The Machame or “Whiskey” Route is one of
the most popular and scenic routes on the mountain. Therefore it can
also be one of the most crowded. It follows the Southern Circuit to
Barranco, Karanga and Barafu. Descent by Mweka route. accommodations are
in 4 season mountain tents. This route can be climbed in 6, 7 or 8 days
and is good for acclimatization. We recommend 7 day treks on this
route, for the best chance of summit.
Register at Machame Gate (5,380ft/1,640m), the climb then starts out in
the rain forest of the lower slopes where we may encounter animals, such
as black & white colobus monkeys and several varieties of birds.
Hike to edge of forest and camp Machame Hut (9,350ft/2,850m). Duration
Day 02: After breakfast leave Machame Hut for a steep climb to Shira 2
camp (12,500ft/3,810m) overlooking the Shira Plateau. Most of the hike
is through the heather climate zone. Enjoy the wonderful sunset from the
mess tent with Mt. Meru in the distance. Duration 4-6hrs.
After breakfast, head up towards the Lava Tower(15,190ft/4,630m). This
is the highpoint of the day and you will have lunch before descending to
Barranco Camp(13,045ft/3,976m) where snacks will be waiting. Enjoy the
Sunset on the summit and Barranco Wall. Duration 6-7hrs.
After breakfast we will start the 1000ft scramble up the Great Barranco
Wall. Once on top, we will continue the undulating hike to Karanga
camp(13,100ft/3,995m) where you will spend the night. Enjoy the views of
Kibo above and the plains below, can see Moshi Town far below. Duration
After breakfast leave Karanga camp and head up the steep slopes to
Barafu(15,330ft/4,673m) camp. This is a short day. You will have a hot
lunch and an early dinner. You will leave Barafu for the summit at
midnight. Mawenzi dominates the view from Barafu. Duration 4hrs.
Wakeup around 11pm and get ready for summit hike. Leave for the summit
at midnight and after a very steep ascent, reaching Stella Point
(18,958ft/5,745m) after 6hrs. Another 1 hr of gradual sloping ground and
you are at the summit! Descend to Barafu for a couple of hours rest and
lunch. Then descend on Mweka route to Mweka camp (10,065ft/3,068m).
After breakfast start the short hike down through forest to Mweka Gate
(5,380ft/1,640m). You will receive your summit certificate and say good
bye to your new friends. Duration 2-3hrs.
INCLUDED: All park entry fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, tents, guide,cook and porters.
NOT INCLUDED: Sleeping bag and personal gear, tips for your guide,cook and porters and other personal things of nature.