7-Days Kilimanjaro climb

Trip Overview

7-Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Machame Route – Also know as the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. All climbers sleep in tents (tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags are provided), and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. The climb is done over 7-days, so that acclimatisation is easier. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail, with a stay at the Mweka or Millennium camp on the final night on the mountain.

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Day to Day Itinerary

After completing the necessary registration formalities, the Kilimanjaro climb starts from Machame Gate (1800m) and follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! We have lunch at ‘Halfway Clearing’, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3000m). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. (6-8 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

A shorter day that begins by hiking up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt Meru floating on the clouds. (4-6 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4550m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. (5-7 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

A steep hike up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4000m), the last water point on the way to the summit. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp. (4-5 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4600m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4800m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. (4-5 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

We will start our hike by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5735m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite Millenium (3800m). (11-15 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

A sustained descent on a well-constructed path through the lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1650m). Here we sign out from the National Park before walking on for a further 15 minutes through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village where our vehicle awaits. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalizingly close! (4-6 hours walking)

Meals: B,L,D

Kilimanjaro climb includes the following:

  • All park fees
  • Professional experienced mountain guides, cook and porters
  • Rescue fees
  • All accommodation in tents on the mountain
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, cook park fees
  • Clean and purified drinking water
  • Transfers from Arusha or Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park and back as described in the itinerary

Kilimanjaro climb excludes the following:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, Hiking poles etc.
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc

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