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Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Machame

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Machame Route – 7 day expedition

This route is a fantastic opportunity to combine mountain skills and experience. It maximises the time and options available for climbing and allows for a more leisurely pace. Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and rock formations are resplendent with icefalls, chasms, snowfields and excellent climbing terrain.

Trek to the summit of Africa’s famous Kilimanjaro, via the most popular route on the mountain. You will climb the peak over a longer period than most parties, with a total of seven days spent making a rising traverse of the mountain ensuring plenty of time to acclimatise and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The views of the western and southern aspects of Kilimanjaro are superior to those on the northern routes. The trek is suitable for fit walkers, without previous trekking or mountaineering experience.

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Tanzania – Kilimanjaro Machame

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Day to day - Sample itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport & transfer to Keys Hotel

After landing in Tanzania and being transferred to the hotel, we will have a chance to get used to our new surroundings. After some food and freshen up, a full briefing and welcome will be given.

Day 02

Machame Gate to Machame Hut 3,000m - 6-7 hours walking

After breakfast, we drive from the hotel to Machame Gate, where you begin the trek (1830m). We will walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, slowly gaining altitude whilst enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rainforest, before arriving at the first Machame Hut, situated 3,000m above sea level.

Day 03

Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board) 3,840m - 4-6 hours walking

Enjoy breakfast before a shorter day of climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp.

Day 04

Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board) 3,900m - 5-7 hours walking

Today we walk on a gentle ascent alongside panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach. After a hot lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900m).

Day 05

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board) 4,000m - 4-5 hours walking

A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. The trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.

Day 06

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 4,600m / 3-4 hours walking

After breakfast, a steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the camp, the remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

Day 07

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board) Camp: 3,100m - 13-15 hours walking

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are feeling strong can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895m), which is the highest point in Africa. Appreciate your accomplishment before we descend to Barafu. We stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshments before descending to Mweka Camp.

Day 08

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (Full Board)

After breakfast, it is a short scenic 3-4 hours hike back to Mweka Gate. All successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Drive back to the hotel for a well-deserved hot shower, dinner and comfortable bed.

Day 09

Depart

Transfer back to the airport for departure.

SHOW FULL ITINERARY

What's included

Two nights accommodation at hotel
Arrival & departure transfers to Kilimanjaro Airport (Moshi)
Camps International expedition Leader
National Park fees & Peak permits
Camping fees & facilities
Rescue fees
All meals during the trek
Transfers to / from the gate
Guides and porters wages