Climbing the "whiskey route" in just 6 days.
With trails through beautiful forests to reach a ridge leading through the moorlands to late sunsets on the Shira Plateau, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco wall.
This route then traverses below the glaciated precipices of the southern ice fields to join the Barafu route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods (6 or 7 days) and the incline is more manageable, it has a much higher summit success rate.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred for overnight stay at Hotel B&B. Your main guide will meet you for the briefing. Also for the equipment check and arranging that you certainly have all the equipment you need and/or can rent from us if necessary.
DAY 1: MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP: 10.75km | 5-6 hours | through rainforest
Altitude: 1811 m/5942 ft to 3021 m/9911 ft
Altitude gained: 1210m
Departing from Moshi, it is a 45-minute drive through Machame village to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. There we wait patiently for our permits to be issued as we watch the bustle of operations of the many crews preparing for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windswept trails as your guide tells you about the local flora and natural fauna. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here (you can rent these).
DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAMP: 5.3km| 4-5 hours | by heather
Altitude: 3021 m/9911 ft to 3839 m/12,595 ft
Height gained: 818m
After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending trail, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west into a river gorge until we reach the Shira campsite.
Temperatures are starting to drop.
DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP - LAVA TOWER - BARRANCO CAMP: 10.75km | 5-6 hours | semi desert
Altitude: 3839 m/12,595 ft to 3986 m/13,077 ft
Height gained: 147m
Although you will end the day around the same altitude as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization. From the Shira Plateau, we head east up a ridge, past the junction to Kibo Peak before continuing southeast to the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (4650 m/15,250 ft). Shortly after the tower we come to a second fork, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then descend further to spend the night at Barranco Camp.
DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP - KARANGA CAMP - BARAFU CAMP: 8.5 km | 6-8 hours |
through alpine desert
Altitude: 3986 m/13,077 ft to 4034 m/13,235 ft to 4662 m/15,295 ft
Height gained: 676m
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and its junction, which connects to the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to watch your crew's strength and agility whiz over this wall with what seems so easy. We continue up towards Barafu Camp, and once there you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking summit views from many different angles. An early dinner and rest while we prepare for the top evening.
Overnight at Barafu Camp.
DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86 km up | 5-7 hours |
MWEKA CAMP: 13 km down | 5-6 hours | along glaciers, snow-capped peak
Altitude: 4662 m/15,295 ft to 5,895 m/19,341 ft
Elevation gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106 m/10,190 ft
Lost Altitude: 2789m
Excitement builds as the morning kicks in with an early start between midnight and 2am. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek.
We make our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, trying to stay warm and focus on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a hairpin turn in a northwesterly direction and up through heavy scree slopes towards Stella Point on the crater rim. We are rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise during our short rest here. Faster hikers can watch the sunrise from the top. From here on your remaining 1 hour climb to Uhuru Peak, you will likely encounter snow the entire way.
Congratulations, step by step you have now reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy, we take a moment to enjoy this incredible achievement.
We begin our steep descent to Mweka Camp and stop at Barafu for lunch and a short rest. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcanic ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight at Mweka camp.
DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1km |3-4hrs | through rainforest
Altitude: 3106 m/10,190 ft to 1633 m/5358 ft
Lost altitude: 1473mrechte
We continue the descent to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer the terrain is wet, muddy and steep so again we highly recommend Gaiters and walking sticks here.
From the gate, our JADORE SAFARIS taxi will already meet you to take you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoying a long awaited hot shower, lavish dinner and celebrating your personal victory...
|6 days Machame||Price in USD per person|
INCLUDED IN THIS TREKKING PACKAGE:
- Kilimanjaro trekking as per the itinerary
- Professional, English speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified guide
- Correct ration of mountain crew (cook and porters)
- Before and after stay (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
- Airport transfers
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water and full board meals
- All national park and camping fees, crew permits and VAT
- Rescue costs and coverage for emergency evacuation with AMREF
- Port transfers
- Free oxygen cylinder
- Quality imported equipment
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TREKKING PACKAGE:
- To flee
- Visa costs
- Tips for porters and mountain crews
- Personal pocket money for souvenirs, etc.
- Energy foods and drinks, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
- Personal rental equipment such as walking sticks, sleeping bags, etc.