The Machame course, otherwise called the Whisky Route is one of the most grand and suggested courses on Kilimanjaro. This well known course with ways through heavenly backwoods to acquire an edge driving through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then, at that point, navigates underneath the glaciated slopes of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the culmination. Since it tends to be done over longer periods and the grade is more reasonable it has a lot higher achievement pace of culmination.
Day 1: Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp
After the hotel’s early breakfast, you can take a drive to Machame gate at 1,640 meters above sea level (ASL) for about 1.30 hours. From here your trek begins. The first day of trekking on the Machame Route is about 11km/7miles long) and it takes up to 5-7 hours to finish. A packed lunch along the way and 2-3 liters of bottled drinking water will be offered. The day’s trek finishes at Machame Camp (2.835 m ASL) near the rainforest zone boundary and the low alpine region. Your camp and tents will be set up by the time you arrive, and dinner will be served.
Day 2: Machame camp – Shira Camp II
You wake up early for breakfast on this day and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira CampII (3,850 m ASL). As you enter the low alpine zone characterized by moorlands and grasslands, the trek is relatively steep. Shira Camp II sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo (the highest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro) in the North-West and Mt. Meru in the East. This trek takes about 4-6 hours and covers a 5km/3mile distance.
Day 3: Shira Camp II – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
On this day after breakfast you will embark on a long and hard trek heading east from the Shira Plateau through the’ Senecios Species Garden’ to the Lava Tower (4,600 m ASL) and then back down to Barranco Camp (3,900 m ASL). The distance of the route is about 11km/7 miles and it takes 5-7 hours to complete. Although you end the day at a very similar elevation to when you started from Shira Camp, it is arguably one of the most important days on your trek as it gives you a chance to ascend high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatization.
Day 4: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
On the fourth morning after breakfast, you must start to challenge a rocky (not technical) climb at the Barranco Wall popularly known as the Breakfast Wall, which marks the boundary from Kibo’s southeastern slopes. Passing under the glaciers of Heim and Kersten, going towards the valley of Karanga. It will only take you 3-4 hours to get to camp in Karanga. You will spend your night at this camp and take advantage of acclimatizing and adjusting such a high-altitude environment before returning to base camp the next day. 4.040 m/13.255 ft ASL altitude; and 5.5 km/3.5 miles walking distance.
Day 5: Karanga Camp Barafu Camp
You’ll start your day with a short 2-3 hour hike to Barafu camp around 09am; you’ll eat your camp lunch and then rest until early dinner before beginning the challenge to the summit at midnight. Rest is highly recommended and early dinner brings more energy back from midnight for the summit. Barafu Camp’s elevation is 4,680 m/15,360 ft ASL; with an average 3.5 km/2,2 miles walking distance.
Day 6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka
By having a cup of tea / coffee or hot chocolate with a light snack, you will start the summit challenge at midnight. Walking up to the roof of Africa start with a rocky part then zigzag up to the crater rim at Stella point 18’864 feet above sea level, on your way you’ll see the second highest peak at Kilimanjaro which is Mawenzi peak while the sunrises below your feet. You will have an hour from Stella point to your final Uhuru peak destination 5,895m/19,340ftASL. Just a few more minutes to spend at the highest point of Africa taking pictures and a brief celebration before you continue your hike back to Barafu. And brief rest before heading down to the 3020m/9842 feet ASL camp in Mweka. This will be a long day with an 8-14-hour walking time from camp Barafu to maximum Uhuru and back to camp Barafu. We will have a physical challenge from Barafu camp to go downhill with 2-4 hours total time to Mweka camp. Anyone who gets Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be given Summit Certificates.
Day 7: Mweka Camp – mweka Gate – Moshi
You will start the descent to the Mweka Park Gate after lunch, where you will collect your certificates for the summit. It may be wet and muddy at lower elevations. Gaiters can help with trekking poles. Perhaps there will be plenty to wear shorts and t-shirts (keep rain gear and warmer clothes handy when you leave camp).
From the door, you proceed to Mweka Village for another hour. Our vehicle will join you for rest and celebration in Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.