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8 DAYS KILIMANJARO TREKKING (MACHAME ROUTE)

Duration
7 Night / 8 Days
Validity
1st November - 20th December
Prices
From USD 1,944
Code No
LS2010
Tour Description

The Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers and most seasoned climbers choose the Machame route. The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route.

Travel Itinerary
Day 01: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi (-/-/D)
  • Upon arrival transfer to hotel in Moshi
  • Briefing in the Afternoon
  • Overnight in Moshi
Day 02: Machame gate (1800m) – Machame camp (3000m) (-/-/D)
  • Your head guide will meet you for the drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate (approximately 45min).
  • After registration, begin climbing along a winding trail through beautiful and lush forest. Since this is the zone which experiences the most rainfall on the mountain you should be prepared for afternoon showers. These can make the trail slippery at times! The climb is steady, gradually easing as you approach camp at Machame Hut (9,800ft).
  • The camp is located on the edge of the forest and giant heather zones.
  • Overnight in Machame camp.

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 6-7 hours of walking.
Elevation gain 1200m

Day 03: Machame camp (3000m) - Shira camp (3840) (B/L/D)
  • Today is a little shorter, beginning by climbing a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo, the summit cone of Kilimanjaro, and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau. 
  • Overnight in Shira Camp.

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 5-6 hours, approx.
Elevation gain 840m

 

Day 04: Shira camp (3840m) - Barranco camp (3850m) (B/L/D)
  • Your climb today will take you steadily up and over the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek to the base of Lava Tower is about 4 hours. 
  • Overnight in Barranco Camp

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 1-2 hours, approx. 10km distance.
Elevation Gain:710 metres / 2,300 feet
Elevation Loss:700 metres / 2,250 feet

 

Day 05: Barranco camp (3850m) - Barafu camp (4600m) (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco Camp and begin our climb up the Barranco Wall. This is an impressive scramble where you will be rewarded with fantastic views back towards camp. The porters climbing the wall are also an impressive sight.
  • Overnight in Barafu Camp

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 7-8 hours, approx. 8km distance.
Elevation Gain:750 metres / 2,500 feet

 

Day 06: Barafu camp (4600m) – uhuru peak (5985m) - Mweka camp (3110m) (B/L/D)
  • In the early hours of the morning you will begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak.This part of the climb takes approximately 6-8 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day and therefore you will want clothing for both extremes. 
  • Overnight in Mweka Camp

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 13-15 hours, approx. 19km distance.
Elevation Gain:1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
Elevation Loss:2,785 metres / 9,100 feet

 

Day 07: Mweka camp (3110m) – Mweka gate Moshi (1830m) (B/L/D)
  • Descend straight to the gate through lush forest (2-3 hours), looking for monkeys along the way.Return to Moshi from Mweka Village.
  • Overnight in Moshi

Logistic Info:

Trekking time: 2-3 hours
Elevation Loss:1,280 metres / 4,220 feet

 

Day 08: Bid Farewell (B/-/-)
  • After Breaksfast transfer to Airport

 

 

Hotel and Camps Envisaged:

Machame Camp – 1 night
Shira Camp – 1 night
Barranco Camp – 1 night
Barafu Camp – 1 night
Mweka Camp – 1 night
Stella Maris Executive Lodge– 2 nights

Inclusions
  • 5 nights’ accommodation on Machame route with all meals
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Moshi on Breakfast basis
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees,
  • Head guide, Assistant guides,
  • Cook, & porters salaries,
  • All food, drinking water,
  • Tents, transport to/from park entry gate.
Exclusions
  • Tipping; hiring of any personal mountain equipment such as clothing or a sleeping bag and items of a personal nature.
  • You also have the option of taking an oxygen tank and/or a private toilet if you wish. Speak to us regarding prices for these.
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions
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