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Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE

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The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, was one of the most popular routes and crowded on Kilimanjaro. But now many people have been choosing Lemosho as altenative to avoid crowd which makes the route less populated compare to Lemosho. This is one of our favorite route due to its scenery and success rates. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature 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. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.
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Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

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 rain forest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Duration: 15 hours

Stop At: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park 00255 Tanzania

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
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Important Information
Duration
7 days
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner
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  • o Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • o Pre & Post Trek accommodation at your arranged hotel
  • o Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees
  • o 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged
  • o 4Season mountain tents
  • o Sleeping Mats
  • o Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • o Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • o 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • o Filtered water throughout the trek
  • o Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by KINAPA and KIATO.
  • o Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
Exclusions
  • o Flights
  • o Items of a personal nature
  • o Laundry Services
  • o A doctor for the group
  • o Tips to mountain crew
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Audrey Grayson wrote a review Nov 2019
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We hiked Mt.Kili with Talako Tours and safari on 7 days Machame route in Mid- October 2019. The guides were proficient, our cook was treating us with scrumptious food, and porters were very sociable and helpful. The mountain gears were of high quality. The three of us together
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Date of experience: October 2019
Ludovic Zach wrote a review Aug 2019
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It was a 6Nights/7Days trek of Mt.Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, I together with my wife and four other family friends through Talako tours and safari based in Moshi, Tanzania. Our guide Josh and Nicky and their team of porters and cooks were astounding we wouldn't have
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Date of experience: July 2019
Daisy Franklin wrote a review May 2019
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My husband and I did the 7 days Machame route with Talako Tours and safari. It was amazing but challenging experience and undeniably worth every drop of our sweat. The team from the agency talako tours was incredible, helpful, supportive, serene, knowledgeable, and fun to be
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Date of experience: April 2019
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  • Duration: 7 days
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