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Machame Route 6 Days

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Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 6 days Itinerary

Duration: 6 days 5 nights

Best time to travel: all year round

 

Pre day : Arriving in Tanzania

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro international Aiport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred  to Arusha in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Arusha – Kigongoni Lodge, from where there are great views of the mountain. You can relax by the pool before your briefing with the Guides, who will provide the essential information for your trek to the roof of Africa.

Accomodation : Kigongoni Lodge or similar accommodation in Arusha 

Day 1  Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers

Habitat: Montane forest

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue  to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.

Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

Day 2  Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 9 kms

Habitat: Moorland

You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Day 3  Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 15 kms

Habitat: Semi-desert

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

Day 4  Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 13 kms

Habitat: Alpine desert

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Day 5  (Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka

Distance: Approximately 7 kms ascent – 23 kms descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is 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. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.

Day 6  Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3h
Distance: Approximately 15 kms
Habitat: Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Machame route 6 – days Rates including VAT:

1 person $2,229
Per person for 2 people $1,982
Per person for 3 people $1,848
Per person for 4 people $1,814

Items included:

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:

Professional, experienced, 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

Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Items not included:

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha

Tanzania Visa

Gratuity

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

 

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  1. Gilly Ligia Martin

    5 out of 5

    We booked a full dream holiday with Tanzania Expeditions, and I truly have to say we were pleasantly surprised every step of the way. Let me describe better:

    1. Hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro via the 7 days Lemosho route. Every day starts with warm breakfast (including coffee in bed.. well, sleeping bag), and continues with exciting singing and dancing with the whole group while getting ready for the hike (tourists from other groups were coming to take pictures of us, I could sense some jealousy hehe). We actually learned songs in Swahili with these guys, I would have not believed it beforehand. The hike mood is always great, the guides have a lot of experience, speak perfect English, and are always there for you. Really, for anything. We overcame the tough parts of the hike, we made it to the top, and it´s all thanks to these guys. If you ever read this, thank you!
    Dinner was always surprisingly good, the porters dedicated and always trying to cheer us up.

    2. Safari (4 days Serengeti, Arusha, Ngorongoro) was beyond expectations from the point of view of amount and variety of animals we got to see. The driver was very knowledgeable and could spot a squirrel from a mile away. He was always pointing the animals to us, and sometimes it took us a while to see them ourselves. Sometimes they were simply all over the place, and you wouldn´t know where to point the camera. We also had good food, always felt safe and well taken care of.

    3. Zanzibar. We chose the places we wanted to go to and things we wanted to do, and it was all organized by the company. We did some amazing scuba diving, visited the spice plantation, had a tour around Stonetown, and chilled out in wonderful, and surprisingly cheap, hotels by the sea. It´s a dream, if you ever get the chance, go for it 🙂 .

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  2. Li

    5 out of 5

    Amazing trip and an unforgettable experience made perfect by very supportive and accommodating staff. Everything was organized and taken care of including accommodations before and after. Highly recommended.

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  3. Matt and Rebecca

    5 out of 5

    While Rebecca and I have done some hiking, we are by no means expert climbers. Justin did a great job of answering all of our detailed questions from what to pack to how to safely navigate the terrain. The level of preparation and attention to detail to ensure a successful climb that Justin demonstrated was impressive. Justin and his crew of porters and guides were some of the most caring and honest people we have ever met. They absolutely made our experience what it was! Travelers from other groups even commented how attentive our guides were and how they may have been more successful in their climbs had they been with our guides. The guides were always by our side, especially during the summit night instilling confidence and motivation when we needed them the most. Our food was also amazing and far exceeded our expectations. Our chef even catered to our preferences of having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. Everyone on Justin’s team was instrumental in our successful climbs, and we are so grateful that we selected Tanzania Expeditions for our Kilimanjaro trek! They made us feel safe and comfortable in a challenging environment.

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