘Whisky route’ with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest where black and white colobus monkey roam the treetops, and into health and moorland with its many ferns and erica trees.
The day starts with transfer from town to Machame gate where the chef and porters will sort the equipments to be carried up the mountain. Much in the same way as the other routes, when arriving at the gate you must report to the office to complete your particulars in the parks register, including your passport details. After all the formalities have been taken care of, you head into the forest and begin the ascent towards the first camp on the mountain, Machame hut.
A bit of a breather comes halfway through the forest when you will stop for lunch and a short rest. You’ll reach Machame hut (2,850m) quite late in the afternoon and before you know it the cooks will be preparing your dinner to be served in the mess tent. Temperatures at night can drop below freezing with possible frost in the morning.
Breakfast is served early in the morning and, subject to the weather, you can take in your first views of the Western breach of Kilimanjaro. The trek today heads up a ridge into the moorland. Although the path is generally in good condition, it requires the occasional scramble before reaching the lunch stop at about 3600m. After lunch you will continue your trek to Shira hut viewing Shira Needle, Cathedral and East Shira Hill.
When reaching Shira hut the chef will prepare your well-earned meal.
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky environment where you will reach an altitude of 4,630m at Lava Tower. On the ascent there are spectacular views of Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the north east and Western Breach to the east.
Lunch is served at a designated area before completing your ascent to Lava Tower where you will have close views of Little Penck Glacier and Western Breach. There is also the possibility of climbing Lava Tower before descending a steep rocky path to reach Barranco hut (3,976m)
The walk from Lava Tower to Baranco hut offers great photo opportunities of the awe-inspiring Western Breach and Breach Wall. Barranco hut is located in a valley below the Brach and Barranco Wall. This is the perfect place to collect clean drinking water that is found running off streams supplied by melting snow and ice – most refreshing! While you wait for the spectacular sunset the chef will prepare you evening meal.
Hopefully by now, you would have adapted to the cold nights and early mornings.
On this part of the trek you will learn from the lizard when the mountain becomes steep. This creature has a very careful climbing technique and you will do likewise – using opposing arms and legs to force your body upwards. Push left, push right this creates an axis that can be drawn diagonally through the body, allowing you to move your right foot and left hand freely upwards against the wall.
We are heading to Karanga Valley and on our way we will pass through a few valleys offering great views of Heim, and Decken Glaciers that form part of the southern ice fields. When reaching Karanga Valley we will stop for lunch and also stock up on water as there is no water at Barafu hut.
After lunch we will ascend a ridge a ridge along a footpath that leads to our next camp. On a clear day there a fantastic views of The Saddle and Mawenzi (5149m).
Barafu Hut (4600m) is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge, so it is important to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. As on the other days the chef will prepare your evening meal, giving you a perfect opportunity to prepare your equipment for the summit trek, which we will do tonight at around midnight. Ensure you change the batteries in your headlamp and camera. The higher you go the colder it will get, so we suggest you take water in a thermal flask to avoid freezing. Your guides will advise you.
At around midnight you will head in a north easterly direction up the south east valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. While hiking on the cold night and the footpath steep and rocky, the long walk to Stella Point is both mentally and physically challenging. This is where most people are affected by altitude sickness. It is important to keep your guide informed if you do not feel well.
Depending on weather conditions, you could encounter snow and ice from below Stella Point all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895m). This stretch takes about an hour and offers spectacular views of Rebman, Decken, Kersten and Heim Glaciers.
Above all you will be rewarded, not only with the amazing sense of achievement of reaching the ‘Roof of Africa’ but also the most beautiful African sunrise ever.
The time that you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions.
From here you will descend to Barafu hut (4600m) taking about 3 hours, for a short rest something to eat and to collect the rest of your equipment. The continue your descent to spend your final night on the mountain at Mweka hut (3100m)
After breakfast you will continue your final descent to the gate for a well earned shower and drinks to celebrate your achievement.
• Sun hat or scarf
• Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection
• Under garments
• Hiking shorts
• Lightweight cotton long pants
• Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
• Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Down jacket
• Lightweight gloves
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
• Thin and lightweight inner socks
• Thick and warm wool hiking socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers / sandals
• Gaiters for protecting you from the stones entering your shoes on the summit night
Personal small first aid kit
• Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
• Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you are climbing Kilimanjaro – Paracetamol
• Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
• Compeed Blister Pads
• Imodium / Loperamide anti-diarrhea tablets
• Any medication you normally use
Dioralyte sachets or similar re-hydration packs.
Please note that your guide or safari liaison will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxicillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.
• Headlamp with spare batteries
• Camera and film / digital camera & spare memory cards & charger / batteries
• Day pack 30-40 litres for personal use while on the mountain /safari
• Rack sack or duffel bag to contain everything you will need while on the mountain / safari
• Sleeping bag rated to – 10C if climbing Kilimanjaro with us / +5C if only doing safari
• Sleeping mat
• Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your rack sack
• Trekking poles
• Water bottles
• Water purification tablets / Iodine drops
• Ear plug – cause there’s some in the camp are snoring
• Spare contact lenses and fluid – if worn /watch
• Reading book
• Journal and pen
• Toothbrush and toothpaste & deodorant – Flat packed wet ones / travel wipes
• Medium sized quick drying towel
• Multipurpose soap
• Face and body moisturizer
• Small mirror
• Hairbrush / comb
• Tissue / toilet roll
• Hand sanitizer
• Lip bum with UV protection
• Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
• High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruits and nuts
Mobile phone. There is signal reception in much of the national parks and safari areas. Note: It is a very good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local SIM card can be used. This will make calls home very inexpensive.
• Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed trip return date)
• Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
• Air Travel Documents – Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
• Credit Cards (recommended for eventualities only & obtaining extra cash from ATMs)
• Travel Insurance Documents
• Vaccination Certificates (where applicable) – Traveler’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.
• Malaria Tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note: some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure
• Sun cream. Note: some argue that most sun creams are carcinogenic and either organic sun barriers or loose fitting clothes that cover the skin are regarded by many as preferable.
1 PAX : 2029 $
2-5 PAX : 1929$
6-10 PAX : 1829$
The indicated Prices are an estimation, please contact us for a Price request
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and Park fees
• Transport to and from mountain’s gate
• 1 Night hotel accommodation before and after the climb
• All Kilimanjaro National Park entry fees, camping fees and climbing permit
• Kilimanjaro rescue fees ( Kilimanjaro Rescue Team )
• Emergency Oxygen Cylinder ( for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit ( for use in emergencies only)
• Camping equipment’s ( tents, chairs and tables)
• Qualified mountain guides, assistant guides, porters and chef
• Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Large portion of fresh, health and nutrition food based on three meals per day
• Acclimatization walk and coffee tour before the actual climb
• Water for washing up daily
• Airport pick up
• International flights
• Tips, drinks and food in Moshi / Arusha town and all items personal nature
• South African passport holders do not require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (yellow Fever Compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance
• All mountain gears (winter closes) we can also arrange for hiring