9 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

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Duration

8 days

Overview

7 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour + 2 nights’ hotel stay= 9 DAYS
The Machame Route, with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your willpower, fitness finesse, and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. The varying altitudes on this 7-day tour as well as a little help from lady luck offer a good environment for acclimatization, enhancing your chances of reaching the summit. Overnights on the Machame Route will be in tents.

 

Tour Plan

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the lodge/hotel on the outskirts of Moshi town. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Moshi (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing which your tour guide will carry out to prepare for the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/hotel on Half Board meal plan base.

After breakfast, you will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen, and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp, which is just above the tree line. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Machame Gate (1,790 m)
  • Finish: Machame Camp (3,010 m)
  • Walking time: 5-7h

After an early morning start, the path steepens. The landscape changes into heath and moorland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Machame Camp (3,010 m)
  • Finish: New Shira Camp (3,845 m)
  • Walking time: 4-6h

Today you will climb about 800 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatize as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant Senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: New Shira Camp (3,845 m)
  • Finish: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
  • Walking time: 6-7h

Today’s stretch starts with the climb of the Barranco Wall. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp. Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

  • Start: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
  • Finish: Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
  • Walking time: 5-7h

Today's path takes you up and across a rocky zone where very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litter the ground. You leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Amazing views of Kilimanjaro's two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, are to be seen from Barafu Camp. An early dinner will be served in order for you to get the maximum rest before the final ascent starting at around midnight.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Karanga Camp (4,040 m)
  • Finish: Barafu Camp (4,550 m)
  • Walking time: 5-6h

Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Stella Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience - the sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Stella Point on top of the crater rim Uhuru Peak is in sight. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 40-45 min to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit - definitely one for your collection.

Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Stella Point on the Mweka route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Barafu Camp before descending down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp. Most of our expeditions overnight at Mweka Camp this evening.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
  • Finish: Mweka Camp (3,080 m)
  • Walking time: 10-13h

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the lodge and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement at our main office in Moshi town.

  • Breakfast; Dinner
  • Start: Mweka Camp (3,080 m)
  • Finish: Mweka Gate (1,630 m)
  • Walking time: 2-3h

On this day after breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport (Departure depends on your flight times on your tickets). Alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on Wild safari tour  or a Day excursion tour or take a flight to go and relax at the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Mafia, or Fanjove.
Meal ; Breakfast

Included/Exclude

Items included:
  • Professional, English-speaking guide/ Germany guide on request with extra cost.
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Pre and Post night stays in hotels and mountain tents.
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Private mountain Chemical Toilet Available at a request and an extra cost.
  • Mountain Camp Shower Available Warm water Shower on request and at extra cost.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal Trekking equipment
  • Flights
  • Laundry services.
  • Alcohol
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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Tour Information

Max Guests

36

Min Age

12