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7 Days Machame Route Experience

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7 Days Machame Route Experience brings you the best of Tanzania wild adventures.


Travel plan details

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at JRO airport and transfer to your Hotel for Dinner and Overnight Palace hotel Arusha.Arrival at JRO airport and transfer to your Hotel for Dinner and Overnight Palace hotel Arusha.

 

Day 2: Hike Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp. 6,000 ft / 1,830 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m Distance: 18 km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: BLD • Overnight: Machame Camp

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 12,600 ft / 3,840 m Distance: 9 km Walking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals: BLD Overnight: Shira Camp

Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, up to a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier (15,997 ft / 4,876 m). We now continue down to the Barranco Hut. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. 12,600ft / 3,840 m to 12,700 ft / 3,860 m Distance: 15 km Walking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: BLD Overnight: Barranco Camp

Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, up to a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier (15,997 ft / 4,876 m). We now continue down to the Barranco Hut. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. 12,600ft / 3,840 m to 12,700 ft / 3,860 m Distance: 15 km Walking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: BLD Overnight: Barranco Camp

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga valley to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance. 12,700ft / 3,860 m to 15,100 ft / 4,600 m Distance: 13 km Hiking Time: 8 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: BLD Overnight: Barafu Camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain. 15,100ft / 4,600 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m 19,300ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals: BLD Overnight: Mweka Hut

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 6,000 ft / 1,830 m Distance: 15 km Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Forest Meals: BL Overnight: Hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Day 8: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport, BB.

safari Inclusions

  • Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the Hotel.  All airport transfer Sleeping tent and mattresses on the mountain Meals as indicated above (FB=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Dining tent on the mountain All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes, and all applicable fees and taxes. Services of a Professional Leading Guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking. Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s) and enough number of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a skilled cook. Flying doctor Drinking Water Hyperbaric chamber

safari Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight Tickets Fare
  • Visa Fees
  • Tips