Machame Route Trek

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This 9 day tour (7 day trek) ascends Kilimanjaro via forested slopes, then through heathland, on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira Volcano and skirts Kibo passing some spectacular natural features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final ascent to Uhuru Peak is from Barafu camp via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route.

 

 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 KILIMANJARO – MOSHI

Met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to Moshi for dinner and overnight at Parkview Inn (Standard tour) or Ameg Lodge (Luxury / VIP tours).

 

DAY 2   MOSHI – MACHAME

After breakfast, transfer by road to Machame Gate where we finalise packing and official formalities before commencing the trek. Today's hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame Camp with a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Machame Camp (Full Board).

 

DAY 3   MACHAME – SHIRA     

From Machame Camp we continue to Shira Camp (picnic lunch en route). The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. This is the “heath zone” with its attractive vegetation such as helichrysum and lobelia. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight Shira Camp (Full Board).

 

DAY 4   SHIRA – BARRANCO

Today is a “walk high, sleep low” day to acclimatise to the altitude. We ascend into alpine desert and those that are feeling strong can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch en route. Overnight Barranco Camp (Full Board).

 

DAY 5   BARRANCO – KARANGA (ACCLIMATISATION)

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga Camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp (Full board).

 

DAY 6  KARANGA – BARAFU

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp (Full Board).

 

DAY 7   BARAFU – SUMMIT / MWEKA

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is required to reach the summit and by dawn - as the first rays of light start to appear - most climbers arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! After seeing the sun rise from this wonderful vantage point we have a long day’s descent to Mweka Camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp (Full Board).

 

DAY 8   MWEKA – MOSHI

After breakfast we descend once again through montane forest and around midday we take a road transfer back to Moshi to relax before dinner. Overnight at Parkview Inn (Standard tour) or Ameg Lodge (Luxury / VIP tours).

 

DAY 9   MOSHI – KILIMANJARO

After breakfast, transfer by road to Kilimanjaro International Airport to check-in for your onward flight.

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This Kilimanjaro hike starting at Machame gate, ascending through afromontane forest and then into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. The route then circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, anticlockwise on route passing some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final ascent is from Barafu camp. It is a night time ascent to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route.

Kilimanjaro: afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!

Tour includes: transfers and accommodation as stated, Full Board on trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner), guest tent, mess tent, table, chairs, lamps and fully trained, expert guides, porters and cook and all park fees, camping fees and rescue fees. Luxury tour also has private portable wc, larger tents (3-person tent used for 2 people) with 3 inch foam mattresses, 18 Celsius rated sleeping bags with liners, pillow, a large walk-in mess tent. All tours include safety equipment, safety briefings and staff fully trained in First Aid.

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON (based on No. of People in Group):
STANDARD TOUR
DATES FROMDATES TO123 to 56
1-Jan-1431-Dec-142025 USD1925 USD1870 USD1840 USD
LUXURY TOUR
DATES FROMDATES TO1234 to 89 to 10
1-Jan-1431-Dec-145060 USD3580 USD3150 USD2810 USD2700 USD
V.I.P. TOUR
DATES FROMDATES TO1234 to 89 to 10
1-Jan-1431-Dec-145420 USD4060 USD3320 USD3150 USD2755 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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