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Kilimanjaro Climb Via Machame Route

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Overview
The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
What to Expect
Day 1

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day 2

Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Day 3

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Day 4

Moir Hut to Lava Tower

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Day 5

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Day 6

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Day 7

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Day 8

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
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Important Information
Departure Point
A hotel located in Moshi town
Duration
7 days
Inclusions
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Me and my friend Melanie booked a 7-day trek through Machame route to climb the Kilimanjaro with Sirikwa travel, a local company. Everything that was promised was there and much more. The team to accompany us along this long and sometimes really hard route was kind,
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Response from Sirikwa T, Manager at Kilimanjaro Climb Via Machame Route
Responded 18 Sep 2019
Dear Claire, We really appreciate the time you took to write a review about your Kilimanjaro climb,and congratulations for reaching the summit. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience with the team and you felt cared for and supported. This is very important during a challenging climb as this. We pride ourselves on staff who are professional and go out of their way to help clients as yourselves. Many thanks and we hope to see you again in Tanzania soon....
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My Wife and I had decided to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro this year 2019. We chose Sirikwa Travel as our local operator for our trip. Booking the trip was really seamless. Oinoth (owner) helped us through our scheduling. Closer to the climb, the he sent out emails ensuring we were
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Response from Sirikwa T, Owner at Kilimanjaro Climb Via Machame Route
Responded 7 Sep 2019
Dear Client, We hope you have arrived back home safely after your great journey through our beautiful country. Our sincerest thanks and gratitude for your very kind comments. We are so happy that we were part of your great life adventure in Africa. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. From myself, our guides, porters and everyone in Sirikwa Travel we would love to say thanks to you & your wife for supporting us, your local Tanzanian specialist. Great all and We hope to see you again in Tanzania,
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By: Sirikwa Travel
132 reviews
987via
San Ramon, California
11
Premium service
Sirikwa Travel made my Kilimanjaro trek and safari adventure a trip to remember. Their attention to detail from my
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PGS79
Boston, Massachusetts
11
Definitely would recommend Sirikwa
Our group of four from Boston, MA recently completed a two day safari and an 8 day trek of Kilimanjaro via the
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PJ L
Shanghai, China
134
Awesome, Amazing & Trip of a Lifetime...
Sirikwa Travel is The Absolute Best when booking any activities in region surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro. I arrived a
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Leon_Berge
Charleston, South Carolina
21
Best Team To Take You To The Top
What an amazing experience i can only recommend both Sirikwa Travel and Lemosho Route. We had a great and
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miss_sedo
21
Highly recommended
We have had an amazing tour experience in Tanzania( Mount Kilimanjaro and Safari). The organizational part was
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mik3buckley
Somerset, United Kingdom
62
Safari
We went on a 5 day safari with Sirikwa travel. We stayed a night in Moshi before hand included in our trip via
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Claire E
10
Very Kind and very professional
Me and my friend Melanie booked a 7-day trek through Machame route to climb the Kilimanjaro with Sirikwa travel, a
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eagoudie
10
Summitted Kili and 5 Day Safari with Sirikwa
We (a group of 2) booked Sirikwa Travle for a 7 day Summit of Mount Kiliminjaro vis the Machame Route and a 5 day
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salvadortorilio
20
"Fun and Well coordinated"
My Wife and I had decided to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro this year 2019. We chose Sirikwa Travel as our local operator
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karankakkar2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
53
Outstanding Safari Experience!
I had the most amazing safari experience with Sirikwa. I lived in Tanzania for four years and this was definitely
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Jen R
31
Amazing Adventure!
This was truly the adventure of a lifetime. Sirikwa Travel and our guides, Pail and Jyroi were incredible. All
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Robert g
31
Experience of a lifetime!
We recently climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, and experienced Tarangire national park and Ngorongoro
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John S
Bath, United Kingdom
71
Surely impossible to improve on this experience.
As a middle aged couple looking not for the biggest, brashest and largest company leading treks up the mountain,
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Solotraveler10098
30
Best trekking company in Tanzania!
I recently completed the 7 day Machame route and 4 day safari with Sirikwa travel. Oinoth, the owner, was very
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Emily J
11
The Adventure of a Lifetime with an Exceptional Company
Sirikwa Travel is an incredibly professional company that guarantees the utmost personal care, and I highly
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