MACHAME ROUTE The Machame Route is known as the "Whiskey Route" in comparison to Marangu's "Coca Cola Route". This is because Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have sleeping huts for accomodation. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain. (Click on Map to open larger image).
Sample itinerary for the Machame route.
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
DAY 1 Arrive Moshi Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 Moshi - Machame hut (9,840ft/3000m) Drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame for entry registration. Start the trek to Machame camp through thick rain forest. Have packed lunch on the way. Dinner and retire for the day.
DAY 3 Machame camp - Shira camp (12,470ft/3800m) Ascend to Shira Hut past the Shira plateau and through ridges and valleys. Stay here overnight.
DAY 4 Shira camp - Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m) Head eastward to a junction where we continue to Lava Tower Campsite (14,760ft/4500m), then descend to Barranco camp thus allowing your body to adjust to altitude change. Take the day’s rest here.
DAY 5 Barranco camp - Barafu camp (15,090ft/4600m) Across the Karanga Valley and ascend to Barafu campsite. Have dinner and take the day’s rest ready for the hike to the summit. Note: An extra day for acclimatization can be added by staying overnight at Karanga camp then proceed to Barafu camp the next day.
DAY 6 Barafu camp-Summit(19,340ft/5895m)-Mweka Start at mid-night for the Summit (Uhuru peak) arriving at sunrise. Descend back to Barafu for breakfast then further down to Mweka Hut. Have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing.
DAY 7 Mweka hut - Moshi After Breakfast, descend to the park gate where a vehicle awaits to transfer you to the hotel in town.
DAY 8 Depart Moshi Depart Moshi for onward or catch flight back home.