9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

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The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route also known as the “Whiskey” route. The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route is the perfect choice for both experienced and first-time trekkers. 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest. 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route is recommended because it provides an additional acclimatization day and shortens some of the daily hikes. Considered by many to be the most scenic path to the summit, the Machame boasts different routes to the summit and back.

9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route first day of trekking is about 5 hours through the beautiful rainforest at the base of Kilimanjaro to the Machame Camp. The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route continues on the second day through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands and finishes at Shira Camp. The third day of trekking is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower (15,000 feet / 4600m) before descending to the campsite in Barranco Valley. The area before the campsite is known as the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many huge senecio plants as well as the shorter lobelia plants. The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route fourth day starts with the ascent of the Barranco Wall, which is the most difficult climb and involves some easy scrambling.

Continuing from the Wall the trail levels out and descends a bit to the Karanga River where we will set up camp for the night. The 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route fifth day takes you up to the high camp at Barafu. The vegetation has disappeared completely by the time you reach Barafu and you’re a presented with a barren volcanic plain. The afternoon is spent resting here and the push to the summit begins at 11pm when you gear up for a midnight departure. Leaving at midnight it’s a slow and cold 6 hour climb to the crater rim and then another hour traverse of the rim to Uhuru Peak the final summit. Having reached the summit you will descend again to Barafu take a short nap break and then continue to the lower elevations at Mweka Camp.

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    All about the 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route.

    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route Climb, the Machame route, or (Whiskey Route) at a total length of 65km. 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route is recommended for those with climbing experience, reasonable level of fitness and a yearning for a challenge to make it within six days.

    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. The 9 day Machame route is recommended because it provides an additional acclimatization day and shortens some of the daily hikes. The total time on the mountain is 7 days.

    The main difficulty lies in an altitude gain of over 2,000m (6,600 feet) in 24hrs including summiting, resulting in a 7% drop in success rates. If you are planning to take Machame Route in November, April or May, the path may be eroded by rain making the climb more difficult. The 7-day programme, on the other hand, offers success rates of 85% due to gradual acclimatization and will suit anyone aspiring to climb Kilimanjaro.

    In a matter of days, you will climb Kilimanjaro from the equator up to an Arctic zone, moving through grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands and high desert to snow and ice. Each day on this route presents quite a distinct ecosystem to experience, which is one reason it is so popular.

    the scenery and trekking experience are unmatched. From tropical rainforests and scorched desert plains to stunning arctic landscapes, you’ll get to experience it all. Don’t miss out on your chance to climb the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Book early to secure your place! The Machame Route’s exhilarating ascent up to the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro will satisfy even the most adventurous climber.

    Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Packages

    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route
    5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
    14 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro Serengeti Safari Package
    8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
    8 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transport from arrival point to Moshi
    • Transport from Moshi to Departure point
    • Accommodation before climb
    • Accommodation after climb
    • All accommodation in tents on the mountain
    • Park fees on Kilimanjaro
    • Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
    • 3 meals daily on the mountain
    • Sleeping tents and dinning tents (all camping gears)
    • Guide and porters
    • Cooks and waiters
    • First aid kit
    • Service of an English speaking mountain guide
    • Transportation to the mountain
    • Transportation from the mountain
    • All government taxes
    • Oximeter on the mountain
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Extras in the hotel
    • Drinks rather than water
    • Tips to mountain Crews
    • Meals in Moshi
    • Personal gears like sleeping bags, Hiking poles etc.
    • Flights
    • And all not listed above
    1. Day 1: Arrival - Drive to Moshi 1-hour drive

      Welcome in Tanzania: Meet and greet at arrival point by our transferring driver who will escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.

      • Meals
      • Dinner
      • Accommodation
      • Keys Hotel
    2. Day 2: Drive to Machame Gate (1490m), hike to Machame Camp (2980m) 6 hours walking

      After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to the Machame gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your waiting lounge registering with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rain forest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the look out for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Machame Camp (2980) in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef who move very fast up the mountain will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served followed by overnight.

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Machame Camp
    3. Day 3: Machame Camp (2980m) to Shira Camp (3840m) 6 hours walking

      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.

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Shira Camp
    4. Day 4: Shira Camp (3840m) to Lava Tower (4630m) to Barranco camp (3950m) 7 Hours Walking

      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.

      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.

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Barranco Camp
    5. Day 5: Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (3950m) 4 - 5 hours walking

      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.

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Karanga Camp
    6. Day 6: Karanga Camp (3959m) to Barafu Camp (4600m) 3 - 4 hours walking

      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!

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Barafu Camp
    7. Day 7: Summit Attempt from Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) then down to Mweka (3100m) 14 hours walking

      Your guide will wake you up around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

      At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

      Summit attempt of Machame Route 7 Days

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Mweka Camp
    8. Day 8: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m), drive to Moshi 3 hours walking

      Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

      • Meals
      • Full Board
      • Accommodation
      • Keys Hotel
    9. Day 9: 1 hour drive Departure

      After breakfast you will be transferred to your departure point for your flight back home.

      You can extent your stay by going on a Tanzania safari or relaxing on Zanzibar beach.

      • Meals
      • Breakfast
      • Accommodation
      • None
    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    Keys Hotel

    Located in Moshi, 25 km from Mount Kilimanjaro, Keys Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

    A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Aleems Grocery is 1.7 km from Keys Hotel, while Moshi Highway Supermarket is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International, 32 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

    Shira Camp

    Shira Camp Kilimanjaro is the second camp on the Machame Route. There are in fact two camps on the Shira Plateau – Shira Camp 1 on the western side and Shira Camp 2 on the Eastern side. People using the Shira and Lemosho Route usually stay at Shira Camp 1; however, seven or eight-day trekkers on these routes sometimes stay at Shira Camp 2 as well.

    Shira Camp 2 (3,847m) sits on the Eastern edge of the Shira Plateau. It is the first camp at which altitude sickness might start to be felt. It also provides stunning views across the Kilimanjaro valley below.

    Barranco Camp

    Barranco Camp is the third pitstop along the Machame Route climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. This area of the mountain is semi-desert and the camp is set in a valley close to the Great Barranco Wall.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Keys HotelKeys Hotel
    Keys Hotel
    Keys Hotel
    Shira CampShira Camp
    Shira Camp
    Shira Camp

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