Machame (“Whiskey”) Route

Kilimanjaro Climbing – “Whiskey” route: standard 6 days/5 nights

  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Kenyan interior and the Masai steppe
  • Take in unique landscapes as you make your way up Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m and celebrate your accomplishment of reaching the “Roof of Africa”


 

Introduction

The Machame Route is one of the most beautiful trekking tours at the Kilimanjaro, and the tougher of the two routes we suggest, dubbed the “Whiskey” Route by seasoned climbers. The climb begins amongst thick rainforest vegetation, which offers occasional fantastic views of Mount Meru, Shire Ridge as well the main summit of the Kilimanjaro – the Kibo. The Machame Route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than for example the Marangu or Rongai Routes and requires a more thorough preparation on behalf of the mountain climber.
 
 
 
 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi, Hotel transfer

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and be taken to the Impala Hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day will be yours to do as you please; you may choose to relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Moshi (a small taxi ride away). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. Dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive; you will arrive at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the entrance forms, you can watch the mountain team preparing for the climb – it is always impressive ‘what’ and particularly ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once this is all prepared, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 – 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – The Machame Camp – which is situated just above the tree line at 3000m. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)

After an early morning start, you will leave the Machame Camp where the path steepens and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon, you will reach the campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the warm evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: New Shira Camp – Lava Tower Hut – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today, you will climb approx. 700m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4500m will be reached during the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape moves towards an afro-alpine desert. The trek passes through the spacious and sweeping Barranco Valley with its giant senecio and lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp. Here, you will stay for the night fortified with an evening meal. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

The trek for today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and you will be secured whereever necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 – 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp, you can relax, have dinner and take a short nap in preparation for the early start for the next stage. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

After a hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of the Kibo. After 5 – 7 hrs of night climbing, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of the Kilimanjaro. Another 1 – 2 hrs climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m). Here, you will witness Africa’s Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying its surrounding landscape being lit up and warmed by the suns rays – a truly liberating experience – in which you have reached the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you will arrive at Barafu Camp. Here, the rest of the mountain crew will have waited for you and upon your return will provide you with warm meal. After a well-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs, you will be on your way to Mweka Camp (3080m) where an evening meal and a well earned sleep awaits you. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi

TThe final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 -3 hrs descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver takes you back to the Impala Hotel in Moshi. Once there, you may choose to relax and relieve your aching muscles in the pool or just idly doze away an hour or two with thoughts of the “Roof of Africa”. Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8: Moshi – Additional Services

After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Breakfast. End of our services

For the price of this tour please inquire

Included

  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Personal porter
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Return transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport
  • 2 overnight stays at a hotel in/near Moshi (inc. meals)
  • Return transfer from Gate to Moshi
  • Tents for use on Kilimanjaro Tour
  • All national park fees
  • All government taxes

Excluded

  • Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • International Flight fare to and from your home country
  • Tips
  • Personal spending for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

About this tour

Age Restrictions

The national park authority has set a minimum age of 10 years to climb the Kilimanjaro. We advocate a minimum of 14 – 16 years on the basis that children are more susceptible to altitude sickness. There is no maximum age restriction and we have had guests in their seventies successfully climbing the Uhuru summit without any problems. Nevertheless, we do recommend people of a more mature standing to visit their general practitioner for a medical check up beforehand.

Acclimatization and Altitude Sickness

Almost all hikers climbing the Kilimanjaro will notice the altitude and the thinner air. Therefore, all hikers should be prepared for the altitude sickness. The primary symptoms are headache, which is often combined with fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea. Everyone reacts differently to an increase in altitude and a change in air pressure. Fitness fanatics are just as likely to succumb as couch potatoes. In the majority of cases, the symptoms are mild and it is possible to continue the hike. Occasionally, the symptoms are more severe and a return to a lower elevation is required. In most cases, the symptoms disappear quite rapidly. Please remember that in certain circumstances altitude sickness can be life threatening and ignoring the symptoms can and may cause death. We do not recommend the use of drugs in suppressing the symptoms of altitude sickness. To prevent harming oneself, time to acclimatise (an extra day) and the “pole pole” method (Swahili for slowly slowly) are our preferred recommendations. One should also drink more water to replace the fluids lost from the physical activity and breathing heavier in the thinner and drier air. Three to four litres a day is recommended and supplementary mineral tablets (magnesium) help to replace lost minerals and prevent muscle cramps.

Money

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. It is illegal to import or export the Tanzanian Shilling, but visitors can bring any amount of foreign currency with them. The US Dollar can be seen as a second currency in which practically all tourists are trading in dollars (please take only US dollar notes printed after 2004!). However, more and more people are accepting the Euro. Not all hotels except credit cards.
There are cash points for example in Moshi and Arusha where you can withdraw local currency with your Visa Card. At the Barclay’s Bank in Arusha, you can use an EC-Card; Traveller’s cheques are generally no longer accepted, as the fees are too dear.
It is also recommended that you bring a credit card in case of an emergency.

Electrical Power Supply

Both, the camps and the mountain huts, have no electricity. Solar cells are solely for the park rangers` radio equipment and the mountain hut lights. When needed, you will have to supply your own electricity from batteries. In the higher and colder regions, the batteries drain quicker and do not last so long. The power supply is rated at 230 volt and 50 Hz. In Tanzania, the British 3 prong plug (type G) is used. The common two pin (C & F) type that can be found in Germany and widely in Europe are not compatible and you will need an adapter.

In an Emergency

As with all activities on Kilimanjaro, one must bear in mind that there are no mountain rescue services like the ones that you would find, for example, in the European Alps. If you can no longer walk or descend the mountain under your own power, you will be either carried or brought down by a stretcher. Helicopters are not available. To save yourself from such an experience, proceed with caution and do not over exert yourself.

Travel Documents and Visas

For entry into Tanzania, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your intended leaving date. A visa can be obtained from the relevant embassy or authority in your country of residence or upon arrival at the international airport or border control, (correct as of 01.01.07). For entry from a neighbouring country (Kenya, Uganda) you need to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever and you must have the appropriate papers/documents. If you are travelling directly from Europe, this proof is not necessary and further vaccinations are not required.

Further Important Rules

You must also have a valid return ticket in your possession that allows you to leave the country once your safari, tour or holiday is finished. If you do not have this valid ticket, you must show that you have the ability to pay for a ticket out of the country, such as a credit card.

 

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