KILIMANJARO - Machame Route Itinerary
7 days / 6 nights
Machame Gate - Machame Camp (10,000 ft / 3,048 m)
Today we drive to Kilimanjaro National Park and the Machame Gate, where you commence your climb through dense forest and tropical vegetation to alpine meadows. Take your time on this first day; a slow ascent is recommended, even at this early stage, for gradual acclimatization. You should reach Machame Camp around 5 p.m.
Machame Camp – Shira Plateau (12,500 ft / 3,810 m)
Hiking from Machame Camp to Shira Plateau campsite takes approximately 6 hours and the route starts on a steep track through bearded heather and volcanic rock. Further on we come to foaming streams and giant groundsels. You will reach Shira Camp around 2 – 3 p.m.
Shira Plateau – Barranco Camp (13,000 ft / 3,962 m)
Enjoy the tremendous views of Mt Meru and the Shira Needles as you hike up to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 ft / 4,572 m), past foaming waterfalls and the immense canyon of Grand Barranco. It should take approximately 6 hours to reach Barranco Camp (which is set at almost the same altitude as on the previous night).
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp (13,000 ft / 3,962 m)
Karanga Camp is at the same altitude as Barranco Camp, so you should be well acclimatized to this elevation by now. This section of the trail takes approximately 4 hours and consists mostly of trekking up and down the slopes of the mountain with a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff.
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp (15,200 ft / 4,633 m)
The scenic climb to Barafu Camp is mostly on alpine desert terrain with views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. You should arrive at Barafu Camp around 3 p.m. and are advised to rest and sleep early in preparation for your coming summit attempt.
Barafu Camp (15,200 ft / ,633 m)– SUMMIT (19,340 ft / 5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (10,200 ft / 3,109 m)
Wake to a midnight start for Uhuru Peak. The climb becomes much more difficult at this stage and you should carry as little as possible and wear all your summit gear (temperatures range from minus 4 -5 degrees Fahrenheit, -15 C) Follow your guide very closely and concentrate on your feet, the track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky.
After reaching the summit, enjoy your descent of the scree-clad peak and continue down to Kibo Hut for refreshment and relaxation before carrying on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5 p.m. you will look back and realize that, today, you have trekked a total of thirteen hours!
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate
The trek from Mweka Camp to the Gate can take anywhere from two to five hours depending on trail conditions. On arrival at the gate, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Your vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to Arusha or Moshi.