Machame is a Zigzag route up and down trail. Hike high, sleep low is good for acclimatization. There is a challenging scramble up Baranco wall. Descent is through Mweka route. This Machame route is for camping and toilet facilities are available.
Day 1: ARUSHA – MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 8.00am drive to Machame Gate. After registration, you will enter into the cover of the natural rain forest, which surrounds the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro. This part of the walk is very gradual with great photo opportunities as the suns rays filter through the dense canopy overhead. You can take your Picnic Lunch on route as you ascend through the mystical forest for your first overnight stay at Machame Camp. Day one is great introduction to the adventure you are embarking on. Walking time ranges from 4.5hrs- 6hrs.Altitude is 3100mts. Hot water is provided to refresh yourself before Dinner, enjoy the Mountain’s silence as night descends upon Machame Camp for your first night.
Day 2: MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP
After breakfast, break camp and with picnic Lunch boxes continue your ascent leaving the Lushness of the rain Forest behind you. This part of the walk cuts up along various ridges which are dotted with scrubby low land bush this eventually gives way to the more hardy Alpine Flora and Fauna of the open plateau. The walk will take you 5hrs – 6.5hrs including your picnic lunch, the views are stunning as you begin to gain altitude. On one side you have the soft outline of Kilimanjaro towering over you and off in the distance stands Mt Meru. Dinner and Overnight at Shira Camp, which is 3840mts.
Day 3: SHIRA CAMP TO BARANCO
After breakfast, begin a gradual climb cutting your way through the low Alpine bush. Bird watching on these open slopes can be rewarding with several different type of birds of prey scouring the scrub for small mammals. The scenery will change to rusty Red moraine fields as you continue on toward Lava tower, finally descend to Baranco Camp. Altitude here is 3900mts Lunch will be taken on route. This is a good day for acclimatization as you reach a higher altitude than that of Baranco. Dinner & overnight at Baranco Camp. This day will take 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 4: BARANCO TO BARAFU
After breakfast, with your picnic Lunch boxes proceed to skirt around the south side of the mountain. Begin to climb through the Alpine desert and moraine fields. Barafu Camp is reached in 4.5hrs- 6hrs Altitude here is (4600m). Relax and soak up the vistas below you, a light dinner will be served. Rest and try and get some sleep, you will be woken at 12:30am for your final challenge.
Day 5: BARAFU TO UHURU PEAK – MWEKA CAMP
After a hot tea and snacks start your ascent to the highest peak in Africa (Uhuru Peak) this stands at (5895m). Have your camera ready for when the sun winks a sleepy eye at you. After you have done the victory dance on the summit and celebrate with your guide take a close look at the ice formations of the Glaciers and in your own time reflect on this amazing achievement. Start the descent to Barafu Camp for breakfast, then proceed down toward Mweka camp cutting through lowland grasses and scrub. Break for Picnic Lunch and refreshments the walking time for this day is around 8hrs – 10hrs. (Including summit ascent) After leaving Barafu the walking flattens out and follows tracks onto Mweka camp. Dinner & Overnight at which is 3340 metres.
Day 6: MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE- TO ARUSHA
After breakfast, with your picnic lunch boxes, proceeds back down into the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good viewpoints on route to the valley below. Continue down to Mweka Gate. Here you will meet one of our vehicle, and be brought back to Arusha Via AAA Express Adventure office, then back to your Hotel
Price includes :
All Government taxes, All park entry and camping fees, rescue fees, porters, cook, and guide, three meals a day, transfer from Arusha to Machame gate and from Mweka gate to Arusha, Mess tent, water proof tents, mattresses, chairs and tables, Oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter, first aid kit.