Being one of the most popular mountains in the world, roughly 50,000 trekkers every year try to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The summit success rate heavily depends upon what route is climbed as routes vary considerably in terms of acclimatization profile and duration of climb. We are dedicated to consider all of this while taking our guests to reach the peak and make your climb as comfortable as possible.
To climb the highest mountain in Africa we offer our guests the Machame trail, also known as the ‘Whiskey route’, one of the most scenic and most recommended routes on Kilimanjaro. It is also one of the best routes to take , both in terms of acclimatization and cost. The trail approaches the south side of the mountain. All our trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro have a support crew of guides and porters who are integral in helping climbers reach the summit.
♦ The most scenic route of all seven routes to the summit. The trekking experience is unmatched to any other. You get to enjoy the extremely varied terrain all the way up and pass through five different climate zones: rainforest, grasslands, moorland, alpine desert, and the arctic summit.
♦ The route also takes you through fabulous natural features such as Lava Tower – a volcanic rock tower that was formed by the volcanic activity on the mountain many years ago, and Shira Plateau – a 500,000-year-old volcanic caldera that is now a World Heritage Site!
♦ The route goes up and down a series of valleys and ridges, which make the walk a bit more strenuous but rewards hikers with some of the best views on the mountain.
♦ So if you’re looking for the extraordinary Kilimanjaro experience, it is difficult to beat Machame route!
♦ Let us put it simply, with the right and qualified Kilimanjaro team of experts and supportive mountain crew anyone should be able to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, whether you are a an experienced hiker or a first-time trekker, you can reach the summit!
♦ The Machame route can be completed in a minimum of six days. However, for the first-time hikers we would recommend to extend the trekking by one day taking an extra day to allow yourself to acclimatize. There is no rush, so it’s best if you take your time to enjoy the fantastic scenery and let your body move at a slower pace.
♦ Machame route is more physically demanding but it has the best acclimatization profile because it includes the opportunities to climb high and then go down low, which is important in helping the body to adjust to the increased elevation.
Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame Camp (3000)
Arrival to the Machame Gate from Arusha following by introduction to your guide and porters. Start hiking through rainforest (4-5 hours) to the Machame Hut for the night.
Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3995m)
Be ready for 4-5 hours of acclimatization hike and conquering the rocky slopes of the Barranco Wall – the most challenging place on the way to the summit! At the top of the wall you’re above the clouds and have superb views of the Southern Ice Fields!
Machame Camp (3000m) – Shira Camp (3800)
Climb through Savannah, rainforest and other vegetation (4-5 hours); cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira Cave Camp. At this campsite you have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the east.
NB: an extra day can be spent here for acclimatization.
Karanga Camp (3,995m) – Barafu Camp (4,673m)
Climb through glaciers and have some amazing view of the mountain during your 4-5 hours ascend to Barafu Camp. Go to bed early to be woken at midnight to start the long way to the summit!
Shira Cave Camp (3810) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
A slow hike through semi glacier and sandy areas, climbing up to the gigantic rock formation – Lava Tower at 4,630m above the sea level. After lunch, head down to Baranco Camp located in a valley below taking about 2-3 hours to descend.
Barafu Camp (4,673m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,068m)
At midnight begin your summit attempt. It is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the whole Kilimanjaro climb. The route heads northwest into the dark night. After about 6-7 hours you reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,685m above sea level. It should be sunrise now, and you continue for an hour or so on a snow-covered trail to reach Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m the very highest point in all of Africa! After reaching the summit, you descend to Mweka Camp for the night and then back to Arusha the next day.