7 Days Machame Route
Day1: Arrive in Moshi
You will stay at the Hotel, a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (Full Board)
The climb starts from Machame gate (1830m).
We walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive at the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000m above sea level. It is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. Machame Gate to Machame Hut (3,000 m): 6-7 hours walking.
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board)
A shorter day is climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as a Picnic site and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. You can see the most spectacular views of the Kibo peak from Shira Camp. Machame Hut to Shira Camp (3,840m): 4-6 hours walking.
Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board)
Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach. After hot lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.).
We descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.). Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours walking.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board)
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 from Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walking.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Full Board)
A steep climb out of Karanga and an easy path on compacted scree with expansive 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. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m.); 3-4 hours walking.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board)
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 the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to the main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast. We stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment; we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.
Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi (Half Board)
A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate; successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch, we drive back to Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walking.
Day 9 Departure day
After saying goodbye to our team in operation, you need a Private departure transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have Safari or any other option we will discuss.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Hotel the night before and the night after the climb. Bed and Breakfast.
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees by vehicle
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Porters and cooker
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Summit Emergency Oxygen
EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:
- Tanzania Visa
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc
- Meals before and after climb
- Tips and gratuities for guides and porters (recommended to be 10 – 15% of climb costs)
- Personal clothing and mountain equipment