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Kilimanjaro Machame Route 7 Days
Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Group 6 days 2 hours
From: $1821

Kilimanjaro Machame Route 7 Days

Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Group 6 days 2 hours
From: $1821 Book activity

Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)<br>     Hiking time: 7 hours<br>     Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers<br>     Habitat: Montane forest<br>     After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.<br>     Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.<br>     2<br>     Day 2: Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m).<br>     Hiking time: 6 hours<br>     Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers<br>     Habitat: Moorland<br>     After an early morning breakfast, you will start you ascent leaving the rain forest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.<br>     3<br>     Day 3: Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m)<br>     Hiking time: 7 hours<br>     Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers<br>     Habitat: Semi-desert<br>     Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.<br>     After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.<br>     4<br>     Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)<br>     Hiking time: 4-5 hours<br>     Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers<br>     Habitat: Alpine desert<br>     After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.<br>     5<br>     Day 5: Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)<br>     Hiking time: 2-3 hours<br>     Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers<br>     Habitat: Alpine desert<br>     Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!<br>     6<br>     Day 6: Summit Attempt - Baraf

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