Kilimanjaro Mt Kenya,Mt Meru Kenya and Tanzania Tours
Kilimanjaro Machame Route - 7 Days / 6 Nights
route is fantastic opportunity to combine mountain skills and experience.
It maximizes the time and options available for climbing and allows for
a more leisurely pace. Kilimanjaro's glaciers and rock formations are
resplendent with icefalls, chasms, snowfields, and excellent climbing
1 – Machame Gate (1800 m) to Machame Hut (3000 m)
The day starts at dawn with a drive from Moshi to the Machame
village (1500 m) where porters and guides sort out the food and gear to
be carried up the mountain. You'll receive a lunch pack from the guides
and can buy your own spring water in the village. Weather permitting;
it is possible to drive all the way up to the Machame Gate (1800 m). However,
if conditions are unsuitable for 4WD access to the park's gate, you may
have to walk from the village (1500 m) to the Machame Gate (1800 m).
Much in the same way as the other routes, when arriving at the
gate you must report to the office to fill in your particulars, including
your passport number, in the park's register. After all the formalities
have been taken care of, you head into the forest and begin the ascent
to the first camp on the mountain, Machame Hut (3000 m). There is a strong
possibility of rain in the forest, so rain gear must be kept handy at
all times. Make sure all clothing is protected with sack liners.
A bit of a breather comes halfway through the forest when you
stop for lunch and a short rest. You'll reach Machame Hut (3000 m) quite
late in the afternoon with the possibility of mist or low clouds over
the camp. Before you know it, the porters will have erected tents and
prepared supper, which is served in the mess tent. Hot water for washing
is provided in a basin but bear in mind that the tents are incredibly
small. Washing and storing your gear is almost impossible-let alone sleeping.
Temperature at this camp drops below freezing with frost possible in the
2 – Machame Hut (3000 m) to Shira Hut (3840 m)
Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and, weather permitting
you could take in your first view of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro.
If by this stage you're running low on spring water, more drinking water
will be provided. The walk from Machame Hut (3000 m) to Shira Hut (3840
m) heads up a ridge into the moorland. Although the path is in generally
good condition, it requires the occasional scramble before reaching the
lunch stop at about 3600 m. After this short lunch and an equally limited
rest you'll continue to the next camp on the mountain, Shira Hut (3840
m). By now, you'll be able to see the Shira Needle, Shira Cathedral and
East Shira Hill to the west and in an easterly direction the Western Breach
with its respective glaciers will also now be in full view.
At Shira Hut the porters erect tents, collect water and then
start preparing that much-awaited meal. The porters also boil drinking
and washing water before serving dinner in the mess tent. The night at
this exposed camp is very cold with temperatures dropping below freezing
and the possibility of frost in the morning. The altitude will have affected
most climbers by now and sleeping in the tent becomes a bit uncomfortable
and almost impossible with coughs and snores often breaking the peaceful
3 – Shira Hut (3840 m) to Barranco Hut (3950 m)
The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky environment
where you reach an altitude of about 4600 m at Lava Tower. As you ascend
from the Shira Hut (3950 m) camp, there are good views of the Shira Plateau
to the west, Oehler Ridge to the north-east and the Western Breach to
the east. Lunch is served at a designated area before ascending a rock
and scree path to Lava Tower (4600 m). From this point you will have close
views of Little Penck Glacier and the Western Breach. There is also the
possibility of climbing to the top of Lava Tower (4600 m) before descending
a steep rocky path that joins the route to Barranco Hut (3950 m).
The walk from Lava Tower (4600 m) to Barranco Hut (3950 m) offers
great photo opportunities of the awe-inspiring Western Breach and Breach
Wall. Barranco Hut perfect place to collect the good drinking water that
is found running off streams supplied by melting snow and ice-most refreshing!
While you wait for the spectacular sunset on the Breach Wall, the porters
erect tents and provide drinking and washing water before preparing your
meals. By now you'll have adapted to temperatures dropping rapidly after
sunset to well below freezing. The nights at this camp are very cold with
the strong likelihood of frost in the morning.
4 - Acclimatization Day
This day will be acclimatization
day for all climbers and crew at the Barranco campsite along the Barranco
wall. After breakfast you will have a short walk around the Barranco campsite
including hiking the Barranco wall up and down. After a hot lunch you
will have a long rest while waiting for your dinner before retiring to
you tents for total sleep.
Why acclimatization at Barranco?
Always the weather is good there and more vegetation is present in this
zone, especially the area just before the campsite. This area is called
the 'Garden of the Senecias' which features many of the huge senecio plants.
Shorter lobelia plants are also present.
5 – Barranco Hut (3950 m) to Barafu Hut (4600 m)
On this route you learn from the lizard when the mountain face
becomes almost unrealistically steep. This creature has a very careful
climbing technique. Do likewise. Always use opposing arms and legs to
force your body upwards. Push left, pull right-this creates an axis that
can be drawn diagonally through the body, allowing you to move your right
foot and left hand freely upwards against the wall.
The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco
Wall to an altitude of about 4200 m and then the path crosses through
the south-western slopes to reach the Karanga Valley. Before reaching
the Karanga Valley, you'll pass through a few valleys offering great views
of Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers that form part of the Southern Ice
fields. The lunch stop and last water point on this route is Karanga Valley.
