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10 days/7 nights:

Machame Route (Whisky route)

Highlights of the trip:

Moshi, Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach, Lava Tower, Great Barranco Wall, Heim Glacier, Karanga Valley, Stella Point, Uhuru Peak.

The package includes the following:

  • Return flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro
  • Return transport between Kilimanjaro Airport and the hotel
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • Two nights full board accommodation at Springlands Hotel in Moshi (one night before the ascent, one night after)
  • Ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route
  • Five nights ‘full board’ camping on Kilimanjaro
  • All meals prepared by a local cook
  • Professional guides and bearers all the way
  • Option to purchase a safari or beach holiday after the ascent
  • Start date of your choice, as ascents are possible all year round
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout the tour
  • ATOL certificate
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
One extra day of acclimatisation costs £248
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Sometimes referred to as ‘the Whisky route’, the Machame route is one of the most popular and beautiful routes, with a high rate of success. It starts at Machame Gate, which is the south-western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The first section of the route leads through a landscape featuring various types of vegetation: verdant rainforest, then heath, then rocky plains and finally Alpine desert. From the Shira plateau, there is a breath-taking view of the glaciers at the Western Breach, while Stella Point is the perfect location to view a magnificent sunrise. The final ascent to the summit runs from the south-east, while the descent follows the Mweka route to the south. It is a tough, demanding hike, but when you reach Uhuru Peak, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view from an altitude of almost 6 km – combined with an experience to cherish for a lifetime.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro
Day 1: Flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro

Departure day, where you will fly to Kilimanjaro with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Kilimanjaro – Moshi
Day 2: Arrival at Kilimanjaro – Moshi

On arrival at Kilimanjaro’s international airport, you will be met by your guide who will accompany you to Springlands Hotel in the small town of Moshi – a drive of approx. 1 hour. From Moshi, you will catch your first glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro. The town is a prime example of African culture and atmosphere, packed with exotic experiences including the local market and numerous small shops.

There is a welcome meeting in the afternoon, where your guide will present the equipment you will be using and talk about the coming trek to the summit.

Altitudes: Moshi: 915 masl.

Overnight stay Springlands Hotel

Day 3: Moshi - Machame Gate - Machame Camp
Day 3: Moshi - Machame Gate - Machame Camp

After breakfast, you will leave Moshi and take the 50-minute trip by car to the village of Machame, where you will meet your team of guides, cooks and bearers, who will prepare and pack your equipment. From here, you move on to Machame Gate, which is the south-western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. At the entrance, you need to check in and register before making a start on your hike through the rainforest towards the peak of Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro actually consists of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, whose highest point is Uhuru (5,895 masl), Mawenzi (5,149 masl) and Shira (3,962 masl).

The first section of the trail is at low altitude, and the ground may be wet and muddy. You will follow beautiful paths through the dense rainforest, where you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, which includes the wonderfully attractive and extremely rare black and white Colobus monkeys. The bearers will go on ahead, so your tent will be ready for you when you arrive at Machame Camp.

Altitudes: Moshi: 915 masl, Machame Gate: 1,634 masl, Machame Camp: 2,834 masl.

Distance: 10 km

Walking time: 5–7 hours

Overnight stay Tent camp on Kilimanjaro

Day 4: Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp
Day 4: Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp

Today takes you through the last section of the rainforest; the heath landscape soon opens up before you and the paths become rockier. Your route takes you over the Shira Plateau, from where you can see Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach – the westernmost crater edge with its amazing glacier. You are now to the west of the extinct volcano Kibo, on the opposite side of the Marangu route, and following a short hike to the west you will arrive at Shira 2 Camp.

Altitudes: Machame Camp: 2,834 masl, Shira 2 Camp: 3,840 masl.

Distance: 6 km

Walking time: 7 hours

Overnight stay Tent camp on Kilimanjaro

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
Day 5: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Today you will be heading east. The landscape starts to dry out, becoming more barren and stonier the higher you climb. As you continue your ascent, you can enjoy magnificent views of both Kibo and Mt. Meru, poking up above the white clouds behind you. Having followed the trail up the mountain for a couple of hours, you will reach the famous Lava Tower, which stems from Kilimanjaro’s previous incarnation as an active volcano.

