This is probable the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. The accommodation on the way up and down is strictly camping (mobile tents) only. This trek is strenuous and may be better suited to more adventurous hikers. The Machame route is normally completed in minimum of 6 days/5nights on the mountain
Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi/Arusha town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi or in Arusha
Transfer to Machame Gate and begin ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. Today you will be transferred to the Machame Gate to begin your climb. Depending on the weather this can be a moderate to very demanding day as the trek winds through a beautifully lush rain forest.
Overnight in Mountain tents at Machame (3000m.)
A full day as you start early, leaving the forest behind and climb a steep ridge for 3-4 hours. The path then drops into a gorgeous river gorge before you climb more gently up onto the moorland of the Shira Plateau. The Shira Plateau is all that remains of an older volcano that was engulfed when the much larger Kili formed. On clear days the views are absolutely breath-taking; a seemingly endless expanse of multi-colored heath to the gargantuan rim at the end of the plateau where billows of clouds melt down onto the plateau floor.
Overnight camping in mountain tents at Shira (3840m)
Today’s 5-6 hours walk across the plateau makes little net elevation, although there are ups and downs through the day. We’ll enjoy sighting of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation and rewarding views of the spectacular Barranco Valley.
Overnight camping in mountain tents at Barranco (3950m).
The standard day includes about 6-8 hours of trekking, up the Barranco Wall, then across acre and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4100m) for lunch, before continuing up to Barafu Camp at 4600m.
Overnight camping in mountain tents at Barafu.
You will rise around 2330 hrs and after some tea and biscuits you will shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy screed towards Stella Point on the grater rim. This 8-hours walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically, the most challenging on the route. At Stella point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak (5896m). Despite the actual distance of the trek not being too far the progress is slow – there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level! Uhuru Peak provides a unique reward and usually a plethora of emotions. If your progress has been good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa! Most people then start returning quite soon after sunrise as the return journey today is quite long. Take a brief respite at Barafu Camp before descending all the way down to Mweka Camp at 3100m.
Overnight at Mweka Camp
After breakfast descend through the lower heath section that quickly turns into rainforest. Your time on Kilimanjaro ends at Kiboroloni Gate where you will be met and transferred back to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha for dinner and overnightOvernight at Mweka Camp
The rates for Kilimanjaro climb include
- Ground transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha, moshi or JRO,
- Park entrance fees,
- Rescue fees,
- Professional mountain Guide,
- Accommodation and meals with 2 nights at the hotel as indicated
- Government taxes and levies.
The rate exclude
- Lunch and Dinner on the last day,
- Climbing equipment (in case of need the equipment then can be rented in extra cost),
- Sleeping bags,
- Tipping and all other expenses of personal nature,
- Visas (Currently us$ 50 per person, American citizens $ 100 per person and flying doctors – USD 35 per person for safaris in Northern Tanzania which are less than 14 days.
What is included
- Government tax and levy
- Arrival & Departure Transfers
- Quality waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
- Experienced and professional mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Crisis management and safety procedures
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters
What is NOT included
- Accommodation in Iringa
- Please bring your own sleeping bag but you can still rent them in Arusha at reasonable price paid once for the whole trip
- Tanzania Visa
- Gratitudes/Tipping for guide & porters
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above