While the Marangu route is dubbed as the “Coca-cola” route, The machame Trail is known as the “Whisky Route”. It’s a fantastic opportunity to taste your mountain skills and high altitude experience.
Although it’s a more expensive ascent because all camping gear has to be carried up the mountain camping sites, the views are highly rewarding allowing the climber a much leisurely intoxicating hiking pace.
This forest and Moorland route is by far easier and better for acclimatizing, besides having the most scenic vistas on the mountain,you have a one hour advantage less than Marangu trail on the summit night.
Although sleeping on mats in tents might feel a bit uncomfortable, you will have a 95% chance of getting to the summit top, and ¾ views of the Kilimanjaro massif.
5NIGHTS /6 DAYS
MOSHI 900 m- MACHAME – 3000 m
After B/Fast you’ll be driven for about 50 km -1hr from moshi to the Machame Gates-1950m for official clearance. From here the climb begins, lunch break at a designated area half way up.
The duration will be 5 -7 hrs, covering 10 km. tea/coffee and biscuits. Warm water for refreshing will be provided upon arrival. Dinner and overnight. ACCOMMODATION MACHAME HUTS 3000
MACHAME 3000 m- SHIRA CAMP
After B/fast the trail continues, ascending though the lush rain forest cutting across various ridges dotted with scrubby low land bushes, eventually giving way to the much hardy Alpine, Flora and fauna of the open plateau. Picnic lunch is taken half way at a designated area, were the views become stunning as your gain altitude. Mt. Meru can be viewed from a distance while Kili’s face will be towering just above you.
The duration is approximately 5/6 hrs. SHIRA CAMP – 3,840 m
The hike continues from shira camp towards the lava tower 4600m,and then descend to Baranco for your dinner and overnight covering a 10km hike, for 5-6 hrs. BARANCO – CAMP 3,950 m
BARANCO- TO BARAFU-4,600 m
A steep rocky, gecho like climb up Baranco wall will prove your maintaining skills (breakfast?) before emerging towards the up and downs valleys of Karanga river, taking 8-9 hrs,8km hike, ending up at the campsite, early dinner and then hit the sack.BARAFU CAMP- 4,600 m
BARAFU TO UHURU PEAK-5,896 m – MWEKA HUT-1,800 m
Awake around midnight, take your needful mug of coffee, tea or Hot chocolate drink.
Start off from barafu campsite crossing through boulder strew ridges and a gap between Rebman and Ratzels glaciers. Arriving at Stella point about 5,700 m hope fully just on time for the sunrise photo and then proceed for another 1 – 1.30 Hrs to the UHURU Peak- 9,340 ft/5895 m taking 5/6 hrs.
Photographic celebrations…then start the descent via Barafu camsite – 4,600 m, relax for a few minutes then continue down to Mweka camp, taking 6hrs. Dine then drag yourself in your tent for the last night up Kili. MWEKA CAMP- 1,800 m
From mweka campsite to the gates you will now take at least 3hrs. Our 4×4 jeep will be waiting to drive you to your base camp /lodge in Moshi for your dinner and comfortable bed.BASE CAMP, LODGE OR HOTEL
OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY: This is on the second day normally at shire campsite, explore the areas flora and fanna, hike to shira plateau, shira needle or the cathedral and return to the campsite for dinner and overnight.