The Machame (Whiskey) Route is the most popular camping route on Kilimanjaro. It’s a rugged combination of routes which begins through the rainforest at Machame Village on the southwest side of the mountain, and over six days, rises onto the edge of the Shira Plateau, down into the beautiful Great Barranco Valley, then circumvents the Kibo massif counter-clockwise through alpine desert until reaching Barafu Camp. From here, the trek to the summit is done overnight to the crater rim on the steep scree slopes of the east-south-east facing Mweka Route. The trek winds through some beautiful scenery, which changes quite dramatically every day. The route done in six days is physically challenging for most people. The last two days (the trek from Barranco to Barafu and then the overnight trek to the summit) require mental and physical toughness, due to the high altitude and short amount of time to rest before the overnight summit attempt. There are no huts on this route; the accommodation is in mountain tents and dining is in our mess tent.
Total package length is 7 days & 6 nights including 5 nights camping on the mountain + 1 night BB (bed & breakfast) at a lodge in Arusha (one night before the trek)
KG ALLOWED FOR PERSONAL LUGGAGE: 8KG PER PERSON
Included services & equipment
Safety Equipment & Training:
● Oxygen for emergency use - For groups of 2-6, two kits (360L medical oxygen bottles, each with a regulator & 2 nasal canula masks) are provided. For 7 or more climbers, we supply 3 full O2 kits.
● Hyperbaric Chamber - a portable altitude chamber, for emergency use, carried on every trek.
● Stretcher / Litter – A fully rigid steel-framed litter on each trek.
● First-aid / trauma & medicine kit - fully stocked as per Wilderness First Responder guidelines, with medicine instructions. Two first-aid kits are carried for groups of 9 or more.
● Pulse-oximeter - The head guide checks, evaluates and documents these numbers daily at dinner time, for each climber.
● VHF handheld radios – Three VHF radios carried on each trek, for quick comms between head and assistant guides at the back and front of the group, and the camp manager. An extra battery accompanies each radio.
● Mobile phones - carried by all guides, for daily communications with our base in Arusha.
● Satellite phone – carried at all times by the head guide, for use in emergencies (in areas with limited or poor mobile network). An extra battery accompanies each satellite phone. This allows us to make comms immediately, no matter where we are, during an emergency.
● Safety equipment porter(s) stay with the group at all times, to ensure that the safety gear is always nearby and ready to employ. We send a second medical equipment porter with every group, allowing us to split oxygen and other redundant emergency supplies.
● A comprehensive safety briefing is performed by the head guide before the trek, covering expectations, risks, safety gear and proactive safety.
Mountain Guides and crew:
All mountain guides are WFR trained and certified
● Wilderness First Responder Certified mountain guides
● Ratio of 1 guide per 2 guests (on average)
● Professional cook
● Waiter(s) - on each trek are trained to expedite the meal service and ensure our climbers’ nourishment is their top priority.
● Campsite Manager – Ensures expert setup and breakdown of each camp, practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
● Camp setting crew – Our fastest porters ensure the very best camp location and tent sites each day!
● Porters - A Kilimanjaro climb would not be possible without porters. They are the backbone of all Kilimanjaro expeditions
● Shoshin Walks Facilitator - guiding and facilitating process work
● Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 sleeping tents (a triple tent used as a double tent or single tent (with supplement)
● All sleeping tents have custom-made ground sheets covering the both vestibules, to allow clean & dry storage of gear, and keeping water, mud or dust from entering the tent.
● Cold-weather sleeping mats (closed cell foam) which cover the entire floor of the sleeping tent, ensuring that you (and all your gear) stays dry throughout the climb.
● Large custom-designed and fabricated weatherproof dining tents with fly sheet, two doors, windows and ventilation, and full floors with storm skirt and ropes.
● High powered solar LED lights in the dining tent – each tent has a number of powerful LED lamps, for headlamp-free dinners each evening.
● Large private toilet tent(s) with portable flush toilets on a stable frame. For 7+ climbers, two toilet tents are provided. Each toilet has hand-sanitizer available in a handy push-top dispenser, and a built-in wastebasket.
● Aluminum roll-up dining tables, with customized adjustable legs to make a level surface on uneven ground - covered with colorful Maasai-style tablecloths
● Lightweight aluminum chairs with backs, for all meals.
● Wash stands provided for washing hands before each meal
● Wash basins provided for each trekker, provided for each guest upon reaching camp
● Hot water bottles prepared each night (using your own bottles) to keep you toasty in your sleeping bag.
● Purified drinking water, and provide it in your dining tent each morning and evening, in a 10-liter serving container with a handy stainless steel valve which makes it easy to refill your bottles
● Three healthy and energizing meals a day, with a custom designed menu with meals giving the right combination of protein, carbs and fat.
● We offer inspired and nutritious menu plans for those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan.
● Tea-time snacks upon arrival in camp
Round trip private transfers from/to Arusha / Kilimanjaro
National Park fees
Optional items such as single tent supplement, single room supplement at Outpost Lodge, Dinner at Outpost Lodge, Personal porter (to carry daypacks or extra weight).
Emergency transport costs, helicopter evacuation coverage, tips, personal expenses, personal medical kit, travel insurance, sleeping bags, or other personal trekking gear.