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The Machame Route

This trek takes you up steep paths through magnificent forests before passing through the moorland zones and Shira Plateau.

This is a popular Kilimanjaro route nicknamed the Whisky Route.

The diverse scenery keeps things interesting as you make your way up the mountain. Higher up, the summit challenge starts at Barafu Camp.

You will have 7 days on the mountain with an acclimatisation day best spent on the Shira Plateau, preparing for the final days to the summit.

The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

Accommodation for this route is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles.

This is a steep, tough trek offering a good rate of success.

 

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After visiting the day care centre in western Kenya and seeing the amazing work that is being done by the charity I would do it all again in an instant.


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Machame Factfile

90%
Summit Success Rate
62 km
Round
Trip
7 days
Trek
Duration

Options & Costs

Registration Deposit To Pay Now

Only £250

Fundraising Option

Raise £3,195

How It Works?

Includes

  • Full ground price for the chosen route
  • Flights from Heathrow
  • Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
  • Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on number of climbers)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses (except sleeping bag)
  • Nasio Expedition Manager
  • Meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day

Climb Only Option

Pay £1,595

How It Works?

Includes

  • Full ground price for the chosen route
  • Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
  • Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on number of climbers)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses (except sleeping bag)
  • Nasio Expedition Manager
  • Meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day

Example Machame Itinerary

Machame Camp (2980m)

  • Hike Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 10 kms

Enjoy a breathtaking trek to Machame Camp through a beautiful forest with a well marked trail. We’ll set up camp at the edge of the forest and get a good night’s rest.

Day 1

Machame Camp (2980m) to Shira Plateau (3840m)

  • Hike Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 7 kms

As the forest thins out we’ll make our way to the stunning volcanic Shira Plateau. The views from camp will be nothing short of incredible as we look up at the summit massif.

Day 2

Shira Camp (3840m) to Barranco Camp (3950m)

  • Hike Time: 5-7 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 10 kms

We’ll work our way around the base of the summit massif in an arid & rocky environment. We’ll be exposed the the elements as we descend into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. A long and rewarding day.

Day 3

Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Valley (3950m)

  • Hike Time: 4-5 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 4 kms

We’ll scramble as a team over the epic Barranco Wall, and then over 2 more stunning valleys to reach the next camp. This time you’ll enjoy views of the Heim Glacier from the shelter of your tent.

Day 4

Karanga Valley (3950m) to Barafu Camp (4550m)

  • Hike Time: 4-5 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 4 kms

We’ll make significant vertical ground to Barafu (or “ice”) camp. Expect to wrap up warm on this leg of the trek as we pick our way carefully through the rocks to camp and an early night in preparation for the summit.

Day 5

Barafu Camp (4550m) to Summit (5895m) to Millenium Camp (2800m)

  • Hike Time: 12-13 Hours (with breaks)
  • Hike Distance: 18 kms

We’ll embark in darkness on the final push to the summit. Expect wind-chill, steep slopes and loose scree. Then conquer the summit, and enjoy a feeling that will stay with you forever. As the day warms up, we’ll drop back to Barafu Camp for some food, and then continue to Millennium Camp to arrive by mid afternoon.

Day 6

Millenium Camp (2800m) to Mweka Gate (900m)

  • Hike Time: 4-6 Hours
  • Hike Distance: 11 kms

We’ll make our descent through lush forest and pick up our summit certificates from Mweka Gate. A day of reflection and anticipation of the comforts of your waiting hotel – hot showers and a real bed!

Day 7

Machame Climb Dates

June 2017

30th Jun 2017
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July 2017

21st Jul 2017
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September 2017

1st Sep 2017
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October 2017

6th Oct 2017
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December 2017

24th Dec 2017
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July 2018

8th Jul 2018
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August 2018

26th Aug 2018
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