Machame Route is one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. According to statistics from Kilimanjaro National Park approximately 50% of trekkers use the Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro. The route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.
Here’s a complete guide to the Machame route.
- 7 Days Lodging safaris
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Day 1: Departure from your destination and you are enroute to Africa. This is the day you depart from your home and travelling to Africa.
Day 2: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). After all custom formalities you will appear at the arrival area where you will meet Active Kili Top driver who a professional is holding a sign board with your booking names in the list. After checking that you have all your luggage and belongings, the driver will take you with your group and transfer you to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Destination-3 green Lodge (H/B)
Day 3: Acclimatization day at Arusha. This is day is designed for your trip briefing and gear check and also recovering from Jet Lag. The Guide will check your gears in the morning after breakfast to make sure you all have proper and all the climbing equipment needed. After lunch you will have time to visit Arusha town on walking from your Hotel or you can use Vehicle. You are back to the Hotel later in the evening for more relaxation or go for a swimming pool for all who will be interested. LUNCH AND DINNER Destination-3 Green Lodge
Day 4: Overnight: Machame Camp (10, 000 ft)
After breakfast, we depart from our hotel at approximately 8:00 AM and drive to Machame village to the gate where you begin the trek. On arrival, registration will take place. After registration then, from the park entrance gate (Machame), you will hike for about two to three hours through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation. A stop for lunch will be made halfway to this evening’s campsite. As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather. You will be walking on a ridge, to the left of which is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weruweru stream. Depending on the pace of the climbers, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Your camp is set up near to ranger hut.
This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy. There is no point in rushing to get to the camp, as there is little to do when you arrive at camp. Guides tend to recommend a slow ascent, even at this point for gradual acclimatization. Do NOT try to keep up with your porters, who will usually bind ahead. Instead, take time to admire the beauty of the rainforest. If you are interested in botany, you should carry a small reference book – Guides are knowledgeable about flora and fauna ask as many questions as you can.
Day 5:Shira Camp (12,500 ft)
On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00 AM. You will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak. Today’s trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather. You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through a ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves, and foamy streams. Today’s hike will be about six hours in length.
Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp. The hike to the next campsite takes approximately six hours and you should arrive between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Most climbers tend to pace themselves, hiking slowly and resting about every half-hour. Many will feel lethargic and have headaches by the time they reach camp. Guides advise those with symptoms of altitude sickness to drink enough water and upon arrival at camp you will be welcomed by a cup of tea or coffee. It is also advised to sleep a lot and there is no better advice to follow at this stage.
Day 6: Barranco Camp (13,000 ft)
The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning with sweeping vistas across to Meru and the Shira Needles. A steady hike takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 ft), where you stop to have lunch. Crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp. The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River. Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before. Today’s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM.
Day 7 : Karanga Camp (13,000 ft)
You will have a bit of real trekking today as you travel along the Barranco Wall; however, this will be a light day (about four hours of trekking) with no increase in elevation to allow time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes.
Day 8: Barafu Camp (15,200 ft
Another short trek and day of acclimatization as you are near the mountain’s peak. Today’s hike is four to five hours to Barafu Camp. The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach. The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Lunch will be taken along at Barafu Camp around 2:30PM. You will be encouraged to turn in early this evening as tomorrow will be your longest day.