7 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing, Machame- Route
The Machame route approaches kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west, and joins the shira route before traversing beneath the southern icefilds of Kibo. Over 40% of all climbers now use the Machame route. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of wildeness once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. We make our final ascent by the barafu route. The six days itinerary ensures good acclimatisation, and gives us the best possible chance to enjoy the magnificnt scenery.
Day 1 Arriving day
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You will meet us at the airport and pick up with private transfer to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2 Arusha to Machame Camp
The climb starts from machame gate (1800m) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 98% of the water on Kilimanjaro orginates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, partculary if it has rained recently we have lunch at halfway clearing, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000m). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. (6-7 hours walking)
Day 3 Machame to Shira Camp
A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as picnic rock. There are excellent views of kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too, the trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-5 hours walking)
Day 4 Shira to Barranco Camp
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near lava camp (4540m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3900m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. (4-6 hours walking)
Day 5 Barranco to Barafu Camp
a steep climb up the Barranco wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern icefields. Lunch is normally taken at camp, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu Hut (4600m.) by mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. (6-7 hours walking)
Day 6 Barafu summit to Mweka Camp
We normally start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steeply climb over loose volcanic scree has some graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella point (5735m.), in about 5-6 hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those are still feeling strong can make the 2hours round trip from here along the Crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5895m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descend to Barafu campsite is surprisingly fast, and after lunch and other refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3100m.) Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowed campsite. (11-14 hours walking)
Day 7 Mweka camp to mweka Gate
a sustained descend on a well maintained trail through lovely tropical forest alive with birdcalls and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds to the National Park Gate at Mweka (1650m.); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. Where we are transferred to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Moshi Tanzania (4-5 hours walking)
Day 8 Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort to (JRO)
After having your lunch at Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort we will drive you back to Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) ready for the evening flight and back home.