The Machame trail, also recognized as “the Whiskey Route,” is the second most well-known among climbers. This route offers a wide variety of views, scenery, and insights.. The route’s starting point, Machame Entrance, is just a short drive away from Aishi Machame Resort. Machame Gate, located on Mt Kilimanjaro’s southern slope, will guide you to the summit along an exciting footpath that begins in the tropical forest, continues through all climate zones, and ends in the Arctic desert mostly in summit area.
The trek’s camps are strategically placed to allow for a seamless and gradual acclimatization transition. On the third day, the Machame Route meets the Lemosho and Umbwe routes at Barranco camp.
You can climb for six or seven days. The latter is strongly recommended for a smoother acclimatization transition.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport Terminal (JRO), where you will be encountered by a Kilimanjaro Advisor representative and transferred to your hotel as part of the package. The hotel would therefore provide all of the necessities for a pleasant stay, including comfortable rooms,
hot water, courteous personnel, a swimming pool, as well as Wireless internet. In the evening, our managers will brief you and ensure that you’re ready to start the climb.
A guide and a mountain support staff will encounter you just at hotel in the morning for a briefing, after that you’ll travel by vehicle to the Kilimanjaro National Park’s entry: Machame Gate (1,800 m). The team will begin trekking up to Machame Camp after completing the quick formalities of obtaining hiking permits and signing up with the rescue and search service (3,010 m). The trek renowned passage through the tropical forest, so bring not only spare clothes but also raincoats.
Since this is your first time at this altitude, it is critical that you comply with the following guidelines from now on:
- Avoid consuming caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- Every day, consume more than 4 liters of bottled water
- To help with altitude sickness symptoms, take a Diamox pill. Diamox is typically taken in the morning before beginning an ascent to alleviate the negative effects associated with altitude sickness. In case of allergies, we recommend that you speak with your physician prior to your trip.
You may undergo discomfort at night as a consequence of acclimatization to high altitude: your body receives very little oxygen compared to during the day due to the change in your waking respiratory rate. Taking altitude into consideration, you may begin to feel sick and experience a headache. Pay close attention to your body and notify your guide if you experience any altitude sickness symptoms.
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent to Shira Camp, a second high-altitude camp (3,750 m). On this day, you will spring up from the tropical forest and be possible of seeing amazing scenery of a Shira Plateau for the first time. Physically, the trek is not difficult, but you could experience altitude changes, so pay attention to your physique and remember that selecting the right pace is critical for good trekking. After lunch and some rest, the group will embark on an acclimatization trek to Lava Tower Camp, which will involve a 300-meter altitude gain. Back at Shira Camp, you’ll be provided a hot meal.
Note: The acclimatization climb is a simple walk with a slight altitude gain to expedite the acclimatization process. Acclimatization hikes should be taken seriously. They improve your chances of summiting Kilimanjaro and protect you from the effects of altitude sickness.
Elevation change: Shira Camp (3,750 m) — location on the way to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
2 km walking distance
Time to hike: 1-2 hours
After breakfast, you will depart Shira Camp (3,750 m) and begin your journey to the route’s pivotal point: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has numerous ascents and descents that culminate in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It may be difficult and uncomfortable, but in order to effectively acclimate to the altitude, you must spend at least 1-2 hours here, consequently this is where lunch would be.
You will then drop to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). The famous Barranco Wall can be seen here, which is remarkable both in its vast expanse and steepness! You’ll be climbing it the next day, but then don’t worry: it has an extremely simple hiking trail.
Early rise, breakfast, and the start of the Barranco Wall ascent. The gorge wall hike is not challenging and only takes about an hour. After the climb, sit back and take pictures in front of Kibo volcano.
Then you begin a more tough hike to Karanga Camp, which includes numerous ascents and descents, but don’t feel worried: our guides are experts at determining the best pace for the group. When you arrive at the camp, you will be served a hot meal. After a few hours, you must complete the ascent to Barafu Camp (4,640 m), where you’ll be provided a hot dinner. It is preferable to spend the rest of the day relaxing and sleeping before summiting at night.
The nighttime departs from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) and the start of the Kilimanjaro summit: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The climb is technically simple; nevertheless, the most difficult aspect seems to be the high altitude. Each combination of climbers will be assigned a personal guide who will oversee your mental and physical conditions throughout the ascent. You could indeed descend to the nearby glacier after successfully reaching Uhuru Peak. Then you’ll return to Barafu Camp for a 2-hour rest before continuing ones slow slide to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).
The camp is located in the midst of a tropical rainforest. Once you awake, you will feel relieved that the height has been reduced and satisfied that you have reached the summit. Following a hearty breakfast, you will proceed to the park’s departure: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). Following your descent, the entire group would then gather to applaud you, and you will be given the opportunity to share your thoughts on the hike in the guestbook. Finally, we would then reveal you with your memorable certificates and provide you with a transfer back to your hotel.
Prior to actually transferring to the airport, rest at the hotel.