One of the most popular routes for those determined to reach the summit – the Machame route, also known as the whiskey route, is the perfect pathway to heaven. Over half those who make the spirit defining decision to climb Kilimanjaro will opt for this route, despite it being tougher and more treacherous than neighboring Marangu. The reason for its popularity lies mainly in its range of natural habitats and its flourishing scenery.
Breakfasts , Lunch , Dinner
DAY 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport To Arusha Touch down at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where your own personal driver will be waiting to greet you. Let your driver whisk you away to your chosen hotel in the bright and bustling city of Arusha – gateway to Tanzania. Arusha is the beating heart of the wild – the last port of civilization before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. The markets of Arusha burst with color, and throng with locals picking up their weekly wares. The numerous cafes sell dark and deliriously good coffee from the plantations, and close by the infamous National Park lures visitors in to explore her evocative Maasai culture and exotic flora and fauna. In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by professional Bush 2 City Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing.
DAY 2: Trekking from Machame Gate to Machame Camp You will leave Machame gate (1,800 m) after you final preparation for the climb and start trekking through the rain forest (where tropical showers are highly probable) on a winding trail to the first camp, which is located to an attitude of 3, 048 meters. You continue a short distance until you reach Machame Hut 3000m. Your crews will make a camp and prepare the meal for you for overnight. This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you to read the following instructions from this point on: Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently) Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness. Trekking from Machame Gate to Machame Camp: Change in Elevation: Machame Gate (1,800 m) — Machame Camp (3,010 m) Hiking distance: 5 km Hiking time: 5–6 hours
DAY 3: Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp After breakfast, you leave Machame Camp and start trekking to the rain forest and continue on an ascending path to Shira Camp (3,845 m). Walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather and followed by a gentle incline. The trekking is not difficult, but you may see the changes in altitude. After lunch a descent and ascent brings you to the camp with a walking time approximately 5 hours. Note:The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp: Change in Elevation: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m) Hiking distance: 5 km Hiking time: 4–5 hours Acclimatization hike: Change in Elevation:Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m) Hiking distance: 2 km Hiking time: 1–2 hours
DAY 4: Trekking from Shira Camp to the Lava Tower and descent to Barranco Camp From the Shira Camp (3,845 m), you continue to the east, passing the junction towards the key point of the route Lava Tower (4,630 m). The climb is for some 5kms and will take approximately 8 hours. As you continue, your direction this section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimatize to the altitude you have to spend at least 1-2 hours here, and here is where you will have lunch. Now you will descend to Barranco Camp at an altitude of 3,960 meters. Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and stiffness. Then the time to rest, enjoy dinner and overnight. Note:If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters. Trekking from Shira Camp to Barranco Camp: Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m) Hiking distance: 11 km Hiking time: 6–8 hours
DAY 5: Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp From Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp 3930m, you start climb to Barranco Wall as we recommend you to leave the camp as early as possible to avoid overcrowding with other groups. You will continue to hike up to the gorge wall, and it’s not difficult and only takes you an hour. After you climb you can rest and take some photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Thereafter you will start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which have numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don’t worry you will manage through our experts Guides. Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m) Hiking distance: 5 km Hiking time: 4–5 hours Acclimatization hike: Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m) Hiking distance: 2.5 km Hiking time: 1–2 hours
DAY 6: Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
DAY 7: Trekking from Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp From Barafu Camp (4,640 m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), you will leave Barafu at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro. The most challenge here is high altitude but the climb is relative simple. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, then descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2 hours rest continue your descent to Millenium Camp (3, 820 m). Note:Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails. Trekking from Barafu Camp to Millennium Camp: Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m) Hiking distance: 15 km Hiking time: 8–12 hour
DAY 8: Descent from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate A descent from your camp which located in a tropical rainforest will takes you about 4 hours to Mweka Gate (1,650 m). You will feel more relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you. Lastly we will present you with your commemorative certificate in our office, and transfer back to the hotel. Trekking from Millennium Camp to Mweka Camp: Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m) Hiking distance: 12 km Hiking time: 4–5 hours
DAY 9: Departure Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport. Note:Hotel check-out is at 10:00 am, an in case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.