Overview

KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
  • Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route, the most scenic on the mountain
  • Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
  • Follow expert African guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and its environs
  • Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!

ITINERARY

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    ARRIVAL DAY

    Arrive in Arusha

    Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you are met after passing through customs. Transfer toNgare Sero Mountain Lodge and have a comprehensive briefing and equipment check with your climbing manager and your guide. Overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

    Accommodations: Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

    Meals Included: Dinner

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    ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

    Mount Meru Day trip

    Acclimatize during a day at Arusha National Park the foothills of Mount Meru ( Second highest peak in Tanzania ). Spot wildlife on foot as you warm up for your climb accompanied by an armed ranger.

    Overnight: Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

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    TREK DAY 1

    Arusha to Machame Camp

    Altitude gain: 5,380 to 9,350’; Hiking time: 5-7 hours, 7 miles

    Drive from Arusha to Mt Kilimanjaro National Park, passing by the village of Machame to meet your climb crew at the Machame Gate. As you begin the gentle ascent, the trail winds though the verdant afromontane rainforest that beards Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes. Moss and tattered lichen dangles from tall branches, tree ferns rest in soft cradles, and begonias, busy lizzie impatiens, and violas bloom year-round in multiple colors on the forest floor. Many species of birds – as well as colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and other creatures of the forest – can be seen and heard. The first camp is set amongst giant heather at Machame Camp.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 2

    Shira Camp

    9,350 ft to 12,500 ft, 3 miles, approx. 4-6 hours

    Leaving the glades of the rainforest behind, you continue on an ascending path along a steep ridge onto heather-clad moorland. This is known as the heath zone and, as the vegetation becomes more sparse, attractive helichrysum and lobelia are the only plants dominating the harsh mountain landscape. Various geological features can be observed, ranging from lava tubes to glacial valleys. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. Continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau. By now you can see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers, and after a short hike you reach the Shira Camp. Your tent tonight can definitely be described as “a room with a view” looking out towards the snow-dusted Kibo peaks. Overnight Shira Camp.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 3

    Barranco Camp

    12,500 ft to 15,223 ft (Lava Tower), down to 13,044 ft, 7km, 6-8 hours

    Today is a walk-high sleep-low day. You ascend into alpine desert towards the main peak of Kibo, where the western glaciers become clearly visible. Lunch is taken as a picnic en route. If you feel very strong there is an optional ascent of the 300-foot-tall Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp in the afternoon, passing through the strange yet beautiful ‘Garden of the Senecios’ (giant groundsel), which also features many giant lobelias. The Barranco Valley is one of the prettiest areas of the entire trail. This is long day but the next time you head to this altitude is in two days’ time, making this a great acclimatization day! Overnight at Barranco Camp.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 4

    Karanga Camp

    13,044 ft to 13,123 ft, 3 miles, 4-5 hours

    You now have a relatively short day to reach Karanga Camp, after conquering the intimidating Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here, follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp, arriving in the late afternoon. Our selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering over 3000 feet above you. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 5

    Barafu Camp

    13,123 ft to 15,288 ft, 2 miles, 4-5 hours

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

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 6

    Summit Ascent, Mweka Camp

    15,288 ft to 19,341 ft to 12,467 ft, 3 miles ascent, 7 miles descent, 7-8 hours ascent, 4-6 hours descent

    Depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit, and this is the coldest, windiest section of your adventure. Most likely by dawn, as the first rays of light start to appear across the Tanzanian landscape, you arrive near the rim at Stella Point, at an altitude of 18,652ft. Here, you are rewarded with the most glorious sunrise you are ever likely to see, appearing over Mawenzi Peak.

    Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! Take as many pictures as you can! After a short celebration at the summit, begin the ebullient trek down. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Camp, arriving before dusk. With every step the air has more and more oxygen so although your legs will be jelly your heart will be light. Overnight Mweka Camp.

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 7

    Arrive in Arusha

    12,467 ft to 5,380 ft, 6 miles, 3-4 hours

    After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and at around midday, after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and a celebratory dinner!

    Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    TREK DAY 8

    Departure

    Today you have a dayroom to pack, freshen up, and get ready for your flight home or your onward adventures in East Africa.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

NGARE SERO MOUNTAIN LODGE, ARUSHA Set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, It offers 14 rooms, and has been providing personal service since 1974. Rooms have king-size beds or twin beds, and a bathroom with a tub for soaking after your trek. Also you can book a massage to ease your aching limbs after your climb. The Lodge is located only 30 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha town center.

Mountain Camps

Camp in comfort in customized all-weather tents with upgraded zippers, flysheets, and closed-cell full-ground pads. Private toilet tents and solar-lit dining tents are provided daily. Hot meals are prepared from fresh ingredients by the camp’s chef. In the afternoons, hot drinks and snacks are provided.

DATES & PRICES

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$2790

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Included in this Trek :

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees Airport transfers Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Accommodation in Arusha
  • Portable toilet

Items not included:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

ROUTE PHOTO ALBUM

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

They were an awesome team. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

It was a spiritual journey for me. There was a point on the descent from the peak that I needed assistance from Andrew our head guide and Charles the lead for that day. I was returned safely to camp gratefully. The team cook brought food to my tent so I didn’t have to go anywhere

Excellent Kilimanjaro experience with reliable company

The guides were personable, knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to make our climb successful. The food was 5 star quality the whole way – we had almost too much to eat! The porters were great guys