After lunch at the foot of the Lava Tower, it is time to descend to Barranco Camp, which is located in a valley below the Great Barranco Wall. If the weather gods are kind, you can look forward to watching a truly stunning sunset from Barranco Camp, and to enjoying a magnificent view of the top of Kilimanjaro, a wonderful look down the side of the mountain to the valley, and – farther to the east – the Great Barranco Wall which rises up fully 300 metres.

Both the terrain and the altitude will make today’s stage physically and mentally challenging, so take your time and listen to your body. Even though you will finish the day ‘just’ 110 metres higher up than you started, the route involves climbing 790 metres higher than that at Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Camp. A lot of people experience the first signs of altitude sickness at these heights, so please watch out for the slightest sign and inform your guide without delay.

Altitudes: Shira 2 Camp: 3,840 masl, Lava Tower: 4,630 masl, Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl.

Distance: 5 km

Walking time: 5 hours

Overnight stay Tent camp on Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
Day 6: Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp

After a night at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall and a solid breakfast, the time has come to climb the notorious cliff. Fortunately, it is easier than it looks … From the top, beneath Heim Glacier that hangs like a set of ice curtains across the cliff face, the full beauty of Kilimanjaro spreads out in all its glory.

The path then continues down through Karanga Valley, merging with the Mweka route, which you will follow all the way to the peak. A hike of about an hour brings you to Barafu Camp, which is located at an exposed site on a mountain ridge. The ground is stony and the winds often blow strongly here. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the terrain in and around the camp before darkness falls to ensure you are well prepared when the ascent to the summit commences shortly after midnight.

Ready your equipment and warm clothes for the next day’s hike to the peak, and store your drinking water in a Thermos to prevent it freezing solid. Settle down for the night early to ensure your ‘human batteries’ are fully charged in preparation for Kilimanjaro’s ultimate challenge.

Altitudes: Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl, Barafu Camp: 4,600 masl.

Distance: 6-8 km

Walking time: 8 hours

Overnight stay Tent camp on Kilimanjaro

Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

Around midnight, you will be woken up and served a light meal before starting the final section of your ascent to the summit – in pitch darkness. Most people consider the difficult terrain you have to traverse on the 6-hour hike to Stella Point the biggest challenge of the entire trip. The aim is to reach Stella Point shortly after sunrise so that you can admire the sight of the blood-red sun rising gently above the horizon. You are not given long to rest, however, because otherwise it would be almost impossible to shake off the cold and fatigue and continue along the rim of the crater to Uhuru. The last stretch of the climb features an even incline. Depending on the season, you may encounter snow on the last part of the route to Uhuru Peak, which is your final goal: the top of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Once you reach the peak at an altitude of 5,895 masl, you can give yourself a pat on the back, enjoy the magnificent view and have your picture taken in front of the Uhuru Peak sign as a lasting souvenir of your achievement.

It is then time to start your descent to Barafu Camp, which takes approx. 3 hours. When you arrive there, you can enjoy a short, well-deserved rest before continuing along the rocky trail to Mweka Camp – and a much-needed night’s sleep! The camp is situated in the upper reaches of the rainforest, so the weather is often foggy and rainy late in the afternoon. The absolute highlights here are the promise of hot water and a hot meal!

Altitudes: Barafu Camp: 4,60 masl, Uhuru Peak: 5,895 masl, Mweka Camp 3,100 masl.

Distance: 5 km up and 12 km down

Walking time: 6-7 hours up, 7 hours down

Overnight stay Tent camp on Kilimanjaro

Day 8: Mweka Camp – Moshi
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Moshi

The final walking stage is an easy 3-hour stroll through the national park to Mweka Gate, where you check out before being picked up and driven back to the village of Moshi. A tasty lunch awaits you at the hotel, as well as something you have been looking forward to for days: a wonderfully hot bath. Everyone who has completed the climb is awarded a diploma.

Altitudes: Mweka Camp 3,100 masl., Mweka Gate 1,850 masl, Moshi 915 masl.

Distance: Approx. 10 km

Walking time: 3 hours

Overnight stay Springlands Hotel

Day 9: Start of the trip home
Day 9: Start of the trip home

After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 10: Arrival back in the UK
Day 10: Arrival back in the UK

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