There is no water at Barafu Hut (4,600 m), so you should take car to have
stocked earlier along the way. After lunch you ascend a ridge along a
footpath that leads to the next camp, Barafu Hut (4600 m). On a clear
day the Saddle and Mawenzi (5149 m) can be seen to the east.
Barafu Hut (4600 m) is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge,
so it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark
to avoid any tragedies. You should take care to move around this area
with extreme caution as many fatal accidents have been recorded at the
camp over the years. As on every other day, the porters erect the tents
and prepare supper. While this is happening you can arrange your gear
for the summit bid which will take place towards midnight. Ensure that
you replace your headlamp and camera batteries. Because it so incredibly
cold in this neck of the woods, it would be wise to carry your water in
a thermal flask to stop it freezing into one solid and useless icicle.
Of course, for practical reasons, the group size will determine how many
assistant guides are required.
6 – Barafu Hut (4600 m) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) to Mweka Hut (3100 m)
At around midnight you'll head in a north-westerly direction
up the South East Valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The night
is very cold and the footpath rocky and steep in places. The long walk
to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge. Even more serious,
you'll also find now that the gained altitude will rapidly result in shortness
of breath, severe headaches and nausea. Most climbers are badly affected.
Depending on weather conditions, you could encounter snow and ice from
below Stella Point all the way to Uhuru Peak (5895 m). This stretch takes
about an hour and offers great views of Rebmann, Decken, Kersten and Heim
Glaciers. From Uhuru Peak you can also see Furtwangler Glacier to the
north and the Eastern Ice Fields to the north-east. Above all, you will
also be rewarded with just about the most beautiful African sunrise ever.
The time you spend on the summit is determined by weather and
wind conditions. These can cause temperatures to plummet well below minus
30 degrees Celsius. The walk back to Barafu Hut (4600 m) from the summit
can take over three hours and there you are able to have a short rest
and collect the rest of your gear before heading down to the final camp
on the mountain, Mweka Hut (3100 m).
There's an element of intense concentration involved in climbing,
where one is forced to shut out all external stimuli and proceed in an
altered state of consciousness where all that exists is the relationship
between self and the environment. This reciprocal relationship also best
expresses the initial appetite for planned climbing. The degree of danger
associated with mountain climbing also causes the body to vibrate with
enormous enthusiasm. There are also personal ethics involved in climbing.
Each individual sets his own standards and doesn't pass judgment on what
makes for a fulfilling jaunt. Without deliberately spelling out specific
rules for mountaineering, the knowledge of experienced climbers is an
inspiration for danger-hungry adventurers. The power of mountains is phenomenal.
You lose consciousness of your own detached reality and melt into the
earth to become part of the universe. Such experiences really enrich your
The route to Mweka Hut (3100 m) winds down a straightforward
path heading into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp
is on the upper border of the forest where rain, mist or low cloud can
be expected. Tents are erected and soon afterwards a good dinner is served.
Drinking and washing water is also prepared on demand and spring water,
soft drinks and beer are also available from the ranger at the camp. You
will camp for the night at Mweka Hut (3100 m) before departing for the
Mweka Park's gate the next morning. Temperatures are generally cold and
can reach freezing levels at times.
Day 7 – Mweka Hut (3100 m) to Mweka Village
A hearty breakfast is served before you descend through the rainforest
to the park's gate. On reaching the gate you must enter your particulars
into the park's register. The guides are issued with green certificates
for climbers who reached Stella Point and gold certificates for those
who reached Uhuru Peak. You can buy drinks, beer, maps, books and shirts
from the ranger. After all the formalities are over, continue your descent
to the Mweka Village (1450 m) where transport awaits to transfer you to
the hotel for a bath or shower. Certificates are presented during supper
by either your guide or team leader.
US$ 1550 per person:
Any additional day is US$ 210 per person
The price is inclusive
2 transfers from Moshi to Machame park gate-return
3 meals per day while trekking - Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
7 days Kilimanjaro trek- Machame
6 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Machame
First and Last night accommodation at standard accomodation hotel in Moshi-Bed
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Minimum of 3 Porters per client
The Price does not include:
Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits, Warm Jacket,
Heavy boots, Scarf's, Rain Trousers
All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price
Summit Gear List
Leather or thermal boots
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
Thermal long johns
Sunglasses with UV protection
Kilimanjaro Trekking gear: (Wear between
Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
Hiking boots or cross trainers
. Day pack
. Short pants
. Tracksuit pants
. Sun hat (peak
caps do not offer enough protection)
. Woolen socks
. Fleece beanie
. Water bottle
Kilimanjaro General gear & equipment
. Walking stick
. Sleeping bag (-10
. Sleeping mat
Kilimanjaro Helpful hints
Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
. Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize
. Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes,
. Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
. Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary
. All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must be protected
with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through the rainforest.
. High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
. Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy on summit
. Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced by using
medication (consult your doctor).
. New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
. Use a sleeping mat when camping.
. Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water bottles
. Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize; do not
wrap or place them in plastic bags.
. Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling on
. Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on summit
. Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm amounts
with your tour operator.