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Machame route

Machame route

Machame route

The Machame route is considered the longest route to the Kilimanjaro Mountain, and this route has better acclimatization than the other routes, and it is extremely interesting. Climbers using this route will start from the southern part of the mountain, covering about 62 kilometers from the Machame gate. Visitors take in various vegetation zones with a variety of ecosystems and breathtaking vistas. The famed Shira Plateau is reached by joining other routes at the Mwaka descending trail, which passes through montane forest and can occasionally be quite muddy, especially during the wet season, and very dusty during the dry season. Due to its picturesque grandeur, the Machame path, sometimes known as the whisky trail, is the most well-known route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail is difficult and best suited to experienced hikers with plenty of acclimatization time.

To aid the hikers during their journey, gaiters and hiking poles are provided. The Machame route continues eastward along the mountain, passing through an area of moorland where hikers can enjoy a beautiful view of the setting sun across Africa. Before arriving at the Barranco Huts, where the altitude drops, the ascent passes by the Lava Tower, giving you a good chance to acclimatize. To acclimatize in the alpine desert and get ready for the next challenge, a traveler can walk far along the steep ridge that rises to the Barranco wall and farther down to Karango Camp.

While the visitor gets ready before arriving at the Barafu camp, as we wait for our final goal, the Uhuru peak push, staying one night here increases the likelihood that they will reach the Uhuru peak. The highlight of our hiking package was the Machame trail, where we had a modest breakfast and biscuits to start the day. We begin the trek through the mountain’s edge around midnight, and by this time, everyone requires a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The beginning of the hike is where the dream comes true. According to general tourist statistics, the majority of hikers in the Kilimanjaro Mountains take the Machame Route. Although the trip is challenging, there are many beautiful sights along the way. This route can be hiked in 78 days on average, including time for acclimatization.

Let’s explore the 8-day safari to Kilimanajaoro mountain using the Machame route.

Machame’s Route / Itinerary6 days of climbing, including 2 nights in a hotel: The Mount Kilimajaro climbing safari is fantastic, and you’ll get the most out of it.

Day 1: Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft): Our staff will meet you at the Kilimanjaro International Airport when you arrive and take you to your hotel or other desired lodging for the night. Any day and any month of the year is a good time to begin your adventure!

Day 2: Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) from Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft). 5-7 hours, 18 km., Montane Forest: On this particular day, wake up at 6:00 a.m. and have breakfast between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. You will then check out of the hotel, prepare your bags, and board a shuttle bus to travel to the starting point, where the climb will begin. You will travel for roughly 50 minutes from Moshi to Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft), where you will meet your guides and porters who will help you pack and arrange your supplies and equipment. You can also purchase mineral water bottled at the hotel or grocery store before boarding the shuttle to be transported to the entrance gate where the trek will begin.

You will also receive a lunch pack. You begin your trek and enter the rain forest right away after checking in at the park office. The trail on this side of the mountain is frequently muddy and slippery after heavy rains, so proper footwear, trekking poles, and gaiters are helpful. Halfway up, you’ll stop for a wonderful lunch break, and in the late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the Machame camping area. Your porters will arrive at camp before you do, and they will set up your tent. While the cook makes your dinner in the evening, the porters warm up the water for drinking and washing. At the Machame Camp, nighttime lows can reach zero. At Machame Camp, you will have dinner and spend the night.

Your first day at altitude will be today, so you must follow the guidelines going forward. Avoid ingesting caffeine and alcohol. Daily, I consume more than 4 liters of bottled water (little by little, frequently).

Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) on Day 34-6 hours for 9 km of Moorland: After waking up early and eating breakfast at the Machame camp, you will set off on your journey at around 7:30 in the morning. You will ascend for an hour to reach the top of the forest before walking for two to three hours on a gentle moorland. You continue up a steep ridge onto the Shira Plateau after a little break for lunch and rest, where you will be able to glimpse Kilimanjaro’s Great Western Breach and its breathtaking glaciers. The Western Breach’s walls are occasionally covered in thick ice curtains. You are now on the side of the mountain that the Marangu Route is on, west of Kibo. You arrive at the Shira campground following a brief westward trek. Before serving dinner, the porters would boil the water for washing and drinking. This exposed site will see lower temperatures at night, with lows below zero. You will have dinner and spend the night at Shira Camp in the evening.

To hasten the acclimatization process, the acclimatization hike is a short, simple hike with a small ascent. Since they help boost your chances of successfully climbing Kilimanjaro and protect you from the effects of altitude sickness, you should take the acclimatization hikes extremely seriously.

Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) via Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day four.Semi-Desert, 15 km, 7 hours: Get up at 6:30 in the morning, get your kit ready, and get ready for breakfast at 7:00. You will climb east up a steepening trail over the tallest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s towering mass on this day, which is quite sensitive. After several hours, you finally arrive at the well-known landmark known as Lava Tower at 4,630 m (15,190 ft) after trekking through a rocky environment. The trail runs just beneath this large part of Kilimanjaro’s past volcanic activity, which is several hundred feet high. The agile can climb to the tower’s summit for extra credit. To reach Barranco Camp at 3,950 m (12,960 ft.), descend for two hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall after a lunch break close to Lava Tower. This climb offers a lot of photo opportunities, particularly if the walls are covered with ice. Barranco Camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, so while you wait for dinner, you should be able to enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Watch out for any indications of altitude sickness on this day. At Barranco Camp, you will have dinner and spend the night.

If a member of the group becomes ill, the group may change its course and bypass the lava tower, instead traveling the road used by porters. In this situation, you will only rise to an altitude of 4,400 meters at most, rather than the full 4,630 meters.

Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) on Day 5.8 hours and 3 kilometres. Mountain Desert: You ascend this awesome challenge after spending the night beneath the massive Great Barranco Wall, which is simpler than it appears to be. You can now fully appreciate Kilimanjaro’s beauty as you reach the mountain’s peak just below the Heim Glacier. The road then turns south and descends through the Karanga Valley before joining the Mweka Route, which will serve as your descent route. You have now finished the South Circuit, which offers numerous perspectives from the top. Turn left and continue hiking up the ridge for an additional hour to the peak, as everyone is currently focused on it. Although Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice,” the last water on the trail is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp. Near the mountain’s peak, high above Barafu Camp, are the famous Kilimanjaro snowfields. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the area before it gets dark to prevent any mishaps since your tent will be set up on a constrained, stony, wind-swept ridge. Get your summit ascent equipment and warm clothing ready. This should involve changing the batteries in your camera and headlamp. You should also think about having a thermal flask with you to keep your water from freezing. Try to obtain a few hours of sleep by going to bed by 7:00 PM. You’ll begin the summit hike by walking from Baranko Camp to the Summit.

Summit Day is on Day 6! Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) 23 miles down, 7 km up, 8 hours of sleep per night. Seasonal scum and snow: The most difficult portion of the route for most climbers is your 6-hour ascent northwestward through thick scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim. Around 05:30 in the morning, you will arrive at Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft), where you will pause for a brief rest and have the opportunity to witness an extraordinarily joyous sunrise. Stella Point is where you connect to the upper section of the Marangu Route, but don’t linger too long here because it will be quite challenging to restart owing to the cold and exhaustion. Depending on the time of year and recent storms, you might come across snow on the last portion of your journey around the rim to Uhuru Peak. At the summit, you can celebrate your achievements and be confident that you are making a day you will never forget. After a well-earned but brief rest following your three-hour descent from the peak down to Barafu Camp, gather your belongings, and climb to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) by following a path cut through rock and scree. You can anticipate mist or rain in the late afternoon or evening because his camp is in the upper woodland. In addition to providing dinner and washing water, the camp office also sells chocolates, soft drinks, and drinking water. You will spend the night at Mweka Camp following dinner.

Day 7: Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) from Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft) 3 hours and 15 km. Forest: After a well-earned breakfast, the 3-hour journey back to the park gate is quick and picturesque. Don’t tip your porters until you and all of your equipment have arrived at the gate safely, but don’t forget to tip the employees there. You can sign your name and enter your information in a register at Mweka Gate. Successful climbers can also pick up their summit certificates here. Some climbers prefer to pick up their certificates at the hotel or place of accommodation, celebrate with supper and drinks with their porters and guides, and then have the certificates presented to each member of the group in person for a good memory after realizing their dream. Climbers who reach Stella Point receive green certificates, and gold awards with green accents are given to climbers who reach Uhuru Peak. If the road is too muddy for vehicles, it can be a muddy, 3-kilometer, 1-hour hike from the Mweka Gate to the Mweka Village.

After receiving a sumptuous hot lunch in the Mweka Village, you will be brought back to Moshi for a much-needed hot shower and a cozy night in a hotel or other type of accommodation.

Day 8: Moshi/Leave for the airport or other East African or Southern African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, and other regions. A trip to Zanzibar’s beaches is a great way to unwind.

The price of Machame route mount Kilimanjaro package includes

  • Pickup and transfers from the airport to the hotel and back, as well as two nights’ worth of half-board lodging at the hotel.
  • governmental levies
  • admission fees, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and all tools and equipment for camping.
  • Luggage porters, tour guides, assistance guides,
  • Transportation from the base hotel to the climbing’s starting point and back is provided. Transfers are included in the price of the climbing tour.
  • Pay for porters, tour guides, and office expenses.
  • All meals on the mountain. Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Price of Machame route on Kilimanjaro mount excludes

  • Staff Advice: Provide drivers and guides with personal climbing equipment such as warm jackets, walking sticks, and warm gloves.
  • Hotel personnel, international flights to Tanzania and back,
  • Any outings, sodas, laundry, ironing, pedicures, manicures, and massage services of a personal nature.

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