6 Days Kilimanjaro The Machame Route
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CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO VIA MACHAME ROUTE - a slightly challenging but very scenic route.Accommodation : Tents
Standard Duration : 6 Days altough an extra day at Shira or Karanga valley is recommended to help acclimatize. This is much quiter route as opposed to Marangu and involves a rather gradual ascent unlike that on Umbwe Route. The walking is rather strenous.
Often called the Whiskey Route this is a scenically beautiful trail, longer and much gentler than Umbwe or Marangu. Our itinerary provides valuable acclimatisation by having shorter walking days during the trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha and check into a comfortable hotel.
Day 2: From Arusha drive to the Machame route, often called the "Whiskey Route". From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique -busy lizzie- flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 3: Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 4: From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 to 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization.
Day 5: Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch.
After lunch hike on to Barafu Hut 4600m, having hiked a total of 7 to 8 hours and ascended 650m. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning.
Day 6: A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to go past Gillman's Point to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise another 40 minutes and you are at the highest point on the continent (Kibo:5900m), usually in warm sunshine. Return on the Mweka descent route.
Ascent of 1,300m and about 7 hours trek to the summit; 2,600m descent and 6 to 7 hours trek to the Mweka campsite (3400m) above Mweka gate. This is a long hard day but you feel absolutely ecstatic when you have done it!
Day 7: From Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Arusha for the night.
Day 8: Trip ends. Depart for optional safari or your flight home.
Departure dates: Any time with a minimum of two people.
Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.
Scheduled group trips: Daily during best seasons.
General: Accommodation is camping throughout in 3 person mountain tents shared by two people. All your equipment will be carried by vehicles or local porters; you only carry a daypack with personal gear. When camping you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.
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I would like to acknowledge the tour guide for making the tour educational as well as FUN. He was very friendly and was always available to assist us.
Vellut B told us:
The guide and the porters were amazingly helpful and knowledgeable, the cook as wonderful with great dishes, we were just lucky!Would highly recommend Bobby Tours.
Martin van Alfen - The Netherlands told us:
Ik heb 16 dagen gereisd met Bobby Tours; de Kilimajaro beklommen en op safari geweest in Ngorogoro, Serengethi en Lake Manyara. Bobyy Tours is een goede betrouwbare partner. Alle afspraken worden nagekomen, men zorgt goed voor je en men heeft goede gidsen: Abbas op safari en voor de berg kunnen wij Simon Mayunga (incl. Saffiri en Bruno) van harte aanbevelen. De lodges tijdens de safari waren geweldig!! Martin van Alfen