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6-7 Days Kilimanjaro Challenge-Machame Route [KMC]


Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro Challenge - Machame Route

Man versus the mountain:
A challenge for the fit and adventurous, taking you through equatorial jungle and rough terrain to reach the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Climb Kilimanjaro along the Machame route which takes you to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro along a challenging and exciting path. Explore the excitement of Kilimanjaro as you embark on a life changing climb in Tanzania with Jenman Safaris!

Challenge yourself and join us on a climb up Kilimanjaro - the largest of an East-West belt of about 20 volcanoes near the southern end of the East African Rift Valley. Explore the peaks and enjoy the rewarding summit after you spend a few days in the Kilimanjaro National Park climbing this majestic mountain!

The Kilimanjaro climb on the Machame Route (slightly more difficult than the Marangu Route), is in tented accommodation and can be combined with any of our regular East Africa and Tanzania safari itineraries, or it can be done as a stand-alone expedition. When doing the Machame route, you will be hiking on Day 3 of your Kilimanjaro hike all the way to Lava Tower (4630 m) and then descend by nearly 700 m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950 m) on the same day. This is the secret to successful acclimatisation. We also offer the variation of a 7-day package, which incorporates Karanga Camp. This is an option for those who would like to spend an extra day acclimatising (more chance of successful summit) and is at an extra cost.

Highlights of climbing Kilimanjaro along the Machame route: Climb up Kilimanjaro, taking you through the midst of equator's jungle to reach the snow and breath-taking views from the summit.

Type of Safari: Adventurous Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour
Group size: minimum 1 person , maximum 12
Duration: 6 day(s)

Accommodation: During 5 nights of your Kilimanjaro climb, you will be staying on designated campsites on the slopes of the mountain. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with long-drop toilets.



Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut [LD]  
This morning you will have an early start as you will be collected by a Land Rover 4×4 vehicle for the drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guide and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the Machame village and you can also buy mineral water here. We then head for the Machame Gate (1490m), near the entrance to the forest. You will embark upon a 6 to 7 hour walk
Accommodation: Machame Camp (2980m)

Day 2: Machame - Shira Camp [BLD]  
You will need to rise early. You will climb until you reach the top of the forest. Then, we climb on a gentler slope through the moorland zone, heading straight for the peak. You will continue up a rocky ridge and after about 4 hours. Taking in the beauty of the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach Shira Camp at 3840m. Your total hiking time is about 6 hours.
Accommodation: Shira Camp(3840m)

Day 3: Shira - Barranco Camp [BLD]  
In the morning you will start your climb on what is considered the toughest day on the climb… We will now go to the semi desert and rocky landscape that surrounds Lava Tower. After this, you descend again to Barranco Camp. The acclimatisation benefits of having reached the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower are now felt. Should you wish to choose the longer Machame Route of 7-Days acclimatisation, the next day’s hike would go to Karanga Camp.
Accommodation: Barranco Camp (3950m)

Day 4: Barranco to Barafu Camp [BLD]  
Today we will cross the Barranco Valley, climb the Barranco wall (not technical climbing) and then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Wonderful views are to be had here: Kibo's southern glaciers if the weather is clear. When proceeding on towards Barafu Camp, we will have lunch in the Karanga valley and then proceed on to the intersection of the South Circuit with the Mweka ascent path. We will eventually turn left and climb up a ridge for about 2 hours to Barafu Camp (4600m). Please note: - The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu Camp, so remember to fill those bottles! Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is aptly named as it is a harsh and inhospitable area to camp in. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the camp site before it gets dark, as the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony and dangerous ridge, which is completely exposed to the severe winds found at this altitude... The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent, starting tonight. Take time to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit hike. This should include the replacement of all batteries (headlight & torches etc. - make sure you have a spare set available as well). If possible, carry your water in a thermal flask to prevent it becoming frozen. Try to get as much sleep as possible.
Accommodation: Mweka Camp (3100m)

Day 5: Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp [BL]  
The big day: - We will leave the camp at 1 or 2am. We will head in a north-westerly direction with a steep climb over scree and rock towards the Rebmann Glacier and Stella Point on the crater rim. En route we will pass a cliff and then enter the gap between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, arriving at the crater rim near Stella point. (About 6-7 hours). From here on it is about another hour to Uhuru, but the most challenging time on the route today, is this 6-hour walk to Stella Point. At Stella Point (5685m) you will have a chance to witness one of the most amazing sunrises you are ever likely to see! We should encounter snow now, all the way on your ascent to Uhuru Peak, which will take another 2 hours or so. The time we will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. It is not advisable to stop here for too long, as it can be very difficult to start our descent due to the cold and fatigue. We will descend via Barafu hut (1-2 hours from Stella point) and then continue for another 3 or 4 hours to Mweka Camp. The descent is not very difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and back into the forest below. Today, nothing will compare to your sense of achievement!
Accommodation: Mweka Camp (3100m)

Day 6: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate [B]  
Today you will tackle the final descent to Mweka gate. It is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back and it is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register and this is also where all successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Our transport is arranged to collect you from the Mweka Gate and take you down into the Mweka village, where the tour ends.

OPTIONAL DAY – for 7 day package [BLD]  
The hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp is normally completed on Day 4, as you are at about 4000 meters. The hike from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp is probably 5 hours, if you choose to do it on Day 5. If you skip Karanga Camp, your day hike from Barranco to Barafu would most likely be around 10 to 12 hours. Most people can hike 12 hours, but what can make it difficult, is that these compressed two days are the night before your summit. (ie. you would need to get up at midnight after a 12 hour hike, then hike for another 6 hours to the summit, and then descend another 6 to 8 hours down to Mweka Camp). The difficulty of doing the Machame within 6 days is that you would have to hike 24 hours in under 2 days, with probably about 3 hours of solid sleep. Therefore the necessary fitness levels and preparation for this route are a priority.
Accommodation: Karanga Camp (3950m)

End of Tour

Inclusions & Exclusions

 - 5 Nights camping with communal ablution facilities
 - Meals and activities as per the itinerary
 - Porters Cooking equipment
 - Experienced & registered local guide.
 - 6 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 6 x dinner

Travel insurance
 - Flights and airport taxes
 - Pre and post tour accommodation
 - All drinks (except purified drinking water on the mountain)
 - Tips Curios & items of a personal nature.

Meal Key:
– Breakfast    L – Lunch    D – Dinner


Extra information

Extra Information:
There are different routes to climb up Kilimanjaro, i.e. Marangu Route. Please contact our office for more information.

During 5 nights of your Kilimanjaro climb, you will be staying on designated campsites on the slopes of the mountain.
All campsites have shared ablution facilities with long-drop toilets.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut
Day 2: Machame – Shira Camp
Day 3: Shira – Barranco Camp
OPTIONAL DAY – for 7 day package
Day 4: Barranco to Barafu Camp
Day 5: Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp
Day 6: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate