The Machame route combines spectacular views, scenery and good acclimatization
Day 1: Moshi/Machame Camp
After briefing, you drive from Moshi to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate through the village of Machame. From here you trek through the rain forest to Machame Camp (2980m) arriving late in the afternoon for overnight in tents (5- 7 hrs).
Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine - meadow. The altitude begins to change and slow down your pace while enjoying the flora, the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel and the impressive view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks on clear days. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Hut (3720m) - 5 to 7 hrs.
Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, you continue east into a semi desert and rocky landscape and again head South East towards the Lava Tower. After the tower, you come to the second junction to the Arrow Glacier and continue down with great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to the Barranco Camp (3950m) for dinner and overnight (6-8 hrs).
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
AThis is a short day meant for acclimatization whereby after breakfast, you leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Great Barranco Wall, continue down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley and finally to Karanga Camp (4000m) for dinner and overnight – 4 to 5 hrs).
Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, you leave Karanga, and continue up an easy path with wide view through the empty and dry landscape to Barafu Camp (4550 m). Lunch at the camp and spend the afternoon resting as you prepare for the early night summit trek. Dinner and overnight at the camp (3 to 4 hrs).
Day 6: Barafu Camp to summit Uhuru Peak to Mweka camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am) after some tea and biscuits, you continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, heading in northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. You will stop for a short rest at Stella Point, where you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From here, you may encounter snow all the way on your ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895 m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs. From the summit, you now make your descent straight down to the Mweka Camp (3100 m), situated in the upper forest, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You arrive late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight – 13 to 15 hrs.
Day 7: Mweka Hut/ Moshi
After breakfast, you descend through the rain forest to Mweka park gate, where you receive your summit certificates. From the gate, you continue to Mweka Village, where you meet the vehicle to drive you back to Moshi (3-4 hrs). Drop off at your hotel.
- Return transfers from Moshi to the gate
- Qualified Guides, porters and cook.
- Park fees, rescue fees, hut / camping fees
- Tents and sleeping mattresses
- All meals on the mountain
- Guides, porter’s salaries
- Climbing permit
- 'Flying Doctor' insurance for emergency evacuation
- Accommodation before and after the safari
- All items of a personal nature
- Tips to porters and guides
- Mountain Gears (e.g. sleeping bags, clothes, trekking boots, walking sticks etc…)
- Airport departure tax
- Airport/border transfers
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Any others NOT included as shown above