MACHAME ROUTE 8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS (6 DAYS ON TREK)
Machame is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. With a lovely gradual ascent through forest you emerge to see wide views of the moorland on Shira Plateau, Kibo and Western Breach. Machame is a little less popular than the Marangu route, a bit more popular for those who like climbing.
Itinerary is as follows.
You arrive at your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay
Transfer from your hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame. From here you trek through the lush forest to Machame Hut (10,000ft/3000m). Stay/Camp overnight
Leaving the forest, the path follows a steep ridge, passing through heather and open moorlands, and crossing a large gorge to reach Shira Hut (12,500ft/3800m). Stay/Camp overnight.
You turn eastwards and continue ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco Hut (13,000ft/3900m). Stay/Camp overnight.
The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the Karanga Valley,then turns north to reach Barafu Hut (15,500ft/4600m). Stay overnight.
A long day and an early start to rach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Then to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft/5896m) - the highest point in Africa.
Afterwards descend to Mweka Hut (10,300ft/3100m). Stay overnight
Descend to the park gate, from where you are transferred back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at hotel
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