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Machame Route

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6 Days 5 Nights . Tanzania . Culture and going to places of interest
Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge leads trekking up the Machame route, It’s a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook who prepares all your meals. The Machame Route accommodation is in tent. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame route which is referred to as the “Whiskey Route,” better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views. The Machame Route is normally in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatize the mountain altitude. It takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization.


Day 1

At arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our Intimate staff and transferred to Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge at the outskate of Moshi town and at an altitude of 1,047 meters which is ideal for your first day of your arrival in Tanzania and it will take approximately 1 hour from the Airport. You will be served with meals at the colonial farm house surrounded by coffee plantation and tropical gardens where you will spend your comfortable and quiet night with all room over-looking the majestic mountain Kilimanjaro. You can start your trekking a day after. Our experienced and knowledgeable Mountain guides will brief you and sort all the equipments and mountain gears for your next adventure to the mountain.
You will start your day with a big buffet breakfast and later you will be driven to Machame gate which takes approximately 1 hour and you will be at an altitude of 1,490 m/4,890 ft.

After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles, and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

Day 2
You rise early at Machame camp, after your breakfast, you continue climbing for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. You walk for a while west, you reach the Shira campsite. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing point.

Day 3
You take your breakfast early in the morning, then you hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After lunch you will stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach then to the Wall of Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, each one should be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 4
After a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate the miracle of this majestic mountain Kilimanjaro. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley (this is where river Karanga starts all the way down to joining the Pangani river) and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 5
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to UhuruPeak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared.

Day 6
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Then you will be met with our driver with a bus or 4WD car who will bring you back to Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge for a hot shower followed by celebrationi. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge safely. But do remember to tip your staff after the ceremony at Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. You will be served dinner at the beautiful gardens of Kilemakyaro over-looking mountain Kilimanjaro.

You next day will either be departure back home or starting safari to other destinations in Tanzania like; Safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tanangire or Zanzibar. All these can be arranged by Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge.

Important Travel Information

If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trekking. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the coffee plantation surrounding Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge or to the Materuni waterfalls, hot water springs and Lake Chala or you relax at the swimming pool of Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge.

Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trekking, and you must separate one bag for the trekking from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge.
The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.
Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipments. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.
The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, “pole pole” (po-ly, po-ly), which means “go slowly” in Swahili.
The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.
The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.
You can add an extra day at the Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft). You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountain’s weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.

A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.

Tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru:
• You will be given an envelope at the Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge after your trekking for your tip money. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. There is no need to take money on the mountain with you.
• The typical tip is $15/day for guides, $10/day for assistant guides and cooks, $7/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker.
• Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers:
• Expect porters as follows:
– 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route(minimum of 4 porters)
– 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
– 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route(minimum of 8 porters)
– Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of your luggage.
• Budget $200 per hiker for tips for a 6-day trekking.
• Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items for this purpose.
• Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.