The Machame Route Popularly Known As "Whiskey Route" Is By Far The Most Scenic Route Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The Hike Begins At Machame Gate Through The Rainforest Then To Shira Plateau And Baranco Wall, Circumventing The Mountain In That The Climber Has Great Views From Different Angles. This Route Has Minimal Traffic And Its More Demanding. It Requires Climbers To Be Physically Fit And Takes A Day Longer Than TheMarangu Route. The Machame Trail Is Much Steeper Compared To Marangu Route Which Inclines Gradually.
Nairobi - Moshi
A representative from Barefoot Adventures will pick up visitors from the airport and assist board a tour bus from Nairobi at 0830 hrs and proceed to Arusha where the will arrive at 1300hrs. They will then depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs. They will have dinner and stay overnight at a hotel in Moshi. Alternatively, they will be picked up at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi.
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 18 kms
They will leave the hotel in Moshi and drive for 45 minutes to Machame village where the guides and porters will be preparing and packing the supplies and the equipment. The hikers will receive packed lunch and will also buy mineral water in the village. If the weather permits they can be driven to the park gate or they will walk three kilometers to the gate which takes about an hour. They will register at the Machame gate 1490 meters above sea level and start climbing through the forest to Machame camp which is at 2980 meters above sea level. The trail is muddy and very steep. They will have lunch midway to Machame camp where they will arrive in the afternoon, the porters will have long arrived and pitched tents. In the evening the cook will boil drinking and washing water and prepare dinner.
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 18 kms.
After breakfast will descend a bit and then trek towards Shira, passing by Bivi cave then to Shira camp which is at 3840 meters above sea level having their lunch. From this point the glaciers are visible andtemperatures will drop below freezing point. They will have dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 15 kms
After breakfast they hike to Baranco Camp via Lava Tower which is at 3840 meters above sea level where lunch will be served. They will ascend the rocky scree to Lava tower 4,630 meters. By now some climbers should be experiencing short off breadth and headaches, today's hike is meant to acclimatize and this will be the most difficult day yet. The will then descend down to Baranco camp 3950 meters. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while theywait for the preparation of dinner.
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 13 kms.
After breakfast, they set off and start the day's hike. They ascend from the Great Barranco Wall and make their way past the Heim Glacier looking down from this point one just appreciates the awesome sceneries of Mount Kilimanjaro. They continue with the trek through the Karanga valley where they will find intersecting ridges and valleys that join the Mweka route which is the preferred route to descend from the summit. Karanga Valley is the last water stop as there is no water at the Barafu camp. Take a left turn up the ridge and walk for an hour to arrive at Barafu Camp. The weather conditions at this point are very harsh and the camp is totally exposed. The camping ground is rocky and the ridges are dangerous and visitors are requested to familiarize themselves with the surroundings to avoid unnecessary accidents. They should prepare their equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. This should include the replacement of their headlamp and camera batteries and make sure they have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it is wise to carry water in a thermal flask. They will wake up very early the same night for the summit attempt so get to bed early for a good rest.
Time: 15 hours
Distance: 30 km
They will wake up at midnight and have tea and some biscuits. They then trek for six hours heading the north-westerly direction ascending through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, this is the most challenging trek for many climbers. Rest for a short while at Stella point which is at 5685 meters above sea level. The reward for getting this far is the amazing view of the sunrise from the horizon if the weather permits. From Stella Point, they will normally encounter snow all the way on to Uhuru Peak. The time they will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. They should not stay to long otherwise it will be difficult to restart due to cold and fatigue.
The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here they will have a well- earned but short rest to collect the rest of their gear. They then descend further down to Mweka hut, the route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
After breakfast they descend to the park gate which will take about 3 hours. They will register their details at the Mweka gate where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate they will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km 1 hour walk. In the Mweka village they will be served a delicious hot lunch and after wards drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations.