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This is our shortest Machame route for hikers with limited time but who love to taste the whisky trail.

 

Embark on a time-efficient adventure up Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route. With a condensed itinerary, relish the awe-inspiring vistas, ensuring a memorable Kilimanjaro experience for those with limited time. Though not reaching the peak, the journey promises breathtaking views and a taste of high-altitude achievement. 

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 2:00 am

Arrive at Moshi

Your program in Tanzania starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to our partner lodge in Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Honey Badger, or Q wine hotel. The guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that next morning you will be ready for your tour to start.

Day 2

Time : 7:00 am

Moshi town to Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy, and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about halfway and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Your porters (arriving at the campsite long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 9 kms
Habitat: Moorland

You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast, you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike, you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am

Shira (at 3840m) to Machame gate

Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 27 km
Habitat: Moorland and Rainforest

The trek down to the gate starts immediately after breakfast. It is going to be a long walk as we have to cover approximately 27 km, skipping Machame camp so getting ready with all needed gears earlier is recommended. The vehicle will be waiting for you at the gate.

Day 5

Time : 2:00 am

International departures or proceed to safari

You will be picked up at least 3 hrs before your flight to fly home. If you are going on safari, your safari driver and the team will be at the hotel before 8:30 AM.

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees are collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fee,s and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Honey Badger, AMEG Lodge or Park View Inn) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents 

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Mountaineering insurance.
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