8 Day Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route
An 8-day Machame Route Kilimanjaro climb is perfect for trekkers on a budget. This popular route features fewer amenities, while still offering the peace of mind you get by choosing Alaitol. The Machame route also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for Alaitol Safaris. Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania (D)
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative).
Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m) – (B, L, D)
One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters, and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.
Overnight: Machame Camp (9,850′)
Hours trekking: 5-7
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp – (B, L, D)
Vegetation gets sparser as you ascend into the heath, where alien-looking giant groundsels tower over the rocky slopes.
Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795′)
Hours trekking: 4-5
Day 4: Shira 2 to Barranco Camp – (B, L, D)
Enjoy expansive views of the Barranco Valley from your camp at the base of the Barranco Wall.
Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004′)
Hours trekking: 6-7
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga – (B, L, D)
A challenging scramble up the Barranco Wall is rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. Continue over ridges and valleys before a steep hike to camp.
Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231′)
Hours trekking: 4-5
Day 6: Karanga to Barafu Camp – (B, L, D)
As you near the summit, the landscape starts to resemble the surface of the moon. Keep an eye out for towering lava formations, remnants of Kili’s fiery past.
Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331′)
Hours trekking: 3-4
Day 7: Barafu to Summit/ Mweka Millennium Camp (B, L, D)
Headlamps snaking up the mountain light your way during an overnight summit bid. Celebrate your success with a few quick pictures at the top before trekking much of the way back down the mountain.
Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500′)
Hours trekking: 8-10 to Summit/ 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp
Day 8: Complete Trek/Departure Day (B, L)
Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. Our vehicles will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport this evening.
Dayroom: Planet Lodge
Hours trekking: 4-6
Specification: 8 Day Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route
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