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Machame is the climbing route which is a more difficult route than the Marangu route. The route is known to be the most scenic route of Kilimanjaro Mountain as it gives the climber an experience of the scenic view. The route is well known due to the success rate of the summit for the climbers at it gives a great time for acclimatization on the ascending to the Lover tower and descending to Baranco before heading up to Karanga and the Barafu to the Summit. With this route on the second day, you will join other climbers from Lemosho and Shira routes before heading to the lover tower up to the summit and descending through the Mweka gate as it is different from the Marangu route, the ascending route for the Machame route is not the same as the descending route, as you will be ascending via the Machame route and descending via the Mweka route to Mweka gate. The seven days ascending and descending of the Kilimanjaro Mountain via the Machame route will be in the following manner.

FAQs: Answering Your Burning Questions

1. Is the Machame Route suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route is suitable for beginners who are physically fit and have previous hiking experience. However, it’s essential to undergo proper training and acclimatization to increase your chances of a successful climb.

2. What is the best time to climb the Machame Route?

The best time to climb the Machame Route is during these seasons: December to March and June to October. These months offer more stable weather conditions and clearer views. However, it’s important to note that Mount Kilimanjaro’s weather can be unpredictable, and being prepared for changing conditions is crucial.

3. How difficult is the Machame Route?

The Machame Route is considered challenging due to its steep and demanding sections. The altitude gain and variable terrain require a good level of physical fitness, mental determination, and the ability to adapt to changing conditions. Proper training, acclimatization, and a positive mindset are essential for a successful climb.

4. Are there any age restrictions for the Machame Route?

While there is no specific age restriction, climbers on the Machame Route should be at least 8 years old. It’s important to consult with your doctor and undergo a thorough medical examination before attempting the climb, especially for climbers above the age of 50.

5. Is altitude sickness a concern on the Machame Route?

Altitude sickness is a potential risk on any high-altitude climb, including the Machame Route. It’s crucial to follow a gradual ascent profile, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. Acclimatization days built into the itinerary help minimize the risk, but it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and take appropriate measures if they arise.

6. Do I need a guide to climb the Machame Route?

Yes, it is mandatory to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, including the Machame Route, with a registered guide. A guide provides valuable expertise, ensures your safety, and enhances your overall climbing experience. They also contribute to the local economy and support the conservation efforts of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

Conclusion: Conquer Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route

The Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route offers an extraordinary adventure, combining breathtaking landscapes, thrilling challenges, and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. With proper preparation, training, and guidance, you can embark on a remarkable journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

So, lace up your boots, embrace the spirit of adventure, and set your sights on the Machame Route. As you navigate through dense rainforests, ascend steep trails, and reach the summit, the majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro will captivate

Machame Route  Detailed Itinerary

The itinerary below describes the 6 nights/7 day Kilimanjaro climb via the Machame route. To shorten the below itinerary to six days you skip the night in the Karanga Valley and instead walk straight from the Barranco Huts to the Barafu Huts in one day.

Accompaniment: Experienced Mountain Guide/Guides, chef/chefs and porters Walking through: cypress plantation of the montane forest

What to see: Kilimanjaro wildlife such as birds and the colobus Time and distance: 3 to 4hrs which is a distance of 6.5km Elevation: 1,800m/5,900ft to 2,600m/8,400ft

Meal plans: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Shira Plateau

After breakfast, our hike continues through the forest. We will take our time, soaking in the scenery as we make our way through the moorlands. We will be treated to spectacular views of Kibo peak.
Hiking: 4-6 hours
Overnight Altitude: ~12,500′

Day 3: Barranco Camp

Today is a long day but lots of acclimatization as you climb high, sleep low. We will take an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower (~15,190’) for lunch, before descending to the Barranco valley. For those who have energy, and if time and weather permit, there’s the possibility to scramble up the Lava Tower itself. The scenery is amazing today, passing through different zones of the mountain.
Hiking: 6-8 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~13,044′

Day 4: Karanga Camp

Today you’ll continue to acclimatize and let your body adjust to these higher altitudes, in preparation for your upcoming summit push. Climb the steep Barranco Wall and then go up and down several ridges and valleys before arriving at Karanga camp. There will likely be time for an acclimatization hike in the afternoon.
Hiking: 4-5 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~13,106′

Day 5: Barafu Camp

Today you’ll continue your circuit and arrive at your final camp before the summit (Barafu camp). Some ups and downs along ridges and valleys along the way. You’ll have an early supper, sleep for a few hours, and then arise at about 11:00 PM to start tomorrow’s summit ascent.
Hiking: 3-4 hours
Overnight Altitude:  ~15,331′

Day 6: Summit and Mweka Camp

Start hiking at around midnight, using your headlamps to lead the way slowly up to Stella Point and then the summit. Due to the altitude, you will hike slowly, and will need to dress warmly for the cold. After celebrating with photos at the summit, descend down to Mweka camp.
Hiking: 6-7 hours ascent to the summit, then 6-9 hours of descent
Summit:  ~19,341′
Overnight Altitude:  ~10,500′

Day 7: Mweka Park Gate (~5,000’) to Arusha

We make the final descent through the rain forest to Mweka Gate. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Drive back to Arusha for a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.
Hiking: 3-5 hours


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