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ACKT2A: [6 Days] Machame Route - 'The Whiskey Route'
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This immense mountain is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and our goal, Kibo, the tallest one in the middle. Of the famous seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and to climb, and it requires no technical climbing experience. Any moderately fit person can summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with the assistance of our guides and porters. AfriChoice! takes climbers up Kilimanjaro every day of the year. Our treks start from either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and we have daily departures up the mountain.

AfriChoice! has a small-group policy of mountain climbing and we limit the number of climbers to not more than 8. We do combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. We also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We take in single travelers to a group though we also arrange trekking for individuals. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame but we also offer treks through the less traveled routes of Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho. Learn More >

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame Route - Trekking Itinerary
Machame Route is affectionately referred to as the "whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic route on the mountains. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. With the Machame/South Circuit route, you will circle halfway around the mountain with great views from all angles.

This route is approximately 40 km versus 20 km on the Marangu route. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Climbers descend down the Mweka trail and stay at the Mweka camp the final night on the mountain. Here is the standard itinerary available for climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame Route;

Day 00: Arrival in Tanzania (Via Arusha, Namanga or Kilimanjaro Airport):
Transfer from Arusha or KIA (Kilimanjaro International Airport) for Marangu, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 01: Machame Gate to Machame Camp:
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m, Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft, Distance: 18km, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest. The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 02 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp:
Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft, Distance: 9km, Walking Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 03 : Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp:
Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m, Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft, Distance: 15 km, Walking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 meters. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

OPTIONAL DAY (7-day trek) : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m, Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Day 04 : Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp:
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m, Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft, Distance: 13km, Hiking Time: 8 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 05 : Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut:
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m), Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft), Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent, Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent. Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).

NOTES: From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 06 : Mweka Camp to Moshi:
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m, Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft, Distance: 15 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Hotel, Marangu Hotel or Mountain Inn.

Day 00: Depart / Onward Travel Arrangement
After breakfast, depart for your next destination to either:
(a) The National Parks for a wildlife safari
(b) Kilimanjaro International Airport for for home-bound / onward flight
(c) Arusha Town by road, or
(d) Namanga if proceeding to Nairobi, Kenya by road.

NOTES: All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (NB: Prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done on 6 days but can be done in 7 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Barranco or exploring the Karanga Valley.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Tanzania Travel Planner)
USD 1785
USD 299
USD 185
USD 1695
USD 299
USD 185
USD 1615
USD 299
USD 185
USD 1575
USD 299
USD 185
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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INCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
Transport in a 9-seater safari minibus (Arusha-Kilimanjaro-Arusha)
All park entrance fees to the mountain
All campsite ground fees
All campsite equipment
Roomy two-person tents where there are not permanent huts
Foam mattresses in the tents / huts
Benches / Simple Tables and Chairs
Three well-balanced hot meals a day
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
Temporary Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors & Rescue Services
EXCLUDED In The Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Price
International airfares in and out of Tanzania
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country
Accommodation whist in Arusha before of after Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking
Climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use
All expenditure of personal nature such as phone calls, internet and laundry
Tips and gratuities to driver guides, porters, or hotel staff.
ADDITIONALS: Other Optional Items You Need To Bring
General Items & Notes:
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Porters Society
Extra luggage can be left at the base hotel for no charge.
Valuables can also be left in a safe deposit box at the base hotel ($1/day).

Kilimanjaro Climbing Baggage
Day pack, for you to carry
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
Plastic bags

Clothing for Kilimanjaro Climbing
You want your inner layer to be wicking -- no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Mt. Kenya may be on the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Shorts, for first and last day only
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Long underwear
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Fleece pants
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Warm Underwear
Sport bras, for women

Cold Heights Kilimanjaro Climbing Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaitor
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Kilimanjaro Climbing Footware
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleep Gear for Hikers / Climbers

Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
Sleeping pad and repair kit
Tents are supplied by AfriChoice! at no charge
Foam sleeping pads are provided by AfriChoice! at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Further Information and Getting Started...
We would be happiest to hear from you. Our dedicated Kilimanjaro Trekking Department will only be too glad to put together a package especially for you, your group or your family. Your safari consultant will always be at your assistance in all stages of planning your Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Safari in Tanzania, Africa. For more information regarding Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventures or Tanzania wildlife safaris, feel free to contact us. We shall listen and ensure to provide for trekking needs. For more information feel free to Contact Us >
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