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ELIDA 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS Kilimanjaro Machame route

Day 1: Arrive, Orientation/Gear check
Day 2: Machame hut
Day 3: Shira hut
Day 4: Barranco camp
Day 5: Barafu camp
Day 6: Mweka hut
Day 7: Moshi
Day 8: Depart
Machame route is arguably the most scenic and probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate and descends down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain thus offering climbers the most varied scenary of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame has stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower. Machame route is known as the "Whiskey Route" in comparison to Marangu because it is a more difficult route and trekkers sleep in camping tents as opposed to huts. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain.
Nights are spent in 'mountain tents' sleeping two persons per tent (3 man tents, so there is space for your luggage). All your supplies and camping equipment are carried by porters and your meals are prepared.
Machame is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb, and are confident in their ability to hike for long periods of time over somewhat steep terrain. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended to increase the chances of summiting. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain.


Arrive Moshi

Upon arrival at KILIMANJARO AIRPORT you will be met by an Elida Tours & Safaris representative for a transfer to Moshi hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Stay overnight at the Key hotel in Moshi. (BB).

Day 1: Machame Gate - Machame Huts

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Moshi. The morning begins with a drive to Machame Gate (5942 ft). Your journey heads to Machame Huts (9911 ft).
07h00: After breakfast leave the lodge for the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame for entry registration then start the trek to Machame hut through thick rain forest.
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail.
19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Machame hut.
Day 2: Machame Huts - Shira Caves

Machame Huts (9911 ft) to Shira Caves (12595 ft).

08h00: After breakfast, ascend past the Shira and through ridges and valleys heading to the next night stop at Shira hut.
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail.
19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Shira hut.

Day 3: Shira Caves Campsite - Barranco Huts

Shira Caves Campsite (12595 ft) to Barranco Huts (13077 ft) via Lava Tower (15180 ft).
08h00: 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.
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail.
19h00: Dinner and overnight at Barranco camp.

Day 4: Barranco Huts - Barafu Huts

Barranco Huts (13077 ft) to Barafu Huts (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft).
08h00: After breakfast, hike the great Barranco wall then across the Karanga Valley and ascend to Karanga campsite for lunch.
12h30: Hot lunch at the Karanga campsite.
13h30: Afternoon hike to Barafu camp.
17h00: 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 5: Barafu Huts - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Huts

Barafu Huts (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft). Followed by descent via Barafu Huts to Mweka Huts (10190ft).
00h00: Have a cup of coffee/tea and start the midnight trek to the summit via Stella Point.
06h00: Reach the summit, Uhuru peak, have a short period of photo taking then descend to Barafu camp for breakfast/Brunch and a little rest.
12h00: Continue down to Mweka hut for the days and night’s rest.

Day 6: Mweka Huts - Mweka Gate

Mweka Huts (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft).
08h00: Walk down to the park gate where we say bye to the guides and porters, have packed lunches on the way to the Keys Hotel for a well deserved hot shower.
Afternoon spent at leisure relaxing by the pool.
19h00: Overnight at the Keys Hotel BB




Included in this Tour:

  • Return transport from Nairobi to the Mountain
  • Use of our professional Mountain Guide/potters
  • Accommodation in Mountain Huts/tents where applicable
  • Three meals a day while on the mountain
  • All park entrance fees and Taxes

Excluded in this Tour:

  • All your climbing gears
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for guide, potter and cook.


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