Name: Mount Kilimanjaro - Machame Route
Activity: Adventure, Birding, Mountain Climbing, Photography, Walking
Location: Tanzania
Duration: 7 days on Kilimanjaro / 9 days total


Kibo Peak, Kilimanjaro

Machame Route Check point

Kibo from Barafu Camp


COSTS: Our prices for a minimum of 2 guests, start at approximately US$ 800 per person per day

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Kilimanjaro - Afromontane Forest, Shira Plateau, Glacial Valleys & Alpine Deserts, Views of Mawenzi, Ascent of Kibo & possible views of Kibo Caldera & Ash Pit, Glaciers & the Roof of Africa!

Day 1 Arusha
On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the Climbs Manager and your guide.
Dinner & overnight The Arusha Hotel

Day 2 Kilimanjaro / Machame
After breakfast you depart by road to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalise packing and after finishing with formalities you start off from Machame gate. Today's hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame Camp with picnic lunch en route. Look out for pretty endemic flora and gradation of forest zones!
Overnight Machame Camp (Full board)

Day 3 Kilimanjaro / Shira
From Machame Camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the Heath Zone where attractive Helichrysum and Lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys.
Overnight Shira Camp (Full board)

Day 4 Kilimanjaro / Barranco
Today is a 'walk high sleep low' day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch en route. This is a long day but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time - great acclimatisation day!
Overnight Barranco Camp (Full Board)

Day 5 Kilimanjaro / Karanga
From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (senecio species), you ascend the Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp - seen from here the glaciers are at their most spectacular - vast sheets of cold crystal ice, draped like an imperious cloak about the hunched shoulder of the mountain, they glow a deep rust red during evening light.

Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at the Camp.

In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.
1 overnight Karanga Camp (Full board)

Day 6 Kilimanjaro / Barafu
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi Peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.
Overnight Barafu Camp (Full board)

Day 7 Kilimanjaro / Mweka
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of the game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear - most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! what goes up must come down and after the exhilaration of reaching the top, your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp.
Overnight Mweka Camp (Full board)

Day 8 Arusha

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around midday after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (Full board)

Day 9 Depart

Today a dayroom is reserved to allow you to relax and check out later in the day. A vehicle is on hand to transfer you to the airport to connect with your international flight, or you may connect with further programs.

Day Room (Breakfast & Lunch)

Travel Advice:

Required equipment
All climbers should attempt to bring as much as possible of the following:

• Anorak
• Mittens
• Balaclava
• snow goggles or ski sunglasses
• scarf
• 3 pairs warm trousers
• sweaters
• 6 pairs warm socks
• thermal underwear
• waterproof layer
• sun proof hat
• comfortable boots
• sun cream
• small first aid kit
• knapsack
• water bottle.

Suggested medicines:
Headache tablets (preferably not aspirin since this tends to irritate stomachs already sensitive at altitude), Imodium/

Lomotil for diahorrea sometimes associated with altitude. Climbers may like to consult

their physicians about azetazolomide (Diamox), a drug that many find mitigates the ill effects of altitude, headache, diahorrea & vomiting.


• Climbers are advised to try to bring as much as possible of the above as cabin baggage in case of baggage delays. Climbers might, for example, wear their boots on the plane.

• In the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected.


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