Machame is one of the older and more popular routes on Kilimanjaro. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Because of the popularity, Machame gets incredibly crowded especially during the high seasons. We prefer the Umbwe route, as it is not overcrowded. On this route, we start our summit climb at midnight.
Day 1: Moshi
Arrive Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International airport or Arusha Airport.
A Shrike Safaris representative will pick you up in Arusha city or perhaps Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi town, best-known as the gateway to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Once in Moshi, your tour guide will meet, greet and brief you about your trek to Kilimanjaro. He will also make sure that you have taken all the gear necessary for the trek. In case you are missing important equipment, it can easily be hired in Moshi.
Day 2: Machame Camp
10,600-ft/ 2,972-m | 7.2 miles/ 11 km | 6-7 hours.
Transfer from the hotel to Machame gate, after a formal registration then start to climb through the ever-changing rainforest alive with birdsong. The path turns to narrow following a rocky ridge to thicker vegetation (giant heather and Spanish mosses) to alpine moorland
Day 3: Shira Plateau
12,480-ft/ 3,804-m | 3.1 miles/ 5 km | 7-8 hours.
The climb continues to Shira walking along the rocky ridge scatted with giant heather and passing several clearings with great views of Mt. Meru and Longido in the western corridor. Ascending to across several ravines through land studded with giant lobelia and giant groundsels to Shira cave before reaching the last point of the day
Day 4: Barranco
12,950-ft/ 3,950-m | 6.2 miles/ 10 km | 7-8 hours.
Ascending further to Lava Tower for acclimatization along the trails, walking gently where the vegetation is limited to lichens and Moses then the trails takes the series of shallow up and down the valley in the base of the western breach and then branch off to Barranco
Day 5: Karanga
13,200-ft/ 4,033-m | 3.6 miles/ 5.8 km | 4-5 hours
The climb continues in a steep and stretches of Barranco Wall the zigzagging path and a narrow path to follow a spectacular traverse east along the base of Kibo, walking further to Karanga Valley
Day 6: Barafu
14,950-ft/ 4,556-m | 2.1 miles/ 3.4 km | 4 hours
Breakfast then take the path from the Karanga valley undulating across two gentle river valleys. The path contours around the mountain and through a patch moorland before cresting a ridge reaching a crossroads, the left-hand path lead to the scale broad ridge that climbs to the northeast towards Kibo. The virtue of it is elevated and exposed position the views from Barafu are spectacular when approached from the western side of Kilimanjaro, the jagged outline of Mawenzi will be visible across the broad expanse of the saddle.
Day 7: Barafu | Summit - Uhuru Peak | Mweka
Summit: 19,340-ft/ 5,895-m | 2.75 miles/ 4.5 km | 7-9 hours
Mweka: 10,400-ft/ 3,170-m | 6.8 miles/ 10.9 km | 7-8 hours
Summit day is the most exhausting and involves at least Seventeen hours from Barafu to Uhuru peak then down to Mweka Camp. This day normally starts after midnight,take the trails following an increasing steep valley on the edge of Scree fields, passing between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to emerge at Stella point(5681m) on the southern rim of Kibo then ascending further to Uhuru peak(5895m) after spending some few minutes at the top roof of Africa then descending to Barafu after a short rest then descending to Mweka camp Full board
Day 8: Mweka Gate | Moshi
Gate: 5,500-ft/ 1,676-m | 5.3 miles/ 8.5 km | 4-5 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/ 914-m | 30 minute drive
This is a short relatively swift and final day on the mountain, descending through the forest with lush and extremely picturesque to Mweka gate. The climb will be concluded by registering the succession at the gate before transfer to the hotel., this is the last time to see your porters, it is recommended to tip them at this point. The Shrike vehicle will meet you and drive back to your hotel for a hot shower and some. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.
Day 9: Moshi
Depart Tanzania, or continue on your wildlife safari. Shrike Safaris takes you through some of the most spectacular wildlife reserves on the planet. You stay in hand-picked lodges and camps in the SERENGETI, at the NGORONGORO CRATER, TARANGIRE & LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK. Click here