Climb Kilimajaro Machame Route to Uhuru Peak Summit 9 Days
Machame route is regarded as the most scenic route of the trails up Mount Kilimanjaro. One ascends gradually through the forest till you emerge onto the Moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Bridge. Travellers through Machame route overnight in TENTS.
Day 1: Arrival at Moshi with overnight
Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Transfer Arusha / Moshi - Machame gate 1800m above sea level. Start trek to Machame camp 3000m above sea level, taking about 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast we take a tour shuttle transfer to Machame Gate where you will meet the porters, guides, and cooks that will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, 'the roof of Africa'. The drive from Moshi is through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate and it takes just an hour. The road is paved for most of the way. Once you arrive, you'll spend about an hour waiting at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.
At around 10 am, you will begin trekking with your guides to Machame Camp, the destination for your first night on the mountain. The porters and cooks walk ahead of the group to set up the camp in time for guests arrival. The narrow trail is steeper and more slippery, you will need to have your walking sticks with you. Continue on through the cloud forest for another 1.5 hours until you reach a clear area where you will break for lunch.
After lunch, you will hike through the cloud forest for another hour before leaving the forest for the scrubland. As the forest thins, the vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and many species of wildflowers. If the weather is clear you will also be able to see some views of the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak. Continue on for another half an hour before reaching Machame Camp for hot tea and snacks.
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Proceed trekking to Shira camp 3840m (7 hours)
Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, the route includes several streneous uphill sections. You will be walking through exposed heather and moorland. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the hike can be quite hot on a clear day. During this section of the trail there are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. As you gain altitude, the vegetation changes: The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro's famous high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Continue for another thirty minutes to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
Trek to Barranco camp 3950m (7 hours)
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. The route is somewhat challenging, this day is crucial for acclimatization. After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape for another half an hour before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch you will reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp.From the high point, you can see Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. Barranco Camp is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route. From the campsite you will see magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier and Kibo's southern face.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Depart Barranco Camp via the Great Barranco wall, an almost vertical rocky face of some 200 meters high, often necessitating one to use their hands to go up the rocky wall. Go past the Heim glacier which is overhanging. Descend into a desert landscape spread as far as Karanga Valley. Here, replenish your water supplies, as there won’t be any other water points up to the summit. After tackling the steep rocky climb, arrive at Karanga Camp. Most trekkers would push onwards and overnight at Barafu Camp, but, it is advisable to camp at Karanga Camp and acclimatize to altitude, giving you a better chance to reach the summit safely.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Start the day by a steep regular climb. Walk slowly following your guide’s pace as more effort is required. Steal glimpses of the magnificent Tanzanian plains spread out some 3000m lower. On a good day, you can spot mount Meru whose summit peeks higher than the thin clouds layer. The terrain eases out gradually, and becomes much more drier. Kibo is now visible on your left with a wonderful view on Rebmann. The rest of the day is dedicated to rest, and sleep, as summit attempt will be in wee hours of the morning. Dinner is served early.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Proceed trek to Summit and down to Mweka camp 3100m (14 hours)
At midnight you will begin your ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, you will hike by flashlight. It is helpful to use a headlamp so your arms are free during the ascent. The Machame ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire six-day trek. For much of the hike you will walk on a gravel slope that causes you to slip back slightly with every step forward. The going is extremely slow until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike a psychological battle, and you will need to go very slowly to reach the top. The guide will advise you on how to make the hike easier. The crater rim hike takes about forty-five minutes and you should reach Uhuru Peak around sunrise. Take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the long descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru you will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain, crater, glaciers and Tanzania. If it is a cloudy day, you will still have the luxury of the gorgeous views of the clouds below. At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast, drink lots of tea and take a short break. You still have another three hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp, day five's destination.
Day 8: Descent - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
Descend to Mweka Gate and transfer to Arusha.(4 hours) or one can transfer to Nairobi. Over Night at Impala Hotel Arusha or Boulevard Hotel Nairobi or Similar.
Day 9: Moshi
Depart at any time. End of safari