One day longer on trek, climbing a natural, rather than manmade path, the Machame Route is a more demanding (hence, fondly christened the ‘whiskey route’) but much quieter and scenic route up the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters. Highlights of this route are the Shira Plateau, Barranco Valley wall and the Karanga Valley reaching the summit via Stella Point.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and non-private hotel shuttle bus transfer to Springlands Hotel for overnight.
Breakfast at Springlands Hotel . Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Machame Camp at 10000ft/3000m, taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight at Machame Camp.
Following the steep ridge and across heath and moorland to ‘picnic rock’ and the Shira Plateau, to Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m for overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Shira Camp.
Heading towards Kibo, crossing a broad valley and climbing to a ridge crest, crossing scree slopes and a river valley to reach Barranco Campsite 13000ft/3900m for overnight camping taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Barranco Camp.
Cross the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga river 14800ft/4000m – the last water point on this route for overnight camping taking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight Karanga Valley Camp.
A steep climb over rocky slabs to Barafu Campsite at 15500ft/4600m for overnight camp taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Barafu Camp.
An early start for the summit – Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft/5896m taking 6 to 7 hours. Descend via Barafu Campsite through the forest to Mweka Campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp – taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3 to 4 hours to be met and transferred to Springlands Hotel for overnight.
Breakfast at Springlands Hotel. Departure as per plan.